Staying healthy – in school and in life

Baishakhi Dutta, Saraswathi Moorthy, and Sugra Chunawala

When teachers in a college observed the frequent sick leaves that their students were taking, they knew it was time that they sent across a ‘healthy’ message to their students.

The chalk still rules

Dipankar Bird Chorne
How popular is the blackboard in today’s times versus the smartboard? Do teachers still feel comfortable with a simple chalk and talk lecture? This short article is a mini survey carried out in Kolkata by a student. The findings are interesting.

What is the length of…?

Sabitabrata Mandal

Learning how to measure the lengths of objects often proves tricky for children. Despite teaching the lesson on measurement this teacher found that his students had not yet learnt how to measure the lengths of objects accurately. He therefore decided to conduct a small experiment in class to find out where his students were going wrong and device another strategy to teach them.

Science teaching with a difference

Pooja Birwatkar and Sugra Chunawala

India is a land of diversities. Why then are our classrooms treated as a homogenous group? Children coming from different backgrounds bring with them their own knowledge of their culture and society. When we teach let us not disregard this knowledge of theirs. By not acknowledging this diversity of knowledge in the classroom we are producing confused, passive, or indifferent students. Based on a small study by the Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education, the authors here share how science teachers can respond to this diversity in their classrooms.

Collaborative online research experiment

At different points of time a teacher is called upon to do things other than just teach her subject. She often has to play the roles of a mediator, counsellor, confidante, etc., for her students. This writer invites all teachers to share and document their knowledge in playing these different roles so that we can all teach and learn from each other the art of being a complete teacher?