Schools beyond textbooks

Nimesh Ved

10 schools. 10 case studies. Innovative changes. Refreshing ways of tackling age-old problems. not Just Grades… is a book that gives its readers a lot of food for thought. Despite a couple of shortcomings, this is a book that every school leader and policymaker should read.

A treasure trove of amazing tales

Gururaj K S
‘ Teaching Tales, Learning Trails’ is a great piece of work by three passionate teacher educators. The book is divided into two sections. While one section has some amazing stories, the second section contains details on the discussions about the book that the authors had with parents, students, teachers and other teacher educators.

Ideal textbook material

Stella Pauline Punitha
Katie Bagli’s book ‘Habitat and their denizens’ takes just a few hours to finish reading and also gives comprehensive knowledge about animal life. It is ideal for young readers who wish to know more about different types of habitats. A bonus is the colouring section

A glimpse into Nature’s bounty

Sunanda Ali
The book On the Wild Side is surprising in many ways. The cover seems like an example of ‘child art’, a happy, colourful picture of a jungle seen through a child’s eyes, with a smiling tiger, an avuncular elephant, a bird, a butterfly, a snake and other flora and fauna in bright, cheerful colours. The content is more complex and more interesting.

The inner beauty of math

Pooja Keshavan Singh
Mathematics is a subject that is often disliked by middle schoolers. However here is a book and a very insightful one at that which tells the story of a remarkable Math teacher, his craft and his aim to arouse curiosity in the reader towards discovering the inner beauty of math.

Questions in search of answers

Nimesh Ved
Environment education in our schools has been far removed from reality and except for the occasional reference in the social studies textbook, there was not much importance given to it although of late, some schools do have a separate curriculum for EVS. This book is a guide to textbooks and has been put together by a team comprising members with diverse experiences from across the globe. It proposes embedding sustainable development across subjects. Four subjects have been discussed at length. Read on to know more about the book.

An engaging and stimulating read

Sunanda Ali
‘ Learn English, Teach English’ by Ravinarayan Chakrakodi is an invaluable companion for an English teacher both for the beginner as well as an experienced person. Extremely well-designed and divided neatly into four sections—Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing – the book tells you how to teach a concept and includes tasks and activities to practice. Definitely a must have for an English teacher’s personal library.

Of how identities get formed

Ankita Shah

Schools are a microcosm of society; they play an important role in shaping children’s ideas and giving them identities which then influence the school-student-teacher relationships. The book, School Worlds–an ethnographic study, serves as a source of reflection for teachers on the part that they directly or indirectly play in forming these identities.

Imagining a new world

Nimesh Ved

Talon the Falcon by Deepak Dalal is children’s fiction, but let us not dismiss it as a book that is of not much use to us as teachers. This review shares with readers specific ideas of how the book can be used as a teaching aid in the classroom.

The magic and meaning of math

S N Gananath

Math teachers are usually disappointed when they are looking for teaching aids. The book Mathemagician combines innovative teaching practices in math with classroom management tips to give a math teacher a good teaching-learning material.