Exploring the psychology of emotions

Setu Havanur and Spatica Ramanujam
Human emotions are fascinating, complex, and confusing; they are not static but alive. How can we then teach something that is so animate by asking students to simply read about emotions from a textbook? Help your students understand emotions better using the performing arts.

Is writing a dying art?

Sanjhee Gianchandani
At a time when technology is dictating how we live and learn, why are we still asking our students to write formal and informal letters, notices, and diary entries? Here are a few suggestions on how we can make our language classes more contemporary and give our students skills that they will need for their futures.

A literary tale

Shalini Solanki
Literature is enchanting, enthralling, engaging. But it is not often that children experience literature that way. Here are a few techniques that this teacher tried to make the teaching and assessment of literature classes interesting.

The biological cell

Jyotsna Vijapurkar
The biological cell is an important curriculum topic that is taught in middle school. But are teachers teaching the topic the right way? How are students understanding the topic? A preliminary investigation revealed that although students had some prior knowledge about the biological cell, they could not internalize the structure and functions of the cell. Teaching about biological cells simply as a definition, ‘structural and functional units’, with absolutely no quantitative description, is an entirely meaningless exercise. This article explains how models can be used teach this topic.

A task-based approach to second language acquisition

Radhika Chaturvedi
Human beings need language to communicate and understand the world around them and both these purposes are fulfilled by the mother tongue or the first language. This is why second language acquisition usually remains superficial. In order to achieve the same level of competency in second language as in the first, our approach to teaching and learning second language has to change.

Fun as a complement to learning

Malay Dhamelia, Girish Dalvi
Educators need to be always on their toes to find ways to make their classes interesting and get students to focus. What better way to do this than to introduce fun activities into the learning sessions so that students not only have some fun but are also learning difficult concepts. Fun activities make learning interactive, exploratory and engaging. So, here are some suggestions on how activities can be designed to have fun and complement learning.


Saumyaa Gupta
It is never too early to learn about money. Being able to effectively manage one’s finances is an important life skill. Financial literacy, however, is not consciously taught to children either at home or in school. Not training children in money management could lead to them being irresponsible with money in the future. While the words may sound daunting, financial literacy is not very difficult to impart. Here are a few ideas for you to try.

Developing relevant design tasks

Muhammad Jasir, Priti Dhandrut and Adithi Muralidhar
Design and technology education is new and evolving but it can resonate with students in an effective way. Design thinking and problem solving activities encourage students to plan, imagine and explore and find solutions to real world problems. This article explains a few design problems that were handed out to middle level students and how they tackled them.

Johnstone’s approach to understanding gas laws

S. Athavan Alias Anand
Chemistry is a subject that needs to be understood at three levels — macroscopic, microscopic and symbolic — if any learning has to take place. Our current pedagogical practices take care of the macroscopic and symbolic aspects of learning chemistry. With little or no microscopic understanding of chemistry, our students are not able to engage with the subject at a deeper level. Here’s how to use Johnstone’s (who first proposed the three level understanding) Triangle to teach chemistry.

Give me a date

Anil Kumar Patnaik
Numbers are fun, magical and entertaining. When children are shown this side of math, they will learn the subject more willingly. Why not then dedicate one math class to this fun game of finding out which day of the week you were born just from your birth date?