Akhila Khanna and Devika Bedi
Your students are as young as five and six. Already trapped inside their homes, they may not be the ideal students that you looked forward to. In these days of online education, how can we keep these children meaningfully engaged? How can we harness their energies? Process drama can help students and teachers bond as they discover and learn so many things together – creative skills, articulation, critical thinking, problem solving, etc.
Folktales and fairy tales are both loved by and familiar to all. This writer shares with us how she used this familiarity and interest to teach her students the English language.
How can teachers bring in some fun element to games played inside the classroom and also ensure that the games are connected to the real world? The trick is for teachers to adapt and be creative while choosing the games and make them an integral part of their teaching.
Most children are naturally drawn to some art form or the other. Some like to dance, some sing, some are constantly drumming their fingers, some like to draw and paint. Let us leave behind the old idea that art is only for pleasure. Art can become a wonderful teaching medium, if we care to use it properly. Here are a few tips on how you can use different art forms to teach the English language.
Should children be taught to be kind? The school environment can be stressful, and children often find themselves being teased or ignored. How can they learn to be empathetic and compassionate to their peers, siblings, parents and teachers? Lessons on kindness can have a great impact on children’s well- being and the way they perceive the world. Here are some creative exercises that can put the smile back on a child’s face.
The pandemic has pushed teachers to come up with innovative measures to enable learning in a wired world. Simple activities to develop social and emotional skills can be taught. Educators and parents need to use this time as an opportunity to learn new skills, to easily move out of the ‘two covers of the textbook and four walls of the classroom’ and understand that the joy of education is to discover the unknown.
Language is one life skill that is taught in school but there are several others that we expect children to acquire on their own as they progress in life. Why not impart these other life skills too to children in their language classrooms?
Science begins with observation. As Aristotle says, people value their sight among other things. The reason for this is sight makes knowledge possible for us and shows us the differences between many things. Observation therefore is a very important skill for school science learning. Here are a few simple activities which primary school teachers can conduct for their students to improve and sharpen their observation skills.
Often, math is taught not so much to challenge and enhance a child’s thinking ability but to get them to score well in the exams. When exams are the goal, teaching takes on a different direction altogether—several concepts in mathematics become tricky and are learnt only by memory. It is, however, time to abort this practice and find ways to logically explain math concepts. Here is how you can unravel ‘decimals’.
What is the role of language in a math class? Most children may not have any difficulty when it comes to numbers, but they begin to falter when trying to understand the words in a problem. The math teacher needs to ensure that children not only understand numbers but also the words. A math teacher thus becomes an English or language teacher to some extent. Here are some techniques to help children understand ‘word’ problems.