Understanding ‘understanding’

Aruna Sankaranarayanan
What does it mean to truly understand something? If something is learnt without understanding the basics, is that learning really useful? Teachers need to design activities that call for a deeper thinking, so that students can see the difference between ’knowing’ and ‘understanding’.

Getting creative with social studies

Shalini Sabikhi
One has heard of art journals, gratitude journals and travel journals, but a social studies journal? Add a touch of excitement to your social studies classes by getting your students to maintain a social studies journal. Here’s how.

Every child learns differently

Vaidehi Sriram
A teacher shares her experience of practicing differential teaching with students of mixed abilities. She also shares how we can do this with limited resources at hand.

The power of ‘why?’

Niketa Bakshi
Questioning is the primary form of seeking knowledge, and yet a majority of our classrooms are pictures of silence with children passively listening to the teacher. Over the years, in the name of completing the syllabus and overcrowded classrooms we have squashed this natural tendency in children. It is time that we encourage them to shed their inhibitions and start asking the many questions brimming in their minds.

Unravelling word problems

Swarna Krishnan
One of the most feared aspects of primary math is the word problems. Students find them confusing and difficult to wrap their heads around word problems. A lot of this problem comes from the way we teach word problems. This teacher tried a different approach to teaching word problems and was quite successful as well.

Nurturing scientific thinking through stories

Sai prashanthi Neelda

Stories make for a wonderful teaching aid not just for the language teachers but for the science teachers too. Here are a couple of examples of how and why science teachers should start using stories to teach.

Lesson plans: no magic formulae!

Neeru Gill
A lesson plan is a teacher’s road map on what students need to learn during her class time. The article lists out some strategies to draw up an effective lesson plan.

Math teacher or mathemagician?

Anil Kumar Patnaik
A subject becomes interesting or boring according to how a teacher presents it to his/her students. A reason that math is often considered uninteresting is because of the uninspired ways used to teach it. Add a little magic and see how quickly you can change your students’ perception about math.

Buzz groups as a technique to develop socio-emotional learning

Pramila Kudva
If this strife-torn world is to continue to survive, we need to promote emotional wellness and cooperation among our children. Here’s how you can incorporate these in your regular classes without having to earmark separate training classes into your timetable.