Hands-on

Want a teaser for yourself (or your learners) on topics like the Black Hole, non-Euclidean geometry, the Big Bang or Relativity? Take a look at this comic book and befriend Prof Jean Pierre Petit!

Adharshila Learning Centre puts into practice what everyone has been talking about — hands-on and contextual learning, work and skill based education...

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Any school which has set out to bring about learning in an interesting atmosphere could bring in a dedicated area for working with hands. A craft studio or center could provide a rich resource in exploring various materials and could be introduced for children from an early age. Natural materials like clay, bamboo, wood, coconut shells, seeds pods and other fascinating materials like paper, thread, cloth and beads could be brought in for the mere joy of understanding the nature and differing qualities of these materials.
“A child is not a vase to be filled but a fire to be lit” was the opinion of the French renaissance scholar and writer Francois Rabelais. Numerous educationists of eminence across centuries since then, have held that the true purpose of education is the blossoming of the individual in every possible way. Why, then have we focused so hard on “filling the vase” in our schools, while the “lighting of the fire” doesn’t seem to fit somehow into the overall agenda at all?

Teaching can be done in many ways. In his article, D. Arvinddaraja, talks about the project based learning approach he used to create an impression on the minds of his students. This article was published in Thisaimani (Journey 2) - an APF-Puducherry District Institute publication.

What better way to teach children about nature, gardens, and butterflies than have them involved in a school herbal garden, a butterfly garden, and a compost pit?

M.S. Coumar tells us about his 'school gardening project' in this article published in Thisaimani (Journey 1) - an APF-Puducherry District Institute publication.

If the mention of a geography lesson gives rise to moans, groans and sighs from your students, then it’s time to do something about it. Here are some ideas on how to make your next geography lesson something to look forward to by the class.

The teacher can acquaint the students with the importance and uses of a forest before discussing the topic in detail. Here is an activity for the students to collect information, tap their imaginative powers and get familiar with the discussion to follow.

We use forces all the time to move things, lift things and travel. A force is a push or a pull that makes an object do something. For instance, when you kick a ball, it is the force that you apply while kicking that causes the ball to move. Forces can make things change directions, speed, and shape. Force is one of the most important aspects in the discipline of science and it is essential that we have at least a basic understanding of this concept.

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