Based on her experiences as a teacher, Agnes D'Costa shares a few thoughts about constructivism...

An innovative idea can originate at any stage of life. The things which the adults may see as simple things can trigger innovation in a young mind. The seeds of innovative scientific temperament need to be cultivated and harvested. Just as a grape wine needs space to grow, the young mind also needs an environment where they get a chance to build on a concept, test it and learn from it. Though they may not know heavy scientific terminology or definitions, they do know how to make their ideas a reality.

This is the Editorial of Issue XX (August 2013) of the Learning Curve on the theme of ‘Assessment in School Education’. Editor Prema Raghunath gives an overview of the kinds of articles the Issue carries.

I home schooled our son, Neel, for a year between Montessori and class one. A combination of factors led us to do this; Neel’s allergies, his unhappy experience of schooling, and we couldn’t find a school we liked nearby. Also having been a teacher for 10 years in an alternative school I found myself thinking why not give home schooling a try. Home schooling Neel turned out to be very different from teaching a class in a school. In school, my mandate was to cover a certain amount of ground, which was the agreed-upon curriculum.

Books may teach a child, but a teacher educates one. Ideally, education should impart knowledge, mould character and build a child’s personality. A teacher helps the student imbibe social, moral, and ethical values necessary to form attitudes and for an integrated development. So the actual actors in this noble profession must understand how crucial a role they play.

The author shares his views on "education" in the present day, voicing his thoughts on the changes that need to be brought about to ensure that learning "supports individual creativity, cultural diversity, economic justice, and a sustainable relationship with the environment".

Over the years, the education system has evolved. The focus has shifted from content and knowledge based learning to skill development and over time to students learning by creating their own understanding. To support this change in education, learning and curriculum, requires a change in the system – institutions, administration and teachers...

“But Mama – Why do we get homework?” asked my boy for the umpteenth time. Over time, I had come to dread this question as what followed was convincing, negotiating, bargaining, and finally threatening – majorly out of frustration of not being able to get my son to complete all the work given by his teachers – to complete his homework.

This issue of Learning Curve focuses on 'Innovative teaching-learning practices' - recipes that have been tried and tested and found to be efficacious, not methods recommended by textbooks. They are practical and completely doable in the most ordinary circumstances, as most classrooms in India find themselves in. No special equipment is required to try out these ways of teaching and the common thread running through them is just the desire to make a difference.

There are different ways to bring value education into our school and classroom. This article shares with you approaches on how to go about doing so...

If you believe that Value Education is a must in today’s world but don’t know how to go about it then here are three major approaches to Value Education/ Character Education/ Moral Education which are used globally, and could give you some ideas.

The Direct Approach- To teach values during planned VE classes


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