Class 3-5

Are there any reliable stewards of this blue planet, today?

Most students spend a big fraction of their study time preparing themselves for answering questions – for examinations. This becomes all the more important when a student writes a competitive examination such as the IIT entrance. In such a situation, the busy student tries to consult as many question banks from as many sources as possible, ensuring that (s)he has created his/her own database with (almost) all possible variations in questions from a certain theme!

Swati Sircar and Sneha Titus, writing on the Sums of Consecutive Natural Numbers, show how mental mathematics becomes visual all of a sudden, and this Low Floor High Ceiling activity is sure to appeal to a variety of learning styles.

Do such numbers arise in the child’s experience of life? If not, how does the teacher help the child to mentally visualize such numbers? Large numbers are incomprehensible to students unless they are able to relate these

People usually blow bubbles in the air using bubble pipes or plastic wands purchased from a store. That isn’t the only way to make bubbles. There are many things around your house that can be used to launch bubbles. But bubbles don’t have to float in the air; they can also be made in containers on table tops, or on top of all sorts of surfaces. All you need to have fun with bubbles is some dishwashing soap, lots of empty containers, and, perhaps most important, a sense of play. People often say that play may be fun but it is a waste of time.

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When I went to school today, I had no clue about how amazing it is going to turn out. As usual, I went for rounds and interacted with a few teachers. They shared their challenges in the class and wanted me to assist them. The day seemed quite ordinary until one of the teachers came running to me and asked me to meet Rashmi Ma’am, Grade 6, English Teacher immediately. I was really scared that something terrible has happened. So, I ran to her class immediately.

“Once upon a time there lived a king, he had a big palace with golden gates and silver chariots”. Long ago in a dark jungle lived a white elephant with the black fox and the blue bird and all together were partying etc. are the different toned stories that have been narrated to us by our grandparents and parents. Most of us have grown up with listening to stories of different types, which were an emotional connect for us to the outside world of imagination.

This Marathi short film with English subtitles holds the mirror one more time to the state of affairs in teaching landscape where the teacher, the chore of teaching and the taught are not in talking terms.

I have a terrible habit of not completing books that I begin reading. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari is one of them. I will finish it sometime, and when I do, I might be able to tell a better story. But for now, this is where the I am at.


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