Class 6-8

When we think about the teacher, images of students, classrooms and schools spring up in the mind. We talk about the number of students the teacher teaches, the furniture and teaching aids in the classroom, the type of school, small or large, and the like. These we understand as the context in which the teacher works, and we are aware that the context influences the manner in which the teacher teaches.

Setting the context

All these years was a struggle to find out if there is a patttern of what goes into making a good school. I want to share here how the process unfolded itself from trying to find out elements or a pattern that make a good school, to understanding that there cannot be a single reason or element that makes a good school to slowly being able to get some, very minimal understanding I should confess, of two elements that emerge from the schools we have been engaged for more than a decade. Not a new thing for the field of education , but for us it has been a hard earned learning.

"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that numbers of people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience. Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedien t while the jails are full of petty thieves, and all the while the grand thieves are running and robbing the country.

Last July we shared Nature Detectives Bingo game. Here is a modified version specific to the high altitude region of Spiti/Ladakh. You are welcome to customize it further that suits your learners' neighbourhood. This is an outdoor "Bingo" game that can be played in a neighbourhood park, lake or any open area. It is designed to get children outdoors and observing birds and their habitat.

I am a math teacher but I have always loved poetry. My interest in these two very different subjects made me wonder if I could bring them together in my classes. I felt that the combination of poetry and math could enthuse even the most reluctant child to learn maths.

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When something is being passed around, children are always anxious to see when their own turn would come. This activity utilizes that excitement.

 

A book talk is a presentation of a book by one student to others in the class. In a period of 45 minutes, two children can talk about a book they have read recently. This activity can be done over one term in the academic year for each class or for selected classes.

Grammar is the collection of rules and conventions that make languages go. This Khan Academy video introduces the nouns.

Check out this practice session on their website.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9... and 0. With just these ten symbols, we can write any rational number imaginable. But why these particular symbols? Why ten of them? And why do we arrange them the way we do? Alessandra King gives a brief history of numerical systems.

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