Class 1-2

David Horsburgh, the foremost practioner of Activity Based Learning in India, in his book Thinking & Doing illustrates how it is possible to shift the agency into the hands of the learners, teacher becoming almost a redundant facilitator in the background.

Here is an annotated excerpt of 10 pages from that celebrated book.

How modern times imposes one way of learning and doing things on kids, thus taking away their natural, inborn creative instincts? This short award winning, critically acclaimed animation film, is a reflection of this bitter truth, the homogenous industrial way of education and living, which we blindly believe in.

Picture Stories by Radlov was first published in 1960, by Raduga Publishers of Moscow. This child friendly book contains Picture Stories, which are full of fun, mischief and surprises. These stories do not attempt to sermonise, preach or teach. They are sheer, unadulterated fun for children. 

The assignment that you ask your learners to complete is not same as a practice worksheet.

A good assignment in any subject at any level should take into consideration the following points.

1. An assignment should have a well defined objective.

These videos are produced by TESS-India to support school leaders in enhancing the quality of teaching and learning in their primary or secondary school. We are sharing the 2nd part of the series.

Primary school mathematics, which is the foundation on which all further mathematics learning must rest, is itself not being taught and learned well. Here is where Liping Ma’s book Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics comes in. It is a detailed, loving description of primary school teachers’ thoughts about basic concepts in mathematics.

Children get exposure to the concept of time organically, well before they come to school. Yet the teaching and learning of time poses peculiar challenges. Time is an abstract concept. It involves measurement of something that is invisible and intangible. Consequently, challenges arise in understanding the concept of time. Learning the mechanics of reading time can also be a difficult task. It is therefore important to build the scaffolding carefully and match the activities to the children’s level of understanding.

Instead of making a statement, Ask a question.

For several decades now most in-service teacher training initiatives have focused on subject- knowledge – euphemistically called hard spots. This phenomenon dates back to the DPEP days (1994 onwards) when there was a massive push through of the project to strengthen in-service teacher training. As a result, state project offices hired experts to design training modules for teachers.

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