We have typically slotted all the arts taught in schools as “extra-curricular’. The connotation is that it is an addition to a curriculum, something that lies on the fringes - just outside the purview of all that is sacred! And what we really mean, without mincing words, is that it is non- academic. It does not end with that all-absolving Board Examination! So it is all right to accord it the space in the timetable when the children are tired – late afternoon – some dance, music and ne art before they pack their bags and dash for their waiting buses!

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How does one go about bridging the gap between the syllabus for physical education and the actual execution of it during the games period? Nidhi Tiwari tell us how we can develop a sports curriculum and shares with us a sample lesson plan to get us started.

... in the Southpoint Vidyashram

This essay demonstrates how inclusive education is being worked out daily in this school in Uttar Pradesh. Called by its practitioners "postcolonial," this effort aims to replace familiar hierarchies with a specific "school culture," to teach teachers to view themselves and students differently, and to use curriculum and the hidden curriculum more purposefully.

The early years are foundational for language and literacy learning. It is especially critical for first-generation learners from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds, who may depend on schooling to provide them with rich exposures to language. This article describes three central tasks that young learners are engaged in as they transition from home to school, and suggests principles that could enable them in making this transition successfully.

What steps can teachers take to have a truly inclusive classroom? Saravanan P., an Inclusive Education Coordinator, gives us the answers, in this article published in Thisaimani (Journey 2) - an APF-Puducherry District Institute publication.

The third issue of LLT, brought out in January 2013, deals with multilingual classrooms and the bringing together of language and culture - 'Do Language Codes Affect Multilingualism'?, 'Designing Second Language Curriculum' and 'The Way Forward for English Language Teachers', among others. Also find book reviews, classroom activities and reports on language workshops.

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...

The social studies curriculum at the Rishi Valley School drew upon a diversity of human heritage from different parts of the world. Students were introduced to an understanding of cause and effect in social phenomena which helped them to form their own judgments, pursue their own questions and researches, as well as a range of activities that could make the experience of cultures and events more alive.

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