Learning by Doing

Ayesha Das


Abba. says it all, and so did Martin Luther King Jr.

Every effective teacher has a dream. Every successful scientist has a dream. Every businessman has a dream. If you don’t start with a dream, you can’t cope with reality.  But with a dream, you can cope with anything.


Under the present scenario, pedagogy demands our consistent effort to evolve scientific teaching methods. It must involve the use of scientific tools or Teaching Learning Material (TLM) without which neither teaching nor learning is possible. In this article, I will talk about the experiences of my life as a student as well as a teacher and also share my understanding that changed in course of time.


What do students know about soil? What experiences shape their understanding of it? What would they like to learn about soil? This article attempts to answer these questions by recording the voices of some urban and rural students in informal discussions about soil. It also provides pointers to help teachers make the classroom teaching of soil more informative, creative and interactive.

Introduce the idea of one's abilities through action verbs.

The primary school of Razmalpur, Mariyahu Block, Jaunpur U.P. conducted a science exhibition under the guidance of Shivam Singh (Asst Teacher) in 2015. The students explained the projects and models to the villagers. The sense of ownership of the project significantly boosted the students' confidence.

Music credits: Taare Zamin Par, composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy, copyright under T-series

Here is an activity to build your own Anemometer. Wind speed is measured using a device called an Anemometer. Find out how to build your own one by following the instructions below. This activity is taken from the Glasgow Science Centre 

During the past 25 years or so we have seen environment appear in different avatars in India’s education arena, sometimes as a handmaiden of ‘mainstream subjects’, wedged between pages of chemistry or history text books or at other times as a common theme of all extra-curricular activities as taking ‘nature walks’ in local parks to making scrap books on local fauna. But never, until now, was it a part of the formal grading system.

Earthian is a sustainability education program for schools and colleges run by Wipro. For the purposes of this article, we will consider only the school programme going forward.

It is an educator's guide for teaching science, mathematics & technology .It can be used across all age groups. It is a sheer pleasure to go through this immensely inspiring hands-on activities book.

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