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Grade 7: Human Body – what do we want to teach?

I have been thrown into a bit of a quandary since this morning. It all started when I was reviewing a bunch of lessons for grade 7. The topic was “Human Body” and lessons were to cover aspects regarding the circulatory, respiratory, digestive and excretory system. When I started reading through, I was thrown off-gear [...]

Read More » | November 17, 2014 | Category: Blog, Science Education | Comments: none

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Like Stars on the Earth

A good teacher can transform the life of a student. How many teachers dare to go beyond the ordinary? Today’s post explores the role of a good teacher by drawing parallels from the movie Taare Zameen Par. The movie is an insight into the life of an eight year old boy, Ishaan, and how he [...]

Read More » | September 15, 2014 | Category: Blog, The Good Teacher Series | Comments: none

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Educational Innovations and the DAV schools: In Conversation with the Academic Supervisors

“With the increasing frequency of our visits to DAV Public School, SreshthaVihar, it almost feels like home”, says Dr. Priyanka Jain, Lead- Teacher Education, #Educational #Innovations. Having completed two successful workshop series with the teachers of this school on #Effective #Teaching #Learning, Educational Innovations (EI) recently conducted a 2-day workshop with the Academic Supervisors of [...]

Read More » | August 5, 2014 | Category: Blog, Field Notes | Comments: none

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To Sir with Love

Good teachers are born, not made. –Anonymous Today’s blog on the good teacher takes cue from E. R. Braithwaite’s autobiographical note, To Sir, With Love, written in 1959. Basing his story on true events that occurred in his school, Braithwaite talks about his journey as an accidental teacher and how he comes to form a [...]

Read More » | July 22, 2014 | Category: Blog, The Good Teacher Series | Comments: none

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My take on a Good Teacher: Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers Diary

Writing is powerful. Whether it’s a little girl hiding from the Nazis in an attic, or Amnesty International writing letters on behalf of political prisoners, the power of telling stories is usually what causes change.—Erin Gruwell This article takes inspiration from Erin Gruwell, a first year teacher who dared to change her class curriculum radically. [...]

Read More » | July 16, 2014 | Category: Blog, The Good Teacher Series | Comments: none

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Beating the Lucknow heat

“One week on the field! Oh my God”, is what I said to myself looking out of the window in my bedroom. It was getting hot and the only thing that I could think to myself was the enormous amount of work staring at me. The thought made me nervous. I have been out of [...]

Read More » | July 14, 2014 | Category: Blog, Field Notes | Comments: none

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Using Comics and Graphic Novels as Teaching Learning Tools

Children have a natural affinity for anything graphic- visual illustrations, comics, cartoons, et al. Gone are the days, when we would reprimand kids for sneaking comic books instead of textbooks, or reading story books instead of completing their Math homework, or watching cartoons instead of drinking milk! Educators and parents have realized the immense potential [...]

Read More » | June 23, 2014 | Category: Blog, Miscellaneous | Comments: none

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Music as a Way of Knowing

There is simply no denying that music enhances our senses, feelings and energy levels. It creates the desired moods we want to engage in- happy, angry, sad, etc. Essentially it sets the tone for a variety of purposes- from a romantic dinner to loud weddings, from quite sombre outings to jazzy evenings- anything and everything. [...]

Read More » | June 16, 2014 | Category: Blog, Miscellaneous | Comments: none

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A New Beginning…

It was 4 in the morning and I was really nervous and excited to get to the railway station. I had to catch a 6:15 train to Lucknow, the city of nawaabs. This happened to be my first out station work trip at Educational Innovations and my visit to the city as well. Seth M [...]


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Learning Science through Stories

We all grow up hearing stories from our elders about so many different things. Stories form the key to child’s learning especially during elementary stages. They capture a child’s imaginations in the text. Children of all ages love when learning happens in a narrative way through stories. One can teach so many concepts to a [...]