Category: Learning Theories

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Interdisciplinary / Cross-curricular Teaching

A typical school in India functions on a set time-table. The class time-table defines how a day is divided into multiple periods; each period focuses on teaching a particular subject. In the primary grades (Grades 1 – Grade 4) a class has one teacher who teaches all subjects. In the (more…)

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Tapping into Prior Knowledge

Implementing constructivism or inquiry-based teaching methodologies requires teachers to build on prior knowledge and lead students to connect new concepts with what they already know. Most often teachers follow the Socratic method of asking questions to trigger prior knowledge. If repeated too often, this may get boring for the teacher (more…)

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Infographic | Nine Events of Instruction

We found this great infographic to help educators crosscheck if they followed Gagne’s 9 events of instructions.  You can stick it on your dashboard or simply print it and paste it in your lesson plan file.   Source: Nine Events in Instruction (more…)

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Teaching for Construction of Knowledge

Have you heard of the constructivism theory, or heard people talk about it. The term “constructivism” is widely used by educationists and is also advocated strongly. Is it one of the many learning theories that read well on paper and appear challenging to implement, or is it something that can (more…)

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Why Formative Assessment?

Picture this: You want to bake a cake just like your grandma. You call her and ask her to tell you her secret recipe. She warns you that you must stop and check your progress before proceeding to the next phase. She tells you signs you should watch out for (more…)

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Inquiry-based Teaching: Part 2

How to Tweak a Lesson Plan to make it Student-Centric This post is in continuation to the previous post Inquiry-based Teaching – How it is Relevant to the National Curriculum Framework. Attached is this post is a Lesson Plan for Grade 6, Components of Food. Through the document, we have (more…)

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Inquiry-based Teaching: Part 1

How it is Relevant to the National Curriculum Framework The National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2005 puts great emphasis on the “Primacy of the Active Learner” and the fact that knowledge in children must develop through curiosity, exploration and inventiveness. The following excerpt from the framework document urges educators to move (more…)

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Dreaming Blended…

Guest post by Archana Shyam. * How many times have we, as students wished that teachers would approach that math problem a little slowly, wished they would not rush reinforcing yesterday’s concept in today’s class. Perhaps be able to teach you that chemistry equation again because you missed school that (more…)