Category: Classroom Strategies

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Link | Kanban in the Classroom

What started off as a scheduling system for production in Japan, was soon adopted by software developers. Ideas proliferate and are adapted by different users as it makes sense to them. How could teachers use a system designed for production in the classroom? Trello, an online Kanban tool has this to (more…)

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Link | Storytelling in STEM Education? | MindShift

Storytelling, as a learning strategy is not limited to the teaching and learning of languages. In this article from KQED, comes a fine example of storytelling, used to good effect in the teaching of science and technology. Not only does it help the class become more interesting, it enhances skills (more…)

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Lesson Plan | Why History Matters

These days, the trending topics of discussions on Social Media (as well as offline conversations) revolve around the documentary, India’s Daughter, and the Ban on Beef Consumption in Maharashtra state. There may be many other political topics that are trending, but for the sake of setting context for this article, I (more…)

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Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies by Thinking Aloud

Reading comprehension is the ability to read text, process it and understand its meaning – Wikipedia. Reading comprehension is introduced to students in Grade 1. Typically, a short passage is presented to students and then they are asked to read the questions that follow and provide answers. Students are asked to read the (more…)

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Classroom Strategy | Language Evolution

When working on this classroom strategy, one question that bugged us for a while was whether this applied more to an English classroom or the History classroom. While the content leans towards use in an English classroom, there are interesting elements to the content that lend themselves to use, by the (more…)

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Teaching Strategy | What is Multiplication?

When students are taught multiplication, it’s often taught by showing them the multiplication table and asking them to read it aloud, and then repeat it many times, until they remember it, “by heart”. But what does multiplication mean? Does saying “Two times six is twelve” mean something to the child? (more…)

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Dual Language in the Classroom

This weeks micro-innovations article MI Monday I Try English speaks about encouraging teachers to speak English in rural schools in India. In many rural schools and low-income schools, the language of teaching is the regional language while English is the second language. Thus, a very large portion of the audience that (more…)

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Structured Yet Unstructured Learning – Is it Possible?

A school timetable tells you what subjects and lessons will be taught in class through the week. It gives predictability to students and teachers and ensures that all subjects are adequately covered. But, do timetables also bring about monotony in the school life? Do they take away the flexibility of (more…)