Say ‘History’ and students are willing to scream ‘Help!’ Why do students hate History so much?

Why children think History is boring!

  1. History is boring – full of treaties, laws and old information that make you yawn.
  2. Too factual – full of dates and places – too difficult to remember.
  3. Not relevant – children think History of past events is irrelevant to current modern age.
  4. Not interesting – History is full of wars that happened for silly reasons.

Face it! You cannot escape History. What we speak this minute is History the next. And History is relevant for these reasons.

Why History is important for students

1. History teaches us to learn from past mistakes

The World Wars, the Nazi rule, the Hiroshima-Nagasaki holocaust, the American War of Independence, the Indian Partition – all these teach us where even great men have failed.

2. History gives us warning signals

It is human to err and we humans keep on making mistakes. History warns of impending dangers. The futility of the Crusades, the failure of Communism, the polarization of Superpowers – all these is relevant even in today’s context of continuing violence in places like Syria.

3. History inspires us

When History narrates the tale of great martyrs, heroes and world leaders like Lenin, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln etc, we feel inspired to follow their example.

How Teachers can Reduce Boredom During History Class

We now know that History is vital to guide us through the mystery of tomorrow. How to make it interesting then? This is how teachers can reduce boredom in History class.

  • Weave a fairytale around the mundane event

Tell the tales of History with creativity and charm your student audience. Spin an aura of magical enchantment around the mundane events to capture the interest of your class.

  • Have debates on crucial historical decisions

Divide the class into 2 factions. Take a historical decision-making event like ‘Was it right to divide India?’,  ‘Could the collapse of the Soviet Union have been prevented?’ , ‘Was Hitler  a great leader?’ etc. Get the children to debate for and against the topic. This makes the children thoroughly research the topic and so they remember it well.

  • Conduct quizzes

Quizzes are the best way to get children to remember dates and events. Children always like games, group activities and contests. A quiz is the best way to get them to memorize dates and events.

  • Encourage presentations

Motivate children to prepare slides or PowerPoint presentations on topics like ‘ The Golden age of the Guptas’ or ‘The Sepoy Mutiny’. This evokes interest in the topic as it involves self-learning. Moreover, visual representation of historical events makes them worth remembering.

  •  Conduct skits or short plays to enact historical events

History is full of stories and these stories make excellent plots for short plays. Children love theatre and drama. Organize historical dramas on kings like Akbar or Shivaji or on events like ‘The Battles of Tarain’ or ‘The Maratha Wars’.

  • Screen movies on historical events

Which child does not love movies? Screen movies like ‘Gandhi’ by Richard Attenborough or ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’ or ‘Schindler’s List’. These blockbusters are compelling stories to watch and narrate historical events in detail.

  • Use audio-visual aids

Make use of projectors to telecast your slides and presentations. Audio-visual aids have a telling impact on children’s minds and they remember History better.

  • Organize tours to historical places

Take children on short trips to historical places in your vicinity like Mahabalipuram, Hampi, Ellora caves. These places depict History in fine form with all their frescoes and sculptures. Make children absorb the grandeur of History by visiting such heritage sites.

History is a gift and a legacy handed over to us by our great ancestors over generations. Cherish the value of History by making it more interesting in class. Use practice papers to make History more retentive to students.

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Shobha’s son was always excited to go to school. He adored his class teacher. Every day he recounted incidents of how the teacher praised him and other students, corrected mistakes playfully and encouraged them in new activities. Shobha was even surprised to find him taking a deep interest in art. He spent more time painting and his talent flourished. Shobha was very happy.

A year later, Shobha found her son moody and reluctant to go to school. He sulked and moped about, unwilling to pick up his schoolbag. On inquiring she found that his favourite class teacher had been transferred to a different branch. The new teacher had a strict and rigid attitude and did not interact well with the children. No wonder, her son hated school!

Yes, a teacher’s behaviour in the Classroom is a definite predictors of student success. How a teacher interacts with class is what really makes the student attend it. Let us analyze how.

Reasons why Teachers’ Behaviour in the Classroom is a Predictor of Student Success

    1.Rapport with the students

A teacher must develop a friendly attitude and build a good rapport with the children. A teacher with an encouraging and motivating behaviour will definitely be a good friend for the students. The teacher should guide the students clearly, correct them lovingly and mend them patiently. If the teacher is harsh and scolds the students or punishes them often, the students find ways to escape the teacher’s class. Thus a teacher with a friendly attitude is a success in the classroom.

  1. Genuine interest

Every teacher must act as ‘friend, philosopher and guide for the students’. Some teachers just play by the rule, sticking to the books and that’s it. Students can feel the lack of empathy with such teachers. Children often develop special bonding with teachers who develop a genuine interest in their personal lives. Acting as mentors and counselors, teachers must take an active interest in the individual life of each student. Speaking to the child personally, the teacher must encourage the child, point out his mistakes gently and steer him towards the right course. Such teachers who empathize and genuinely care for students are never forgotten by them.

    3. Inspire by example

Children are impressionable. Their tender minds are influenced more by what they see. Teachers should act as role models for children to follow. They should exhibit an impeccable behaviour with qualities of humility, good habits, punctuality, courtesy and respect. Teachers should inspire by example and make children feel like emulating them.

  1. Enforce discipline gently

Discipline is nothing but following rules and heeding to authority. This can be instilled not by commanding, scolding or punishing. Children will obey teachers whom they respect. If teachers behave in a manner which commands respect, students will automatically obey them. Teachers cannot command or demand respect; they must ‘earn’ respect by their good behaviour. Discipline also involves good habits and manners. All this must be taught to students gently and by illustrating examples. Correcting the bad habits and ill manners should also not be done publicly or harshly.

    5.Practise what you preach

The integrity of character means ‘having thoughts, words and actions in line’. Teachers should ‘practise what they preach’. This demonstrates ‘integrity of character’ and inspires students to follow them. The importance of ‘practice’ is also emphasized here.

    6.Encourage, motivate, collaborate

Teachers must encourage students in their line of interest, motivate them in the right direction and collaborate with them to get the desired results. Student involvement and cooperation should be promoted to develop both team spirit and the quality of leadership in children.

  1. Provide practice opportunities

Teachers should allow students to exhibit their skills by giving practices sessions. Classroom concepts might be hard for children to master. Providing them enough practice opportunities helps them gain confidence. Here the teacher exhibits a behaviour of ‘support’ to students which is highly recommended.

  1. Feedback

Teachers must always give instant feedback on student activities and behaviour at all times. This makes children realize that they are  not only being given the right attention but monitored as well. This  behavioural trait of ‘monitoring’ is an important aspect of a teacher’s attitude towards children.

Teachers are the sculptors who mould the children into successful leaders of tomorrow.

We have seen  how Teachers’ Behaviour in the Classroom are Predictors of Student Success. It is important that teachers practise good teaching and interpersonal skills to achieve this with success. Learn more about how practiced learning can help students by logging on to LetsPractise.

Say the word  ‘Math’ and most kids will run a mile. Say ‘Worksheets’ and they will recoil in fright. Such is the terror induced by both Math and Worksheets. Math, for most kids, seems worse than any cough medicine – too difficult to swallow! And Worksheets are longer than Mom’s grocery list!

So what to do now? shall we get rid of Math and worksheets then? Impossible! Math is an integral part of our daily routine. Right from waking up on time to cooking food, everything involves Math and numbers! Similarly, Worksheets are a must to make children practise Math and study the fundamentals.

How to use Math Worksheets and make Math and Worksheets interesting? Let us take a look.


  1. Make Math Worksheets Colourful using Graphics:

Kids get attracted by bright colours, cartoon figures and graphic icons.  Make boring worksheets interesting to look by using pictures, images and bright hues.

If a Worksheet looks rich and multi-coloured, any kid would want to pick it up. Use pictures of their favourite comic characters or superheroes to capture their interest.


  1. Use puzzles and games to solve Math problems

Kids love puzzles and games. Use crosswords, puzzles, mazes and games to get children to solve tough problems.

When kids see a game, they automatically want to try it. Surprisingly, they get engrossed and forget the difficulty in solving the problem. As they play on, they realize they have ended up solving the problem.

This technique of using games for Math is highly recommended by experts. This is because it carries a lot of retention and recall for the kid. When the kid solves the problem through the game, he is never bound to forget it.

  1.  Use quizzes in your Math Worksheets

Math Worksheets may sometimes have objective or multiple-choice questions. Children often blindly tick an answer in the choices if they don’t know. To get the best result, one has to make sure all questions are read, understood and attempted by the child. What better way than to have a Quiz?

Conduct a Math Quiz session in class using the Math Worksheet and make it fun! Divide the class into 2-3 teams. Keep the quiz and make sure each one answers a question. This way everyone is involved and each one attempts the Math Worksheet.


  1. Try to make Worksheet solving a Team activity

Kids love to perform in groups with their friends. Organize the class into teams and hand them worksheets. Ask them to solve it team-wise. Finally question each student individually. Using this method, you can nurture both Math and the team spirit. Solving Math Worksheets as a team becomes a fun activity now and children look forward to such group sessions eagerly.


  1. Organize a lec-dem using Math Worksheets

Teaching is the best way to learn! Once in a while, ask every child to be a teacher. Give each child a problem form the worksheet and ask him to teach the class. This is a  sort of lec-dem (a lecture-demonstration) as the child has to both lecture and solve the problem in class. Allot equal time for each child and make sure no one misses out. Children love to play ‘teacher’. So encourage the timid ones and get them to participate in this activity. This is a good one for personality development too!

  1.  Innovation is the Key

Use innovative techniques to make Math Worksheets interesting. You could have a ‘Formula 1’ Math race where kids have to answer the worksheet fast. Each one gets to answer only one question. Once he is done, he has to opt out of the race. In this way, every kid covers the question in the worksheet and the activity is interesting too. You could have a ‘Passing the Parcel’ game. Create a worksheet with 31 questions for 30         students. Each one answers one question and passes on to the next. The next kid checks this question and answers another. This way, everyone answers and checks all questions.


  1.  Encourage self-development

Ask kids to form teams.Let one team make a set of questions for the other. No 2 sets should match. Finally, discuss all questions. This kind of activity motivates children and develops a healthy spirit of competition and self-development. The best part is your worksheets are done

As the saying goes-‘It’s all in the mind’. Yes, Math Worksheets can be made fun, interesting and interactive.

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Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. It would be more apt if we said: “Books are a child’s best friend”. Yes, books are a child’s BFF-Best Friend Forever.

Books have become relics of the past, in this age of ebooks and Kindle. If one talks of good old books in printed papyrus, you will be looked at as if you are an extra-terrestrial! But reading books is not a lost art and it shouldn’t be!

Why reading books isn’t a lost art?

The World Culture Score Index shows that the highest number of hours per week spent on reading a book is in India! An Indian spends nearly 10.42 hours a week reading while an American spent only 5.42 hours per week.

In fact, the Pew Research Centre released statistic that proved that percentage of the Americans who read books over the last 12 months remained unchanged at 73% from 2012 to 2016. This startling statistics only prove that reading books has still not lost its glamour.

Reading books cannot definitely be called a lost art as most doctors still recommend reading to children as the best form of bonding with them. The American Paediatric Association insists that parents should start reading aloud to children from birth. When parents start reading aloud, the child automatically picks up the habit of picking up a book and reading. this is how reading books can be instilled into young children.

American Public speaker and Motivational Trainer  Brian Tracy claims that “If you read only one book per month, that will put you into the top 1% of income earners in our society. But if you read one book per week, 50 books per year, that will make you one of the best educated, smartest, most capable and highest paid people in your field. Regular reading will transform your life completely.”

Reasons why reading books isn’t a lost art and it should be encouraged

Reading books must be encouraged among children for the following reasons

  1. Personality Development

A child who reads becomes a person who can understand others better. Research by the University of Toronto reveals that reading shapes the personality by changing some traits. Feelings of empathy, compassion, understanding and qualities of leadership and proactiveness come through reading.

     2.Mental Stimulation

Like your body, even your mind needs a workout sometimes. Reading stimulates the brain cells and keeps them alert and active. Medical research has proved that the reading habit delays dementia and Alzheimer’s among elders and controls ADHD in children.

  1. Instills discipline

Reading as a habit is highly beneficial in instilling discipline in children. When a child reads a chapter in an interesting book, he automatically wants to move on to the next chapter. This enforces consistency and completion to his reading and makes these traits a part of his personality. Secondly, the child learns to preserve and care for his favourite book. No child would like to see his favourite book torn, stained or dog-eared. Caring for one’s belongings and responsibility towards one’s possession comes automatically by handling books.

     4.Time Management

Reading books teaches your child time management. The child is in eager anticipation to read and finish the book. So he would schedule his other tasks accordingly to make time for reading the book. This is how reading books teach your child task scheduling and time management.

    5.Concentration and analytical skills

Concentration means focussing all your attention on to something. This is what reading accomplishes. When you read, you have to be in a zone and focus your mind on the book.

When your child in front of the computer, his attention is scattered by the different distractions it offers in terms of pop-ups, messages, ads, videos etc. These diversions decrease your child’s ability to concentrate slowly.

Encourage your child to read more books. This will make him develop his concentration and analytical skills.

  1. Best way to unwind

After a stressful day of studying at school. books are the best way to unwind. Reading relaxes your mind as it transports you to a different realm of imagination altogether.

Books have been found to educate, motivate and inspire students. Teach your child the reading habit and let’s practise the art of reading.

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Children’s day is here and all children are thoroughly excited! Yes, Children’s Day celebrated on the 14th of November is a fun time for kids at school. Contests, games and award functions rule the day at school. It is a day when everyone talks about cherishing childhood. However, is the childhood spirit really cherished? Are children allowed to enjoy their childhood amidst the burden of their studies? This is something to ponder about.

Children must be taught or trained to pursue their sports or recreational activities,

hobbies and areas of interest apart from academics. This is the only way to keep their

childish spirit alive. After all, kids want to do is have fun, right? But how to do this

when weekly tests or periodical assessments are looking over the weekend!

The answer is this – Practiced learning to help kids enjoy their childhood. If children are trained to plan their studies in a scheduled manner, they can cover their portions and enjoy as well. Planning and practising can save a lot of time for children. This allows them to enjoy their childhood by doing their extra-curricular activities.

Why Practiced learning to help kids enjoy their childhood?

 1. Practiced learning involves planning

The concept of planning has to be introduced to children very early in life.

“Haste makes waste” goes the proverb. Every child must understand that a little planning goes a long way in successful execution.

Practiced learning introduces the concept of planning in children and soon planning becomes a habit.

  1. Practiced learning saves time.

This is the most noteworthy feature of practiced learning. In order to practice, your kid has to plan, frame a timetable and allocate daily or weekly hours to study. If the child adheres to his plan, he will find that there is a lot of time left for him to enjoy.

Practiced learning saves time and allows enough spare time for children to enjoy their childhood activities.

3.Practiced learning develops the child’s personality

When your child adopts practiced learning, certain qualities come to him by default. Planning, perfection, time consciousness, commitment to deadlines, cleanliness and the list goes on. When all these things come to your child, doesn’t he become a better individual?

Practiced learning develops the personality of your child and makes him a better person.

How to do practiced learning?

Practiced learning involves the following steps.

  1. Assessment of study portions

First, the child has to learn to make a pre-study assessment of his portions. He must understand which are the portions that require immediate attention and which need longer attention. He must also analyze which areas he is strong and weak in.

To do practiced learning, your child can seek the help of practice papers.Practice papers help your child to assess how much he has really understood in what he studied.

  1. Frame a timetable.

The next task for the child is to frame a timetable allocating daily or weekly hours of study.

In this timetable, ask your child to set apart a separate hour for doing practice papers. When incorporated into the timetable, doing practice papers becomes a regular habit and second nature for your child.

  1. Stick to the deadlines

Your child must understand very early in life that commitment to deadlines is what is called ‘integrity’. Ask your child to honour the timetable and stick to the deadlines. Do not be harsh on the child. Try to educate gently that he must learn the art of studying smartly while sticking to the deadlines.

By doing practice papers, your child finishes most of the important portions. This is because practice papers are coined in such a way that all important portions are covered and revised. Thus Practice papers help your child to stick to deadlines.

  1. Adequate Revision is achieved

Revision of studied portions is vital to ensure their retention. Some children may have a good memory power while some don’t. In general, revision is highly recommended for all children. Ask your child to allot weekly hours for revision in his timetable.

Doing practice papers helps your child to revise and remember the studied portions.

  1. Practice Papers eliminate Exam Fear

Exam fear is the main enemy of most children. Most children are afraid of exams. This is because they would not have finished their study portions.

By doing Practice papers, study portions are thoroughly covered chapter-wise. this leaves no room for fear. Practiced learning eliminates exam fear.

  1. Practice Papers help in Confidence building

If your child follows a systematic study plan, he develops confidence. Confidence is very important for the growth of a child.

Practice papers help to build confidence in the child. Due to repeated practice, the child develops confidence automatically and this helps him face exams without fear.

  1. Practice papers nurture the childhood spirit

When practiced learning becomes a habit, your child is carefree and without worries. So he enjoys both his life and childhood with spare time for fun and games.

So Practice papers nurture the childhood spirit.

Childhood is the prime time of life. Let your child enjoy this golden period with practiced learning. Encourage your child to adopt practiced learning practices with practice papers. Cherish the childhood spirit to nurture better citizens of tomorrow.

Happy children’s day!

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