Have you ever wanted to see Edison and Einstein, or Marie Curie and Maria Meyer? Well, you can now, in your own classroom if you provide the right environment and make science fun for students!

Science is intriguing and interesting if it is portrayed rightly to students. If science is made fun in the classroom, children would eventually develop a lifelong interest in the subject. This is how to make science fun for students.

Making science fun for students.

Science is an ocean of knowledge into with various streams like physics, chemistry, botany, zoology etc. Let us look at ways to make some of these subjects interesting for students.

1. Perform experiments in the classroom

If you want children to understand chemistry, it is best to demonstrate simple experiments in class. Demonstrating the presence of CO2 by passing it through the lime water to show its milky effect is one such example of a simple experiment that can be done in class.

When children watch the copper sulfate solution turn from blue to green on dipping iron nails in the solution, the excitement you see on their faces is amazing. Children are fascinated by such wonderful effects that chemicals produce. This instils an interest for the subject in the child.

2. Take children for nature walks

Want children to learn botany? The best thing is to take them for a nature walk. On the way, you can show them herbs, shrubs and trees. Point out ferns, mosses, lichens and even show how insect pollination occurs if butterflies are flitting about in the flower garden. Take a flower and show the petals, sepals, calyx and corolla. Your children will never forget the parts of the plants and flowers ever again.

3. Show videos of famous scientific experiments

Physics is fascinating if you demonstrate it to children. Videos are available on YouTube where modern science enthusiasts have tried to recreate Nikola Tesla’s attempts at wireless electricity. You can screen such videos to show children the power and potential of physics.

Nikola Tesla and the Quest for Wireless Electricity

4. Plan a trip to the museum

Subjects like Paleontology and Geology are best explained with a trip to the museum. Show children fossils or preserved skeletons of dinosaurs or show taxidermy specimens of extinct animals to explain the concept of extinction. Show children samples of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks to explain geology. A museum would display many varieties and rare specimens and children would love this excursion as well.

5. A trip to an organic farm

Children love the outdoors and animals too. Use this to your advantage to teach them about organic farming by taking them to an organic farm. Teach them about the benefits of using organic fertilizers, herbicides and fungicides and show them how various agricultural methods are undertaken. Show them how cattle and poultry are reared. All this inculcates an interest in children towards ecological conservation.

6. A trip to the market

A market is a colourful place which children would love to visit. Take your young children to the market and show them rhizomes, tubers, legumes and bulbs. Understanding the varieties of flowers, fruits and vegetables are much easy and fun for children when they see them in person.

Science can be exciting or exhausting depending on the way it is taught and handled in the classroom. Teachers have to look at innovative ways to interest children in science and not just follow the routine rote method. Some ways of doing this are expressed above and teachers can learn more from useful practice learning sites that give useful tips.

Science is a subject that stimulates the mind. All children need is something to fuel the mind and science is full of this fuel. Teachers must light the spark to ignite the interest of the child in the subject.

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Monotony, lack of interest, and short attention span are the major contributing factors to the lack of concentration in students. Long hours, project work, homework, assignments, and so on over a long period of time dull kids down.

With the quickly advancing pedagogical changes in the education industry, it is time to shake off our inertia and find innovative ways to improve their concentration and have quality learning take place.

Have you ever been to a conference and observed an adult’s attention span when you are standing on that podium? It is difficult to engage even adults for a few seconds and can you imagine what it would possibly be like for kids who are bursting with energy, have games on their mind and everything else possible other than the class that is in session? A little effort towards creating interest, will help to develop a to create interests, develop a deep desire for learning and you will no doubt have you students concentrating.

With all the above said let’s break it down into two crucial steps in gaining a kid’s undivided attention and concentration.

Tips for Improving Concentration

Here are a few tips on how you could improve your child’s concentration.

1. Mindfulness

There has been so much talk about mindfulness in the recent months. The practice of mindfulness has proven to increase brain activity and isn’t that what we want from these children, higher cognitive abilities?

Activity – Take a few minutes of the class and have the students close their eyes and stay still. While they are at it,  the most gentle and soothing voice bring students to an awareness of their presence in the classroom and their current purpose. This process clears their mind of clutter and unnecessary thoughts that are not required in the process of learning. The first few tries will be challenging, they would distracted and playful but over a few tries, students settle down and fall into a routine. This process would also serve as a trigger that would prep the student’s mind and body to learning as a pattern is already created. Their mind slowly becomes conditioned to the fact that after this activity the next process is learning. It is a slow progressing method but effective.

2. Creating Interest

It is unreasonable to expect self-control from small children, when adults regularly fail at it.

Activity – Let’s go back to the introduction of a new area of study. We start off by giving the child the title of the new topic. It’s during this phase they are already judging if the class is going to interest them or not. Here’s what you could do. Prep a series of questions that would have them thinking, analytical and logical questions that link to the previous lessons learned in their earlier years as a method of retrieving knowledge acquired. Now since you have their attention, they are also thinking and solving the puzzles that are in front of them. Concentration doesn’t necessarily mean that one has to sit still and focus with all his might on something. It could be interactive but with the assurance that concentrated quality, learning is taking place.

These ideas, if implemented not just in the field of learning but in performing other activities, give positive results. For parents who find it difficult to handle their kids in daily routine situations such as completing homework or performing simple tasks, creating a sense of awareness through mindfulness brings a sense of calm over the child. Let us remind you again that this is not easy to accomplish, but once you have, you are a true hero as this small act will transform your child into a more conscious and disciplined being.

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Vision is the light of our eyes but education is the light of our lives. Teachers are the candles that light up our lives by imparting education to us. The darkness of ignorance is dispelled only by the valuable tutoring of our teachers. This is why it is high time we venerate our teachers and appreciate their contribution at least on 5 October, which is the International Teacher’s Day.

Role of teachers in the lives of children

To appreciate the role of teachers in shaping a student’s life, one must first understand why teachers are important to children’s lives.

1. As guides

Some children have a vision and a clarity of thought about their ambition in life. Some children cannot just make up their minds. They do not know what they should aim for or what they are good at.

Teachers are the best guides for children. They identify the unique talent, skill or strength of the child very early and encourage them to pursue that path to become successful in their career. Take the example of Guru Dronacharya, who identified the talent of Arjuna as soon as he met him to make him a master of Archery. This clearly shows the talent of teachers in identifying their student’s faculties and promoting them to achieve their ambition.

2. As believers

Most often, belief is all that is required to scale success. To know that someone believes in the child’s capability is what makes him/her strive harder and excel. Teachers act as great believers, having faith in their students and urging to perform better.

Celebrity anchor Oprah Winfrey claims that she owes it all to her 4th grade teacher Mrs. Duncan who believed in her and made her embrace the love of learning.

3. As  disciplinarians and role models

Children are prone to multiple influences – both good and bad and hence some are likely to go astray. Teachers act as great disciplinarians, bringing children back to the track. They advise, counsel and even reprimand children to see that they do not go wayward in life.

Senator John McCain attributes much of his success to his high school teacher William Ravenel. According to Mr. McCain, Mr. Ravenel gave him what McCain calls “some moorings and a compass,” as he taught not just English, but values, standards, and morals. Such teachers lead their students by example and teach them the virtues and values of life.

4. As coaches

Teachers help children by imparting the knowledge they have. Coaches help children to help themselves – by discovering their inner strengths and honing them. Teachers make excellent coaches by teaching children to become more accountable and responsible, thereby helping them become more professional as individuals.

Look at what Sachin Tendulkar has to say about his coach and mentor, Ramakant Achrekar-“A dream begins with a teacher, who believes in you, who hugs and pushes you and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called ‘truth’.”

Teacher s not only help you learn from themselves but as coaches, they help children to learn from their own mistakes and move forward.

5. As windows of opportunity

Many teachers have opened up opportunities for their students to help them make their mark in life. Famous Hollywood actress Hilary Swank credits Mr.Sellerit, her elementary school teacher for giving her the first opportunity to act in the school production of The Jungle Book. This, she claims, opened up the doors of her acting career. Teachers are selfless individuals who spare no effort to ensure that their students come up in life, by being their windows of opportunity.

Teachers are veritably the friends, philosophers and guides for children.

  1. As friends-  Students find it easy to open up to teachers when they are under stress or have problems. Teachers are the children’s best friends, consoling and counselling them to help them solve their problems.
  2. As philosophers– Great teachers like Chanakya, Aristotle, Plato and Socrates have left behind a wealth of wisdom for children through their philosophies.
  3. As guides–  Teachers like Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam have guided thousands of students through their subject knowledge and life experiences till today.

Teachers play an indispensable role in the development of the child, society and the nation. They are our only hope for transforming students into successful and noble human beings. On this International Teacher’s day, let us appreciate and applaud teachers for their contribution to the lives of our children.

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With the abundance of information available at the disposal of students, the need for a teacher to provide information on various subjects isn’t the need of the hour anymore. Teachers have now simply become facilitators, providing guidance and ushering students in the right direction.

Therefore, education has come to a point where self-study has become quite effective but it is quite clear that education can not take place without a teacher. In order to adapt to the current situation, it is the teacher’s responsibility make a class interesting and effective within the short span of time.

The best teachers are those that can make even the driest subjects interesting.

How to Make Teaching Interesting and Effective

Here are a few tips that you teachers could follow in order to adapt to the current need and make teaching interesting and effective.

  1. Engage With Your Students

We all remember that teacher who walked into the class, rattled off a few words, and in no time the class was over. Didn’t we sit there and want to make a change? Well, connecting and engaging with students are important. It is an art to allow students to feel that the teacher is speaking individually to each child, as opposed to the class as a whole class.

Everyone in a classroom is different. They learn in different ways and excel at different subjects. Letting the student know that he or she is important and that his or her learning is as equally important as the other children can have a major impact on them. Connect with them and you will notice that you would their undivided attention for the whole 45 minutes.

Suggested activity – Conducting of a spot quiz, where students are evaluated from the lesson taught in the days class. Factual questions should be avoided and analytical questions based on the lesson should be encouraged. Force the child to think and support their idea rather than just regurgitation. In this way, the students recollect information received and apply it to retrieve the answer.

  1. ALM

There has been a recent fuss about the Activity-based Learning Method (ALM). A few teachers have embraced the idea completely while others have chucked it. ALM is important. We are all aware that each child has a specific learning ability (auditory, visual, and kinesthetic). In order to suit each child’s need, the ALM has proven to be effective.

Activity-based projects such as ‘do it yourself’ science projects or individualistic analysis of a Shakespeare play has proven to make a class more effective rather than having a teacher stand in front of the class and demonstrate an experiment which does not involve the class or have some random person analysis of the play read to the class.

Suggested activity – Have a well equipped and safe lab arranged for students to experiment on a given science project. Provide them with basic information and equipment and allow them to complete the project with basic information. This encourages them to practically apply their knowledge on the subject.

  1. Brainstorming Sessions

During brainstorming sessions, the teacher becomes one with the class. It gives room for students to learn out of their own accord. Our education systems have turned into a mere process of testing a students ability to memorize and retrieval of this memory.

As a teacher, it is our responsibility to turn a classroom into a zone that allows room for higher order thinking. We must train students to think outside the box and to develop and enhance their creativity. Good marks are not everything, and just getting good marks doesn’t make a good student. Allowing students to think out loud in a classroom gives them room to develop higher cognitive abilities.

Suggested activity – Group students based on various learning abilities and have them have an open discussion on work of prose. Leave ample room for mistakes and shun the idea of a wrong answer. Students tend to withdraw when their thinking has been condemned in the past.

Inspire Students Through Interesting Teaching

Those were three ways to make teaching interesting and effective. Of course, they are all easier said than done. The above points have taken into consideration the various challenges a teacher faces in a classroom such as indiscipline, distraction, lack of interest, backlash, and the list goes on. However, at the end of the day, don’t we love our jobs? Don’t we sit back and cherish the fact that we are the major influencers in these children’s lives? Indeed!

Let’s take this passion into the classroom and awaken every future Doctor, Teacher or Lawyer in these children and set their foundations strong. Therefore, when they go out into the world, they aren’t just people who fit into society abiding by the norms but are individuals who stand out contributing to the society, just like their own teachers.

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Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival that is celebrated almost in every state of India. Kids love this Elephant God Ganesh with his round belly and swinging trunk as he looks cute and friendly to them. Moreover, he is said to be the Vighnaharta – the remover of obstacles and this is why kids believe that praying to him, will make their life trouble-free.

Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in the month of September with great pomp and show in India by creating idols of Ganesh, worshipping them and finally immersing them in water after the pooja. In Maharashtra, this festival is celebrated for 10 days and in South India, just for one day. Be it one or ten, it is a beautiful sight to see the procession of Ganeshas parading through the town on the final day of the visarjan or immersion.

With eco-consciousness being the need of the hour, people have stopped using paper-mache and plasticine for creating Ganeshas and are instead moving to eco-friendly options like clay, mud, etc. Let us take this opportunity to involve children in the spirit of this festival by teaching them to create Ganesh idols at home or school.

Creating Ganesh idols with kids.

1. Clay Ganesha

This cute Clay Ganesh is very easy to make and is ready within minutes. Small kids love to make this  Ganesha as it involves dabbling with clay.

Materials needed:  Potter’s Clay, Water,  small black beads, a bowl to mix, newspaper to spread

Procedure

  1.    Spread the newspaper on the ground or table.
  2.   Take the clay in the bowl.
  3.   Add water little by little to it and knead it to form a dough similar to the chapati dough.
  4.   Make 2 round balls- one big and one small.
  5.   Place the small ball as the head on the large ball which is the body.
  6.   Make four small balls of dough and shape them into carrots. These are the arms and legs of the Ganesh.
  7.   Place the 2 arms and 2 legs on the  body
  8.   Make another carrot shape and bend it to form the trunk. Attach the trunk to the face.
  9.   Make 2 small balls and flatten them as the ears. Attach the ears to either side of the face.
  10.  Lastly, make 2 small balls and shape them into 2 tusks- one long and one short. Attach them to the trunk on   either side.
  11.  Place 2 black beads as the eyes of the Ganesha.
  12.  Your cute little clay Ganesha is ready. Allow him to dry and then worship him with flowers.

2. Wheat Ganesha

This Ganesha is made solely of edible items like wheat flour, turmeric etc. which are available at home and are eco-friendly.

Materials needed: Wheat Flour, Turmeric, Peppercorns, cotton thread,  beetroot, kumkum, 2 small stick/ toothpicks.

Procedure

  1. Make a soft dough of Wheat flour with water.
  2. Now make 2  balls out of the dough – one small for the head and the other big one for the body.
  3. Place the small ball on top of the big one.
  4. Insert a small stick or toothpick into the head and body so that it goes straight through both, holding them together.
  5. Now merge the lines between the head and body by kneading.
  6. Make a small ball of the dough, knead it into a long tube and attach it to the face for the trunk. Fold the trunk to one side. Merge the trunk to the face and body.
  7. Form the head portion, flatten out the ears on either side.
  8. Make 2 small discs out of the dough – one large and one small. Place the large disc on top of the head covering the toothpick. Now place the smaller one. Cover this with a tiny ball of dough. This forms the crown of the Ganesha.
  9. Now make a small ball and place it in the bent trunk as his favourite sweet- the “modak”
  10. Then take some dough, knead it as a tube. Shape one end of the tube as a snake’s head. attach the snake to Ganesha’s waist.
  11. Place 2 peppercorns as the eyes of the Ganesha.
  12. Now make 2 small tusks from the dough- one long and one short and place it on either side of the trunk. Merge these tusks to the trunk and body by using toothpick gently.
  13. Your Ganesha is ready. Place him on a slice of beetroot as his seat with some rice and a coin underneath.
  14. Worship Ganesha with flowers and kumkum.

Make this Ganesh Chaturthi more special by getting kids to create their own Ganeshas at home or school and worship them heartily.

Letspractise wishes you all a Happy Ganesh Chaturthi