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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What is that on the paper which looks like a caterpillar’s crawl? Is that your child’s handwriting? Uh-Oh! It’s time then to get your child geared up for some activity to improve his/her handwriting. But is handwriting so important?

Why is handwriting important for kids?

A legible and clear handwriting is a must for kids because of it

  • Helps the reader to read/understand the content easily.
  • Offers a neat presentation to the text.
  • Makes the answer paper or notebook correction easier for the teacher.
  • Offers clarity to the writer to align his/her thoughts correctly.

A clear handwriting enables easy reading and hence gives a good impression to the reader. A neat handwriting with legible lettering is often seen as a “mark of perfection” by the reader. This is why most schools and even some colleges lay such strong emphasis on “good handwriting”. Some schools even award extra marks for good handwriting while some others prohibit over-writing and use of erasers.

Handwriting has gained such major importance in education that contests are held and prizes are awarded for good handwriting.

Let us take a look at some games we can use to shape your child’s handwriting.

Games to improve your child’s handwriting

Catching hold of your child and making him/her write cursive letters is not an easy task. no child would love to sit and practise handwriting while they can run out and play. So, introduce the idea of improving the child’s handwriting through fun games and watch your child transform his writing into a fine legible print.

1. Hangman

Hangman is a favourite game among kids. Use it to your advantage to transform your kid’s handwriting like this.

  • Hangman is a game where the one player thinks of a word and the other guesses it through clues or missing letters.
  • Ask the player to write down his guesses to turn this into a handwriting game.

2. 20 questions

Kids love this guessing game which can be turned into a handwriting game. One player thinks of a character- it may be a cartoon, film, mythological or real person. The others have to ask only 20 questions for which the player answers only with a YES or NO. Ask the players to write down the questions with affirmative answers. This comes up with a long list of character traits to guess the person easily. With this list, the child also practises his handwriting.

3.Passing the message

This game is surely a litmus test for good handwriting. Ask one person to write a message, number it and pass it to the next while a music is played. The next person rewrites the message, increments its number and passes it to the next person, putting the first one in a bowl. This goes on till the music stops. The final message is read out and compared with the first message. If the person gets it right, he opts out of the game else the game continues.

This game clearly reveals how a poor handwriting can lead to communication errors.

4. Scrabble Junior

Ideal for little kids, this Scrabble Game can be used to shape your kid’s handwriting by asking him/her to write down the word formed.

5. Scattergories

Scattergories is an awesome game for older kids and even adults. A lettered die is rolled and the players form words starting with this letter. Ask the players to write down the words formed. This game improves both handwriting,  general knowledge and vocabulary.

6. Dumb charades with writing

Dumb charades is an excellent game that can be used for handwriting improvement. One player thinks of a movie and acts out its name. Ask the kids to write their guesses for the names of the movies and show them instead of shouting out loud. Interesting and influential in improving handwriting, this game will really click!

7. Don’t say it.

Have a deck of cards with each card having one word and 4 other describing words that are not to be used. One player draws a card and tries to describe the word without using those on the card. Ask the others to write down their guesses. Instead of shouting their guesses out aloud, the children write down their guesses which improves their handwriting.

8. 5 Seconds

Have a set of topics. ask one child to draw a topic and the players have t write 3 things on the topic within 5 seconds. A quick game which teaches how to master handwriting skills even if writing is done at a fast pace.

9. Blurt

One kid takes a card and uses a phrase to describe the figure on the card. The others should not blurt out but write their guesses. This game is fun yet functional for handwriting improvement.

10. Pictionary

Kids love to doodle and they love Pictionary. One kid takes a card with a name on it. He draws and asks the others to write their guesses. Full of fun and laughter, this game is a big hit for both art and handwriting.

A child’s handwriting reveals the clarity and bent of his mind. Use such interesting games to improve your child’s handwriting and intellect by using such tips from Letspractise.

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.

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

Role of teachers in the lives of children

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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Before we jump into a solution as to how to have an interactive class let’s learn of its importance. We are part of a ‘strawberry generation’ who dwell on the idea of individualism. It comes with both its pros and cons and therefore, it is not our role as teachers to put forth our ideologies onto our class hence, we ought to learn to adapt and adjust attitudes that best suit the students. It’s all about connecting with the class individualistically yet staying professional. A class is an environment for learning and it is left up to the teacher to bring out the best from these students.

We live in an information age and the information changes almost daily. Organizations change, facts change, discoveries are made, methods become outdated, what was true yesterday may be untrue today or worse yet irrelevant. Therefore, sticking to old methods and being set in our ways as teachers aren’t going to take us far. Just like the boring old lecture methods. Below are the top most effective strategies for having an interactive class. Implement them one step at any time and watch the change it would make in your classrooms teaching-learning process.

Let’s look at the best teaching strategies to keep a class interactive

1. Presentations, audio and visual aids 

With the constant exposure to screens, students tend to lack interest in regular classes that have adopted the lecture method. We are quite aware that we as teachers would like to give students a little time away from the screens in the classroom but let that be the parent’s responsibility to cut down on a little entertainment and use technology to our advantage. Students have responded quite well to audio and visual methods of teaching. It assists in better learning and understanding. This method of teaching suits students with various learning abilities. It could be a bit time consuming preparing these presentations, but it pays off as one of the most effective teaching methods by far.

2. Mind maps

Although many of us as students have made mind maps to remember the content that had to be learned and we know it has been effective, but it was never encouraged in a classroom back then. People in the education field have realized its effect and are slowly beginning to implement it in their classrooms. In the gradual progression of a lesson draw mind maps on the board in relevance to the topic of discussion and watch the students grasp concepts like they never had before. Students can contribute to complete the mind map instead of having the teacher feed them all the answers.

3. Think, pair and share

Give the students an analytical question based on the lesson that is currently being studied. Pair students up. Make sure while you do so there should be absolutely no room for discrimination based on the students’ academic performance. Grouping students based on academic performance is the first step to demotivating the average and lower performers in the class. This strategy allows students to think outside the box and speak their minds out loud being free of judgments. The progress over a period of time is drastic. You will find quiet students opening up with ideas and that they are more verbal and less afraid of making mistakes.

4. Debate

How often did we as students get a chance to have an opinion about anything? Be it political affairs or generic ideas. Debates are a way of allowing students to develop their own ideas on concepts and this also gives them a chance to voice out their opinions and better yet have reasons to validate their choice. Fitting in a session or two as a part of the lesson allows students to learn better and participate holistically.

5. Show and Tell

his strategy had has been an age-old concept that had been initially adopted in the West, and has gradually made its way to our classrooms. Giving students a live presentation always has a way of registering in students mind and this method is best used to at the point of introducing a new topic. Students are excited to learn as well as have a fun period.

Interactive classes are the best methods of teaching be it with technology or without. Both the teacher and the student have expressed fulfilment after an interactive class. Present days students do not want to be given a load of information on a subject as the internet hands it to them already. It is our responsibility as teachers to facilitate and usher students in the right direction in terms of education. Why don’t you try to include a few of the above-mentioned methods in keeping the class interactive?

Interactive Learning from Letspractise

Interactive classes are the best methods of teaching, be it with technology or without. Both the teacher and the student have expressed fulfilment after an interactive class. Present days students do not want to be given a load of information on a subject as the internet hands it to them already. It is our responsibility as teachers to facilitate and usher students in the right direction in terms of education.

Letspractise offers innovative ways for students to learn. For example, we have practice papers which you can use as mock exams. Our goal is to help your child succeed in school, not just get the passing marks.

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