@Meena P So true Ma'am. It's nice of you to think along these lines. I still remember many of my teachers, right from kindergarten to graduation, who have left a lasting impression on my mind. Students will never forget the teachers, who have been kind ,understanding, and set an excellent example for them. A math teacher, language teacher , dance teacher or any teacher can impart values and influence a child in so many ways. They shape a child's personality and build a foundation for their future. It's a blessing to have teachers who teach more than the subject they are assigned. Thanks and All the Best :)
@Meena P Dear Teacher, You're spot on about academic subjects being aligned with basic values that we try to inculcate in our children. Math can teach us problem solving, logical reasoning, and analytical skills. Social science subjects such as history can teach us about hope, courage, and resilience; civics about social justice; and geography about empathy toward the environment. As a teacher, you could focus on not only teaching the subject to your students but after each topic, initiating a class discussion on what they learnt from it and how they can apply it to their daily lives. For example, after teaching your students about the theory of relativity, you could encourage them to research about the life of Einstein- to not just make the theory become alive but also to derive important lessons from the life and work of a brilliant scientist. Encourage your students to read up on subjects beyond the text books. Give homework that does not entail simply answering questions from the text, but on reflecting about the meaning of the concepts they are learning and how these concepts can be utilised by them by applying them to their real world. Encourage your students to come up with more ideas- you'll be surprised at their creativity! That is how you'll be able to integrate life skills with academic subjects. All the best!