The Creative Cartoon

Dear Students


Cartoonist Pran Kumar Sharma, the creator of Chacha Chowdhury died in 2014 on this date.

Alas! With him, an entire family passed away – Shrimatiji, Pinki, Billoo, Raman and Channi Chachi are no more. Pran Kumar Sharma and the Chowdhury family and friends! You lived a long and fruitful life, enriching the lives of all who came into your ambit.

Herge, the Belgian creator of The Adventures of Tintin died in 1983.


When I was a student at school, I read Chacha Chowdhury, Tintin and Asterix comics with great pleasure, and so do most of you, and so did many of your parents. That is a rare link of common pleasure spanning two generations.

I wish, some of my talented student artists would begin their own comic series!  Does the idea appeal to anyone?

It would be a true tribute to the famous cartoonists who have lived and died and it would help your own creative talents to flower. 

Sanjukta Sivakumar


Let’s Teach Kids to Code

Dear (Older) Learners

I enjoyed this very much – because the speaker, Michael Resnick,  shares my views (hopes and anxieties). Do watch – it’s interesting!

Share it with your parents and friends – they might enjoy it too!

Now here’s a self-check on what you’ve just viewed:

This is an MI-RBT Task testing your Listening at the RBT Thinking level of Evaluation.

If you visit Scratch and make your programme then, you’ll reach the RBT level of Creativity, while exercising your Logical Intelligence.

I like this way of learning – the whole world becomes your syllabus and digital technology becomes your  learning tool.

The global classroom is full of ideas every moment – and the greatest learner is always alert!

I know that some of you follow my Blog and repost some of the stuff (under different headers). That’s creative! 

I also share my recently gained learning on Weekend Watch-n-Weigh under Teachers’ Club in this blog. Keep an eye on the updates here! I like people who can keep up with my ideas and share their own with me. So please do leave a Comment, after you’ve viewed what I put up for you.


Dear (Not-so-old) Learners

You’ve heard of a pantomime? I’ve invented this game for you called Speak-a-Mime. It’s a game to be played with two players (partners) like this:

Step 1: Watch the (very funny) mimes on the videos below. They’re by an expert mime-artist and a (not very expert) volunteer from the audience. 

Step 2: When you’ve finished laughing, select any one video.

Step 3: Decide who wants to play the expert and who will be the novice (opposite of expert). 

Step 4: Watch the video again, supplying the dialogue for the mime. You can pause the video when you need time to think of the words. You can try it out in your own language first and then translate into English, if that helps you to think. I suggest you and your partner do a few practice rounds of this, till you can speak in English along with the action on the video.

Step 5: The whole class can watch the video and listen to you and your partner speaking the words that suit the mime-action.


SCENARIO B: In the Restaurant 

SCENARIO C: At the Party

This is an MI-RBT Task where you can Apply your Verbal-linguistic Intelligence and your Speaking Skills at the Creativity level of the RBT pyramid of thinking skills.

Did you enjoy doing this MI-RBT task? Do send me your thoughts in Comments, or vote on this Poll – or do BOTH!

Jarrett J. Krosoczka: How a boy became an artist

Dear (Older) Learners 

I would like to share this TED talk on Jarrett J. Krosoczkathat I greatly enjoyed, about a writer and illustrator of books for children. 

I watched it more than once to set you some questions. If you are a good listener, you should answer them correctly. You can pause and replay the video, like I did, to locate the answers.

Now test yourself with this MI-RBT Task and see how well you Listen, Understand, Remember, Analyse and Evaluate


If you’ve done all eight questions above – you’re a real Champion!

Now, check out the Answers, Champ!

You can visit Jarrett’s website StudioJJK to try out the creative Activities he has designed.

Jarrett tells you how to pronounce his surname, Krosoczka

I especially liked his various Biographies!

Finally, do remember that Jarrett faced hundreds of rejections before his talent was finally recognized and his dream came true.

Do you, too, have a special dream? Would you like to share it in the Comments below?


The Talents of Childhood

I have just been listening to the teachers and students singing Christmas Carols at assembly. This counts among one of my favourite moments of school. The season of good will and good cheer is rejuvenated, in spite of desperate events in the world we live in today.
Today, as I wish my readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, I would like to celebrate the innate positive energy of our children, that rejuvenates my faith in the fact that we begin life afresh every day. I am constantly amazed by the multiple talents (or Multiple Intelligences, to quote Gardner) displayed by our students. They find time for every new challenge and perform with aplomb. I am even more impressed by the sheer joy they invest in every activity, be in in the classroom or outdoors. For instance, just look at them roller-skating here! Every figure shows determination, grace, balance and focus.
This capacity of children to enjoy living in the present moment without worrying about what future gains will accrue, is sheer genius. They will remain winners, if they manage to retain this supreme talent in the inevitable face of grim reality, whatever its outcome. I hope, they will continue to enjoy life’s challenges without undue worry and anxiety about losing or winning. There are adults enough in every child’s life, to warn of the hardships of losing, the fears of not winning, the frustration of seeing rivals win, and in general, not to be feel safe, secure, contented and happy. If it wasn’t for their inner resilience, our children would become deeply dejected about their chances in life, listening to the constant carping adult voice. Blake embodied this tragedy of growing up, in his Songs of Innocence and Experience.
Apropos, I was very moved by the theme chosen by our senior students and teachers for their Annual Function, Nritya Srota, this year. They depicted the history of dance in India, showing human creativity in movement and rhythm in every epoch. The dances by the students took me back to when humans must have first expressed their exuberant joy of life through grace and melody. A dramatic message was interwoven with the dances. A very focussed and successful family who see dance as an effeminate, fruitless waste of time that should be spent in preparing for a successful career, are won over in the end, by the sheer poetry of grace and harmony as they watch the classical and folk dances unfold on the stage of history. They state, in the end, that while books provide knowledge, dance creates knowledge. Sublime message, for brains subtle enough to perceive it!