The presentation will encourage student teachers to reflect on some of the issues related to the teaching of social studies and think of ways to meet these concerns.

In teaching science, the facts are important. But in a class where rote learning is discouraged, learning becomes an enjoyable activity. Children must be taught to appreciate underlying relationships and harmony in nature, and to be thrilled about it.

Given the intrinsic complexity of language, it is tempting to ignore grammar. But an understanding of language would be better if there is an attempt to know more about the ways words combine together to form sentences / phrases.

From time immemorial the human mind has tried to understand its connection with the cosmos. The nature of learning itself, and the intellectual challenge provided by hidden patterns in nature propel us, like a jigsaw puzzle, to discover the larger picture and to make sense of our observations.

While teaching mathematics, the teacher can encourage the student to question everything that is said, to look for alternate ways of solving problems, so that the teacher and student can engage in free discussion. The teacher must encourage the student to ‘play’ with the problem.


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