This article explores the role of beauty in science education. The authors use research in science education to highlight the importance of teachers consciously making connections to aesthetic aspects in science. Caring about beauty in science can inspire a sense of wonder and curiosity among students.
When we think about the teacher, images of students, classrooms and schools spring up in the mind. We talk about the number of students the teacher teaches, the furniture and teaching aids in the classroom, the type of school, small or large, and the like. These we understand as the context in which the teacher works, and we are aware that the context influences the manner in which the teacher teaches.
All these years was a struggle to find out if there is a patttern of what goes into making a good school. I want to share here how the process unfolded itself from trying to find out elements or a pattern that make a good school, to understanding that there cannot be a single reason or element that makes a good school to slowly being able to get some, very minimal understanding I should confess, of two elements that emerge from the schools we have been engaged for more than a decade. Not a new thing for the field of education , but for us it has been a hard earned learning.
The other day I had a wonderful interaction with children to whom life had deprived everything and yet were attending “school”. I was learning that they have to work harder in “reconciling” what the education tends to teach and the “harsh realities” they witness each day in their own homes and surroundings. For them education is also about helping them break away from their past (and present) and usher a better future while delicately not letting their innocence fade away in knowing those harsher truths.
Gijubhai's Divaswapna has been translated into many Indian languages and had been an inspiring tale for teachers & parents. A random stumbling on Arvind Gupta's site popped up a bunch of translated prose poems penned by Gijubhai. We are sharing these sweet meditations on the child, childhood & teaching.
Apart for the usual & intended purpose of sharing what one has learnt, see what more the teacher can motivate the students to do. This snippet is from Primary School Zahiruddinpur, Suithakalan block, Jaunpur, U.P.