Class 3-5

An exciting section of StoryWeaver – the digital platform that Pratham Books publishes stories on, is the collection of books that revolve around different Math concepts. These stories bring together a string of endearing characters, in familiar settings, trying oh-so-hard to navigate through a problem or question that can be answered with the help of a little Math.

I have been working in the Azim Premji School, Dineshpur (Uttarakhand) from February 6, 2012. Our school came into operation with effect from April 10, 2012. A month before that, we went around Dineshpur, visiting homes and gathering information from parents about the children – children going to school, those who left studies midway, in what circumstances going to school stopped, and whether or not they now wished to resume and complete their studies.

It is said that your shadow never leaves you! But, it does twice a year for regions between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.

On these two days, the Sun will be exactly overhead at noon and will not cast a shadow of an object on the ground.

The Zero Shadow Day will be different for different places on Earth.

I joined the teaching profession 30 years ago, at the time when computers were just became available for everyone. It was quite natural to expect Time Table Software to speed up the work and to save hundred plus hours of teachers. Writing individual time tables of large number of teachers by hand was a nightmare for time table committee. ( Even today, most of the schools are doing this tedious work by hand ! why ?)
 
The one thing you can observe when you enter the premises of a school is a display board or bulletin board. Most of the time visitors first look at the bulletin boards to learn about the school. The kind of information displayed there, the creativity used to display the information all adds-up for the person to develop a good impression about the school. It creates an impact on the visitor’s mind. Bulletin boards also serve other purposes. They served as a center for knowledge.

Cube Conversations is a set of 80 (eighty!) animated lessons designed to promote visually rich math discourse. I’ve designed these lessons to invite many voices and vantage points into classroom conversations. You can control the animation with a few simple clicks  – and each click presents an opportunity for students to see and discuss an image in new ways.

The greatest myth that we have encountered in our student life is the idea of a ​ safe future​ and as my physics teacher simply put it for me years ago –

“Work like a donkey for a few years and live the royal life of a horse for the rest of your life”

You have probably heard it one time too many but we will say it again: teaching is a huge responsibility. Shaping the younger generation's minds and preparing them for life outside the classroom is a tall order which becomes easier with proper research and planning. Moreover, you also need to find the balance between teaching the students what they need to know and giving them enough space to discover and learn by themselves.

Prof. Indira Vijaysimha talking about the key aspects of the M.Ed. Programme offered at Azim Premji University.

Deciphering stick-multiplication (popularly known as Chinese, Japanese or Korean method in the internet) with big and small lattice and color-coded arrow cards.

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