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To my mind, there are two compelling reasons for considering the environment in the context of children’s education. The first is that good education helps children construct knowledge and develop understanding through interaction with their immediate environment. The second is that we as a species need an education that will bring about a deeper relatedness to the environment. A relatedness that will prevent us from destroying the very basis of our lives.

Enliven your biology class with these tried and tested brain tricks, courtesy AsapScience. We are sure it will trigger lot more questions in the minds of your learners and help them appreciate the fun side of biology.

Note: Hindi subtitles are available when CC button is clicked.

Professor Krishna Kumar has written a very thought provoking article on the CBSE’s decision to make class X board examination compulsory again. He rightly argues that compulsory class X exam will serve no useful purpose and will increase stress in children.

Teacher education is currently in a state of flux in our country. Expectations from teachers are rising across board while equity issues remain unresolved and exacerbated across a range of schools. Systemic changes in teacher education are being initiated in the light of National Curriculum Framework 2005, the RtE Act 2009 and the Justice Verma Committee Report 2012.

In one of the world’s most remote regions, surrounded by snow and ice, Maggie McDonnell is changing the lives of her students and transforming her community. The winner of the Global Teacher Prize Winner 2017 lives and works in Salluit, an Inuit village deep in the Canadian Arctic. The village is so remote that it’s accessible only by air. Just 1,300 people live in the community – the second northernmost Inuit settlement in Canada – but every resident is benefiting from Maggie’s work, determination and talent.

What can a humble matchbox do, one may ask. Check these tried and tested puzzles to enthuse your learners towards patterns, symmetry and a bit of imaginative problem solving, courtesy Arvind Gupta.

For more on match stick TLMs check the attachment below.

One of the most challenging professional development tasks is helping teachers improve the questions they ask students.  Teachers are aware that some questions require students to think more meaningfully, yet research shows that these questions are rarely asked. 

An exclamation is a sentence that expresses great emotion! David and Paige covered declarative, interrogative, and imperative sentences; now they tackle a fourth type of sentence that ends in an exclamation mark. Find out more!

Celebrating Pi day with one more compilation of videos dedicated to it. Prof James Grime features in this Numberphile video titled Pi is beautiful.

In this video Prof Grime shares a true story madness of how pi was almost certainly changed to 3.2!

Held on the 20-23 rd September, 2016, the 26 th biennial conference of the Asian Association of Biology Education, focused on encouraging communication between educators and researchers on practices in and challenges of current trends in Biology Education. This report captures some of the highlights of this event.

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