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When Sarita ji and I walked into the school (Basically it is a conical hut) premises, all the children around greeted us with their hands folded in Namaste, saying, ‘Good morning’ mam /sir. I put my bag down in the classroom and came outside again to welcome all the kids for their day at school. The school comes under forest reserve and prohibited for permanent construction. Currently, it operates out of classroom for all five classes.

 

Under the present scenario, pedagogy demands our consistent effort to evolve scientific teaching methods. It must involve the use of scientific tools or Teaching Learning Material (TLM) without which neither teaching nor learning is possible. In this article, I will talk about the experiences of my life as a student as well as a teacher and also share my understanding that changed in course of time.

 

A few hundred thousand years ago, Homo Sapiens walked on African soil, searching for food, shelter, perhaps companionship. Externally, their lives were completely different from ours today—but inside our skulls, our brains are remarkably similar to those of our ancestors. Children on the African savannah did not go to school, but their young brains were perfectly adapted to learn from their environment over a period of several years. Since the time scale of evolutionary change is so slow, the structure and function of children’s brains have not changed over the millennia.

Wounds are an unavoidable part of our life. Some heal fast, some take time, some leave scars behind. An organ in the human body with the inherent ability to heal itself is the skin. How does the skin do this?

Making a proper parachute toy requires a little bit more efforts in terms of measurement and precision. Using a plastic cover with a paper cup can be a simpler model for smaller kids to enjoy making parachute. Replace the paper cup with a small weight and see what happens.

In the very hearts of galaxies, like our Milky Way, lurk giant black holes that sometimes evolve into monstrous powerhouses of light. How do we know that they exist? How are they born? How do they grow? Are they important in the ‘big picture’?

This frog made with a piece of cardboard, rubber band and cello tape will jump suddenly and amaze the observer. A funny toy to demonstrate elasticity, potential and kinetic energy, acceleration etc. Some art work on the toy will make the toy look more interesting.

Materials needed: Cardboard piece, rubber band, cello tape and scissor 

 

 

The teacher is central to all educational reform – this is the underlying principle of change in educational processes. Hence, an initiative to capacitate teachers is generally an adjunct to most government initiatives in education. The word adjunct is chosen with care – while the intent is to capacitate teachers to create change, somehow the teacher becomes a supplementary rather than a key player. A case in point is the implementation of continuous and comprehensive evaluation across States.

Is it all your mother’s fault?
 
No matter what the “it” refers to, Sigmund Freud would have probably said yes to that question. However, we now know a lot more about psychology, parenting, and human relationships than Freud did.
 
 

What do you do with the old CDs at home, which aren't being used? How about involving your students to make some lovely toys out of it? We have curated some short videos on toys which can be made from old CDs.

CD Hovercraft

Discussion Points: Air Pressure, Newton's third Law

Blow and Float CD

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