Teacher Development

In August 2009, the Indian parliament enacted the Right to Education (RTE) Act which enshrined education from 6 to 14 years as a ‘right’. The Act additionally mandated a variety of ‘requirements’ relating to infrastructure, Pupil Teacher Ratio (PTR), curriculum, teacher training, inclusionary education, and the focus of this article – a continuous and comprehensive student evaluation system (CCE). The objective of these mandates was ensuring a ‘quality’ education for children.

Understanding and visualizing what you read can go a long way in making reading fun and then reading becomes learning. Purinjudha? is a free android app (no ads) that helps you do just that and enjoy reading.

You can use the app to do the following:

Learning through play, particularly in a child’s earliest years of life, can improve 

Instructional design is a discipline that helps teachers, trainers and facilitators to design learning material keeping the learner in mind. It helps you design learner-centric material as against content-centric. This video explains in simple language what Instructional Design is all about.

A case study from Assam

Introduction

The emphasis in the books is on the process of science - observing, asking questions, trying to find the answers through further observations and experiments - rather than on information that chil- dren are expected to memorize without any real understanding. Needless to add, it would be difficult to use this book meaningfully without doing the activities.

The aim of the Homi Bhabha primary science curriculum is to engage students and teachers together in a joyful and meaningful learning experience. The curriculum is built out of simple, thematically organised, activities and exercises. The TextBook, WorkBook and Teacher’s Book for each Class are meant to promote active learning in every sense. To use these books, students must get out of the mind-set of copying the correct answers from the blackboard or from other students. Small Science should not be just read, it should be done.

Primary school students, particularly in rural areas, have rich, interactive experiences of the natural world. But lacking systematisation and clear expression, their observations and skills do not contribute to school learning. Urban students from literate homes, on the other hand, are often encouraged to ignore their natural surroundings, and to concentrate on meaningless bookish learning.

Small Science Class 1 & 2 deals with the broad area of environmental studies. This Teacher's Book illustrates a few of the almost unlimited learning opportunities offered by our immediate environment. In these first two classes we should remain unconstrained by a definite set of topics; the idea is to simply open up possibilities for learning in everyday contexts.

It was during lunch on a pleasant day that I was told about this popular book on Mathematics called “Mathematician’s Delight.” I was chatting with a professor who said that his choice to become a mathematician was influenced by this book. The story went like this: When the professor was a teenager, just after high school, during the summer vacation, he found this book and wanted to give it a try. He could follow most of it without much difficulty, and solved most of the exercises which led him to ‘experiment’ with mathematical ideas on his own.

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