Teacher Development

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.

State of Rural Schools India has the exceptional achievement of having a primary school (class I-V) within one kilometer in 98 percent of its habitations. Access to physical infrastructure is matched in official records with enrolment in excess of 96 percent. But the good progress on getting rural children to schools is, however, substantially lost with low retention and insufficient learning levels, restricting opportunities for their future lives as citizens, parents and contributing members of the economy.

During my interaction with the primary, elementary and secondary classes of my internship school, I found that children (majority of them) deemed themselves as unable to express their thoughts in writing. During the initial days, it came to them as a surprise when they were asked to write without having anything to ‘copy’ from. This is the reality of majority of our state-run and privately-run schools. Writing to them is nothing but ‘copying down’ whatever the teacher has to say.

Teachers play a pivotal role in transforming the nation. iB Hubs Super 30, a novel initiative to honour inspiring teachers across India, has announced the 30 super teachers.

‘Super 30’ movie along with iB Hubs, have come forward with an initiative called ‘iB Hubs Super 30’ to recognize and celebrate many such teachers across India. This initiative received an overwhelming response of 30,000+ nominations ranging from school teachers, professors, deans, IAS trainers, coaches to singers and dance masters across the country.

“One book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world,”  - Malala Yousafzai.

Number tricks are fun to perform and are an excellent way to enhance mathematical skills. When I was young, we used to discuss a lot of number tricks. One amongst those was as follows:

Take a number with a lot of digits. For example, suppose you think of 2134567. Add its digits: 2 + 1 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 = 28. Subtract 28 from the original number taken, 2134567. You’ll get some answer, say abcdefg.

We live in an era of data and information. Right from deciding what to read, what to wear, which restaurant to go to, which city to visit, whom to vote for, we consider ourselves rational human beings who rely on data to make all our decisions. How much of this data is based on facts rather than opinions and/or perceptions? This review looks at two websites, Gapminder and Our World in Data, which attempt to provide reliable global statistics and promote a fact-based worldview.

The following geometry problem is simple to state but challenging to solve!

In this edition of ‘Adventures’ we study a few miscellaneous problems.


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