Arts

EVS/Biology teaching deserves an evocative starting point to rally around. Say, a moving quote, a stirring speech or an impressionable photograph.. something that even a good quality textbook misses. Kalyan Varma's treasure trove of world class images which go by a Creative Commons licence.

One of the most insightful sentences I have come across for a (science) teacher is, "Take a thing you know and change one thing; its scale, its material and/or its context". Baahubali director S S Rajmouli had internalized that quote quite imaginatively. That was my first impression while watching the 2 parts. In many interviews he shared his childhood fascination for Amar Chitra Katha stories. He did change the scale of movie making, the material (story) was more or less oft-repeated.

David Horsburgh, the foremost practioner of Activity Based Learning in India, in his book Thinking & Doing illustrates how it is possible to shift the agency into the hands of the learners, teacher becoming almost a redundant facilitator in the background.

Here is an annotated excerpt of 10 pages from that celebrated book.

Picture Stories by Radlov was first published in 1960, by Raduga Publishers of Moscow. This child friendly book contains Picture Stories, which are full of fun, mischief and surprises. These stories do not attempt to sermonise, preach or teach. They are sheer, unadulterated fun for children. 

Take the perennial favourite Pythagoras theorem to the classroom and pose these investigative questions. Spiral of square roots perks up the proceedings!

On tilings. This is an extension of earlier articles published in At Right Angles (March & July 2014 issues).

Instead of making a statement, Ask a question.

English

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.

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!

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