Views and Reflections

This Marathi short film with English subtitles holds the mirror one more time to the state of affairs in teaching landscape where the teacher, the chore of teaching and the taught are not in talking terms.

I have a terrible habit of not completing books that I begin reading. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari is one of them. I will finish it sometime, and when I do, I might be able to tell a better story. But for now, this is where the I am at.

Science is a process which demands observation, thinking, making hypothesis, designing and performing experimentation, collecting data and analyzing data, making inferences, replicating the tests, generalizing and exploring further. To understand this process and promoting scientific thinking and creativity among the learners I visited one of the school of Uttarkashi District.This is one of the government primary school of Uttarkashi located in the semi urban Gyansu which is connected to Uttarkashi town.

Here's a TED Ed blog post by Laura McClure where she shares her tips on brainstorming.

Six to ten years of age is appropriate, suitable and wonderful for natural learning. What one learns at this age proves decisive for future plans and laying the quality foundations of a subject. A child of this age coming to school is most ready for learning. It is based on this that many of the recommendations for the implementation of educational schemes, including CCE, are made. These schemes are still on their way, dreaming of reaching their destination.

Pratham's Storyweaver celebrates the birthday of Dhyanchand which falls on 29th of August which is National Sports of Day in India.

'So, you're 'celebrating' again.'
 
'Yes, it's Independence Day tomorrow.'
 

Even in 2017 in the era of so-called smartboards, Eleanor Watts' The Blackboard Book holds its ground on using the blackboard space. It aims to help teachers develop two important skills:

Ever since Kate Currawalla learnt that her two sons were dyslexic she wanted to do something to help children with learning disabilities. In 1996 she founded the Maharashtra Dyslexia Association, of which she is also the President, with the aim of promoting the rights of children with learning disabilities. The Association trains teachers in administering a multisensory, structured language programme to a child with problems in the area of language development.

Here's a Zen Pencils' cartoon that comes handy for a social science teacher (& for parents) to talk about diversity, inclusion & need for stepping out from one's comfort zone. Gavin, the cartoonist takes Mark Twain's quote on educational journey. Even though it speaks about racism at a global level, our classrooms are not picture perfect either.

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