Views and Reflections

After travelling 20km along the NH-8 from Rajnagar, Rajsamand to towards Ajmer, I took a diversion into a narrow stony lane. After taking that turn, I travelled 2km more along that lane through little dense jungle to reach at the base of a hummock. At the top of that hummock, was my desired destination, Upper Primary School Deviyon Ki Merda.

These videos are produced by TESS-India to support school leaders in enhancing the quality of teaching and learning in their primary or secondary school. We are sharing the 2nd part of the series.

Today is Charlie Chaplin's birthday. He made you smile by being silent through out his illustrious career. But then, in 1940 he made 'The Great Dictator' where he spoke only once. Not a homily. But that which trancends region, religion, language, caste, creed & colour. A voice of conscience which was pained at the happenings of that era. We are including Melody Sheep version of the speech which remixed the images from the contemporary happenings. Relevant as ever.

What exactly is a knot? In simple terms, a knot can be thought of as a piece of string crossed in a certain manner, the ends being tied together. The tying of ends is particularly important to the definition as any pattern of an open-ended string can be manipulated into any other pattern through continuous deformation. Thus, without closing, it becomes impossible to differentiate between knots, an essential requirement in their study.

Primary school mathematics, which is the foundation on which all further mathematics learning must rest, is itself not being taught and learned well. Here is where Liping Ma’s book Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics comes in. It is a detailed, loving description of primary school teachers’ thoughts about basic concepts in mathematics.

In schools everywhere, students are deeply affected by current events. Certain policy changes and related commentary can cause children to experience fear, confusion and anxiety. For example, some kids might fear deportation.

These videos are produced by TESS-India to support school leaders in enhancing the quality of teaching and learning in their primary or secondary school. We are sharing 1st of the series.

For several decades now most in-service teacher training initiatives have focused on subject- knowledge – euphemistically called hard spots. This phenomenon dates back to the DPEP days (1994 onwards) when there was a massive push through of the project to strengthen in-service teacher training. As a result, state project offices hired experts to design training modules for teachers.

I was late. I had promised I would reach by 9 AM but by the time I walked through the gate of the Ashram, it was noon. I had sent a SMS about the delay so I was relatively guilt free when I walked through the gate of the school premises. I saw two boys outside the class, they looked sheepish. I asked them in my Marathi-English- “punishment midala ka? “ (Did you get punished?). They shuffled their feet in response. Peeked in to see Sushama taking a class.

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