Teacher Development

Chandrika Soni

Aruna Jyothi

The statement, Every Child Can Learn, makes me think, learn what? Because to me, at one level, it is obvious that every child can learn.

It’s estimated that at least 70 million individuals worldwide have autism, with 10 million being in India. The world is not always easy to navigate for someone with autism, and students on the autism spectrum may have a more difficult time in the classroom than others.

Four fundamental forces in Nature decide all known interactions in the world. What are these four forces? How do they arise? Why four and not more? This article explores some of these questions, describing the properties of the fundamental four and looking at how they shape our daily life.
 
We constantly interact with microbes of all sizes and shapes. But, only a very small number of these interactions lead to disease. So, how do disease-causing microbes enter our body? How does the human body defend itself against them? This article explores some of these questions in the context of common cold.
 
“I tried to picture myself as a virus or a cancer cell and tried to sense what it would be like.” Jonas Salk (Scientist and discoverer of the polio vaccine)
Our planet is made of chemistry. All life, from microbes to plants to animals, uses chemicals to communicate with their world. Chemical cues allow us to communicate with the largest elephants and the smallest bacteria; and can be used to protect crops from pests, identify novel pharmaceuticals, or prevent the spread of disease. In this article, the author examines the role of chemical interactions between living organisms and their environment.
 

A recent study done by Professor David Simkins of the Rochester Institute of Technology found that roleplaying games (RPGs) like Dungeons and Dragons can be extremely beneficial for students. The research he conducted showed that RPGs boosted learning, improved imagination and stimulated intellectual curiosity. The evidence was compelling - it showed that by playing RPGs, students improved their socio-emotional skills which helped them interact and learn better at school or college. There were also benefits on a wide scale academic level.

One of the most pleasant parts of our work is to go to a village where we are going to demonstrate science to children. We work very informally, usually where we are known at least to the children who sometimes turn up and talk to us, sitting on a log under a tree, ask us things and, as likely as not, give us more information than we give them.

This book is particularly a preparation for understanding Science. Science is built from curiosity, experience, analysis and finally the expression of a discovery. The main part of this process is arranging objects, activities and ideas so as to create a new order or pattern. Science is the discovery of new patterns. This book is to help children discover the patterns and arrangements of the world around them by using their hands, senses and minds. Understanding is the discovery of order.

Amrita Masih

As a teacher, I believe that children retain a subject that is delivered in the form of stories far longer than they do through conventional teaching methods. Storytelling, especially in the case of languages, engages children in such an effective manner that they are able to remember concepts or characters for a longer period of time.

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