Utilising the Teaching moments

The classroom curtains had become old and the teacher mentioned it to the class. The students decided to take it up as a project to buy new curtains. Teacher did not want to miss out on a teaching moment. Teacher uses the integrated approach to build the curiosity and teach the concepts enumerated below: TheContinue reading “Utilising the Teaching moments”

Why is 1729 known as the Ramanujan number?

1729 is the natural number following 1728 and preceding 1730. It is known as the Hardy–Ramanujan number, after an anecdote of the British mathematician G. H. Hardy when he visited Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan in hospital. He related their conversation: I remember once going to see him when he was ill at Putney. I hadContinue reading “Why is 1729 known as the Ramanujan number?”

Math in Nature

There is Math all around us. Let’s look for Maths in Nature. Use the example of Adolf Zeisiing, a German psychologist, who found the golden ratio expressed in the arrangement of leaves and branches along the stems of plants and of veins in leaves. The number of petals in a flower consistently follows the GoldenContinue reading “Math in Nature”

How to move from Disorder to Order

Classroom management involves not only the teaching-learning processes but also the general behaviour of the students and discipline. No learning can take place effectively in chaos. If the classroom is chaotic, how does a new teacher ensure that the students pay attention? Movement from Disorder to Order needs effective lessons, good organisation, good rapport buildingContinue reading “How to move from Disorder to Order”

Relate Science teaching to the affective domain.

Science teaching is not restricted to the cognitive domain. The emphasis of teaching-learning of science has to go beyond merely learning of concepts. How does one do this? It is represented in the graphic given below: To know more about this check out chapter 3 of the book From Chalk to Talk The art ofContinue reading “Relate Science teaching to the affective domain.”

Rubrics of Assessment

How would you assess the life skills of a student? It might be a part of the formative assessment but cannot be evaluated quantitatively. What you need is a rubric. In education terminology, a rubric is a scoring tool used to evaluate performance, a product, or a project. It has three parts: 1) performance criteria;Continue reading “Rubrics of Assessment”

Teacher – A Super Hero

“From Chalk to Talk-The Art of Teaching” is a book that covers many strategies for improving the teaching-learning process. What stands out are the different perspectives and the practical approaches for delivering content in a manner that is learner centric. It emphasises on the need to move from methods of memorisation to hands-on learning experiences with the use of activities and technology. The author and educator, Dr. Mrs. Pramila Kudva, covers the length and breadth of the teaching-learning spectrum. This book is a must read for anyone working in the education sector especially now, when the country is at a crossroads in our knowledge economy, where information is accessible to anyone, anywhere and anytime with a web-enabled device. It is a real page turner!