Digging into the past: Exploring history to teach science


A quick exploration of science books shows that there are several laws, principles and definitions that students learn
by rote. Most of these concepts are abstract in nature and one wonders how they originated. Tracing the history of the concepts makes for interesting learning. The concept of photosynthesis was explored at a workshop conducted by the Azim Premji Foundation. This article explains how this could work out in classroom teaching.

Learning to teach, the Finnish way

Ardra Balachandran

Finland, a country that ranks at the top in every educational survey. Surely the Finnish must be doing something right to take the top spots every time. This is why Chrysalis, an education research and innovation organization, decided to organize for teachers from across India, annual trips to Finland to observe and learn from a more successful educational system.

A learning trip for teachers

Jitu Mishra
A two-day field trip for primary school teachers to Dholavira to help them teach and learn social studies turned out to be an engaging and exciting experience. The teachers gained deeper insights into the concepts that they taught and they were also able to appreciate the holistic nature of social studies.

Making workshops work

Sonali Bhatia

Workshops are important for teachers because for that duration when teachers become learners, they are reminded of their purpose for teaching. By attending workshops and learning new things teachers become better at what they are already good at.

Ensuring continuing competence

Ravinarayan Chakrakodi
A look at why it is important for teachers to share good practices, ask questions, understand the problems that other teachers face and develop new insights into their own teaching.

A learning club for teachers

Amol Padwad & Krishna Dixit
Instead of sitting and complaining about poor professional development for teachers, a group of teachers decided to form teachers clubs where teachers could meet, discuss, and improve their skill.

Growing teachers in our school

Changes are taking place all around in the field of education. Students are getting smarter, their needs too are changing. Therefore it is extremely important that teachers too keep pace with these changes. Professional courses meant especially for teachers will help in this regard. In the first article in this series, we provide a list of professional courses that teachers can apply to to inspire themselves.