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2016 - 2017, Issue - 3                                www.anubhavasciencefoundation.org
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"Teacher Enrichment Programme" : One year in-service Course for school teachers by
Anubhava Science Foundation & Karnataka State Council for Science & Technology
After having discussed and shared the knowledge, teachers further implement these ideas with their school children. The quintessential success of the program is when it reaches the children.

(Pictures of the classroom interaction, sent by the teachers in work)

 

September month update

“Of course light occupies space”, “But any object can replace it when placed in that position”, “So is light matter?” and thus began a series of questions and discussion on light and matter. Teachers were in awe when they realised the 3D meaning of a 2D diagram that they have been drawing for years in their books and on the board. The meaning of ‘real’ and ‘virtual’ images were discussed and teachers enthusiastically took turns to come to the front and observe the image of a candle flame not on the mirror but right near the flame as if it were magic! Some of the teachers were seen recording videos of the demonstrations for their future use.

During the session the material boxes were distributed to the teachers so that they could get a feel of them and try doing some of the experiments simultaneously as they were being demonstrated. The excitement was very evident as teachers got busy digging into their respective boxes to look at the goodies and figure out what each material could be used for.

The day started with the regular post tests and pre- test. After meditation for 10 minutes, line graphs and bar graphs were discussed, the knowledge of which teachers would use in their science projects The steps to be followed for graph plotting were discussed and anonymous images of graphs made by teachers were also displayed to drive home the point about what data should go in a graph to make it complete. This was followed by an introduction to planes, parallel and perpendicular lines and normal to set the base for understanding the laws of reflection.

The session by S. N. Sondur, Fellow and Principal Investigator, Biofuel Cell, KSCST was enriching and informative. He spoke about biofuels being a promising alternative fuel. The teachers were participative and curious about the initiatives taken up by the government in this direction and the work that the Biofuel cell has been doing.

As the course is progressing, a lot more involvement and participation of the teachers is noticed, through questions and doubts they ask (either about the topics covered or general wonderment about daily observations- for example, why does one brand of milk not freeze while kept in the freezer while another does), sharing pictures of their engagement with children based on their learnings here, messages and call regarding doubts about assignments and so on.

The Anubhava faculty on their part have been keeping themselves busy while they are free making sure they remember every teacher’s name in a conscious attempt to maintain a personal relationship with each one. How are they doing it you wonder? Excel sheets with names and photos of teachers! Last month’s assignment for Anubhava faculty was to memorize them and results reveal they did not do a bad job of it!

Five teachers were unable to attend because of their transfer counselling organised by the department. The session was repeated for them on Sept 24th.

October will see 3 days of engagement that will include external experts and a lot of interactive sessions on the science and maths of life, in keeping with Anubhava’s aims and objectives.
 

- Kshama Chakravarthy

Acknowledgements

ASF sincerely thanks:
 
- Kavitha Srinivasan, Usharani V,  Shankaregowda, Santosh Narayanan, Venkataraghavan, Sathyavathi T and Teerthamani for their support.

- Ezhilarasan Natarajan, for his donation to ASF.

- Sansera Foundation for financially helping Anubhava workshops to be made accessible by government school teachers of Anekal taluk.

- Bharati Bhawan Publishers & Distributors for organising Anubhava Science & Maths workshops for teachers from St. Phelomina private School.

"Teacher Enrichment Programme"

Teacher Enrichment programme is a one year course launched by ASF in collaboration with KSCST for in-service middle school government and aided science teachers to enrich teaching-learning of science focusing on the subject matter in depth, pedagogy of science teaching, creation of science curricular resources and science of life.

Anubhava Science Foundation (ASF) is a Charitable Trust registered in 2008. ASF envisions to enrich Science and Mathematics education in Karnataka schools. ASF has been granted 80(G)(vi)(Act 1961) enabling donors to claim income tax benefits.
 

My Anubhava

"I want to thank you whole heartedly for providing us with such  beautiful informative training sessions. Today one of my student had brought a piece of some broken binoculars, (might be) and told me that the experiment of mirror, in which image of the object can be seen outside the mirror, this one seems to be the perfect example. I just wanted to share it and thank u once again even students are encouraged to explore things in a scientific way." says Raffath Unnisa (participant of Teacher Enrichment Programme)

"It was really very good, also had nice opportunity to learn many things. Interactive, interesting.Initially felt hesitated, later felt free to involve. Hope to get another opportunity. What I liked the most are usage of simple language and simple concepts, clear explanation, clarity in clearing doubts and explaining with experimentation specially simple experiments." says teacher from St. Phelomina private school.

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