After hand- holding for two thirds of the course on teacher enrichment, the teachers were ready to take over. Addressing the class of fellow teachers was Sudhamani, Radha and Swarnalatha, one after the other.
Sudha began a bit hesitantly but soon, got involved with the discussion on air pollution. The whole class joined in listing the sources of pollution, the pollutants and the effects of pollution on our environment and human health. Using a mind map, she took the class in logical flow of thought. Geetha Arvind often gave tips on the design of mind map, on allowing discussions to take off from every question raised, and so on.
Nov 18th - 2016
Before getting into the colourful world of acids and bases, of distinct tastes and smell, the class was made to think critically and ask themselves, 'why acids and bases?' What is special about them? Why study them?
Teachers inevitably threw words picked up from the textbooks, ranging from reactions to litmus papers, etc. Advising them to think outside textbooks, Anubhava's faculty led them to the starting point of reactants and products, their distinctly varying properties and the need for categorisation. Number of experiments were done to demonstrate the different types of reactions with acids and bases.
Oct 25th, 26th & 27th - 2016
October month had 3 day sessions and saw vindication of Anubhava's attempt to go beyond mere sessions on textbook science.
The organisation's stated objective of 'exploring and experiencing the science of life' is part of this belief that school education must address aspects of science encompassing everyday life, be it on food, health, sustainable living, climate, natural farming or the body and mind connections in a meaningful and practical way.
Sept 18th - 2016
“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.
Aug 10th - 2016
Third month, sixth session. We were going in with extra zeal and enthusiasm, as well as extra preparation. The first 2 months had given us an idea about how the course was heading, the response from teachers to the programme and their reaction to assignments and worksheets. We went in this time with personalised reports to teachers about their performance and progress so far, to give them an idea about how they are performing and telling them also that we were recording minute details about their interaction with us and engagement with the programme.
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July 28th - 2016
It was the natural next step after exploring the world of atoms, molecules and elements to proceed into the evolution of life in the four billion year long history of the planet. The essential chemical reactions were skipped for the next session due to more immediate semester requirements of biology.
But not before the class was taken through a mind-boggling journey down the billion and million concepts. Kshama explained how it takes 12 days to add up 1 million seconds and 33 years to make 1 billion seconds. She also gave another example using the number of letters in a book to drive home the stupendous scale of million and billion.
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June 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th - 2016
Inauguration of Teacher Enrichment Programme was held on 15th June at CST Seminar Hall, IISc.
The course commenced with four contact sessions between 15th June and 18th June. This will be followed by monthly sessions till April 2017. The class of 45 odd government school teachers ranging from ages 30 to nearing 60 were no different from enthusiastic students in any classroom… they sat in rapt attention, answered all at a time to a question and did the experiments like children given new toys. The sessions on matter, atoms, force and motion and density saw instructor Geetha Arvind nudge the class in the right direction using questions and simple experiments designed to encourage thinking and demonstrate concepts.
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Anubhava Science Foundation
Experience, Enquire, Empower, Enjoy ...
“To enrich Science and Mathematics education in schools of Karnataka