While the government, public authorities and private sectors have taken a few noticeable steps to bring more and more kids to school and increase academic participation, yet a quality in education and pedagogical developments have remained an elusive goal. A number of significant reasons such as poor infrastructure, inadequate number of teachers, student absenteeism, the high number of dropouts, gender disparities, and unsupportive environment have crippled our classrooms.View More Education for all: A comprehensive blueprint for bringing the change that India needs
I recently finished reading the book ‘Today and Tomorrow and’ by Isaac Asimov. Asimov needs no introduction to Science Fiction fans – he has been immortalised by his series of Science Fiction novels (none of which I have read, by the way). This book is a collection of essays Asimov…View More Awesome Asimov – Why Scientists should be Writers
A great teacher always keeps an open mind about how to best engage their students and get them excited about learning.View More A booster shot to both learning and teaching
Learning doesn’t end when class does. Every student is unique. Enabling educators to understand the learning pattern of each and every student, EdTech will miraculously improve how we teach our future generations without leaving anyone behind. Get used to the new buzz word ‘disruption’, because the word has lost its…View More Is your teaching about to be disrupted?
In the era of ubiquitous technology intervention in every single field, what is the role of a teacher? How does a teacher keep herself relevant with the times?View More A letter to teachers-to-be
A quiet lounge at the Delhi airport, Terminal 2. I was strolling around waiting for GoAir to open their counters for check in. I was in a contemplative state. When the counters opened, I checked in and proceeded to the security check points. Here I had to remove my irrationality…View More The 22nd bead
Two weeks ago, my 9th-grade student and I were discussing the synthesis of alcohol by the process of fermentation. After going through the synthesis reactions in detail, our discussion moved to other instances of fermentation in our everyday experience. She immediately recognised Idli and Dosa batter formation and we wound…View More Why don’t we get high on Idli and Dosa?
Let me narrate two stories from the recent experience of science and maths in action. Story 1: In the last couple of months, on four different occasions, I observed something curious in restaurants. I found rice grains in the salt shakers. I hadn’t come across this earlier. Is it a…View More Of rice in salt and Pythagoras in a paddy field
It was a lazy Sunday morning. I woke up without the alarm screaming in my ears. The new habit of checking my mobile phone for time made me see the clock on the screen that showed 8:00 am. I had a video shoot at 10:00 am at office that day,…View More Living in a different time zone
“Given a round tea-cake of some 5 inches across, and two persons of moderate appetite to eat it, in what way should it be cut so as to leave a minimum of exposed surface to become dry?” Coming across this problem just prior to Christmas in 1906, eminent statistician and…View More Amusement in Learning