One of my students recently wrote a blog about Air and Water as taught in Geography and Science. I would like to take this a step further. I want to talk about Air and Water as elements of the Panchatatva-The Essence of Life. As per the universal law of life, everything on this planet; including human form is composed of the five basic elements or “panchamahabhutas.” Agni-Fire, Jal-Water, Vayu- Air, Prithvi-Earth, Akash –Sky/Space.
We generally never think, what we are studying about but on 15th November,2017; Ma’am asked us in the Geography class how the same topic ‘Air and Water’ are approached differently in Geography and Science and the studied content also varies .This set us thinking as we the students had to give the answers. When we are studying Geography, we talk of ‘Water’ because it is a natural resource. Both Air and Water are needed for human, animal and plant survival. When we talk about water, we study about water cycle, tides, waves, ocean currents, sea trade, water sports, shipping and fishing industry, production of hydroelectricity, navigation and tourism. While studying ‘Air’ we study weather and climate, wind systems, air pressure and temperature, monsoons, cyclones, hurricanes.
Here I am again with my third blog…..Well last month I had the good fortune of staying in the hostel as our dear Warden Sir was on leave. He had gone to his home country Nepal as God had blessed him with a baby girl…Now this is what I was waiting for, yes to be on HOSTEL DUTY. As a teenager I always wanted to join a boarding school but my dream was shattered since my parents felt that strict vigilance was needed at this age, in the comfort of one’s home.
Today I experienced one of the most fulfilling classes I’ve had since a long time. Teaching “Population” to grade nine with each student on the Computer to instantly check on the latest facts and data, was a first! And it took the learning to a whole new level, as the students excitedly rattled off names of the most densely and sparsely populated states of the country, understood density of population and why it varied, the dynamics of population growth composition and distribution. They saw the population clock ticking away signifying the births per minute and were completely awe struck at the numbers. They learnt about percentage increase in population per year, they understood the reasons why in recent times the growth rate has declined and yet the population continues to grow. We talked about the role of education, awareness and media and how it can help in birth control measures. We also discussed how better living condition and medical facilities have increased the life span in the last five decades.
While pondering over the current issue of environmental degradation, I felt a tug deep inside. Driven by materialism and consumerism, man has exploited all available resources without any qualms. Educating children in becoming responsible citizens should be a school’s prime responsibility. At SAJS, Lucknow it is our constant endeavour to link Science with every day life and to imbibe values and life skills in children.
During a class discussion in class VIII on poaching, animals rights and the PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals I put up a value based question –“What if the role of animals and humans was reversed –and animals start exploiting humans for their own benefit ? Though there were a series of responses from the class but the one that really amazed all of us was from Khushi Yadav .This is how she expressed her views-
Dogs will form a union and will start demanding salary, food and other perks for doing the job day and night.Cows and pigs will come together and fight for their birth right and will become freedom fighters against poaching and warn humans not to use them as a communal riot tool. Cows may demand ban on cheese as well.
Sheep will come together to start a retaliation against sheep shearing for wool. They may get supporting hands from goats.
All the animals will come together and start a movement called “The Destruction of Homo Sapiens”.
Her answer reflects the other side of the story .Can we human beings pause and reflect and cease this senseless destruction of the environment and animal habitat.
Pankaj Rathore – TGT Science
Seth Anandram Jaipuria School Lucknow
Well recently I attended a workshop on blogging….the much spoken about skill or even a career option. It’s also an art of putting on paper one’s own thoughts in a way that has a magnetic impact on its readers. I now intend to share interesting experiences of my class through my blogs and sharpen my writing skills as well.
Being a teacher, my world just revolves around my kids. I am constantly tied up with thoughts on how to make my lessons more student friendly with real life connect too. So, this post is about a lab activity planned and executed with grade VII for the Chapter Acids, Bases and Salts.
The very instruction, ”Lets go to the lab for an activity’ brings a kind of shine to my student’s eyes and I am sure it’s a global trend. Kids just love to explore. They are curious about the chemicals that are stacked neatly in shelves and have umpteen questions that just float one after the other.
So here they were, a bunch of 34 students all ready to dip their litmus papers into solutions that are seen in every household……Eno, Soap solution, Vinegar, Pudinhara, Sugar solution, Baking powder to name a few. The task was to find out whether these solutions were acidic or basic through natural and synthetic indicators. The observations were recorded and followed by discussion to test their critical thinking skills. This activity turned out to be so much fun clubbed with a better conceptual understanding.
Shilpi Agarwal – TGT Science
Seth Anandram Jaipuria School Lucknow
Diwali means the ‘festival of lights’. On this occasion, houses, shops and streets are decorated with earthen lamps or lights at night.
It is celebrated all over India and the world. It is celebrated either in the month of October or November depending on the Hindu calendar.
On 28th October a potter came to school and he showed us how to make pots, diyas, etc and many other articles from clay. We all tried our hand, as pottery is a beautiful art form. I wanted to make a piggy bank but before beginning, the potter showed us a demo of how to do it. He also told various precautions which we need to keep in mind while doing this. Finally I tried it for the first time but unfortunately I was not able to give it a perfect shape like the potter. The potter told us that it took ten years for him to become perfect in this art and I had an experience of just five minutes. This shows that every art requires years and years of hardwork and practice to become a master at it.
Things not taught at school………
One of the behaviors, I repeatedly notice is a complete lack of consideration for others. And parents, I feel must accept responsibility for this. After all that’s where it all stems from. Here’s a recent example. Last week I boarded the Lucknow Mail from Delhi to Lucknow, which departs at around 10pm. At around 11pm the train halted briefly at Ghaziabad. All hell broke loose as certain passengers hurriedly clambered up baggage and all, literally screaming their lungs out, shouting out instructions to locate their berths quite oblivious to the sleeping passengers in the coach. Could the same have not been done in a more civilized and quieter manner?
Things not taught at school………
Over the last fewyears, there is a perceptible change in our attitudes both as adults,and what we teach or rather not teach our children. The art of active and conscious listening is fading away, also indicative of lack of respect to the speaker. And the second is a blatant disregard towards instructions and rules. I have noticed that in events like a debate or declamation or even a speech by a guest or a judge, the students just do not pay heed and are busy chit chatting with their friends. This is such a pity, because a lot of learning happens just by listening. Instead of appreciating the words of the speaker and trying to pick up some valuable tips, students waste this opportunity. It is imperative that teachers repeatedly expose children to aural testing activities, so that they become more attentive and listen more consciously. Not listening is also one of the reasons why people flout rules. It could be deliberate,like not putting phones on silent mode during a workshop or on flight mode both while take off and landing. Or it could be unintentional, simply because one wasn’t listening. Traffic rules are disregarded, instructions are ignored in all walks of life, and if these two issues are not addressed by educators, we will have a breed of extremely poor listeners. Schools need to pay more attention to making children “mindful” have periods of silence, where the kids “listen” to hitherto unnoticed sounds like that of the birds singing, or a cricket chirping or simply experiencing the peace that comes with silence.