Dear Uma and others,
Tomorrow you will be busy in the AFSP tests and interviews. Please read
this email when you have some mind-space.
I too think that at least 3 hours will be needed for doing the experiments
and for discussing things (Should we give handouts/printed and bound copies
of the translated chapters to all the teachers?)
We had made a spreadsheet with a schedule framework
Please have a look and discuss its viability. We can use this Goodle sheet
for working on the schedule. Have proposed a tinkering lab for teachers -
both for trying out experiments from the hands-on science sessions and also
new experiments/explorations. Maybe we could induce some of them to set up
a tinkering lab back in their school. Another proposal is an open sharing
session - in which *tolis* that have got new ideas/results can be
acknowledged/appreciated and they can share with the rest of the resource
team and their peers - also they can give us feedback. A post-dinner slot
is also available for film/documentary-screenings on education, children's
issues etc. or something else. Everything outside of the 9 to 5 schedule
probably should not be compulsory?
Almost everyone I spoke to (Mohan, Vivek, Karen) declined saying that they
have some commitments but they would like come for future workshops. Had
spoken to Bhakti Bhave from "We The People" and we discussed about giving a
perspective to teachers on tribal issues from the Constitutional context -
Scheduled Areas, the Constituent Assembly debates, FRA, PESA, ground
reality, how can people use the legal provisions etc. She mentioned that
most of the team is already engaged in other things. She might be able to
come for 2 days. Should I call her?
Gurinder has almost confirmed for 2-3 days.
I don't know most of the people who will be part of the resource teams - could
you help in thinking about their role in the non-hands-on sessions?
This is the file (please look at the tab named "Confirmed"): List of
Resource Persons for Teacher Training
We might get an hour or more before lunch on the first day. We could do
something to orient the teachers for the workshop- maybe screen one of the
two documentaries on Eklavya? If we can have a simple effective
orientation, it will be fun and might make life easier for everyone once
the hands-on sessions begin in the afternoon.
On the 4th or the 5th day, we need a session for discussing about the
academic baseline and on moving to non-memory-based assessment methods that
test more holistic analytical skills of children.
We have to check if there is a doctor on call for Prabodhini.
Akanksha has been working on this list of materials
for doing experiments, Please suggest if anything else is needed.
The readings/reference were also sent by Akanksha:
Bal Vaigyanik (Class -6 and 7) *Hindi*- 40 copies (TBC)
Bal Vaigyanik Class 8 *Hindi*- 20 copies (Eklavya)
Bal Vaigyanik (Class 6, 7, 8) *English*- 5 copies
Question bank- 20 copies
1 set of Eklavya foundation books
Outline of human body and skeleton-200
Ghummakkad- 50 (Green and blue)
Phad - 1
Was discussing the time-table with Madhav today. We have figured out that
each group will get about 18 sessions of 1 and 1/2 hours each for academic
This means that each team (two physics and one chemistry and one biology)
can count on getting about four sessions with each section of teachers.
So Madhav and I felt that it would be better for each team to take up only
two chapters / topics instead of trying to cover everything at a breakneck
So in Chemistry thinking of doing separation and food.
Physics - Bhas (is this mail going to Bhas too? I forget, so to play it
safe, I am sending this to Bhas too) and Anish - have you decided how your
teams are dividing up the chapters?
Choose two is my suggestion, but you can take a call depending on how much
time you think the chapters are going to take. But go by the assumption
that you are
going to get only four sessions with each team and so you need to plan
accordingly. We will keep two sessions for things which will inevitably
spill over, maybe a general question-answer session or something.
As for the two sessions that remain ((6 days times 4 sessions per day = 24
sessions; out of this, Madhav says we can count on not being able to get
any academic work done on the morning half of the first day and the
afternoon half of the second day; so 20 sessions for academic discussions)
- 18 sessions for the Physics, Chemistry, Biology sessions and so two that
remain)) - Anish has mentioned a whole lot of people - Gurinder now, then
Prem Bhai can take some sessions, then there was talk of session on how
children learn, assessment, gender.... So this can be the two extra
So Anish, can we have a final list of resource persons who are not in the
four formal teams? Am trying to think up a time-table.
One more thing came out of our discussion (Madhav and me) - 1 1/2 hour
sessions are not of much use, so we can think of two block session with
maybe a tea-break in-between.
So that is how I am thinking of working on the time-table - suggestions
and objections had better reach me fast.
On Sun, Dec 17, 2017 at 3:56 PM, Anish Mokashi <anish.dot@xxxxxxxxx>
Gurinder said he can come for 2-3 days. Will confirm on 19th.
On 17 December 2017 at 14:37, Anish Mokashi <anish.dot@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Had read a report that Uma had shared on the summer science workshop
from last year. Remembered that Gurinder had taken a session in it on the
role of questions in learning science. So I wrote to him asking if he could
come for the Amravati workshop. He might decline though, since he is
finishing his thesis.