Monthly Archives: January 2015

Knowing the name of something is not the same as knowing it

or “The Danger of Teaching Definitions” Dear Teacher Why do we teach students definitions and terms?¬†Perhaps we do this because the textbooks emphasize this or it may be that the examinations will ask for many definitions, or we may believe … Continue reading

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PK and Feynman on scientific culture

Dear teacher Does a teacher have a role in promoting scientific culture? Is scientific culture something which is to be taught in science class? Or is it something that should permeate all disciplines and every part of our life? What … Continue reading

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Teaching about Static Electricity

Recently I observed an interesting hands-on science teaching session on static electricity. There were many interesting activities and the children were really excited. They rubbed balloons with a woolen garment, on their hair- saw gelatin powder getting attracted to the … Continue reading

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Hands-on vs Minds-on science learning

Dear teacher One of the major issues in teaching and learning science is that we do not do enough ‘hands-on’ activities to help students to get interested, visualize and understand scientific concepts. If you are indeed using ‘hands-on’ activities to … Continue reading

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Does a heavier object fall faster to the ground?

Dear Student Does a heavier object fall faster to the ground, than a lighter object? Well, one would have thought that this question had been settled with Galileo’s famous experiment at the Tower of Pisa, but looks like it’s not … Continue reading

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