Customer is not the king

A friend of mine came from Canada for vacation. Assuming that apparels in India are cheaper to buy, we visited the biggest shopping mall in the town. After settling down into a store, we realized the store stacked at least a dozen brands. After checking into fourth brand zone, my friend realized that it is becoming tiring to go to each brand zone to search his size then select it. He asked a simple question. Why don’t they reorganize the merchandize according to size instead of brands? If all brand’s trousers of my size is kept at one place, it will be easy to compare and select it.

only one correct answer?

A physics teacher gave a barometer and asked them to determine the height of the building. A barometer shows atmospheric pressure of a point, where it was measured .The obvious answer teacher was expecting from his students is this: there is a relation between pressure at point and to altitude of the point. At higher altitude atmospheric pressure reduces. So by feeding the observed data to the mathematical formula, which relates drop in pressure to height, you can find the height of the building. Most of the students had done that way. Few students took very clever approach.

interaction with scientists

School students hardly get opportunity to interact with experts from outside world other than their immediate circle. This program is organized to give an opportunity to interact with people they might not normally encounter and hear different perspectives about science in practical world. Students develop the important skill of asking higher order questions by participating in such interactions.

Why our students are waiting for instruction?

Recently I met with acquaintance pursuing his second year engineering degree in a well known college in our town. After talking about our college days somehow, our talk went to internet and Facebook. He seems updated himself with social media usage very well. However, I surprised to know that he is completely unaware of MIT OpenCourse.

How to assess a student who lacks writing skill but otherwise talented?

How do we design a assessment method for a student who has good of understanding of concepts but not able to express through writing? This was question put forth by one of the teachers in a leading school, when we conducted workshop for them on teaching for 21st century learners. For long, our schools used to assess student's learning output by conducting closed book written exams. This has helped those students who are good at writing and those who are capable of recalling the answers given in the text book. It has punished those children, who had good grip on the subject matter, but poor in writing. It punished those who lacked memory & recitation skill. It also didn't care about those co-scholastic skills such as creative thinking, designing, performing art, sport and leadership skills.

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