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Kashmir schools hold one-day science teachers' workshops
One-day workshops consisting of five sessions were held in the state of Jammu and Kashmir on April 2, 4 and 5 at St. Peter's School, Jammu and Kashmir Valley School, Srinagar in which about 40 science teachers participated in each workshop.

The workshops, supported by Frank Educational Aids, had the central themes of making science instruction activity-based at elementary school and its linkage to Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) scheme initiated by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and various state education boards.

Inaugurating the workshop in Srinagar, PS Koul, Principal and Director, Tyndale-Biscoe & Mallinson Society School, said that the schools must create their own learning materials to emphasize the concept-attainment model of science instruction and make learning process-based. The use of science textbooks should be supplemented by constructivist approach to learning, he added.

The five sessions of the workshops conducted by this citizen journalist (as a resource person), consisted of low-cost science activities in science; use of various kinds of word puzzles to reinforce vocabulary; using textbook as a ‘reading-to-learn’ and a reference resource material; visual symbols, diagram making and picture reading; and creating concept maps.

The training sessions were structured to move from experiential learning to analysis to codification to practice. The concept of formative evaluation, positive feedback, inclusive education, learning process and pedagogy were explained through a game and paper folding activity.

There was a positive response to the workshop design, training sessions and their professional relevance since the need of science teachers to collaborate and network to improve the quality of science instruction was stressed. While appreciating the present workshops, the participating teachers were of the view that training of science teachers for their capacity building should be held every year, which has suffered a setback due to disturbances caused by violence.


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