The school-based science workshops for senior secondary students of Government Model Secondary School, Ismailabad, Guru Nanak public School, Thol and Sugani Devi senior secondary School, Ladwa, of Kurukshetra district were held from January 25 to 27. In these need-based workshops of bilingual schools, the training in vocabulary building strategies were stressed since vocabulary is the key to learning science subjects well.
According to the coordinator and sponsor of these workshops, Dr. Des Raj Vij, verbal and articulation skills in science subjects needed to be strengthened to be able to communicate well in the technical language. Once, both science teachers and students get well versed in the .the glossary of science subjects they start understanding and teaching the subject matter well.
In these workshops, Dr Lalit Kishore as a resource person, held the practical session on identification of key words and phrases to outline the basic concepts, create word puzzles and create vocabulary pocket charts. It was emphasized that the vocabulary charts should be changed every week. This will make the classroom walls as the learning aids, it was emphasized.
These science workshops will conclude by holding sessions for some more schools at Ladwa and Babain of Kurukshetra on January 28 and 29. The feedback from these workshops that started from January 15 had been encouraging and science teachers showed their willingness to institutionalize the strategies learnt during various sessions of the workshops to improve the quality of science instruction.