The School Leadership Conference was started in Chennai, on Monday as S Satyaki Bhattacharya of Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics in Kolkatta inaugurated the event by saying "Physics is an experimental science, yet teaching experiments is the most neglected activity in many classrooms, right from high school master's programmes."
While delivering a lecture on the subject 'Developing Research Skills in Science Education: the Clever Hans Effect', at the British Council's School in Chennai, Bhattacharya added that teachers should change the way of teaching science to students. They should not train students to expect the particular result in science experiment but to encourage them to do hands of experiments with the thing around us.
He further stated "the main aim of the teachers should be not to teach children to fudge answers, but to make them think and use their creativity."
"There is no escaping change and that the modern student is quite different from one 20 years ago. We have to change power from the teacher to the student," says Prema Raghunath, of Azim Premji Foundation.
She added " children are now so much more aware of their surroundings, and it is a challenge for the teacher to keep up with the students. So, we should recognise signals. For instance, children don't read any more. Those who have understood that regular books are boring have tried to get children to read online or offer illustrated books. We have to apply this principal to bring innovation and changes in the classroom."
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