A Playlist for Teachers

By KP Mohanan, Tara Mohanan, Madhav Kaushish, Rashmi Jejurikar, Ramesh, Vaideesh, Sanan Shankar, Shamli Manasvi and Palaniappan A

A Playlist for Teachers

By KP Mohanan, Tara Mohanan, Madhav Kaushish, Rashmi Jejurikar, Ramesh, Vaideesh, Sanan Shankar, Shamli Manasvi and Palaniappan A

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1.  "Critical Thinking: From NEP to Student Learning - Part 1"  

NEP 2020 says helping learners acquire critical thinking abilities is a high priority for Indian education.

How do we achieve this goal?
What stands in the way?
How do we overcome the obstacles?

Panelists:

Tara Mohanan (co-founder, ThinQ)
KP Mohanan (co-founder, ThinQ)
Subir Shukla (Principal Coordinator, IgnusERG)
Sriram N (Moderator)

2.  "Critical Thinking: From NEP to Student Learning - Part 2" 

Let's bring the discussion about critical thinking into the classroom. In this video, we discuss the goals and challenges of critical thinking with school administrators and expert teachers.

3. Enhancing Classroom Effectiveness by Facilitating Thinking 

This webinar was an invitation to go beyond the present mainstream educational culture of employability, degrees and certificates, where students are trained to get high scores in exams and tests, and teachers are focused on covering the portions.

During the session, we went through examples of activities that can be done in the classroom with topics that are covered as a part of the school syllabus, and demonstrated ways in which it is possible to go beyond the scope of the textbook to help children think actively.

4. Exploring Ethics Through Reasoning

We constantly, and often subconsciously, make judgements about people and their actions - whether what they said or did was ‘right’ or ‘wrong’.

Is there a way to figure out the principles, assumptions and reasoning behind our judgements? 

5. How to Think Like a Mathematician 

Engage with the youngest and oldest members of the ThinQ collective as they work through the process of justifying claims in mathematics, sometimes with the help of all their grandmothers! 

A session for learners who want to explore the world of mathematics by inquiring.

6. Historical Inquiry - Did Smartphones Exist in 1800?

When we told a 5-year-old recently that there was a time when there were no smartphones, she refused to believe us. This left some members of ThinQ very puzzled, so we decided to investigate.

How can we prove that there was actually a time when there were no smartphones? In this webinar, we explored how historians think and inquire into the past.

7. Definitions

If we say that an object is a solid if it has a fixed shape, and a liquid takes the shape of the container, is a mound of sand a solid or a liquid? What about a soap bubble? How can we construct rigorous definitions to understand the world around us in a better way? These are some of the questions discussed in this video.

This is a recording of ThinQ's Webinar on Knowledge Construction that was conducted through a Facebook Livestream on Sunday, 12th April 2020.
The panel has Madhav Kaushish, Dr KP Mohanan, Rashmi Jejurikar and S. Vaideeshwaran. All of them are members of ThinQ.

 

Photo by Yannis H on Unsplash


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