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Sahayog: Workshops for school teachers

Aim of the Workshop
Strengthening their teaching capabilities

Create joy of teaching

Enable the teachers to use and adapt modern teaching methodologies.

Build question banks for the teachers.

Enable the teachers to understand and appreciate concepts in mathematics and its application.

Enable them to understand the sequencing of various topics in mathematics.

Interactive learning experience

Acquaint them with the new idead and developments in mathematics.

Enable them to gain more subject knowledge.

Enable them to make use of computer simulations in their regular teaching schedule.

Encourage them for further studies and research.

Mode of the Workshop:

Hands-on practice (using computing devices and making them familiar with various mathematical experiments that we propose to upload on the virtual mathematics lab to enhance their understanding and teaching of various concepts in mathematics)

Introduction to easy-to-use mathematical software

Lecturers on specific topics in mathematics

Method of problem solving (in small groups with the resource faculty)

Demonstration of computer simulations

Hands-on computer lab, including introduction to easy to use mathematics software

Open house discussions

Presentations by participants

Talks on history of mathematics, applications of mathematics, Indian mathematics, teaching methodologies, careers in and with mathematics etc.

We have been conducting workshops for teachers for the last several years. Several workshops have been conducted at Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram, Delhi where teachers from all over the country as well as from other countries have participated. Besides conducting a workshop for school teachers in various remote parts of the coal mine areas of Bihar, we have conducted workshops for school teachers as well as for college teachers at St. Stephen’s College. Recently we conducted a workshop for school teachers from all over the country at Kulachi Hansraj Model School, Delhi. Teachers from several schools of Delhi like S. D. Public School, Sanskriti School, DPS Dwarka, DPS Noida, Mothers International School, Vasant Valley School, St. Margaret School, Hans Raj Model School etc. including several DAV School teachers from all over the country have participated in several of our workshops. In April 2004, we conducted a workshop in Madhya Pradesh for teachers of NTPC schools.

General Format of the Workshop:
The Mathematical Sciences Foundation can conduct mathematics workshops for teachers of all classes. The workshops can be on a specific topic or on a general methodology of teaching or on teaching aids in mathematics, especially computers. We find that a mixture of the three is most beneficial for the participants. Under this form, the general format will be:
Duration: 4 days of 5-6 hours each from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The workshop will be held in the participating school (the school is welcome to invite teachers from other schools). More than 40 teachers participating generally proves to be counterproductive as personal attention to individual teachers becomes impossible.

Participating teachers will be given certificates of participation by the Foundation.

Requirements for the workshop:
LCD Projector & Over Head Projector

An arrangement of tables and chairs in the room for teachers to sit in groups of about 10 each.

White-board/ Green-board

Computer lab

Local hospitality

For out of Delhi workshops: Travel expenses and board + lodging for the resource faculty.

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