Staff Correspondent

Three-week refresher course

for postgraduate teachers

under way

MYSORE: Gone are the days of stereotypical teaching methods. Knowledge is growing at a high speed and hence teachers are compelled to update their knowledge so that the curriculum can be dealt with in a better and interesting way, Regional Institute of Education Director G.T. Bhandage has said.

He was inaugurating a three-week refresher course for postgraduate teachers in mathematics from the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samithi, here on Monday.

“A teacher is a constant learner,” he said.

Teachers should improve their pedagogic skills so that they could deal with mathematics with more ease and confidence.

All teachers should improve their teaching methods in order to inspire students to learn and develop interest in mathematics.

As far as possible, they should cite examples from daily life so that the learning concepts in mathematics would become easy, Prof. Bhandage said. Why are children so scared of mathematics? Is it because of the subject itself or the person who teaches it? he asked

“It is the responsibility of teachers to make mathematics interesting,” Prof. Bhandage said.

The refresher course will include 48 sessions, including a seminar on mathematics and discussions on the national curriculum framework (2005), constructivism, cognitive development of adolescent children, stress management and value dimension to school education.

As many as 19 postgraduate teachers in mathematics representing Navodaya Vidyalayas in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka are attending the course.