Science and Mathematics teachers across the state of Maharashtra, develop their own innovative methods of teaching in the classrooms. They develop experiments, models, tables, charts and pictures. With the advancement of technology, they also develop websites, form groups like whatsapp and use social media like Facebook, Twitter etc. However, it is observed that despite all this, they hardly make use of these social media to share their innovations in teaching methods with their fellow teachers, with the result, their innovative methods of teaching do not get exchanged with the other teachers.
Marathi Vidnyan Parishad, a knowledge institution (ज्ञान संस्था) and science propagating organization of 52 years standing felt that such innovative teachers across the state be brought together and they may be given an opportunity to present their methods before a large group of teachers. Accordingly two State Level Science and Mathematics Teachers` Congresses were held in November, 2016 and December 2017 at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune and around 70 and 65 teachers participated in these Congresses respectively. The main themes of these Congresses were ‘LEARNING SCIENCE BY DOING’ in the year 2016 and ‘EVALUATION’ in the year 2017. The participants were required to prepare the Research paper on the theme of the Congress and make its presentation. In these Congresses.
Parallel sessions were held in more than one classroom wherein each participant was allocated 08 minutes time to present his/her Research Paper through Power Point Presentation or simple presentation without PPT, which was followed by question answers among the presenter and the evaluators and the other participants of the group for 02 minutes. In the end two teachers from each classroom were adjudged as the best teachers of the group and were awarded the Certificate of Merit. Further the best performer of each classroom was offered the internship for a period of 5 to 6 weeks in IISER, the entire cost of which was borne by IISER. Besides drawing the satisfaction of presenting their own innovative methods of teaching and evaluation, before such a large cross-section of teachers, the participants were immensely benefited by witnessing the teaching methods and of evaluation of other teachers. Considering the benefit drawn by all the participants and with a view to extend such benefit to more teachers, Marathi Vidnyan Parishad had decided to organize such a Congress for a total period of 5 years commencing from the year 2016. Accordingly, the Third State level Science and Mathematics Teachers` Congress will be held in November/ December, 2018 at IISER, Pune. The main theme of the third Congress will also be EVALUATION.
Further, based on the review of the first and the second congresses, it has been decided to organize a day’s workshop at three places to enlighten the participants about the main theme and sub themes of the Congress, use of Statistical techniques and use of Power Point in presenting Research Paper, evaluation through performance of the experiments etc. The details of these workshops are furnished below:
|Sr. No.||Date of Workshop||Venue of workshop||The places (Districts) from which the teachers will be eligible to participate in the workshop||Whether the stay arrangements will be available on earlier night for the participants|
|1||May 02, 2018||Marathi Vidnyan Parishad, Vidnyan Bhavan, V. N. Purav Marg, Sion-Chunabhatti, Mumbai 400022||Mumbai City,Mumbai Suburban,Thane, Palghar,Raigad and Nashik||NO|
|2||May 04, 2018||Azad College, Satara||Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur||NO|
|3||June 14, 2018||Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Near National Chemical Laboratory, Pashan, Pune||All the Districts of the State of Maharashtra and Goa other than those Districts indicated against Sr. No. 1 & 2 above.||Available for a limited number of teachers.|
A) The Science educators / communicators and the teachers teaching Science subjects and/or Maths to the Class/es (standard) 6 to 12, of the State of Maharashtra and Goa, will be eligible to participate in any one of the workshops and the Congress.
B) The Co-ordinator for the workshops at Sr. No 1 & 3 is Shri Prakash Modak(email- firstname.lastname@example.org and Mobile Number 9920329984). The Co-ordinator for the workshops at Sr. No 2 is Dr.Sudhir Kumbhar (email email@example.com and Mobile Number – 9421214136 ). Accordingly the teachers desirous of participating in any of these three workshops may send an email to the respective Co-ordinator up to 10 days before the date of workshop, indicating the following personal details: 1) Name in full 2) Residential Address 3) Name of the School/College/ Institution, where the teacher has been teaching 4) E-mail address 5) Contact Number (Mobile and/or Phone number) 6) the Class/es (standard) to which the teacher has been teaching and 7) the subjects being taught.
C) There are no registration charges for any of the workshops. The tea and lunch will also be provided free of cost on the day of workshop at all the three places. The stay and the dinner arrangement at IISER (in respect of workshop at sr. no.3 above) on the earlier night for a limited number of the participants will also be made free of cost.
D) No travel expenses will be reimbursed to :
1. The persons attending the workshop at Sr. No. 1 (At MVP), having their place of residence up to Virar, Karjat Panvel (i.e. the places up to which the local trains are available for reaching the venue of the workshop.
2. The persons attending the workshop at Sr. No.2 irrespective of the place of their residence.
3. The persons attending the workshop at Sr. No. 3 (At IISER), having their place of residence in Pune city, its suburbans and Pune district, for reaching the venue of the workshop.
E) Eligibility for travel expenses reimbursement
The participants attending the workshop at MVP and IISER but not falling in the categories mentioned in D1 and D3 above, will be reimbursed the travel expenses for attending the workshop on the following basis:
Second Class ordinary/sleeper Railway fare (i.e. Non A/C) or Ordinary (i.e. Non A/C) S. T. bus fare from the Railway station /S. T. bus stop nearest to the place of their residence to the Railway station /S. T. bus stop nearest to the venue of workshop (MVP or IISER) and back will be reimbursed on submitting the original or copy of the ticket/receipt of at least one way journey.
If the journey is performed by own vehicle/higher class, the amount of travel reimbursement will be restricted to the amount as indicated above.
No travel reimbursement will be made in respect of the journey performed by Taxi/Auto Riksha at the place of residence/ Mumbai/Pune for reaching the Railway Station/Bus stop /Venue of the workshop.
Main Theme and Subthemes
Main Theme: Evaluation
Evaluation gives the level of achievement of students. For this purpose we conduct written or oral tests and mainly measure the level of the students’ content knowledge. Evaluation should not be restricted only to content knowledge, but should show the extent of achievement of the students with respect to all the objectives of the study of the subject and their progress with respect to information, knowledge, abilities, skills, interest and attitude. The purpose of evaluation should not be ranking the students, but determining what the students are good at, what they are not good at, what abilities and skills they have acquired and what they still have not, what they should do to improve or acquire new skills, what they are interested in and how they can further develop their interest, and how they can have more positive attitude towards what they are supposed to do. In other words, evaluation is a critical step in the process of the all-round development of students, and it should be carried out using not just written and oral tests, but by a variety of means. Further it needs to be done continuously and not just at the end of the semester or the year.
As indicated above the main theme of the Third State Level Science and Mathematics Teacher Congress is the Innovative Methods which are used by the teachers for Evaluation of students in Learning in Classroom. The subthemes of the main theme have followed from the different objectives to which such an innovative method can be applied. These subthemes with their scope and brief description are given below:
a) Evaluation of the ability to think originally: Under this subtheme the objective of the method will be to evaluate whether at all three - cognitive, emotional and social – levels, the students are capable of new ideas, observations or reasoning, whether they can suggest novel ways to solve a difficulty, whether they look at even routine everyday matters with a different perspective, and whether- be it knowledge, literature, fine arts, sports, or communication – they show creativity.
b) Evaluation of communication skill: Under this subtheme the objective will be to evaluate how the students communicate their knowledge, opinions, thoughts, projects carried out or problems solved using different media such as writing, talking, discussing or presenting and help them by means of feedback provided.
c) Evaluation of conceptual understanding: Here what is expected is the determination of the level of the students’ conceptual understanding about theory and practicals, the extent to which they can apply this understanding, and the comprehensiveness of their understanding of a topic as a whole.
d) Evaluation of laboratory skills: Here the aim is to evaluate the skills of doing, designing and modifying an experiment, and also the skills required to do so, such as observation, classification, handling instruments, estimation, measurement, tabulation and presentation of observations, drawing of graphs, understanding of errors etc.
e) Evaluation of scientific attitude: In this subtheme it is expected that the teacher tests whether the students have understood the importance of numbers, evidence and logical reasoning based on evidence, whether they can make such reasoning, and whether they have realized that in science no other source of knowledge than evidence based on experiments and observation is acceptable. It is also necessary to assess the extent to which they know about the contribution of science and technology to life and to national development, and the level of their interest and confidence with respect to science and mathematics.
f) Evaluation of problem solving ability: It is expected here that the teacher assesses the ability of the students not only to solve questions and problems in the subjects of science and mathematics, but also the aptitude to apply the knowledge of the subjects to understand problems in life around and attempt to solve them.
g) Continuous and comprehensive evaluation: As said in the beginning, the teacher should have a record of the all-round progress of the students in science and mathematics. For this purpose evaluation should be carried out not just at the end of a semester, but continuously throughout the semester by a variety of means, such as practical, observation of behavior, participation in discussions and projects, presentations etc. The students should be provided with feedback continuously. The novel ways in which the teacher has attempted such evaluation should be reported under this subtheme.
THIRD STATE LEVEL SCIENCE AND MATH TEACHERS’ CONGRESS-2018
The Third State Level Science and Math Teachers’ Congress (Congress) will be held in IISER, Pune on 26-27 December 2018. The address of the venue is as under:
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE EDUCATION AND RESEARCH,DR. HOMI BHABHA ROAD, WARD NO.8, NEAR NCL COLONY, PASHAN, PUNE 411008
The eligibility criteria for participation in the Congress and the guidelines and the instructions/information in this regard are as under:
1.Eligibility Criteria: The Science Educators and the Teachers teaching Science and/or Math to the Class/es 6 to 12 in the states of Maharashtra and Goa are eligible to participate in the Congress.
2.The theme of the Congress: The main theme of the congress is EVALUATION and there are 7subthemes under the Main Theme. The write-up on the main theme and the sub-themes is furnished separately on this website. The participants are required to write a Research Paper on any of the subthemes and send its hard copy to Marathi Vidnyan Parishad (Parishad), so as to reach the same to the Parishad on or before 31 October, 2018, on the following address: MARATHI VIDNYAN PARISHAD, VIDNYAN BHAVAN, V. N. PURAV MARG, SION –CHUNABHATTI, MUMBAI 400022. Tel Nos. 022 24054714/24057268 The cover containing the Research Paper may be super scribed as Teachers’ Congress 2018-Research Paper. A soft copy of the Research Paper may also be sent by e-mail to Prakash Modak (Mob. No.9920329984) on the address firstname.lastname@example.org .
3.Instructions/Guidelines for writing the Research Papers:
The Participants should strictly adhere to the following instructions with regard to the writing/submission/presentation of the Research Papers.
I. The word limit for the full Paper and the Abstract or Summary is 2,000 and 200, respectively.
II. The paper may be written either in Marathi or English or Hindi.
III. The papers in Marathi and Hindi must be typed in UNICODE and the papers in English should be typed in M.S. WORD in AERIAL. The font size should be 12 with 1.0 as the line spacing.
IV. The presentation of the paper may be made by PPT or otherwise. The necessary arrangements for making presentation by PPT will be available at the venue. However, the participants should bring their presentation in the suitable device like Pen Drive.
V. Time allowed for the presentation of the paper will be 8 minutes followed by 2 minutes for interaction with the Experts and other participants.
VI. Each Participant can submit only one paper. However, the paper may be co-authored by one or more persons. Further, only one person i.e. the first Author or any of the Co-authors can attend the Congress and present the paper.If the presentation of the paper is to be made by any of the Co-authors (and not by first Author), the same may be clearly indicated while submitting the paper.
VIII. The participants are advised to make the preparation and submission of the paper preferably in the following format:
(i) Title of the paper in capital letters, if in English, 12 point font, bold and centered
(ii) Sub-Theme in capital letters, if in English, 12 point font
(iii) Abstract not exceeding 200 words
(iv) Key words, about 5
(vi) Objective of the research. (This may include research questions and/or hypothesis)
(Vii) Methodology of Research and Tools and Techniques used. (Methodology may be Experimental or Survey or Action Research or Case Study or any other relevant method. Tools and Techniques may include, for example, Size and Selection of Sample and Data Collection; or any other relevant tool.)
(viii) Data Analysis and Interpretation
(x) Scope for Future Work
(xi) Acknowledgement (Optional)
(xii) References/Bibliography (including the websites searched along with the date of downloading); all to be enlisted in the alphabetic order
(xiii) Annexures (including copies of Tools/ Questionnaire etc. used for data collection)
(xiv) The following details should also be furnished at the end of the Research Paper:
A. Name, Complete Residential Address, Address of the School/ Junior College/ Educational Institution, E-mail address, Mobile Number (or Phone Number), of the Author and every Co-Author.
B. The Class/es (i.e. Standard 6 to 12) to which the Author and the Co- Author/s, if any, has / have been teaching and the subject/s being taught.
C. Where there are one or more Co-Authors, the name of the person who will be presenting the paper.
4.Display of select list on the website: The names of the persons whose Research Papers will be selected for the Congress will be displayed on the website www.scienceteacherscongress.org by 10 November 2018.
5.The persons who submit the Research Papers on or before the scheduled date i.e. 31 October 2018 may book their tickets well in advance in their own interest to avoid last minute rush in this regard.
6. The attendance and participation certificates will be issued and the reimbursement of Conveyance Charges will be made only after the conclusion of the programme.The participants attending the congress but not making the presentation of the Research Paper, for whatever reason, will not be issued the Participation Certificate. The space for the name of the partcipant and the name of the school/college/institution where the participant has been teaching will be left blank on these certificates. The participants may write these names on getting the certifictes.This is being done with a view to avoid the occurrence of the spelling mistakes while writing the names on the certificates.
7.Reimbursement of conveyance expenses:
(i) The participants having their place of residence in Pune city and its suburbans e.g. Pimpri, Chinchavad, Hadapsar, Baner, Wakad etc. (i. e. places to which PMT bus service is available) will not be entitled to the reimbursement of conveyance charges.
(ii) A bus is likely to be arranged from the office of Marathi Vidnyan Parishad, Sion-Chunabhatti to the venue of the Congress i. e. IISER, Pune on 25.12.2018 and for the return journey on 27.12.2018, for the participants having their place of residence in Mumbai city, up to Thane on Central side, Dahisar on Western side and Panvel. If the bus is arranged as above, the participants having their place of residence in the above area but not availing the bus facility will not be considered eligible for reimbursement of conveyance expenses. The bus will follow the normal route of S. T. bus from Mumbai to Pune and also for return journey. The necessary instructions in regard to the departure time of the bus from MVP office pick up points for the participants en route etc. will be issued to the individual participants by e-mail/over phone by 20.12.2018.
(iii) All other participants having their place if residence other than those indicated in 7 (i) & 7 (ii) above will be eligible for reimbursement of conveyance expenses for an amount of railway fare of Non-A.C. Second Class or Second Class Sleeper (wherever applicable), for the distance between their place of residence and Pune Railway Station or Pune Bus stand, notwithstanding their actual mode of travel and class of travel. Even if the city/town/village of their place of residence is not linked to Pune by railway, their claim for the reimbursement of conveyance charges will be settled as indicated above. Further, the reimbursement of conveyance charges will be made only on producing a copy of the document (ticket/bill/ receipt) in support of having performed the journey. Participants may please note that if no such ticket/bill / receipt is submitted, their claim for the reimbursement of conveyance will be rejected. Once the list of participants selected for the Congress is displayed on the website as indicated in serial number 4 above, the participants desirous of attending the Congress and are eligible for reimbursement of conveyance charges may preferably send the scanned cop of their ticket/ bill/receipt in this regard to the e-mail email@example.com for expeditious settlement of their claim.
8.The persons whose Research papers have been selected for the Congress will only be allowed to participate in the Congress. The participants will not be allowed to accompany any other person e. g. spouse, child etc.in the IISER premises under any circumstances. The participants may please note that this will be strictly adhered to and no exception will be made in this regard. Further the participants may carry with them a copy of some PHOTO ID proof e.g. PAN CARD, AADHAR CARD for producing it at the gate of IISER , if asked for.
9.Other important information/instructions: (i) There are no registration charges for participation in the Congress. The programme of the Congress will be on 26 and 27 December, 2018.The food arrangements for all the participants will be made free of cost during Congress. The stay arrangements for the participants belonging to the categories 7(ii) & 7(iii) above will be made in IISER campus,from the evening of 25.12.2018 till the conclusion of the programme of the Congress, at around 3.00 P. M .on 27.12.2018, free of cost. The programme schedule will be displayed on the aforesaid website in due course and will also be sent to all the persons selected for the presentation of their Research Papers in the Congress. The presentation of the Research Papers by all the participants will be on one day i.e. 26 December 2016. Other programmes such as session on the topic related to Science/ Math,by an expert, hands on experiment by Shri Ashok Rupner of IISER, visit to the IISER laboratories will also be organized during these two days. The participants will be divided into 3/4 groups for the purpose of presentationan of Reasearch Papers, based on the number of participants and they will make the presentation of their Research papers in parallel sessions. Each group will be allocated one classroom in which each participant will make the presentation before two experts and the other participants of his/her group.Two best performers from each group will be issued MERIT CERTIFICATES besides usual Attendence and Participation Certificates to all. (ii) 3 to 5 best performers of the presentation of the Research Papers will be offered the intership of 4/5 weeks in IISER, Pune on the subject (relating to Science/ Math)of their choice, during any mutually convenient period. The entire cost of the internship including the stay and food expenses during the internship will be borne by IISER. The participants who had already been offered and had done such internship in the past will not be considered eligible for such internship again,notwithstang the fact that their presentation of the Research Paper is adjudged as one of the best performance in the Teachers’ Congress of 2018. (iii) the Research Papers of the 3 best performers of the Teachers’ Congress of 2017 have been displayed on the aforesaid website by providing links with the names of these participants.
- • Stats for Research Dr V Patkar
- • Res Writing Guidance by Dr V Patkar
- • PPT Presentation Tips Dr V Patkar
- • Evaluation Theme Talk Dr V Patkar
SOME RESEARCH PAPERS OF THE SECOND STATE LEVEL SCIENCE AND MATHS TEACHERS' CONGRESS HELD IN IISER, PUNE IN DECEMBER 2017
1. National Teachers' Science Congress (NTSC) is an initiative of the National Council for Science and Technology communication(NCSTC), Dept. of Science and Technology, (DST), Govt. of India.and the 9th NTSC is being hosted by Vikram A Sarabhai Community Science Centre (VASCSC) during 14-16 December 2018 at Ahmedabad.
2. The information relating to the 9th NTSC is available on this website and may be accessed through the following links.
3. As a preparatory measure to the 9th NTSC, one day Western Region Orientation Workshop covering the States of Goa,Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan will be conducted on Monday 27 August 2018 in Marathi Vidnyan Parishad (MVP), Vidnyan Bhavan, V.N.Purav Marg, Sion-Chunabhatti, Mumbai 400 022, Phone no. 022-24054714 / 022-24057268 on behalf of the organizers of the 9th NTSC viz VASCSC, Ahmedabad.The information relating to the workshop is available on this website and may be accessed through the following link.
4. The persons eligible to participate in the 9th NTSC (as per the criteria laid down in the Brochure of the 9th NTSC) and desirous of attending the above mentioned workshop may register their names for the workshop, by sending their following personal details by e- mail only to the mail address firstname.lastname@example.org of Shri Prakash Modak ( mob No. 9920329984) up to 20th August 2018.
1. Name in full :
2.Residential address :
3. Educational Qualifications :
4. Name and address of the School / Institution :
5. E-mail address :
6. Mobile number :
Marathi Vidnyan Parishad
Vidnyan Bhavan,V.N.Purav Marg,
Sion - Chunabhatti, Mumbai 400 022,
Phone : 022-24054714, 24057268
E-mail : email@example.com
Web : www.mavipamumbai.org / www.scienceteacherscongress.org