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SIMS organizes interactive session with eminent ecologist
April 2, 2018, 2:37 pm
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A workshop and interactive session with eminent ecologist Dr. Sultan Ahmed Ismail was conducted in Salmiya Indian Model School (SIMS) on 22 March.

Dr. Ismail, a well-known biologist and ecologist, whose work centers on techniques for recycling biodegradable waste into fertilizer using local varieties of earthworms, and on soil bioremediation, is the Director, Eco Science Department, Chennai. The session was attended by SIMS Director – Dr. Anis Ahmed, Vice Principal - Mrs. Anita Sadanand, Senior Coordinator Mr. Mirza Jawed and the teaching staff. Teachers of Indian Learners Own Academy also attended the day-long workshop.

He works with the Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India, in the development of a module on vermicomposting as a sustainable ecological practice for children. He also conducted a project for the Environment and Forests Department of the Government of Tamil Nadu state for implementing vermicomposting in 50 schools in Chennai(Madras), and delivered several lectures to more than 200 schools in India and abroad on environmental awareness, solid waste management and vermicomposting. His other research interests are on the anti-inflammatory properties of earthworms, the ultrastructure of the penial setae of earthworms, and the electrical bioluminescence of earthworms.

Dr. Ismail is the author of some famous books such as Vermicology: The Biology of Earthworms, The Earthworm Book among others.  He was awarded the Arignar Anna Award by the Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu, India for environmental education and awareness.

The noted scientist touched upon different subjects, highlighting the importance of teaching students how to think and not what to think. He also mentioned that ‘always’ and ‘never’ are two words that teachers should always remember never to use. He stressed on the importance of Competency Tests, Self Appraisal, ICT ( Information Communication Technology ), etc. .

According to Dr. Ismail, teachers need to know and impart to students the need for discussion and not an argument; as, in a discussion importance is on ‘what’ is right while in an argument the importance is on ‘who’ is right. He feels that attitude and the way we look at things are what matters. The three C’s – Clarity, Commitment & Compassion – makes a Faculty. But without it you become Faulty. He also spoke on the difference between ‘talking’ and ‘teaching’ in a class and its effect on students.

‘Life science is an intriguing subject and a teacher teaching it should be excited to show the children some experiments which would be captivating, exciting, stimulating, absorbing and interesting’.  Dr. Ismail spoke about the importance of making life science learning livelier by making concepts easier - Simple Tasks, Great Concepts. He also demonstrated the above with the use of simple day-to-day objects. He feels that ‘Science without fun is futile and as teachers we should put in our best efforts to make life science teaching livelier’. He demonstrated a few simple tasks to make great concepts easier to teach and understand.

 

 

 

 

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