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Reading to Learn

19 June 2021

  • Dr KP Mohanan, co-founder, ThinQ

  • Dr Tara Mohanan, co-founder, ThinQ

  • Pallavi Naik, Principal, Dr. Kalmadi Shamarao High School, Pune

We have all learned to read. But do we read to learn?
In the era of fake news, how do we sift through what we read to get credible news and reliable knowledge?

What Should I Learn?

1 May 2021

  • Dr Bhushan Patwardhan, former Vice-Chairman of the UGC

  • Dr Lakshmi V, Vice President, Tiger Analytics LLP

  • Dr KP Mohanan, co-founder, ThinQ

How should I choose what to learn? How should I equip myself with the abilities I would need to learn whatever I want to?

Whether you are a high school student contemplating your college options, a person who wants to continue learning at your job, a parent wishing to figure out how to best raise your child, you must have asked yourself these questions at some point!

Join Lakshmi and Mohanan in conversation with our special guest, Bhushan Patwardhan to discuss these questions and more.

Tongue Twisters and Brain

25 April 2021

  • Dr KP Mohanan

  • Madhav Kaushish

  • Shamli Manasvi

There's so much we don't know about the way in which our minds, brains, and bodies work. In this webinar, we will see what it means to inquire into a question.

Why Mathematics?

17 April 2021

  • R Ramanujam, Professor, IMSc Chennai

  • KP Mohanan, Co-founder, ThinQ

  • Madhav Kaushish, Co-founder, ThinQ

People often say things like, ‘I’m not a mathematics person. I can’t do mathematics’. That is probably true if you think of mathematics as number crunching or following algorithms. However, that is a very narrow way of thinking about the discipline. Mathematics, by its very nature, is one of the most creative of disciplines. We are not constrained by the empirical world while doing mathematics - only by the limitations of our minds.

In this chat, we will explore a few questions including:

  • What is mathematics?

  • Why do we need to learn mathematics - what should be the goals of mathematics education?

  • How can we become better mathematicians and help others do the same?

If you enjoy mathematics, you will have fun talking about it. If you think you do not, our hidden agenda is to convert you to someone who loves mathematics!

Learning to Learn

10 April 2021

  • Dr KP Mohanan

  • Dr Tara Mohanan

What does it mean to be a good learner? Can we actually learn how to become one?

Critical Thinking: From NEP to Student Learning - Part 2

25 August 2020

  • Ramesh

  • KP Mohanan 

  • Palaniappan A 

  • Tara Mohanan

In our next webinar, we bring the discussion about critical thinking into the classroom.

We discuss the goals and challenges of critical thinking with school administrators and expert teachers!

Critical Thinking: From NEP to Student Learning - Part 1

22 August 2020

  • Tara Mohanan (co-founder, ThinQ)

  • KP Mohanan (co-founder, ThinQ)

  • Subir Shukla (Principal Coordinator, IgnusERG)

  • Sriram N (Moderator)

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?

Join these experienced educators for a conversation on the future of Indian education!

Inquiry Webinar 6 - Designing Experiments

20 July 2020

  • Aditi Ahuja

  • Madhav Kaushish

  • Tara Mohanan

Zoya and Aryan each bought a jasmine plant of the same variety. When the plants bloomed, Zoya's flowers were fragrant, but Aryan's flowers were not.

What caused this to happen?

Let's talk about why we do experiments, and how we can use experiments to figure out answers to many such questions!

Click here to see the webinar handout

Inquiry Webinar 5 - What is a Scientific Theory

14 July 2020

  • Aditi Ahuja

  • Madhav Kaushish

All of us have heard the word 'theory' used in contexts like 'Theory of Relativity' or 'Theory of Mind'. You may have even heard people say that 'gravity' is 'just a theory'.

So, what is a theory? More specifically, what is a 'scientific theory'?

Join us in exploring these questions, as we show you how to construct your own rudimentary scientific theories.

FACE - ThinQ - TNTEU Webinar on Enhancing Classroom Effectiveness by Facilitating Thinking

26 May 2020

  • Aditi Ahuja

  • Ramesh

  • KP Mohanan

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.

Here are responses to questions which were asked during the webinar, but we were unable to answer due to lack of time.

Webinar for Parents 1

6 May 2020

  • Vaideesh

  • Sriram

"It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings" - Ann Landers

While success could be defined differently by everyone, as parents we give our best to our children when we teach them to be inquisitive. This will come from questioning and inquiring. 

Come join us as we discuss how, as parents, we can fan the flame of innate curiosity of our children.

Inquiry Webinar 4 - Exploring Ethics through Reasoning

3 May 2020

  • Aditi Ahuja

  • KP Mohanan

  • Madhav Kaushish

  • Vignesh

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?

ThinQ-FACE Webinar - Developing Thinking Abilities Relevant for Engineering Education

28 April 2020

  • Vaideesh

  • KP Mohanan

  • Vignesh

A Bachelor's program in Engineering should empower learners to function well in their jobs as Engineers, and at the same time, function well as educated people in their professional, public, and personal lives. How do we satisfy these two expectations?

Here are responses to questions which were asked during the webinar, but we were unable to get to due to lack of time.

Inquiry Webinar 3 - How to Think Like a Mathematician

26 April 2020

  • Sanan Shankar

  • KP Mohanan

  • Shamli Manasvi

  • Madhav Kaushish

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

Inquiry Webinar 2 - Historical Inquiry

19 April 2020

  • Aditi Ahuja

  • Vaideesh

  • KP Mohanan

  • Madhav Kaushish

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.

Webinar for Educators 1 - Purpose of Education

16 April 2020

  • Aditi Ahuja

  • Rashmi Jejurikar

  • KP Mohanan

  • Tara Mohanan

This is a recording of ThinQ's Webinar on The Purpose of Education that was conducted through a Facebook Livestream on Thursday, 16th April 2020.

The panel has Dr. Tara Mohanan, Dr KP Mohanan, Rashmi Jejurikar and Aditi Ahuja. All of them are members of ThinQ.

Inquiry Webinar 1 - Definitions

12 April 2020

  • Rashmi Jejurikar

  • Vaideesh

  • KP Mohanan

  • Madhav Kaushish

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.

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