Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Can The Brain Really Tire Out?

 It is time for exams in my college and I see students around me dancing around in frantic manner, trying to accomplish the topmost grades. Amidst  these trials a silent enemy creeps up in every students mind trying to bring them down and make them drool and drowse and forget about grades, rather it makes them pull their hair and rip their heads apart.

You guessed it right, the devil is Stress! It makes my friends feel monotonous with fatigue laced on their academic excellence! Then I start hearing out cries…” My brain is tired! I am blank”, “ I do not remember anything”, and more scary stuff which rattles my brains instead!

It sets me thinking… “Can the brain of a normal healthy being really tire out due to this stress?” All my time I have known the biological facts of the subconscious and active parts of the brain that whatever we see resides in the subconscious. I know it is hard to believe but it is true!
Everything that we have read or seen in our life, even the face of the nurse after we were born resides in the subconscious, we are not just not strong enough to link our active brain to it in order to process such far off images! There are exceptions though, like Leonardo Da Vinci  who remembered each line he had ever read… just once!

So I tell my friends that hey guys… that is just stress ruling your minds and silently brainwashing you with those stupid thoughts! The brain does not forget, it does not stop to work…. The tension you face is because you are making your brain work really hard and that is good for the long term! You will remember everything once you see the question paper and everything will be fine. Trust me!

The brain is one organ which works to even a few seconds after normal death( Even the heart can fail)! How can it tire out! Stress is just a mental demon which makes us think so! So folks… kick out the stress and throw away such feelings!

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Can Maths Really be taught?

Teaching Maths and the Aptitude for it... Is a very broad concept, the roots of which lie in the most basics of education! If I may present my example, As a small child, my father always boasted of maths being the most important subject to learn and how it is the language of all science that is present in the universe! That fascinated me! Over the years i developed a passion for mathematics, especially Newtonian Calculus!
The roots I talk about is the emphasis towards maths during the starting years of school! Like the emphasis laid on English and History... and steps taken to make kinder- gardeners like the subjects... an effort by the peer generation should be made to develop interest in the subject!
Teaching can be successful if responded well by the students! So I believe Maths can be taught!
An example of exemplary teaching i.e. developing interest in the subject and then the aptitude is Mr. Anand Kumar from the super thirty fame from Bihar, India. I have had the honor to be his pupil for two years. He make hard efforts to develop interest of his students and uses local dialect and technology like projectors and interactive GUI to increase interest and inculcate better!