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Dr. Sumita Bhattacharyya

Associate Professor of Education

Science should make you ask questions, especially if you’re an elementary student. Why is the grass green? Does everything that goes up really have to come down? Why can’t healthy food taste as good as chocolate?

Dr. Sumita Bhattacharyya believes student inquiry, or examining, can be effectively incorporated into science classrooms in entertaining and unique ways.

“My courses tend to be hands-on,” Bhattacharyya says. “They are fun and create a lot of enjoyable participation by the students.”

Future teachers learn how to incorporate everyday supplies, such as Mardi Gras beads, into creative science lessons for elementary students.

In her spare time, Bhattacharyya enjoys spending time with children, cooking and hiking.

Education:
B.S., University of Gauhati, India; B.A., M.A., Jadavpur Univeristy, India; M.S., Ph.D., Southern Illinois University

Courses taught:
EDUC 375 – Methods of Instruction for the Elementary Teacher
EDUC 376 – Methods for Teaching Science, Social Studies and Integrated Arts for Elementary Teachers
EDCI 513 – Advanced Methods in Classroom Management
EDCI 581 – Advanced Methods in Teaching Elementary Education Science and Social Studies
EDCI 584 – Advanced Methods of Instruction in Elementary School Science
EDCI 586 – Advanced Methods in Teaching Secondary Education Subjects
EDCI 588 – Advanced Methods of Instruction in Secondary School Science

Contact information:
249 Polk Hall
Phone: 985.448.4347
E-mail: sumita.bhattacharyya@nicholls.edu

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