Teaching is one of the most challenging and satisfying jobs. To be able to engage a class of 30, to teach, to make them think critically, to ignite their minds, to imbue inspiration, to build their knowledge, communication skills and confidence is a herculean task in today’s world.
Education is a creative way of discovering new things. It is therefore imperative to bring in innovative techniques in the arena of teaching. Our traditional ways of teaching has given way to modern multimedia based teaching. Children of this generation are adroit, swift and demanding in terms of learning. And multimedia plays a humongous role in capturing their attention, imagination and intellectual quest. Creating multimedia projects by the students and the teachers based on the texts books appeals to the student’s sensory modalities. It brings alive the attention of the student and is an excellent example of interactive learning.
Mind mapping is another innovative way of teaching, making concepts crystal clear for the student. Using key images and concepts with visual clarity, teaching is made easier for the students thereby adding to their horizon of knowledge.
Role reversal could be another great way of teaching. Making the students take on the role of teachers would be a great platform for the student to exhibit presentation skills, communication skills and build their confidence.
Linking the theoretical knowledge to the outside world, designing the curriculum based on the contemporary demands in the workforce. Brain storming is another way of activating lateral thinking. Encouraging open discussion of ideas and debating would help in original and authentic ideas which would pave the way for future research programs as the child grows up.
Book reviews, article reviews are an excellent way of enhancing a student’s knowledge. Making the student analyze a book or an article apart from reading it is a significant way of improving vocabulary, ideas and cognitive capacities.
It is a very great challenge to bring in a holistic development of a student. It is equally important to make sports and extra-curricular activities mandatory for every single child for over all development. It is very important for a student to have the exposure about the world around him/her. Having faculty and student exchange programs would be a very innovative way which would help the child in the socialization process and adapt to new and strange environments.
Innovative techniques will also have to be constantly monitored with guidance and the approach to garner the best results. These techniques will rekindle interest, spark their imaginations and give shape to their abstract ideas. Every child is unique and using these techniques will bring on to the fore various latent talents of the students.
– Mr.Arul Kumar, HOD-MATHS
MATHS GRADES 1 to 5
We all know Mathematics is mother of all science and it helps to teach students Math’s through practical and creative approach. Some of our methods are:
Practical approach: We can teach students about velocity through buses, trains running and shapes through wheels. Activities such as clay modelling are also a means of teaching various shapes and 2 or 3 dimensional figures etc. Nature based learning is also encouraged such as counting the number of trees, classrooms, buildings etc, learning the number of states in a country, different measurement scales, vehicle numbers etc.
– Ms. Arpita, HOD-MATHS