“Education is the manifestation of perfection already in man” – Swami Vivekananda
Innovative teaching Techniques
Education is the light that shows mankind the right direction to surge. Today, however, education culture in the country has taken a detour from what it was meant to be. Although the centre has been taking steps to step up the quality of higher education, focus on primary education is almost none.
If primary education fails to inculcate self-discipline and commitment in the students, it is not entirely their fault. Education needs to be portrayed as a sport. It should be associated, by the students, with excitement rather than with burden and boredom. It’s definitely going to take time to bring positive change in the primary education, still it has to be done. Here are some innovative teaching methods that can help the teachers reinvent their education and make their classes interesting.
Teachers should use tools which help stimulate creativity in the students. Visual exercises that captivate interest of students should be made a part of instructions. This can go long way in bringing out innate posibilities within students. e.g. Stencils made by students themselves.
Audio & Video Tools
Audio-visual materials should be incorporated in the classes. Textbooks should be complemented with prototypes, film-strips, videos and pictorial material. Info graphics or other brain mapping techniques can be used. This will help in mapping the information to both left & right brains of students. This will act as a teaser to both logic & creativity in the students.
Infusing real world experiences into the instructions can make lectures fresh and enrich learning. Relating and demonstrating through real life situations will make the material easy to understand. It will also draw interest of many students which is the key motivation.
Brainstorming sessions should always be a part of the class. These are sessions when many minds express their views on one issue/problem. When multiple brains focus on one single idea, the benefits are manifold. These sessions will help the students open up. These will also help in broadening student perspectives.
Role play is a great way to make children step out of their comfort zone and develop their interpersonal skills. This method comes handy when you are teaching literature, drama or history. For e.g. a play should definitely be enacted in the class through roleplay.
Rudyard Kipling said “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Storyboarding is a great way to teach any subject which requires memorization or difficult visualization. History teachers can use a storyboard to recreate a famous event. Apart from ease of communication, this will again help students in developing their own storytelling techniques.
Stimulating Classroom Environment
Posters & paintings can help transform a dull classroom to an exciting place. These posters/charts can be changed depending on the illustration. It’s sometimes even alright to take the class in open spaces. This is a practice tried and tested by the proponents of Alternative Education in India.
With even the KHDA (Knowledge and Human Development Authority) emphasizing on schools to take measures for improving the quality of teaching and learning, these innovative teaching ideas are sure to make education system more efficient. These methods have proved effective in many other countries. Many schools have made these a part of their instruction, but there is still a huge scope of implementation to many other schools in the country.
We hope you agree with the aforementioned techniques.