Happy Learning – New Year

The traditional “chalk and talk” method of teaching that’s persisted for hundreds of years is now acquiring inferior results when compared with the more modern and revolutionary teaching methods that are available for use in schools today. Greater student interaction is encouraged, the boundaries of authority are being broken down, and a focus on enjoyment over grades is emphasized.

As teachers, it’s necessary to be able to teach and remain engaging. It puts a greater level of responsibility on creating lesson plans that truly work. Teachers have reported amazing results when it came to spaced learning. Spaced learning involves encouraging students to quickly switch through activities.

The key is in the brain cells. It helps them to create the connections that they need to actually remember the knowledge. Furthermore, it has the additional benefit of allowing people to relax. If they are compressing sections of the syllabus into such small sections, then there’s no time to worry. It’s all about the learning before moving on to another session of activity.

Sometimes conventional lesson blocks just don’t work as every student is different and they all have their problematic subjects. The concept of Flexible Saturdays is that an in-depth session of a subject can be acquired by simply having a whole day of mathematics or some other subject.

At Flexible Saturdays lessons a teacher tries to help each student to study and learn what is the most difficult for him/her personally. Somebody repeats, somebody learns. It makes it more convenient for students as now they can focus on one thing while in school. It means that students don’t have a breaking point by spending hours struggling with a subject along at home. Under a new teaching method called “engagement” students are urged to engage with the real world, analyse everything that happens in different life spheres.

These strategies are most successful when they are implemented in a system that encourages collaboration among staff and students, and in which each is a part of a well-planned whole system. It is also certain that these strategies are most effective when they are applied in positive, supportive environments where there is recognition of the emotional, social and physical needs of students and where individual strengths are recognized, nurtured, and developed.

On the flip side, Technological innovation, long a hallmark of academic research, may now be changing the look and feel of the classrooms. Changing the way the students learn and the teachers teach. Distance education, sophisticated learning-management systems and the opportunity to collaborate with research partners from around the world are just some of the transformational benefits that schools are embracing. Technological innovation will have a major influence on teaching methodologies over the coming years. Technology allows students to become much more engaged in constructing their own knowledge, and cognitive studies how that ability is key to learning success.

New technologies are also affecting other areas of campus administration. Social-networking tools are helping to build connections with alumni and support career service activities. And automated, self-service programmes reduce administrative requirements, streamline course registration and enhance academic life. The coming year will see advanced technologies will put education within the reach of many more individuals around the world, and will allow greater specialisation in curriculum and teaching methodologies than ever before.

New methods of teaching have the purpose to improve the quality of education and involve students in educational process. Innovations mean a progress and development. Hope the coming year presents a lot of opportunities to us to innovate and excel.

Ms Gauri Singh
Senior Manager Academics and Training
Seth MR Jaipuria Schools