INNOVATIVE PRACTICES COMMITTEE
|Sl.No||Name of the Member||Designation||Occupation|
|2||Ms. Sheena||Teachers Rep||Secondary Co-ordinator|
|3||Ms.Dhvani||Teachers Rep||Primary Co-ordinator|
|4||Ms.Viritha||Teachers Rep||Middle school Co-ordinator|
In today’s increasingly globalised world, it is important to make learning and education a holistic experience beyond classroom academics. Keeping this in mind, Vydehi School of Excellence introduced various innovations in classrooms to give students all-round development and growth.
Here’s a glimpse of some of the innovative techniques that Vydehi School of Excellence is using to make learning effective, engaging, and fun.
Experiential learning engages students in critical thinking, problem solving and decision making in contexts that are personally relevant to them. This approach to learning involves making opportunities for debriefing and consolidation of ideas and skills through feedback, reflection, and the application of the ideas and skills to new situations.
One student chooses to solve a problem will be different from another student, and what one student takes away from an experience will be different from the others.
Learning about learning is often missed when focus is on subjects making lessons blind to the learning journey.Opportunities to understand learning can be created from learning experiences.
It is our view that successful learners are those who understand their learning environment and their learning needs. This “Learning Intelligence” or Experiential learning involves a number of skills, attitudes, attributes and behaviors. Learning in this way has so much potential.
Vydehi School of Excellence incorporated Experiential learning where teaching became far more focused and effective when students are made to be meta-cognitive and reflective about what had been taught.
A clear and specific sense of purpose, linking the activity to the WHY? question –We’re doing this because…We’re learning this because… etc. improvised methodology where each subject is being connected to any other subjects. Experiential classroom has worked for us to create an interdisciplinary learning experience that mimics real world learning. Here Students play a critical role in assessing their own learning.
Audio-visual (AV) supplements
We have AV-equipped classrooms or venues to boost students’ learning and understanding. Teachers explain difficult subject like Physics/Maths/Chemistry through graphical representation of complex equations with the help of smart-boards. For language learning, teachers play snippets of award-winning films, plays, and speeches of great orators, to facilitate the skills of listening, speaking, and histrionics.
Role play brings in the element of entertainment into the classroom. As much as it is loved by students, this technique facilitates their understanding and appreciation of the characters that they read about. From pre-schools to Senior Secondary level, we are implementing this method as it’s a great source to instill in children values and ideals as they play the roles of historical stalwarts.
Students are encouraged to have their own version of the characters they are portraying, and enact them with the context of the present times. Through role play, students also get to learn about various aspects of stage performance – from acting to voice projection – and discover their acting talent. This technique also helps teachers explore creativity and critical thinking in students. Role play is an impactful method to enhance learning that also lends learners opportunity to live the experience through empathy and internalising values.
Vydehi Scchool of Excellence emphasizes learning by experience, and our labs are therefore an important part of what makes the school unique. We take great care that Science, Maths, and other subjects are learned through observations of the physical and natural world, and not merely from textbooks. Worksheets for active lab work are prepared before the lab sessions, and children are encouraged to carry out learning experiments independently. They are also encouraged to draw their own inferences, and perfect them through iterative learning.
We believe that libraries must foster learning, and encourage children to actively seek new knowledge in various forms. The large library includes material that is sourced widely. Our goal is to ensure that students see the library as an integral part of a life of learning, providing both scholarship and enjoyment.
We have also built our classrooms in a way that brings some aspects of the library into them. Reference material and other inputs pertinent to specific classes and topics are handily available in classrooms.
It is one of the most effective strategies to even up the learning curve of a class. Usually, teachers pair students who are high performers with those students who might be struggling in a subject area. Students are also encouraged to volunteer, or are randomly chosen to take over as the subject teacher. It offers a platform of knowledge sharing among students, besides harbouring healthy competition.
The interesting aspect of peer teaching is that students tend to respond more actively when one of them dons the mantle of the teacher. The class becomes attentive and interactive in a bid to challenge each other in a constructive manner. With regular peer teaching sessions, students start to develop better grasp of the concepts, display maturity, tend to be more disciplined, and also develop better communication skills.
Collaboration is an essential life skill in a globalised environment, the driving force of all enterprises. In an educational institution, this skill can best be fostered in the classroom by allowing students to work in groups. Educators are planting the seed of a collaborative mind as early as primary school, where young children are motivated to create, plan, and organise group presentations of stories, skits, or poems. Throughout, teachers help students chalk out their plans, provide them key points, supervise their work, and build team spirit.
We have made collaborative project work a prominent part of the curriculum. Teachers are designing their lessons to allow time and resources for group activities, be it research or class presentation.
Going beyond the classroom
Education should make children aware of the world and themselves, widen their perspective, and make them seek the truth. We embrace the trend of taking children outside the classroom. Whether on a nature trail, or visiting cottage industry, students now directly interact with what they read about in books. Children gain more knowledge when they see and experience history in museums than being taught the same in the class.
Field trips are an integral part of our curriculum. Students, teachers, and parents enthusiastically come forth to make the attempt a holistic educational experience.
Inquiry-based learning is one of the most powerful teaching strategies in the classroom because it tells us that students learn best when they construct their own meaning. Inquiry-based learning triggers student curiosity. Teachers act as facilitators during the inquiry-based learning process.
Inquiry-based learning allows students to pose the questions and research and convert the information into useful knowledge, thus ramping up the level of student engagement.
Activity Based Learning
This method is based on doing some hands-on experiments and activities. The students become active learners rather than passive recipients of information. The children are provided the opportunity to explore by their own so that the learning becomes joyful and long-lasting.
Local Craft and Museum
By visits to museums, students may explore the local surroundings and observe the activities of artisan communities engaged in different crafts using local skills and materials. The visits provide them opportunities and common platform to interact, experiment, create and perform according to their age, aptitude and ability and offer a barrier-free environment with immense possibilities of innovation.
Promotion of Art, Culture & Community Development
The arts are an integral part of the student experience in Vydehi School of Excellence. Through the four strands of Arts Education — Dance, Drama, Music, and Visual Arts, we provide an opportunity to explore, reflect and respond to knowledge embedded in language, memory, and story. The students are allowed to investigate, express, and interpret their personal passions and strengths. They also develop empathy and respect for the voices, traditions and creations of others. Opportunity is created to understand generational roles in the transfer of culture and knowledge.
To recognize the importance of student learning through arts, Vydehi School of Excellence will support a collective understanding of student achievement and learning progression.
Debate and Discussion
This method involves the use of small group of students where each group will have a leader who initiates the discussion of the issue or subject matter. Students are more active than the teacher when this method is used. Every member of the group is given equal opportunity or chance of making contributions to any discussion.
The Importance of Creativity
The application of classroom learning can be best done through the science exhibitions. The students apply their classroom and bookish knowledge in these exhibitions and develop taste for learning by doing. Students avail the opportunity of practical learning and experiencing everything first hand during these exhibitions. The students get an opportunity to showcase their talent in front of others and feel proud of their achievements. They apply their ideas and learning in their unique ways and helps society find solutions to their needs and challenges.
Committee has been set to promote innovative practices of learning with continuous support from parents and teachers for students overall development.