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Updated on: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 02:39 AM IST

Mumbai: Gurus go beyond books to improve level of education

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Mumbai: Teachers of government-aided schools have adopted creative methods of teaching-learning to improve the education sys­tem of the state board curricu­lum in this academic year. Teachers are using live demon­s­trations, experi­ments, outdoor learning, site visits, internet, assigning field-work and pra­ctical projects to help pupils.

The teachers are now demon­strating experiments in the class­room instead of exp­l­a­i­ning it thro­ugh journals or charts. Sachin Kamble, a tea­cher said, “We are demon­str­ating experi­ments based on gravitational force, use of water to turn turbines to generate electricity or the effect of wind to create soil erosion through live models. We are using basic materials to demonstrate these experi­ments so the kids understand it better and memorise it faster.”

The methods have been initiated after parents repeat­edly complained that teaching techniques of the state board curriculum are rudimentary. Parents had raised these issues in parent teacher meetings where they informed the tea­ch­ers to go beyond the syllabus, textbooks and incorporate new ideas in classroom learning.

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In addition, teachers are also taking students for site visits to explain various concepts. Vaishali Rokade, another tea­cher said, “We take our students to the nearby market to explain various fruits and vegetables. Students remember it better when they actually see the things and ask questions based on the composition of the fruits or vegetables. It makes it easier as the kids can go back home and identify these things.”

Parents claimed the state boa­rd curriculum should have pro­jects based on practical techniq­ues. Firoz Shaikh, a parent said, “If students are made to work on projects which require them to conduct surveys, research or even a field visit and talk to peo­ple, it will help them grow holi­sti­cally. The curriculum focus­ses on the same old syllabus, but the teachers can make it better by incorporating new ideas and going beyond the textbooks.”

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Published on: Saturday, February 09, 2019, 08:06 AM IST
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