A Classroom for Learning:The Next Station

Welcome back to the final part of my blog-post trilogy: “A Classroom for Learning.” In Part-I (The Fundamental Questions) of this series, I discussed regarding the concept of learning and our education system. In Part-II (The Curved Tunnel), I discussed pedagogy currently used by educators and how we are failing to effectively communicate. And now, I present to you the final installment in this series on what needs to be changed, titled “The Next Station.

Part-III: The Next Station

Whining is easy; finding Dory (What a forgetful Girl!) is not. Therefore I will briefly touch upon the plausible solutions for the problems mentioned in the previous posts. For that, we have to move on and be courageous enough to take a train to the next station. This next station leads us to the land where innovative learning is practiced. Before I continue with the post further on learning exercises, I recommend you to watch this video. The speaker in the video simply explains how any tough and uninteresting topic can be made a fun subject to learn. This becomes easy when the teachers orient their classes from unidirectional teaching to multi-directional learning classrooms. We need to talk to students individually and understand where we are going wrong. We need to learn from the successful teachers and not envy them on their popularity among students. We need to explore the internet regularly and find out ways of effective teaching. For example, read this blog-post to understand what you can do differently as a teacher. We can find the course content, and material that are interesting for the students to learn and fun for the teachers to perform at the same time. Learning need not be a stressful job; instead, it can be made adventurous.

The first thing about learning in classroom is that you ought to secure the undivided attention of the students. If the students are not receiving the lesson then it is worthless to teach, howsoever great your teaching materials might be. Therefore, before you begin your lesson, teach your students the art of unwavering focus. Let them first be conscious in the classroom. Make them the focus of the classroom. Once the lights of distraction are dim and your audience is ready, you may project your movie.

Now that the movie-theater (the focused students in the classroom) is set, the script of your movie also needs to be entertaining. There are a few ways that can be used to make your script better. The classroom orientation does matter. Your interaction with all the students and right amount of humour is very necessary. Use of all the available resources in the classroom will lighten up your story. Use diagrams, flow-charts, presentation etc. to the fullest extent possible. Tell the students a lot of stories; relate the lessons to the practical life. Use technology in your classroom, use animation and video lessons from YouTube to supplement to the textbook lessons. Effective use of demonstration, experimentation etc. in the classroom is also very important. There are several websites like this and this available on internet to help you arrange the experiments for your classrooms. You may also use drama or skit or plays to educate the students. These are a few most effective teaching techniques for learning. At the end of your evaluation, you will find how good your movie has done.

We need to become better teachers and start learning with the students. It is necessary to be original in the teaching methodologies. Get to the level of the student and design the presentation for the students. Let the students make mistakes and let them think about the lesson. Stop spoon feeding.

However this is not it. It is very important that you motivate the students no matter how they perform. Let’s understand that our evaluation system is imperfect and it’s not the students’ fault. We cannot judge a student’s abilities based on a failed (at least disputed) evaluation system. We have numerous examples where a failed student goes on become someone like Jack Ma. It’s time that we create fun atmosphere for learning where every student gets to thrive and evolve as a better human being.

Until then, Keep Learning.

Recommended readings: Getting beyond the Teacherpreneur and How to infuse art into the curriculum.

Disclaimer: This blog or any post thereof shall not be considered to be in any way associated with the official stand of ExcelArts Foundation on any issue which is discussed in the above blog-post. The opinions in the above article are author’s own opinion and shall not be considered as an advice or suggestion by or on behalf of ExcelArts Foundation.

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