How To Address Teaching Gaps
Admin Apr 27, 2017
“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” Said Albert Einstein. A modern classroom comes with its own set of challenges. The main aim of effective teaching and learning process is the holistic development of a child i.e. scholastic and non-scholastic excellence as the final outcome. In a competitive world, the challenge of being the best and the pressures are tremendous not only for the child but also on the teacher, the school. Traditionally, the problems that arise in a classroom are with respect to the varied mental caliber of students, difference in pre requisite knowledge, backgrounds, lack of attention span due to over dependence on technology and finally the reluctance to learn. The very purpose of teaching is defeated when a student learns out of compulsion rather than for the sake of ‘the joy of learning’.
The onus is on the teacher to create an environment that is essentially child-centric and facilitates the child to acquire new knowledge, and to integrate it with previous knowledge (Fink, 2004).The most important factor is the quality of teaching. A good teacher is always an earnest learner, evolving with new ideas, exchanging notes with co-teachers to dissimilate knowledge in the most simplistic and clear manner. The clarity of thought on behalf of the educator is mandatory for the lessons to be goal oriented. Often it is the simple statement of purpose which sets the class on the right path in the beginning, setting the mood and the tone for a receptive learning experience. The lack of interest occurs due to the monotony of long haranguing lectures. The modern child has a very short attention span, thanks to the quick –fix the world we live in .how can a classroom be any different? The classroom boredom can not only switch off the young minds but also create the reluctance to that particular subject. Capturing the undivided attention of the young minds can be done through mind –maps, colorful PPTs, interactive sessions, change in the scenario or incorporating more activities. Often even after a successful lesson when there is negligence in assessment, the entire purpose of the effort is beaten. So, last but not the least, timely assessments to recapitulate and reinforce the newly acquired knowledge must be done to establish a sure shot path to success.
Joyce Meyer said it so beautifully, “Teachers can change lives with the right mix of chalk and challenges”. Ultimately it’s a positive, secure, nurturing environment where the child and the teacher have all the freedom to explore, adapt, learn, make mistakes and evolve from them. Jayshree Periwal High School is a role model where it comes to the overall development of the child. Here the teachers friendly and approachable and make the necessary emotional connect with the student which helps tide over difficult challenges. As any other school we do face our set of challenges but the spirit to excel and achieve has made us carve a niche for ourselves.