With keyboards replacing writing needs with typing, the art of good handwriting is dying a slow death with introduction of smart classes in schools where intelligent students run out of time during written examinations.
Teachers in Indore are of the view that although smart classes help explain concepts better and engage students effectively, lack of writing tasks is ultimately leading to below-average results for otherwise meritorious students who fail to complete writing tests within the time limit.
Talking to HT, Anima Vyas, a teacher at a private school in the city, said, “Smart classes are making students intelligent. But at the same time, students have become so dependent that they are not used to writing. This is a problem especially for average students. They have the full potential but lag in writing speeds, thereby affecting their performances.”
Moreover, illegible handwritings are worrying teachers who believe online projects are further reducing scope for writing. Mukta Sharma, a Hindi teacher at Sri Satya Sai Vidya Vihar, said, “Earlier, there used to be a lot of focus on a student’s handwriting. Now, children attend smart classes and so are not used to writing. The problem worsens if a student is asked to write in Hindi.”
But teacher Madhu Modi at Advanced Academy says assigning more writing tasks is the perfect solution to the technological setback. “A student’s ability to write depends on the teacher. To tackle this, teachers should assign writing tasks at home. In this way, students will be comfortable with writing.”
Suggesting writing scopes in smart classes also, the teacher added, “There is a kind of smart class in which teachers explain a lesson on the board and students note it down on their exercise books. Again, there is one where students use a smart pen to write, which nearly resolves the issue.”