The former principal of Jamnabai Narsee School has helped implement the SPICE method in Smt Sulochanadevi Singhania School and NL Dalmia School.
What led to SPICE?
In 1992, I tried to implement the SPICE methodology in Atul Vidyalaya in Gujarat, where we decided not to have textbooks up to Class 4. It's a project-based teaching-learning process that guides students to discover what is present in their surroundings and give their discoveries perspective.
What are its benefits?
We need to make learning in classrooms a participative activity and build a sense of wonder and discovery around the concepts we teach. SPICE reduces the burden on children and goes beyond limiting, drab textbooks. There is a link between what they learn in school and their daily lives. The method increases curiosity and observational skills in children. There is no compartmentalisation of subjects and children work as a team and help each other learn through projects.
What is needed to implement SPICE in schools?
A committed principal who is convinced of the benefits of this method is an absolute must. Also, teachers need to be trained to break away from traditional method of teaching from textbooks. This system can be successfully implemented up to Class 7; beyond that, we are bound by different board examinations.
Interview: Rasik Shah, education consultant
(As told to Anjali Lukose)