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Studies with an interesting twist

NOT BORING ANYMORE Gone are the days when banal, never-ending lectures in front of that drab blackboard made studying uninteresting. With more schools in the tricity choosing to change, innovate and adopt new teaching methods, studies are becoming more appealing to students

chandigarh Updated: Dec 31, 2013 01:54 IST
Shailee Dogra
Shailee Dogra
Hindustan Times

From drab blackboards to interest-provoking 3D projectors, teaching has undergone a sea change, for sure.

Most schools in the tricity are using technology innovatively and adopting new teaching methods to make studies more interesting and participatory, as revealed in this year’s HT–C-fore survey.

The medium of books is simply not enough. Many schools have introduced tablet PCs as learning aids, while some have taken to computer-based self-learning programmes to allow students to learn at their own pace.

When it comes to the all-important parameter of innovative teaching, Strawberry Fields, Chandigarh, has been adjudged the best school in tricity, while Delhi Public School and St John’s High School, Chandigarh, are second and third, respectively.

With technology becoming an integral part of the classroom in this day and age, teachers need regular training. “To keep quality up, professional development of teachers is a must,” says Atul Khanna, the director of Strawberry Fields. “ We use interactive tools to strengthen conceptual learning. We make it a point to give our teachers the best of training and technology.”

At DPS, Chandigarh, classrooms are equipped with information and communications technology (ICT) and interactive boards and Plasma TVs. The Sector-40 school also has a science park with a vast collection of gadgets for facilitating children’s study of science.

Komal Singh, the principal of The Millennium School which is among the best five when it comes to innovative teaching, said, “We have revised the old ways of teaching and introduced western-teaching styles for the benefit of students and teachers. Our website keeps the teachers and parents in constant touch so that they are updated about the child’s development.”

Individual attention

But technology alone does not hold the key to a child’s grooming. Individual attention is something that parents look for in a school. On the parameter of individual attention, Strawberry Fields is the best again, and Vivek High School, Chandigarh, is second, while The Gurukul, Panchkula, is third best in the tricity. “We have always taken care of each student; that is because of the low student-teacher ratio in our classes,” said Khanna. “We train our teachers in a way that each and every child gets personal attention.”

For Vivek High School principal PK Singh, the education of the “whole” student has been a key feature and strength of the school since its inception in 1984: “We remain committed to an education that focuses on individual development and where every student is encouraged to grow intellectually, physically, spiritually, socially and emotionally.”

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We have always taken care of each student. that is because of the low student-teacher ratio in our classes.
atul khanna, director, Strawberry Fields

We remain committed to a form of education that focuses on individual development and where every student grows.
PK Singh, principal, Vivek High School

We have revised old ways of teaching and introduced western styles for the benefit of students and teachers.
Komal Singh, principal, The Millenium School

First Published: Dec 31, 2013 01:45 IST