Now that we have created a framework for student-friendly learning, let’s take a look at how it actually works in practice. The good news is that many schools are integrating these practices within their teaching methods for better results. An important point to note here – these schools follow different curricula, which brings us back to our central premise that it does not really matter which Board the school is affiliated with, or even the infrastructure that the school enjoys – what is important is the willingness of the school to veer away from the traditional path and dare to do something different.
A lot of schools and educational leaders are talking about ‘integrated curriculum’. What does this phrase mean? An integrated curriculum is one that uses various concepts, experiences, and information from different spheres of the learner’s life to help him progress. He is taught to make connections between different and even seemingly unrelated things (fields and subjects) in the quest to discover something new. The focus is on the ‘big ideas’, and teachers consciously design learning experiences to make them relevant to student needs and interests. To know more about integrated curriculum, take a look at this link, complete with examples of how it works in practice: www.ascd.org/publications/books/103011/chapters/ What-Is-Integrated-Curriculum%C2%A2.asp
Case studies: Looking beyond the obvious
Pawar Public School, Mumbai (ICSE)
Like most schools, Pawar Public School initially followed the regular ‘chalk and talk’ teaching method. They then adopted the project method, but the management was still not happy with the results. This was when the school decided to move to XSEED.
iDiscoveri’s XSEED is an integrated curriculum, teacher training and assessment solution designed to improve the quality of teaching and learning in K-8 schools. It aims at empowering every stakeholder in the child’s educational journey. XSEED takes every concept in the K-8 syllabus and teaches it through a five-step process where children learn through hands-on experience and analysis, followed by application and assessment. So XSEED really works on two fronts – helping children learn better by introducing them to detailed and researchbased lesson plans, while also enabling teachers to teach better by providing them with the requisite training and relevant assessment tools.
“XSEED equips all the teachers in a similar manner before they even enter the classroom,” points out Sarojani Ayyapath, Primary Co-ordinator and ardent supporter of XSEED. “All sections of a grade work on the same activities and have the same learning outcomes, independent of who the teachers are. Since all the activities are the same across the grade, whether in section A, B, C, or D, we are able to deliver similar learning processes and outcomes.”