Seth M R Jaipuria Schools aim to develop scientific temper, modern outlook, and love for culture, heritage and traditions, besides imparting the best academic education to its students, says Kanak Gupta, Vice President, Seth M R Jaipuria Schools, in an interview with Elets News Network (ENN).
What teaching methodologies Jaipuria School has adopted to be at par with global education scenario?
Our vision is to make quality private education available to students across towns and cities in India. For far too long, quality institutions have been concentrated only in metropolitan cities and a few state capitals. This must change. Whenever we start a new educational institution, our focus is on how we can give a differentiated learning experience to the student. We strongly believe that education has to be learner centric and participative. Our focus is on research, benchmarking best practices world-wide and learning from our functioning 21 schools as well. Holistic development of the student, including focus on values is the key. We have a strong belief in teacher development and learning as the path to success for any educational institution. We provide multiple training opportunities to 2,500+ educationists associated with us in school and outside it on pedagogy and subject knowledge. Moreover, we provide them with new teaching ideas for every topic in the syllabus through around 1,00,000 lesson plans developed by us.
How important is development of critical thinking for student learning?
The greatest challenge is to change mindsets of teachers, administrators and parents towards a new, open and participative learning culture. The most important skill in today’s world is the ability to learn itself. We try to inculcate selflearning in our students, and try to make them self-motivated from a very young age. In today’s world no success is possible without the ability to work with people and in teams. This requires empathy and listening skills. It gives not only a pathway to success but also makes one a better human being, who understands and helps people around himself or herself.
As classroom teaching has evolved over time, what is technology’s role in improving the teaching-learning process?
We strongly believe technology can be an enabler, not the end-all and be-all of the teaching-learning process. Technology has to be integrated in the learning cycle and we must empower teachers and students to use it well. Flipped classroom, multimedia, peer learning, et al are strengthened through technology.
How does the Group aim to develop students’ latent creative potential?
The world is changing at a very rapid pace. We can’t even imagine the types of careers or lives our students of today would be having in 15-20 years. As an educationist, it is important that we keep pace with the changing world around us. Creativity can’t be taught in a traditional classroom setting. It is developed through practice. From a primary level, the school should make students participate and take responsibility both within and outside the classroom.