Our multidisciplinary approach shifts the classroom instruction from passive to active, thereby engaging more students in the learning process, says Jyoti Arora, Principal, Mount Abu Public School, Rohini, Delhi, in conversation with Elets News Network (ENN).
What kind of industry best practices are being followed at Mount Abu Public School?
The school has adopted numerous innovative techniques for making the learning process easier and enjoyable. ‘Integrated Project’ introduced in the curriculum is one such initiative wherein students research on the given topic and present their knowledge. One complete day is dedicated for the project where the students think, pair, share and collaborate to research on the given theme and present their project interlinking with all the subjects of their curriculum.
Another creative method is the Flipped Classroom wherein the teacher gets their lecture recorded and video is uploaded on the youtube. Students then watch the video and get prepared with queries. Another method called Butterfly Classroom is employed where the teachers visit the classes of their peer members and learn the different teaching methods that can be incorporated in their own ways of imparting knowledge to make their classrooms more interactive.
What sort of IT-based solutions currently being adapted by your school for students’ holistic development?
The school is a ‘Microsoft Showcase’ school that emphasises on the concept of the integration of technology in all the subjects. The teachers use Microsoft tools to make the classroom teaching more efficient with a better impact on the minds of the children. Establishment of ‘Atal Tinkering Lab’ and ‘Astronomy Lab’ make the teaching and learning at par with the technology. The computer labs are well equipped with 3D modules for a better understanding of the concepts.
Tell us about methodologies of your school meant to keep its teachers abreast of the latest trends and teaching paradigms.
The school hosts various workshops, seminars and capacity building programmes for the teachers to make them better equipped and making their classroom teaching well-organised and efficient. The teachers also participate in different capacity building programmes on different subjects organised by CBSE and other ‘Centres of Excellence’. The different subject experts guide the teachers with latest trends and developments, the same is then percolated to the children in classroom teaching.
Today, a focus on nurturing life skills has also emerged as a key thrust area for institutions. How is Mount Abu Public School working in this direction?
The school firmly believes that only academic excellence is not enough to make empowered citizens. So to nurture an individual into a global personality, it is mandatory to inculcate the values of a good human being. The school has allotted specific periods for enhancement of skills and organises various programmes like workshops and seminars for life skill development in association with CBSE and Expressions India.
What has been the vision which has inspired you all these years?
The school has a vision, ‘Passionate urge for excellence at par’, which clearly defines the objective to inculcate a passion for learning and developing self-expression, innovation, initiative and experience blended with an understanding of traditional values too.