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Teaching pedagogy at G.D. Goenka focused on experiential learning

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Dr. Chandan Agarwal

NEP 2020 promotes active pedagogy, development of core capacities and life skills, including 21st century skills, experimental learning at all stages, holistic progress card, promotion of critical and higher order thinking among students, says Dr. Chandan Agarwal, Chairman, G.D Goenka Public School, Kanpur in an interview with Elets News Network (ENN).

G.D Goenka Public School, Kanpur is one of the premiere schools in North India. How the journey started and what was the idea behind it?

G.D. Goenka Public School, Kanpur was a dream project that took its first step in 2013. It started as a glorious vision to create an ambience conducive to holistic development of every child and provide Global education equipping our students with the skills of the future. It was a humble endeavour to touch the grandest heights of excellence in education. The school marked its presence as a trendsetter in facilities and gamut of opportunities.

There is a curriculum change in school education due to NEP. What are the changes that G.D. Goenka is bringing to its curriculum?

NEP 2020 promotes active pedagogy, development of core capacities and life skills, including 21st century skills, experimental learning at all stages, holistic progress card, promotion of critical and higher order thinking among students and mainstreaming of vocational education. It gives me immense pleasure to share that the curriculum of G.D. Goenka has emphasized and implemented a similar curriculum from its very inception and it was due to our futuristic approach that we were felicitated as the one of the most futuristic schools of the country , a couple of years back. Still, from time to time, we keep incorporating changes that are quintessential to our vision of providing global education.

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How G.D. Goenka will inculcate life skills within students as future for them is changing?

The teaching pedagogy at G.D. Goenka has always focused on experiential learning, communication skills and motivating students to collaborate and work in teams. Experiential learning aids in developing curiosity or nurturing inquisition. Constant questioning encourages critical thinking about an experience, encourages creativity, and allows children to hone communication skills. We ensure that each students gets a platform to hone his inherent skills and present their ideas and opinions before others.

How technology has impacted education in schools and how has been the journey of G.D. Goenka from physical to online classes?

Conducting virtual classes in the present times of Covid-19 definitely was a huge and sudden challenge. It became imperative to rethink, reinvent teaching pedagogy to blend with the present situation. The biggest challenge in implementing the strategy was to think and choose the tools of learning which would provide opportunities of blended learning. The virtual classes are being conducted successfully through multiple platforms like G.D Goenka You Tube channel, G.D. Goenka E-Connect, Zoom, and WhatsApp groups. This multi-platform approach ensures that no student suffers due to poor connectivity. The videos made by the teachers support the virtual classes and have created a bank of digital data for future use also.

What is the future plan for G.D. Goenka school?

Futuristic Education is all about facilitating the evolvement of globally aware, deft and intellectually conscientious individuals. It is imperative to identify every student’s inherent talent and potential and then provide opportunities to hone those talents and skills. We are committed to holistic development of our students. With this objective, the school has collaborated with the iconic institution from different fields like M.S, Dhoni Cricket Academy, Jwala Gutta Badminton Academy, Shankar Mahadevan Academy and Danse Gurukool.

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