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Field trips to keep students productively engaged

R.Krishnamoorthy

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Students having a look at the exhibits at the Anna Science Centre-Planetarium in the city

TIRUCHI: For the next one month, accounting for at least 20 working days, schools have been given instructions on how to use class hours productively until new text books are distributed.

While teachers at primary-level have been asked to maximise the utility of ABL (Activity Based Learning) cards to engage students productively, for classes at the higher levels, there will be an ebullient mix of theory and practice in the teaching-learning process.

The bridge course for the different subjects advocated for the upper primary and secondary classes for the next month encompasses the essential element of ABL and Active Learning Methodology – learning by doing – conceptualized under the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan.

According to Education department officials, students will be taken on field trips to places of educational, historical and cultural importance. School heads have been advised to take the students on trips to the Anna Science Planetarium, Kallanai, Rockfort, and prominent churches and durgahs, the Chief Educational Officer T.Mohana Kumar said, adding that factories have also been included in the list of places to be visited.

Compact discs provided to over 284 heads of government high and higher secondary schools are expected to provide the right direction for productive utilisation of class hours. The self-explanatory nature of the compact discs has obviated the need for the department to conduct orientation for teachers, sources said.

The school education department wishes to ensure that novelty gets evolved in the teaching learning process in the absence of text books. Seeking to dispel concern of parents over the efficacy of the learning process without text books, school heads assure that the present situation is ideal to elicit creativity of the teachers in shaping the personalities of the students.

Based on a common framework detailed in the compact discs, it is the ‘out of box' approach of the teachers that would be vital to infuse vibrancy into the teaching-learning process until the textbooks arrive, a school headmaster pointed out.

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