By Rajesh Kumar Singh, Founder and MD, Kunwar Global Public School, Lucknow
The time we live in is the time of immediate feedback. Technology has become so advanced these days that the students don’t have to work hard or do intense research in order to find some information about something. All they have to do is to just type the topic in their device and they get every detail about it in seconds. They would never be able to realise or experience the difficulties like people used to do in the early times. For changing each channel on the television, people used to get from their seat and change it using the buttons available on the television. Thanks to the remote controllers, the children of today will never have to face such issue. They have everything available around them. Though the technology has become so advanced these days, it is making the process of learning very challenging for the students, especially the ones with short attention spans and low motivation levels. Due to this reason, the importance and relevance of interactive learning has now increased over time. This type of learning encourages learning, concentration and focus, and immediate feedback. It is very different from the traditional way of teaching in which educators only used to give instructions and teach lessons during long lectures in a complete monotonous tone and the students used to make lengthy notes and do rote learning. As teachers, we have to agree that the best way of teaching and learning is to involve the students in the process and giving them various chances to increase their contribution during the classroom sessions. Below are some ways to implement interactive learning in classrooms:
- Think, Pair and Share Technique
In order to make classroom sessions interactive, this is an effective technique to use. In this technique, the teacher puts up a question or give an assignment to the students. Each of the students, individually, have to do some research on it, think about it, make a pair with some other student and then initially share the ideas with the partner before sharing it with all the other classmates. This technique encourages the student to share his/her thoughts with a peer but keeps him/her from having to put himself/ herself in the vulnerable position of volunteering a response to the whole classroom.
- Make use of Online Tools
Internet is a blessing for the students of today. It offers various tools that can help them to engage in work with each other. Using google docs, google forms for projects, making creative presentations, etc. enable the students to collaborate with each other and do various tasks and assignments allotted to them by the teacher. Effectively and efficiently using these online tools help in creating an interactive environment in the classroom and this encourages team work too. Video lectures are also very engaging and make the students learn things more effectively.
- Taking Sides
Teachers should focus on educating the students about the difference between the right and wrong. This is very important for the students.They should be capable enough to choose between the right and wrong and take sides accordingly. The technique of taking sides can be effectively used while discussing controversial topics in the classroom. In this activity, a teacher puts forward a statement and the students have to judge, take side and express their thoughts (on individual basis) depending upon their personal opinion. The students can even debate among each other. This activity creates an interactive and engaging environment for the students. By making decisions, the students get to know the opinions of each other on various things and understand their thoughts in a better manner. This task will also help them to acquire more knowledge based on the information shared by each student. This task will also help them to build up confidence in them.
- Interactive Notebooks
Educators can use this technique to make learning more interesting for the students. Instead of traditional note making, the students can make their notebooks more interactive by cutting and pasting answer-related pictures, pasting stickers, creating flip books, colouring and writing. This technique can be used for any subject, be it Maths, Science, English, Hindi or Social Science – and for any class. The students from higher grades also find it very interesting. This will make learning and note making much engaging and easier for them.