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Education, the Lakshmipat Singhania way

Meena Kak
True education cannot be seen within the leaves of a book or the pages of an exercise book. Learning by trying and relating to different levels of a concept and getting it into the system of our young minds is knowledge and this is what we should try and impart. This eliminates rote learning. My school welcomes innovation in every field and facet of teaching. Learning by doing is primary in our minds, as we believe in the efficacy of this principle and here we systematically deal with our subjects one by one.

Starting with our subjects, English cannot be taken up as a mere subject but as something that is rigorously interactive and interlinked with poetry and prose. If ‘The Sound of Music’ movie with its wonderful alps and the Salzburg landscape, mounts and vales is shown before the famous ‘The Solitary Reaper’, wherein a young highland girl is reaping alone and singing to herself the concept of nature’s beauty, it creates an impact and the poem gets etched in the mind.

In our third languages we create new comic strips based on comic characters, encourage playing tombola to reinforce opposites thereby adding fun to education.

Similar to this is Physics where hydroelectric power generation is explained with the help of an old CD tied to a twelve inch ruler and placed under a running tap and last but not the least rain water harvesting in practical terms.

Chemistry evokes great interest when there is a geometric representation of various atoms of elements; “bindis” are used as electrons for pasting them in various orbits and laser torch beam is passed through a salt and starch solution to show the Tyndall Effect in Colloids.

 

Education, the Lakshmipat Singhania way

In Biology, the Bone Dance Rap by Hannah Montana is used to teach the Skeletal System and the students dance to the beats of this song.

In mathematics there are Sudoku tables, scavenger hunt on solid shapes, cartoon characters to explain story sums.

In L.C.M., a) The Aircraft schedule is implemented with LM to show how two flights of different timings avoid clash on the runway and b) Hare & tortoise on LCM – When tortoise takes two steps hare takes 5. Hare sleeps for some time and then starts again and they meet after 10 steps which is LCM of 2 & 5. Polygons are explained through Tangrams activity.

There is geometry in art and architecture. For the project of class VI, students get an idea of geometry application in the architecture of ancient Greece, Islamic and Renaissance Architecture.

Geography has a video prepared while conducting an experiment on Bhabhar & Terai belt formation and uploaded on YouTube. And interestingly Bollywood was mixed in when Gabbar Singh was shown parading on granite boulders while talking to Sambha in the film “Sholay” while teaching Central Highlands or granite rocks; Karan Arjun while teaching open cast mining and Sarkar Raj and Swades to explain the concept of displacement of people when a hydroelectric project or an industry is set up in a village.

To get the hang of Economics, we encourage conducting surveys and market research for understanding Price Index and Inflation and different case studies of industries for analyzing the financial aspects of our country.

Besides all the subjects, the student council elections impart an understanding of our country’s democratic structure. At this young age they are getting to understand the ramifications of an electoral procedure, canvassing, campaigning, delivering their election speeches, designing and posting their manifestos and towards the end having a faceoff with their contestants, whereby each give assurances and make promises on how to deliver the best for their school and how to live up to their new council status. Through the EVS (Electronic Voting Software designed by our students) they get to understand the entire voting process and also understand how to make it smooth and time saving.

Education, the Lakshmipat Singhania way

To cement their daily provision of information and knowledge, we ensure and follow up in all subjects from Primary to Senior Secondary classes–

  • Mind mapping for concept retention
  • Flow charts for assimilation of subjects
  • Extensive use of newspaper
  • Micro teaching (subject wise) for enhancement of teaching process

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