School’s Main Challenge Is To Harness Knowledge

    • NIE Dehradun
    • Publish Date: Jul 8 2019 5:26PM
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    • Updated Date: Jul 8 2019 5:26PM
School’s Main Challenge Is To Harness Knowledge

Archana Mittal, teacher at The Montessori School, Rajender Nagar illustrates with example of how to create a lasting effect in the minds of children by imparting knowledge and making sure the children process it in the right way for nurturing a process of life-long learning among them.

Education is not a dead process. It is a lively dynamic bipolar process of transformation. There are two poles: one is the teacher and other is the student. The teacher possesses some beliefs, ideals and values and the child is influenced by these. Today, everybody is talking of qualitative improvement of the student and the curriculum.

Keeping in mind the quality of knowledge to be imparted, the teacher just forges ahead at alarming pace to complete the syllabus. Knowledge is often imparted in schools in the following way. The teacher gives the students some information, the students write down memorise it and then attempt to recall it verbatim during the test. This knowledge is forgotten soon afterwards. This happens because knowledge is not imparted to them in a meaningful way. In other words, the information has been received but not processed in the way it was meant to be.

To illustrate this, let me take one situation taken from the history teaching session of class VIII. There are two teachers ‘A and B’ teaching to different sections. The topic is Chinese civilisation, specifically the Great Wall of China. The teacher A tells the class that the Great Wall of China is very long, its length is...., the breadth is....., the height is..... And goes on to the next teaching point. Teacher B, from mentioning, the length, breadth and height of the Great wall... say, children, we have learnt that the Chinese civilization dates back to 3000 BC. Today, we have reached 2000 AD, so 3000 plus 2000 is equal to how many years? The students answer 5000. She continues, so even after 5000 years, you can still see the Great Wall of China. It speaks of the engineering skills and the superior quality of material used to build the wall. This is unlike many of the buildings in recent times, which after a few years develop cracks. The knowledge of science and technology was so advanced 5000 years ago that even today it is the only monument in the world that can be viewed from space. Who, in this case is better teacher?

I would like to conclude by saying that effective teaching is not being locked with both hands glued to a podium or having our eyes fixated on a slide projector. Good teachers work the room and every student in it. They realise that they are the conductors and the class is the orchestra. All students play different instruments and at varying proficiencies. It should be every Guru’s mantra to show love, sense of belonging and affection towards the students and see the results of the six-hour study program.




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