Promoting Activity-based Learning in Tamil Nadu: Teachers as Catalysts of Change
|Activity based learning transforming the way children are taught|
A transforming trip
Amudha was among the first 26 teachers who were selected for training at Rishi Valley School in Andhra Pradesh. They learnt the fundamentals of activity based learning from the UNICEF supported project there. [UNICEF supports Chennai Corporation in their schools programme and RISHI Valley Education Resource Centre (RIVER) has been identified and advocated by UNICEF as a resource agency to promote child-centred and activity-based learning]
Back home in Chennai, they got to work together. Shanthi, her colleague, remembers the many hours the team spent analyzing the best way to present words and numbers and add colour to lessons with rhymes, song, drama and charts. ``We wanted to help children gain a real education,’’ she says. They created activity-cards, shattering conservative convictions that creating curricula was the exclusive preserve of the highly-learned.
|Activity based learning - adding colour to lessons with rhymes, song, drama and charts|