Thursday, June 21, 2012

A lesson well learnt

Making learning a participatory process in schools always seems a tough task to achieve. Involving children to rake up their imagination is indeed a challenge. In this article first published in the Teacher Plus magazine, Chintan Girish Modi shares some of his ideas, inspired by reading a book called Mr. Forgetful, on how to make language lessons funner.

First, on getting the kids to reflect upon the story:

Read out the title of the story to your students – Mr Forgetful. Ask them to think about the title and guess what the story might be about. The objective is to get them to reflect on how a title can often throw light on the plot. Elicit answers and put them up on the black board in the form of a mind map. If something sounds silly or weird, do not reject it outright. You have offered students an opportunity to use their imagination, and they might want to let it run wild as they predict what lies in store. It is often great fun to hear the amazing range of things students come up with. There is a lot of scope for laughter in the classroom as they share their thoughts. And there’s just so much more material for stories of different kinds to take shape!
This is what a mind-map could look like: [A box in the middle of the blackboard saying ‘Mr Forgetful. Arrows jutting out of the box, pointing in different directions. Each arrow corresponds to a student response -- 1. forgets his house address 2. forgets to do his homework 3. forgets to switch off lights and fans 4. forgets to have a bath 5. forgets what his mother sent him to buy from the market 6. forgets to brush his teeth]

Then, on urging them to let their thoughts fly:

Ask each student to choose an adjective and create a character possessing that quality. For example: Miss Naughty, Mr Happy, Miss Kind, Mr Cruel. These are just examples. Ask students to come up with adjectives. Fill up the blackboard with all the adjectives they come up with. Each student is expected to now write a story in such a way that the quality chosen by them is embodied in the characterization, and highlighted in the events and dialogue.
* Write along with your students. It is a great way to enter their shoes, and feel what they feel like. It is also tremendous fun. You cease to be just their teacher. You become a fellow writer, a comrade of sorts. They will welcome your participation and gain confidence to write their own stories and share them freely.”

Read the full article on Adhyayan here:

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