Paradigm shift in teaching

There has been a paradigm shift in quality from quantity in the Indian education system. Let’s see how.
By Sonali Batra

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When Guru Dronacharya taught archery to his disciple Eklavya and asked for his thumb in return, it became a perfect example of Guru Shishya Parampara where the student did not question ‘how, what, why’ of his Guru’s decision.

Teaching has gone way beyond the regular classrooms. It is just not about the teacher reading out facts from the book and students taking a note of it. Teaching now has gone to a different zone where a child wants to analyse the facts taught to him. A teacher’s job is to generate curiosity among students. Application of facts in real life is the mantra to become an effective teacher.

Teaching now has gone to a different zone where a child wants to analyse the facts taught to him. A teacher’s job is to generate curiosity among students.

Sonali Batra is an educator at Amity International School Pushp Vihar. She has 11 years of experience and firmly believes that teachers have a huge role to shape the personalities of the torch bearers of tomorrow. She has conducted several workshops on personality development and positive thinking. Her strategies to inculcate IT in teaching learning has won her laurels in several paper presentation competitions. She works closely with team of students for various quizzes and social upliftment projects

With Covid-19 coming in the picture, it is indeed amazing how teaching has evolved to another level. It’s quite overwhelming to see the virtual teaching-learning become as effective as of traditional classroom teaching.
With the new National Education Policy (NEP) coming in, there has been a paradigm shift in quality from quantity in the Indian education system. Here are the observations:

1. Beyond the walls of classroom: Teaching now is not restricted to the classroom walls. Trips, excursions, studying with nature, real life application of the content learnt is the key.

2. Multidisciplinary approach: The flexibility to choose subjects from sciences and humanities with the ability to also learn fine arts and sports will give students a wide range of subjects to choose without the restrictions they faced earlier.

3. Art integration: Connection of academics with art forms is one way to check creativity among students. This enables children learn new skills and develop motor skills.

4. Teacher and a facilitator: A teacher’s role has gone way beyond transmitting knowledge. She has to be the backbone of each student in the class where there is trust, mutual understanding, cooperation and most importantly empathy.

5. Focus on building of EQ: Gone are the days when IQ was taken into consideration. Children of today are emotionally so weak and are so vulnerable that they cannot manage pressure. Therefore, to help them evolve into strong individuals who can take setbacks of life effectively, immense emphasis is put on building their emotional quotient.

6. Emphasis on mother tongue: Children are able to relate and connect when their mother tongue is used. Promotion of culture, heritage and use of vernacular language to make teaching learning effective is the new key.

7. Holistic development of students: A child spends nearly half of his day in school and therefore the
responsibility of his overall personality development lies in the hands of the school. Schools nowadays take up several projects where children evolve as torch bearers of the society.

8. Interdisciplinary teacher: The educator of today has to be effective in terms of connecting his or her subject with other disciplines. Today’s educator has to be well aware and well-read in order to create a mark in students’ life.

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”-Albert Einstein