• Rahul Khandelwal

Innovative Teaching Pedagogies

Today traditional method of teaching has become a little outdated. The method of rote learning and text book knowledge has shown no significant result in the analytical development of child. Therefore new teaching styles/methods have come up and slowly transforming and replacing the traditional method of teaching. Below are some of the important teaching techniques that are gaining prominence:

Project-based learning (PBL) is a student-centered pedagogy that involves a dynamic classroom approach in which it is believed that students acquire a deeper knowledge through active exploration of real-world challenges and problems. Students learn about a subject by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, challenge, or problem. It is a style of active learning and inquiry-based learning. PBL contrasts with paper-based, rote memorization, or teacher-led instruction that presents established facts or portrays a smooth path to knowledge by instead posing questions, problems or scenarios. PBL students take advantage of digital tools to produce high quality, collaborative products. PBL refocuses education on the student, not the curriculum—a shift mandated by the global world, which rewards intangible assets such as drive, passion, creativity, empathy, and resiliency. These cannot be taught out of a textbook, but must be activated through experience.

·Blended learning is an education program that combines online digital media with traditional classroom methods. It requires the physical presence of both teacher and student, with some elements of student control over time, place, path, or pace.

·Experiential learning is a process through which students develop knowledge, skills, and values from direct experiences outside a traditional academic setting. Experiential learning encompasses a variety of activities including internships, service learning, undergraduate research, study abroad, and other creative and professional work experiences. Well-planned, supervised and assessed experiential learning programs can stimulate academic inquiry by promoting interdisciplinary learning, civic engagement, career development, cultural awareness, leadership, and other professional and intellectual skills.

·A Maker space learning model is a collaborative work space inside a school, library or separate public/private facility for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high tech to no tech tools. These spaces are open to kids, adults, and entrepreneurs and have a variety of maker equipment including 3D printers, laser cutters, cnc machines, soldering irons and even sewing machines. A maker space however doesn’t need to include all of these machines or even any of them to be considered a maker space. If you have cardboard, legos and art supplies you’re in business. These spaces are also helping to prepare those who need the critical 21st century skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). They provide hands on learning, help with critical thinking skills and even boost self-confidence. Some of the skills that are learned in a maker space pertain to electronics, 3D printing, 3D modeling, coding, robotics and even woodworking, Maker spaces are also fostering entrepreneurship and are being utilized as incubators and accelerators for business startups.

NotchUp believes in the power of these new age learning pedagogies. We follow a project based learning curriculum which is learner centric approach which ensures deeper understanding of concepts with children creating their own games, websites, mobile applications and other interactive projects.

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