An interactive classroom is an approach to create an environment that supports interactive and proactive learning. It is designed to stimulate creativity and is far more analytical when paralleled with traditional rote learning methods. At Nalapad Academy, here is how we foster our student’s innovative thinking and encourage their creative flairs by using interactive classroom techniques.
Giving our little learners Think-Pair-Share activity is a great way to encourage their abilities to think with depths of perception, in solving problems, and via analyzing critically; all of which subsequently, renders our students to articulate their thought processes effectively.
The teacher poses a question; usually by writing it on the board or projecting it, and the students are allowed to form groups. Students discuss the question with their partner, share their ideas and/or contrasting opinions with one another, and are later re-grouped as a whole class for a class discussion. The advantage of the think-pair-share activity is the engagement of all students in the classroom and if an effective tool to engage the quieter students who might shy away from discussing in front of a larger group.
As part of the English classes, the teacher proposes a topic or an issue to the class and students are grouped together according to the position they take on the specific issue. Students are asked to come up with a few arguments and relevant examples to support their position. Each group’s statements are written on the white board and are used to initiate a healthy discussion. The teacher then discusses the strengths and weaknesses of each argument thus helping students to hone their critical thinking and analysis skills.
Visualization of ideas and concepts
We at Nalapad Academy, believe that education cannot be limited to bookish knowledge and facts. When paired with physical experiences and first-hand learning of concepts that are possible with proper visualization of every idea and thought that is presented to them; students gain the experiential wisdom that supports the theory that they learn. This process aids our students to generate, interpret and manipulate information by visually imagining and discovering the nuances to their lessons learned. At Nalapad Academy, our students view engaging videos on new concepts and we encourage them to come up with questions and share their learning.
Students are given an opportunity to engage in role play; which further helps them employ a healthy dose of teamwork, creativity and leadership. Learners are encouraged to create a mini play out of a given scenario and by bringing the play to life in groups, they are exposed to experiencing an exhilarating activity; a practice at Nalapad Academy that has shown tremendous positive outcomes.
Brainstorming sessions in group
Interactive brainstorming in groups is a great way of bringing our students together to engage with everything they learn. Instead of thinking about a single topic while sitting alone at their desks, they are inspired to engage in creative thoughts and ideas with their peers. This enables them to be involved and to further gain a new perspective on the topics taught in class. Along with improving the students’ communication skills, it further helps them have an intellectual insight about each other.
Relate to real life situations
Math concepts are taught by creating real-world connections to what students learn; a teaching method that calls for lessons that come to stay. When students learn about money,they understand that they will use it for stationary, groceries, and all other bills that one pays.. This helps students to make a connection between what they’re learning in class at Nalapad Academy and how they could use this information in the future.
To cultivate better understanding and problem solving skills, our faculty at Nalapad Academy implement the above interactive strategies in the teaching-learning process. We have recognised that a lot of learning in children occurs in the many little intricacies that make for the process of being within their learning environment; their classrooms.