Pre-primary education 3 years to start of primary (ISCED 02)
To simplify Math concepts and make it accessible for students, Laxman used everyday objects like wood pieces to teach addition, subtraction and multiplication. He bundles pieces of wood to help students understand grouping and multiplication, he gives students a few sticks and then asks them to take away a few to better understand subtraction. Similarly he teaches addition and division.
To address this problem, Mr. Bappa Basak has prepared the ‘word builder’: Twelve waste cans have been collected onto which letters have been written. The teacher then asks students to use the cans to create words that she gives them by following one of the processes below:
- Introduce a three letter word and then ask students to come one by one and make the word using the letters in the ‘word builder’.
- Write few three letter words on the black board and ask students to find this in the word wall.
Rashmi developed a ‘Progress Record’ for each child that is shown to the parents at the monthly meeting. This file contains all the work done by that child (Grade 1 onwards) along with his/her profile information. The teacher also adds comment on the progress of each child in this file. The Progress Record is the basis for teachers to start engaging parents and show them how their child is learning and where does the child need more support.
To train his teachers, Mr.Pahuja organizes a day long ‘Teachers Seminar’ twice a year. In these seminars all the teachers are asked to give a demo lesson on a chosen topic for 5 minutes. The Principal/manager/staff members give their feedback on various aspects – content, delivery, creativity etc.
Manisha innovatively used the classroom wall to create a word-wall- a collection of high-frequency sight words that are age appropriate, classified into groups or categories located on the classroom wall. This is easily visible to the students and easily accessible such that they can read and learn. Concurrently, she created structured word-wall activities to aid in the comprehension of the sight words and to help engender word fluency. She teaches the entire class through these simple activities during class time and the daily reading instructional period.
Anita designed a process where she asks her students to collect English words they commonly use in their daily lives. The process was named as "WORD PITARA" where the students create chits with the words written on them after learning the spellings and meanings of those words. Students are motivated to collect new words with their meanings from various sources such as dictionary, new books etc. They are asked to present their words to the class with the correct spelling and pronunciations and then put the word into the ‘pitara’.
To overcome this problem, Student Safety Cards have been created for each student at the school. These cards include a photograph of the student and of their parents or guardian. If a student needs to go home before the end of the school day, the school allows this only if the parents or guardians come to collect the child. It is mandatory for the parents to carry the Student Safety Cards for collecting their children.