What learning looks like at Ekay?
“The important thing is not to stop questioning; curiosity has its reasons for existing” – Albert Einstein
If you spend time with a young child, it soon becomes clear that the astronomer Carl Segan was right when he said: “ Every kid starts as a natural-born scientist”.
At Ekya the teaching-learning process happens most creatively. Teachers are considered as the “agents of change”. Attempts to change the teaching-learning process are focused on teachers, particularly the way they are trained and how they interact with the students. The latest teacher training place a greater emphasis on pedagogy and classroom practice as another way to improve science learning.
Science not only shapes our daily lives but also has an impact on countless decisions we make each day.
Students at Ekya are all the time engaged in doing science experiments and activities. Teachers help students to see themselves as scientists. They are encouraged to participate in the interactive sessions. Teachers create opportunities for students to learn and apply science instead of just reading about it in a textbook. Some of the teaching strategies educators at Ekya use to teach include -problem-based learning, incorporating educational technology into the lesson, Engineering Design, and project-based learning.
Students are encouraged to think like a scientist and sharpen their observation skills and learn to make and test hypotheses to conclude the answers. Teachers at Ekya strongly believe in the fact that visuals hold the power of staying longer on our minds than words. The students are taught the complex scientific facts with a visual treat. The use of a science kit makes the students feel proud after they complete an activity on their own. Critical thinking is part of brain maturation. This helps the kids to order their thoughts. Students develop their writing skills by using a science notebook. They are encouraged to record each step of an experiment while it is performed. Seeing results in action helps the kids develop critical thinking and science skills. Recording vocabulary words in the notebook provides a reference for future use. It also enables students to think, reason, draw conclusions and communicate effectively.
I would like to conclude by saying that teachers at Ekya focus on fostering a love for science. This in turn will help the students to encounter the world at a deeper level.
By, Manu Kakkar – Ekya ITPL