The most motivating and best part of 2018

2018 was slightly different for me in the sense that I had the opportunity to be part of a classroom Action Research Project. My grade 11 students who were placed in A2-B1 level in their grade 10th Board Examination had English, Fashion Studies and Food Technology. English texts had difficult vocabulary. The other two subjects too had technical vocabulary which they found very difficult to understand and use independently. I wanted to use classroom Action Research to enhance my students’ learning experience with new and difficult vocabulary.

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An uncharted path

Lesson Plans take teachers to known destinations but unplanned class is what is more exciting as teachers peep into the unknown along with their students. Most often it is the students who take us to these uncharted territories. I would like to share an interesting unplanned class.

I am a teacher of English from India. India is a land of diversities known for its ‘unity in diversity’. I belong to one of the southern states teaching in a reputed school in Delhi. That should be enough to guess how interesting my classes are.

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Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS)

These are the Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) which need teachers to practice them as well while teaching. Content is the bedrock on which teachers can help students to develop these skills. As students move from Lower Order Thinking skills (LOTS) to HOTS, they start focussing on these very important skills.

Some interesting activities that provide focus on these ‘21st century skills’ to my students are:

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Humans vs. humanoids

He was then in his senior secondary class facing the very crucial Board Examinations. His Chemistry teacher held his hands constantly and guided him through pitfalls in the examination and my son came out with flying colours. If I were to advice the programmers of robot teachers, my first advice would be to add emotions and feelings – the most human facet of humans.

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