Learning becomes easy with tyre tubes and egg shells
With limited resources, this teacher leaves no stone unturned to make teaching and learning process simple and easy
Struggling with limited resources at his remote village school, Harpal Singh has always strived hard to introduce small innovations in his teaching style to engage students in studies and improve learning outcomes.
Whether it is making geometrical shapes from tyre tubes or enhancing children’s craft skills by teaching them about making different items from egg shells, empty bottles, batteries or bamboo sticks, Singh never loses an opportunity to teach his students something new.
“Teachers have to take the lead, only then the students develop interest in something. It is the responsibility of the teacher to engage the young minds toward something constructive,” Harpal said
The 1-5 grade Government Primary School in U S Nagar district of Uttarakhand has 97 students, mostly belonging to poor families with both the parents working as daily labourers and it is difficult for the families to arrange two proper meals a day.
“For some students, the mid-day meal given in the school is one good meal during their whole day. Some are not even able to buy books till now since the session started in April,” he said.
The teacher feels that Sri Aurobindo society’s Zero Investment Innovations for Education Initiatives (ZIIEI) is a very inspiring platform for teachers to come up with innovative ideas and adopt the best practices of other teachers to improve the learning outcomes of students.
“I attended the training in May this year and found that there are so many ideas which we can adopt without investing anything,” Harpal said
Singh said that innovations like children’s parliament, holistic development through art and craft and daily newspaper can be incorporated in the routine teaching methods for effective results in the school.