2011-12 Happenings

Stop Mugging Start Learning

Schools are now trying to work towards finding the right way forward. They are striving hard to build newer techniques of teaching. We at Calibre always believe in developing proactive children by adopting the strategy of activity oriented teaching and feel that teaching kids how to think critically becomes an integral part of education.
Critical thinking skills give students the ability to not only understand what they have read or been shown but also to build upon that knowledge without any external guidance. It is not simply rote memorization or the ability to absorb lessons unquestioningly. It also helps them a lot in their career for employers now need individuals who can think critically, analyze the options, exercise good judgment, and make decisions. One way of achieving this in students is through Questioning. Questioning kindles critical thinking in every individual. it has always been in the minds of the teaching facilitators that tests are important for them to get a feedback on whether the students have understood what has been taught in class, but it is equally important to know whether students are learning to think critically. To know this we need a window to peep into their thought process and we believe that quizzing is one such window.
Quizzes do not include question which require subjective answers, or answers that require long descriptions. Usually the questions are such that it does not take lengthy calculation or other lengthy analysis to find the correct answer. The answer to quizzes may also involve just selecting a correct answer from given alternatives According to the Psychologist Henry L. (Roddy) Roediger “This is the best thing that you could be doing if you want them to learn. Give them a quiz, and give them feedback on that quiz." (This is from an article in the June 8, 2007 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education.) It is with this intention that the school instituted a Quiz Club which meets periodically and strives to improve on critical thinking skills and quizzing skills. Therefore, when the people of Asset approached us to conduct this quiz contest to commemorate Children’s Day we just grabbed the opportunity and conducted the show. The children found the questions to be interesting and thought provoking. The questions were with options for the students to select the appropriate answer. The contest was held for students of classes V to VIII. The contest was conducted without any prior intimation to the students. After the quiz contest it was understood that ,here at Calibre, real learning was happening, for the students were able to answer the questions at ease. Though a winning team had to be announced it was realized that all the teams that participated had scored reasonably well. This stands testimony to our vision. We are also holding it for the members of the Quiz club and have planned to hold such contest as and when possible

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