Highly effective learning environment – what does that mean? Given two classrooms filled with the same number of students, how can you point to one and say that this classroom has a better learning ambiance than the other and students here tend to retain their education better? Should you just look at exam grades or absenteeism rate, maybe the education technology used? Measuring a classroom’s educational effectiveness is possible by looking at more subtle parameters. Instead of focusing just on grades or technology, we need to look for a response, pedagogy, curriculum, and assessment methods.
The top schools in Sonipat have the following 7 aspects in their classrooms. These help to maintain a highly effective learning atmosphere and students naturally learn what they are supposed to in schools. Every aspect shows the students’ learning depth and the outcome is a complete school education in every sense.
- Students ask meaningful questions
In a classroom where students are learning effectively, curiosity will reign the atmosphere. And the students will never have unrelated random questions, they will ask intellectual ones related to the subject at hand. Learning leads to questions and questions lead to more learning. An indifferent student is rarely motivated to learn anything, let alone the complexities of STEM and history. If questions prelude every lesson, be sure that the students are willingly coming to class to learn.
- The questions come from everywhere
A student can read the chapter to be taught beforehand and bring questions to the classroom from the textbook. Or, he/she can observe the world around, along with reading the chapter and raise questions from a variety of observations. The first method tends to make learning one-directional, textbook-oriented. But the second method makes learning divergent, application-oriented. Effective classrooms encourage the second type of curiosity. The best school in Sonepat will always motivate students to think beyond their syllabus.
- A wide range of learning models are employed
Not only direct-lecture and smart technology, but an effective classroom will employ a variety of learning methods to teach students almost all subjects. These include the flip classroom model, peer-to-peer learning, project-based learning, inquiry-based learning, and so on. No school can just stick to one method because it feels that the model tends to work the best. No one method is accommodative enough. Plus, variety in learning methods also eliminates monotony and keeps the students engaged.
- A variety of assessment methods
With assessments as well, the focus does not simply lie on grades in effective classrooms. Teachers assess everything to understand that if students are learning the intended lessons and design the future pedagogies based on the feedback. Top scorers receive the same kind of appreciation as the top participators. Assessments include everything, starting from subject knowledge to creativity to interest levels to grasp of context. Learning is effective only when assessment is proper.
- Room for introspection
Assessments do not only serve as feedback mechanisms for the teachers. They are feedback for the students as well. And once students identify their mistakes, shortcomings, they need time, space and guidance to ponder on those mistakes before working on rectification. Effective classrooms do not leave their students in confusion about a poor grade. The teacher works with the students individually, figures out ways how things can be improved, and keeps track to show the students that progress has indeed happened.
- Personalised learning
Curiosity, lessons, assessments and introspection – all boil down ultimately to personalised learning. And the best CBSE school in Sonipat will have the model to extend personalised care to both performing and struggling students. An effective learning environment takes care of the learning needs of every student. A performer gets more exposure while the struggling student gets special help. Personalised learning propels students to academic greatness and raises the benchmark of classroom education.
- The right definition of success
This is where an effective classroom defines how much importance should students, parents and teachers give on marks or grades. How much focus does skill development deserve and what does true educational success mean? Curiosity will not mushroom if students are just focused on marks. Similarly, subject knowledge will suffer if students only focus on extra-curricular activities. An effective classroom defines success, keeps reminding the definition and checks in regularly to measure progress.
Swarnprastha Public School’s classrooms have all the above 7 aspects. The school strives to maintain an intellectually active ambiance on the campus that is both effective and result-centric. SPS students learn through curiosity and motivation. Teachers teach through modern learning approaches and balance academics and skills. Over the years, Swarnprastha has always remained a step ahead when it comes to effective learning and the proof is visible in the school’s consistent boards and alumni performances in the real world.