As per a general perception, Science is considered to be least exciting, full of theories, hypotheses, observations and practical investigations. All these are supplemented with monotonous lectures. To top it all, it is very difficult to attract the attention of students and make them understand the concepts of science.
The scientific world is complex and
simple at the same time. If one can understand the concepts with clarity,
science is not difficult. However, at school level, the interest to
understanding the concepts may not be natural and can put teachers in a fix.
The problem can be fixed if students are being engaged in classrooms with the
help of creativity. Thankfully, there exist multiple ways to interact with
1. Story telling: This has been one of the
most engaging ways to teach students for years. Students simply love to hear
stories and it often leads to retention. Whatever they are being told in a
story format, it is likely they will understand it better, relate to it better
and remember it for a longer period of time. Teachers can incorporate
storytelling in their classrooms while teaching biology or laws from physics.
2. Role play: This is another very innovative
way to ensure that students are participating in the classrooms and are able to
take the most from it. In role playing, students get to play the role of a person
influenced by an issue, both intellectually as well as physically. This method
has proved to be very
effective in helping
students learn new
concepts with much
ease and improved retaining capacity. Teachers can
arrange for sessions in classrooms where a group of students are studying atoms
and molecules with the help of physical activities.
3. Visual teaching: It is a proven fact that
visuals hold the power of staying longer on our minds than words. If students
are taught the complex scientific facts with a visual treat, it is likely they
will be able to grasp it faster and longer. The multi-sensory experiences like
drawings, diagrams and pictures help students to understand and memorize the
concepts better while surfacing its practical application too.
4. Sports based learning: Almost every student
loves to play sports. When anything that is
fun appeals to the
kids, then why
not make the
studying of science
equally fun? Applying their learning using their interests
like sports and other games could prove to be really beneficial in teaching
them real life science. With the game of football or cricket, students can
inquire into concepts like motion,
speed, acceleration in
a very engaging
manner. While this will help
students to learn physics, it will also inculcate the spirit of the sports
5. Virtual science labs: We are growing
technologically as a society and hence, it is high time we start utilizing it
in our education system too. There are various virtual labs available which
helps with experiential learning of a subject without really spending
much. With the
help of 3D learning,
detailed diagrams or
illustrations of plants
or body system
can be shown
to the students to help them
understand it better.
Even for subjects like biology or chemistry, the practical classes can
be done virtually saving them from the laboratory hassles.
We live in a constantly evolving scientific world and it is important that we keep advancing with our teaching strategies so that we can prepare our kids for a better tomorrow. Learners of today can be impatient and should be guided well and taught in the way they like the most. If we include creative means to engage their minds, help them apply their learning in practical ways and continue to evolve our classrooms to keep up with recent technologies, we can be assured of their future.
By, Harshita Mann, Director, Lancers International School, Gurgaon