A workshop organised by the Chennai Corporation’s education department and Federation of Science Clubs of Tamil Nadu (FSCT) highlighted the need to create effective and innovative teaching methods to attract higher secondary school students and ensure their active participation in classrooms.
The workshop stressed on the need for hands-on activities, demonstrations, e-contents and classroom activities besides the traditional ‘Chalk and Talk’ method to attract the attention of students.
Interestingly, this is the first such joint initiative after the Education Department, Corporation of Chennai (CoC) joined hands with the Federation of Science Clubs of Tamilnadu (FSCT) for mentoring the science students, and enhancing science education and teaching methodologies in its Chennai Schools during the current academic year.
Dr J Uma Maheswari, additional secretary, State Higher Education Department; T N Venkatesh, joint commissioner (Education), Chennai Corporation; T Rajendran, chief educational officer of Chennai District and Dr R Jayavel, director, Centre for Nanoscience & Technology, Anna University, Chennai participated in the event.
J Daniel Chellappa, president of FSCT who conducted the workshop, called upon the teachers to inculcate a scientific temper among their students. “The country needs talented and passionate scientists to surge ahead and keep pace with the rest of the world. A teacher’s role is indispensable for creating the humane-asset in society,” he said.
The programme comprised interactive sessions on activity-based learning by education experts. It also showcased subject-teaching methodologies by the authors and reviewers of the prescribed Tamil Nadu higher secondary textbooks.