After the success of Activity Based Learning (ABL) methodology for standards I to IV and Active Learning Methodology (ALM) for standards VI to VIII under the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA), standard V have now been integrated into the process of innovative teaching-learning.

The department of school education, as part of the SSA initiative, is in the process of providing training to 4,700 primary and upper primary teachers in the district for implementing the new methodology from the current academic year.

The teachers are being trained by about 210 block resource teachers who were earlier orientated on the methodology by resource persons who attended the ‘train the trainers' programme in Chennai.

Training for three batches has been completed and the two-day orientation for the last batch will be completed this week, according to the Additional Chief Educational Officer – Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, L.Augustine Peter Fathima. So far, standard V students were taught with ABL cards and text books.

Since students get initiated into mind-mapping exercise from standard VI onwards under ALM, the simplified ALM is meant to provide them the right foundation. The methodology was trial-tested in five schools in each of the 16 blocks in the district last year and was found to be effective in bridging the gap between ABL and ALM.

Referring to the gradual and study successes of ABL and ALM, a senior official assured that the new methodology in which teachers take up the role of facilitators will create substantial impact. The role of teachers is to identify the comprehension level of the students and divide the portions into easy parts for better assimilation of the contents.