R. Krishnamoorthy and S. Aishwarya

Activity-based learning method comes to their rescue

R. Krishnamoorthy

and S. Aishwarya

TIRUCHI: The Education Department here is in a state of readiness to implement activity-based learning (ABL) for students studying standard I to IV in 1,173 primary and upper primary schools in the district.

With the commencement of academic year round the corner, the Education Department has roped in primary school teachers at a three-day activity-based learning workshops to acclimatise them to the new system, which ends on June 4.

ABL cards at a cost of Rs.55 lakh have been printed for distribution.

The joyful learning methodology was initiated last year for students of standards I and II on a pilot basis in 10 schools a block in the district, and has been found to be effective in preventing dropouts, said the Additional Project Coordinator, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, C. Ramachandran.

The State Government decided to broad base the benefits of the ABL methodology after successful trials in Chennai Corporation schools.

The task of training will be easier since the methodology has already evoked enthusiasm among teachers of primary schools where it was introduced last year.

ABL cards

ABL cards would be issued to students of standards I and II on the day of reopening in all the schools. In institutions where there are more sections per standard, additional cards would be provided by June 15. Likewise, ABL cards for students of standard III and IV would be given by June 10, officials said.

The 200 block resource persons, who underwent the four-day-long workshop last month, are transferring their expertise to about 4,400 teachers.

At a session held at Corporation Middle School, Subramaniapuram, one among the 95 centres in 16 blocks of the district, resource persons imparted hands-on training to the participants. A month after the start of the academic year, the teachers would assess the intelligent quotient of students through periodic worksheets.

`Ladder system'

Examination pattern, under the ABL system, defied the typical method of relative assessment. In the absence of relative grading, the assessment will be based on `ladder system,' which facilitates learning at their individual pace. The fast learners will act as team leaders and assist a group of their counterparts in case of academic difficulties.