The Gujarat Council of Educational Research and Training (GCERT) has started collecting and documenting the special innovative efforts of its teachers, like the use toys and games in teaching primary school students.
This is in line with the National Education Policy (NEP)-2020 that emphasises Foundational Literacy and Numeracy (FLN) focussing on the use of innovative pedagogies to teach students in the 3 to 8 years age group.
Teachers have been asked to submit learning pedagogies that use games, toys, puppets and digital platforms. Following scrutiny, the GCERT will share the best teaching-learning methods with all its schools to not only implement teaching methods that have been tested but also to boost learning, said an official of GCERT.
“As per NEP, formal learning starts from the age of 3. It may be through Balvatika but foundational literacy and numeracy starts early,” said the official. He said teachers have been working on innovative methods to make learning outcomes easier and better.
“Some of these methods involve the use of toys, games and other online and offline platforms and we have observed that unconventional learning methods bring about better learning outcomes,” said the senior GCERT official.
The GCERT has asked teachers to record a 3 to 5-minute video narrating their best practices and has shared guidelines to make the same.
“Our team of teachers will scrutinise the videos and practices to choose the best among them. Then we will use BISAG and the central government’s DIKSHA platform to spread the practices that promise better learning outcomes with a large number of teachers and students across India,” said the official.