Faculty members of BBPS GR have created flex books in chemistry for class XI & XII on a socially secure website in collaboration with . Flex book is an online book that compiles carefully selected, authentic and content rich video/animations selected from open-educational resources. Videos/animations on various sub-topics are in sync with the class XII curriculum and are arranged in order as per the NCERT books. Besides videos and animations on sub-topics, videos on ‘real world connect’ help the child to correlate the topic to day to day life. Use of Flex books allows the leaners to enhance understanding at individual pace in a comfortable environment. The learner has opportunity to revisit the resource for greater retention as per his/her will. In addition self-assessment worksheets are available on various topics.
Flipped Classroom – An Innovation in Pedagogy
Faculty members at BBPS GR have incorporated the technique of flipped classroom, an innovation in pedagogy, for teaching of science specially in middle and senior department. The students are provided with video links relevant to the topic / subtopic prior to the class by the subject teacher. The students understand the subtopic by viewing these links at an individualized pace in the comfortable environment of their home. In class, teacher facilitates class discussions led by students to check the level of understanding of students. She then executes carefully planned activities, preferably group activities, to reinforce the concept.
Flipped classroom technique shifts the burden of learning on the learner while teacher becomes a facilitator. The technique leads to inculcation of desirable skills like confidence, expression, communication skills and collaborative learning. Self and peer assessments are an inbuilt part of this technique.
Vice Principal, Ms. Geeta Gangwani was awarded Global Accreditation for her action research project on impact of flipped classroom using flex books for grade XII chemistry students.
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Approach
We understand the importance of embedding critical thinking and problem solving skills in our school curriculum. Hence, the teachers prepare learning designs or lesson plans embedding the same core skills and implement the same during the session in their classes.
Under this methodology, Ms Monisha Malik Sabharwal,(PRT) has incorporated more than two subjects (namely English, Social Studies, Computers, Science,Art and Maths) in her design of classroom teaching. Various activities like Giving Directions, Classifying, Sequencing, Predicting, Recalling and Recognizing were executed in the classroom. These activities were based on critical thinking and problem solving and helped in the development of pivotal skills like the enhancement of analytical ability, comprehension and a healthy team spirit among the learners.
Ms Monisha’s teaching methodology has been selected by British Council's panel of facilitators as one of the best learning designs and it has been included in their publication ‘Handbook for embedding Core Skills in the Curriculum’.