The school follows different teaching methodologies for better learning and upliftment of the students as well as the teachers. One is-The XSEED Methodology of teaching which stresses on five A’S –Aim, Activity, Analysis, Application and Assessment. It ensures that the children learn, not cram. These steps are to be followed by a teacher to ensure learning and to make it permanent. These skills are needed for the growth of a teacher as well as the students. The other is the Pearson Publications which strives to make education more effective,accessible and affordable to the learners through innovative methods of teaching learning.
Gita Diwan ( Director)
A six days workshop on constructivism and cooperative learning technology in education moving the learners from theory to practical was organized in the school. The main aim of this workshop was to help the child (learner) ‘learn how to learn’, to move the children from LOTS to HOTS , to be a friend , philosopher and guide to develop the Emotional Quotient (EQ) of the child as well as change the mindset of the people. It also focused on the use of methodologies of teaching where a child can learn beyond his/her limits. The constructivist approach is action oriented cooperative learning such as pair work, group work, creativity and active participation in classroom activities by preparing various projects.
Every year the Teachers from various schools throughout India attend the workshop based on Skilling and Knowhow Initiative for Lifelong Leadership Development (SKILLD).The teachers are trained to conduct the respective modules of SKILLD in their classes with the help of the various group discussions, interactive sessions, visuals, role plays, and activities designed for the learners by the tGELF manual.
The sessions have been designed in such a manner that it can help the students to explore their leadership potential and the teachers can become the most crucial link to empower the students as leaders of tomorrow in the real sense.
Some teachers attended a 12 days workshop at IIT Gandhinagar, Gujrat conducted by CLI-IITGN. The main objective of this workshop was ,“How to create interest among the children towards science and math so they love and enjoy these subjects.
can To make teaching Math more interesting, the concepts such as Geometrical concept on A4 size paper, Pythagoras and many more theorems by paper folding, how to cut any geometrical closed figures from a paper using mathematical concepts in single cut,calendar fun and math by using calendar, electro-magnetic concept through working model and making various models by using waste and cheap materials to understand the concepts of math and science were taught.
Going on a school visit helps the teachers and administrators to see the types of learning activities and experiences are valued in other schools making them move in a new direction. Keeping this view in mind, we at Happy Days make it a point to visit one or two schools every year by organising either teachers’ visits or under the exchange programs.
During the visit to Him Jyoti School, Dehradun, various activities for the all round development of the girls were observed along with their methods of teaching of various subjects like English, History and Geography in primary and senior classes. After the classes are over, there is an activity class every day during which, the students are prepared for various functions, celebrations and competitions.
The library has bulletin boards with information on current affairs, various events of the month and highlights .
The school assists children coming from underprivileged families as well as the children of the women belonging to,’Stri Shakti’ who are the first generation learners and are transformed through excellent learning in this fee free school.
The student council of the school is very active and well informed. In the ‘Early Childhood Section,’ the class divided into three groups- Playgroup, Nursery and KG. The school is following the XSEED Methodology of teaching along with a curriculum of their own. To improve the English language, emphasis is given on the activity of ‘role play’ in the classroom. The library is arranged according to the needs and the level of the learners.
Separate phonetic classes are run under this program for the new students from remote areas who are not able to understand and speak in English as well as math. They follow jolly phonics. They also teach Basic skills of EVS.