Teachers of one of the Kerala Public Schools during a PowerPoint presentation on Friday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Can’t put your mind to English lessons at school? Play ludo.
Teams from five Kerala Public Schools in and around Jamshedpur showed how management mantras could be as effective among children as in the corporate world, locking horns during a competition on “innovative practices” on Friday.
Ripple One, a team of Kerala Public School, Gamharia, presented how students are asked to play ludo in class to learn English.
The key is a dice whose numbers from one to six show up separate tasks.
For example, if it is one, a student is asked to work on tenses while three gives a command for fetching synonyms. The unique method is applicable to students up to Class X.
The team bagged the third prize, receiving Rs 2,000.
Team Zacatia from Burmamines came first, with their presentation on passes as a means to ensure discipline and cut down truancy.
A student has to get his or her pass signed by the teacher before moving out of the classroom for any reason. Anybody else cannot move out until the student returns and hands back the pass.
The winners received cash prize of Rs 5,000, followed by Team Steady from Kerala Public School, Agrico. The runner-up was awarded Rs 2,000.
The nine teams from five schools in Kadma, Agrico, Burmamines, Mango and Gamharia focused on quality management, showcasing how thinking out of the box can help solve varying problems relating to studies and student behaviour on campuses.
“We conduct the annual competition for better academic systems. It is about identifying your problems and solving it before you take up something new. Since students are the main stakeholders of the school, it is meant to benefit them,” said Vijayam Kartha, vice-chairperson of Kerala Public School Trust.
The management, staff and teachers of all the schools were present at the event at Kerala Samajam Model School (KSMS) during which the participants gave PowerPoint presentations.
The judges were Lt Col K.V. Nair, principal of RD Tata Technical Education Centre, Vidya Battiwala, a consultant, and KSMS principal Nandini Shukla.