Innovative Teaching Methodology

Mrs. Indra Vijaykumar heads the Humanities department in Sishya School, Hosur. She has 12 years of experience as a teacher, and teaches Social Science, Entrepreneurship and Business Studies. 

This method was executed during the post-lunch sessions, when the students were sleepy and disinterested in the classroom. This trial and error method became successful in my classroom, in teaching social science effectively. This also helped break the monotony while teaching history in classroom. It was executed on class 10 students.
Name of the method: R A P game (Racing, Arranging & Presenting).
Learning outcome:
  • The students will be able to state the reasons for political change in the Industrial city of London, in the 18th century.
  • The students will be able to realise how industries have changed the environment in London and Calcutta.
Implementation Plan: This activity involves the teacher’s preparation and execution. There will only be facilitation and no teaching during this session, as learning happens through the activity.
Steps involved:
Step 1: The teacher should prepare chits of the concept in mind (in this context, political change and industrial pollution). Each chit will have a sentence written related to the concept.
Step 2: The teacher should place these chits in three different envelops. The chits containing the concept of political change, should be placed in an envelop named ‘1’. Similarly, the chits containing the concepts of political changes in London and Calcutta should be placed in envelops named ‘2’ and ‘3’ respectively.
Step 3: The students should be allotted into three groups.
Step 4: Two students from each team should be chosen to lead the team.
Step 5:  All the three teams should assemble in a spacious hall.
Step 6: The two members chosen to lead the teams, should collect the envelope that contain the chits and stand along with the other students at the one end of the hall.
Step7: The other member should stand at the other end, where a table should be put up to arrange the chits brought by the team members.
Step 8: The leaders of each team should open the envelope and give chits to other students of their team. The students of the teams should RACE towards the other member in the other end of the hall, as soon as they receive all the chits. The teams should organised and ARRANGE the chits in sequential order and PRESENT the concept in front of the class.
Step 9: The team that arranges first and in the correct order, should be declared as the winner of the game.