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Teaching-learning Methods in KUHS
Kathmandu University High School is a leading school level institution in Nepal’s contemporary academia. It has been engaged for more than eighteen years in imparting quality education of the government-prescribed academic subjects as well as different non-academic dimensions of learning those are hugely required in this contemporary time. The organization has a team of highly educated, trained and skilful faculties who are well acquainted with the modern teaching-learning methods and even with the use of technology. Despite the fact that the School is located in such a geographical location where it is difficult to extend infrastructures, the faculties here are committed for imparting quality education by using available resources.
“Education beyond the Textbook” is the motto of this institution which connotes that a pupils’ learning should not only be confined to what the curriculum dictates, rather they must be guided towards learning of what other skills and abilities are required for them to tackle with the growing global demand and competitiveness. For that, KUHS does not just offer various curriculums prescribed by government but also facilitates for the students of learning dance, music, art and craft, sports and a wide range of other extra and co-curricular activities that make the pupils learn various skills of their interest and necessity, that come handy for their better compatibility and employability in future. The School undoubtedly has a very high sense of student centeredness inside classrooms and everywhere else. Below are described some prominent teaching-learning methods that KUHS has been adopting.
- Inquiry-based learning: Students are given to ‘read between the lines’. They are given some guidelines to study about a subject matter where teacher just facilitates them. Then they come up with a resolution through inquiry. This method is highly effective in understanding of a matter because it engages pupils themselves on what they need to learn about. This is contrary to the traditional rot-learning concept.
- Cooperative learning: The pupils form their own peer groups of required number according to teacher’s instruction or the teacher help them through to form groups. Then they are given some task to brainstorm, discuss on, and come up with some ideas. They share their ideas among themselves or, more often, with the whole class. This method is very effective because it gives the students chance to share and learn from each other’s ideas and views.
- Project-based learning: Project works help in broadening the horizon of the students’ learning because they make them ‘dig beneath the surface’. They also give them opportunity to expose their concealed skills and talents. Certain tasks are given to pupils by teachers to be completed within a specific time framework. Such tasks make them skilful of independent learning, time management and much more.
- Learning by doing: Cooking class, social research activities, and such other extra-curricular activities let pupils chance for learning by doing by themselves. On the other hand, they are given chance to organize and conduct various programmes with teachers’ facilitation time and often. Such method lets them learn by involving and develop leadership skill.
- Field visits: Field visits are quite essential for pupils’ learning through observation. Such visits are especially effective in particular subjects and are organized by the School periodically.
- Learning through audio-visual aids: Multimedia and audio-visual aids are used for teaching learning of whichever subject-matter has it necessary and effective. Documentaries and other such helpful multimedia are used time and often.
- Participatory teaching learning: Each lesson in KUHS is student-centred and thus participatory. Pupils are highly involved in classroom discussion. Various activities such as brainstorming, presentation, panel discussion, quiz, debate, extempore and so on are conducted to make the lessons interesting as well as effective.
- Instructional teaching learning: Though traditional, importance of instructional teaching method cannot be overlooked. Instructional approach is applied for discussion on subject-matters in participatory manner where and whenever is required.
Above mentioned are just the main teaching-learning methods applied in KUHS most often. There are other innovative methods of teaching learning that a particular teacher innovates and applies to their classroom. Due to the School’s modern pedagogical strategies and other bright aspects, most of the pupils and their parents often express their happiness and satisfaction for being able to admit them/ their children and graduate from this institution.