Guest Lecture on Teaching Methods and Their Importance
Venue: Kalka Institute for Research and Advanced Studies
Date: September 20th, 2014
Kalka Institute for Research and Advanced Studies organised a guest lecture on the subject of Teaching Methods and Their Importance for B.Ed. students of the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU) on September 20, 2014. Dr. Dhananjay Joshi, Associate Professor at the University School of Education, GGSIPU, was the
key note speaker.
Conveying his sentiment with a doha by Kabir,
'Go dhan, gajdhan,vajidhan, aur rattan dhan khan, Jab aye santoshdhan, sab dhandhurisamaan,'
Dr. Joshi expressed his belief to the audience how all the wealth in the universe is of no value in comparison to the treasure of contentment. Addressing the pupil teachers, he said that a teacher should always motivate their students to widen their horizons and develop their own thinking; and should never discriminate or think less of a student. Furthermore, a teacher should discourage practices that dampen or tarnish students' creativities, and should always strive to work for enhancing their imagination and innovativeness. They should always keep in mind that a child is the best judge of the teacher.
With regard to the methodologies that teachers can adopt, Dr. Joshi said that a platform where the students can best utilise their skills can help enhance their interest towards the subject being taught. Other than the development of self activity and initiative, using an interactive and fun approach contributes majorly towards the stimulation of good judgement on the part of the pupil.
To elaborate on this, Dr. Joshi discussed a number of practices with the audience, including the story-telling method, lecture method, project method, unit method, problem-seeking method, discussion method, socialised method, supervised method, inductive and deductive method, text book method and laboratory method. Story-telling method, according to Dr. Joshi, is most fruitful and helps in developing an interest in the child. Other than instilling in the student the power to think out-of-the-box and working towards enhancing their imagination, this particular method is also useful in inculcating values and virtues and aids in clarification of concepts as well.
The speech given by Dr. Joshi was highly informative and enriching. The concerns he expressed regarding how the profession of teaching is viewed in today's world are not only pressing, but require an analysis and evaluation. Moreover, by adopting effective strategies and methods highlighted by Dr. Joshi, a teacher can bring about a positive change, one from which both the teacher and the student can benefit, within and outside the classroom environment; thereby guiding the youth who look to enter the noble profession of teaching on a constructive and progressive path.
In addition to our full time and part time faculty, eminent speakers and renowned professors from different Universities and corporate sectors are invited to address the students on a regular basis. The guest speakers bring with them not only long years of experience and knowledge but also the latest trends in the educational field and corporate sector. Students benefit a great deal by these interactive and highly stimulating sessions.