NEP Pedagogy and Tools - Implementation Support

Welcome to all educators who have participated in the NEP Implementation Pedagogy & Tools Workshop and gave invaluable feedback.  Based on the feedbacks of similar workshops conducted earlier when we checked what is required to implement NEP Pedagogy & Tools, we are offering 4 free programmes.

1. CCT Pilot

ThinkTac is conducting a pilot programme for the development of Creative and Critical Thinking for VII standard children. The 8-day programme will cover one curriculum aligned topic in science.  

The TACLive programme has been designed to offer this programme to anyone, anywhere, anytime, from the comfort of their home. ThinkTac will deliver live curated workshops online, which anyone can sign up to. The idea is simple: give anyone, anywhere the opportunity to make a hands-on science activity, facilitated by ThinkTac facilitators, followed by a concept connection discussion conducted by our senior educators and researchers.
All the participant has to do is register for a session of their choice and show up for the session with the required materials, which will be communicated ahead of time. Most materials will be available at home, or at most corner stores. Some materials may need to be acquired from a specialised store, and this too will be clearly mentioned so that the participant has the choice to opt for another TACtivity, if so required.
During the 60-80 minute session held live online, participants will spend the first 30-40 min making the TACtivity. Using our instructional videos, our facilitators will enable participants to watch the entire process of making a TACtivity and instruct them, step-by-step, as they make the TACtivity from scratch. Being a unique experience for most, this phase of the workshop creates enormous excitement as participants get to make a hands-on activity of their own and experience the process first-hand. This not only creates a sense of ownership for each participant, but also allows them to explore and tinker with their creation and discover the scientific phenomena involved. Those that do not get a working TACtivity at the first attempt end up learning even more, as they discover the reason(s) why a TACtivity does work.
Once the making is complete, a 20-30 minute discussion, followed by question-time, is delivered by one of our senior educators or researchers. These short presentations give the participants the big picture of the science concepts involved in the functioning of the TACtivity. The highly engaging sessions provide an opportunity for anyone to ask questions, answer real-time poll questions and get immersed into the science, history and cool facts about the TACtivity and the scientific principles it demonstrates.
Each TACLive has been designed to be delivered within 60-80 minutes, encompassing several aspects of learning science the experiential way. However, they are just the beginning of a journey that should inspire children to a life-long desire to explore more and develop skills above and beyond what’s prescribed in a text book: a scientific temper and several 21st Century skills that are bound to hold them in good stead for the future.

School Responsibilities

 

ThinkTac will take the lead role in offering the experiential session. The following critical support is expected from the School:

  1. Student onboarding – Details of the selected students will have to be provided in a spreadsheet to enable their onboarding. A unique email for the child will be needed as part of the information
  2. Teacher support – At least one teacher, preferably with a science background to be assigned to mentor the children. Teachers will need to attend the programme together with the students. Teachers will also need to ensure reminders are given during regular classes on the upcoming session, the materials to be organised, providing session feedback etc.

2. Experiential Learning Session (TACLive)

The TACLive programme is a free single activity programme, using simple household materials that is offered as a webinar. The programme is designed to be fun and engaging, covering an important concept in science. Children from age group 10 to 14 can join this programme. 

ThinkTac has developed CCT programmes that are hands-on and experiential. The programmes are aligned with the curriculum and address critical foundational knowledge in science. ThinkTac uses a constructivist approach with pedagogy based on the 5E instructional model
PISA provides an excellent framework for development and assessment of Creative and Critical thinking, with an additional focus on Scientific literacy. The pilot programme is being structured, broadly on the basis of the PISA requirements in scientific literacy.

The broad programme structure is described below:

  • 7th standard, upto 200 students per school
  • All children of the selected standard / section in the school will participate
  • One Theme will be delivered that includes a single mandatory activity and a few optional activities
  • The primary activity, aligned with the NCERT VII curriculum, will need only household materials (or those available in nearby stores) and no special tools
  • Each Theme will need 120 minutes classwork (three sessions of 40 minutes) and 2-3 hours assignments with content support
  • Duration is 8 calendar days. Programme will start on a Saturday. Live sessions will be conducted on Saturday, mid-week and the following Saturday
  • The final CCT learning assessment will consist of 5-7 questions covering 4-5 of PISA competencies
  • All questions will be computer assessed and children will need to respond online. In the pilot, there will be no time limitation
  • The programme will be delivered online by ThinkTac, assisted by the school teachers
  • ThinkTac will provide the necessary technology for the programme
  • Content including guides, videos and the assessment will be available on the ThinkTac unLab platform. Students will need to have access to a computer and internet connection to complete the programme.

School Responsibilities

 

ThinkTac will take the lead role in the implementation of the pilot. The following critical support is expected from School:

  1. Student selection and onboarding – Details of the selected students will have to be provided in a spreadsheet to enable their onboarding. A unique email for the child will be needed as part of the information
  2. Teacher support – At least one teacher, preferably with a science background to be assigned to mentor the children. Teachers will need to attend the programme together with the students. Teachers will also need to ensure reminders are given during regular classes on the upcoming session, the materials to be organised, providing session feedback etc.

3. Continuous Development Programme (CPD)

A 14 module, monthly programme for teachers that covers key pedagogical tools that can be used in NEP implementation is offered online. The programme will leverage experiential science activities and provide a supported implementation opportunity with students.

Continuous Development Programme (CDP)

With the changing times, the 21st century demands unique skills to handle the unique challenges which mankind will be witnessing in the 21st century. The responsibility of equipping the next generation with these skills rests on the shoulders of educators. It is imperative for the educators to equip themselves with the skills to develop the 21st century skills amongst their students.

TACTeach is a 14 module programme followed by assessment and certification. Any K10 science teacher or aspiring science teacher may apply for this programme. It is designed as a bridge connecting the teacher to 21st century education. The bridge has science as the road and Zone of proximal development (ZPD), Kolb’s cycle, Bloom’s Taxonomy, Habits of Mind and SCAMPER pedagogies as the guide.

Any K10 teacher or aspiring science teacher may apply. The examples from science are designed to be understood anyone with teaching experience. Following are key features of the programme:

  • Each module a combination of 1 pedagogy module and 1 science module
  • The science modules are used as implementation examples. Any teacher with a few years’ experience will be able to understand the science module
  • Each module covers a key pedagogy which lays a foundation for developing 21st century skills in students
  • The modules address a subset of NEP 2020 – experiential learning, 21st century skills, critical and creative thinking
  • The programme requires 90 hours of commitment spread across 14 months. Limited seats available for selected teachers only.

School Responsibilities

 

ThinkTac will take the lead role in offering the continuous development programme for teachers.

  1. Teacher Nomination – Schools will be required to nominate teachers for the programme, after ensuring that the teacher is willing to make the necessary time commitment
  2. Additional support – The school will need to provide adequate support to the teacher for implementing their learning at an appropriate scale in the school and provide feedback

4. Experiential Science Resources (Teacher Corner)

ThinkTac has developed over 400 hands-on science activities, many of which are approved by CBSE. ThinkTac offers a number of resources for a majority of these activities on its platform to assist teachers in integrating experiential learning in to their classrooms.

ThinkTac has curated content to help you bring experiential science to your classroom. The content is available on Teacher Corner and can be accessed from the ThinkTac website. The content is available free, for a period of 12 months for about 400 activities that cover the NCERT I-X standard curriculum. The content includes:
Content Description
Alternate Material List This list contains the primary and alternate materials required for an activity to help students gather materials.
Instruction Guide The instruction guide contains a step-by-step instruction with pictures for completing the TACtivity. The guide is a printable document formatted to A5 size for online use and printing.
Instruction Video 3-5 minute video that provides a step by step video tutorial on completing the TACtivity
The Teacher Corner can also be used by teachers to collaborate with peers and reach out to the ThinkTac educators for support. We also encourage Teachers to submit their content, that maybe published after review. The school has to inform the teachers to register on the ThinkTac website and start accessing the content and support available at the Teacher Corner.