Activity based Learning Movement (ALM) in Tamil Nadu aims to engage the child actively in learning activities that can be completed at her or his own individual pace. In multi-age/multi-grade classrooms, students work independently and in small groups through carefully-designed learning activities referenced on a learning ‘ladder.’ These materials are predominantly cards that describe activities, although three dimensional mathematics manipulatives are also used. A chalkboard at the child’s level extends around the perimeter of the ABL classroom, providing each child with a work space of her own. Teachers work with individuals and small groups, promoting and assessing children’s learning at their current ‘step’ in the learning ladder. Click for more details >>
Activity Based Learning (ABL), has drawn upon several resources, we have the possibility of a system which can succeed in keeping children motivated and fully occupied, while they are mastering the fundamentals. ABL offers solutions to two major problems: multi-grade classes and inadequate staffing. It provides the learning material for several children to be working on, while the teacher is busy with one group. ABL appears to be a system where the teacher can facilitate learning, without dominating the classroom or intimidating the children. Since the child learns in a selfdirected way, from the systematic materials provided, teacher absence or occasional unavailability may not be a tragedy. Click for more details >>
In the state of Tamilnadu, for Government schools, the winds of change began blowing in 2002.
• The SSA took the Rishi Valley (KFI) Rural Education model in 2003, tested it, modified it to suit the TN schools, and then took the vertical age group structure to all its 37000 primary schools (grades 1 to 5) by 2007 in careful phases.
• The SSA took the Active Learning Methodologies in May 2007, based on the practices at The School (KFI), Chennai, and rapidly implemented it for all state upper primary classes, about 16000 in number, in grades 6,7,8 by early 2008. Click for more details >>
School Education and Change School education does not lend itself easily to change. Teacher led initiatives stay local, within a class mostly, extended to school on rare occasions at best. Therefore it is quite remarkable that the work of a small band of teachers from The School in Chennai has touched the lives of over 200,000 teachers and 10 million students. These teachers, as a band, are part of a major thrust to give education a new turn in the State of Tamilnadu. These teachings have had a profound influence on the school. Teachers have experienced an invitation to “be responsible for the whole school”, to be immersed in learning, to take roles and to shed them. Click for more details >>