U.K., June 20, 2013: Two teachers from Apeejay School, Pitampura, Ms. Savita Panhotra (PGT-English) and Ms. Deepa Ahuja (PRT) were part of an enriching Teacher Exchange Programme with Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, Manchester for the ‘Connecting Classrooms’ Project by the British Council (from 12th June-19th June, 2013).
The visit presented them an excellent opportunity to have a closer look at the teaching-learning methodology adopted by schools in the U.K. They observed language classes (English, French, Spanish & German) and interacted with the teachers. They also taught Indian Philosophy to the students in the age group of 8-9 years. They were taken on a guided tour of the school where they were highly impressed by the high tech infrastructure, excellent use of ICT in teaching, textbook free atmosphere in the classrooms and the high standards of discipline and good behaviour of the students and staff.
The teachers also visited Stamford Park Junior School, where the students were in the midst of preparations for a ‘Science Week’ which gave the teachers a wonderful opportunity to observe a planetarium created in the school hall by StarLab (a science-education partnership supported by the U.K. Govt.). The Stamford students presented ‘U.K. Box’, a token gift sending their reply to the pen pal letters sent by the students of Apeejay School, Pitampura.
The teachers from both the schools discussed the need to create a link for the students of both the schools through the school website and also introduce video conferencing to provide a platform for the students and teachers to exchange ideas and opinions as they learn from each other.