During the past few decades, a paradigm shift has taken place in the global context in relation to education. School and colleges which were earlier thought of as institutions that exist to provide instructions, are now seen as institutions that exist to produce learning. A big challenge for all educators, is to able to bring about the transformation of the role of students, from passive recipients of content to active, empowered and self-benefiting individuals. It is pertinent for teachers to provide able support and guidance as moderators, facilitators, in order to make this happen. Teachers must set up learning environment that stimulates active learner engagement with meaningful and progressively challenging tasks thus enabling them to develop competence over a period of time.
Our classroom activities seek to break away from the traditional mold of ‘lecture-based’ approach, and incorporate a more dynamic ‘participatory approach’ in which the learner is the primary role player and teachers strive to develop them as life-long learners. The modality of teaching–learning activities follows a more progressive approach which aims to empower student learning, and make them responsible for their own learning. Regular professional development sessions organized for the teaching staff ensure that they keep abreast with the latest pedagogy and teaching-learning approaches so as to justify their crucial role as facilitators in the classroom.