This paper looks at an alternate method of teaching Biology. The traditional method of teaching was improved upon and a closed group was used to study the output of the students and effectiveness of teaching. The paper drew heavily upon literature of teaching methods and pedagogy. The paper studies a group of students and their attention span and how a trial of different methods of teaching could improve their retention and help them score better.
There were 15 students in the group. Lecture method of teaching was used to teach the concepts of Biology, chapter 5 NCERT Biology textbook. The class average produced by using the lecture method was 33%. The attention span of the students was carefully observed. After a deliberately planned semi-formal discussion the interest of the students were assessed. Every student has his/her own interests it is important to device lesson plans according to the interests of the students. Every methodology has it's own benefits and limitations, so a culmination of different methods and techniques proved to produce a better result. When a variety of methods and techniques like, jig-saw method, inquiry training model of teaching, inverted classroom technique and flow charts and games were used along with the lecture method the class average was 90%.
The games used to revise the chapter were dumb charades and quizzes to facilitate collaborative learning. Using different methods helped retain the attention of the students, curiosity was triggered by using different methods for each concept being taught. The students were deliberately divided into hybrid groups consisting of slow learners and students with learning disabilities and fast learners. This paper discusses about the methods used to teach each and every concept in the chapter Principles of Inheritance. Each concept was taught using a teaching methodology found best suitable by the teacher so that all types of learners are benefited.
Sai Shri Ramamurthy, Sree Venkateshwara Pre University College, India