Methodologies 'Mother-Teacher concept''Teachers hold their students' hand for a short while, but their hearts for ever.' At Shree Balaji Academy Bedia, young Dipsites are nurtured under the tender care of mother teacher till Grade 2. This concept helps in:- i.) Understanding the child and developing an emotional bond between the learner and teacher. ii.) Helps in better insight to various developmental stages of the child, especially cognitive and emotional. iii.) Both the learner and teacher spend more time with each other and the teacher personally knows the areas of concern. iv.) Academically it gives time for the child to remain abreast with his peers. v.) It gives a sense of satisfaction to the teacher, at the end of the session, on accomplishing the set targets as per the potential of the child and helping in the positive growth graph of each student. Pre-Nursery Pre-Nursery education has been designed and conceived by our highly experienced Montessori trained Teachers. The child learns to discover, explore and experiment in a stimulating and conducive environment. Nursery and Prep Our focus at the Pre-Primary level is to make the transition between the secure home environment and formal schooling, interesting and as smooth as possible for the child. Emphasis is on nurturing the child's imagination, creativity and providing him opportunities to express himself freely. We lay stress upon developing basic language skills with the help of phonetics and conversation. A sound knowledge of phonetics helps the child to build spellings independently. It is a method of creating an environment which fosters the fulfilment of their highest potential.EPL (Exercise of Practical Learning) prepares the children to face the challenges of everyday life and helps in building concentration. Various celebrations in the school and round-the-year activities allow self-expression, experimentation and questioning; thereby developing a scientific temper. There is a perfect balance of active and quiet activities, structured, besides the free-play activities. Classes I TO II "If I cannot learn the way you teach me, Can you not teach me the way I can learn?" A child's mind is like wet clay and needs to be handled with care. Keeping this in mind, we at Shree Balaji Academy Bedia provide an encouraging and loving atmosphere, fused with a lot of fun, so that students shed their inhibitions and learn with a free mind. The methodology that we use to teach the students of classes 1 & 2 is ACTIVITY BASED, which involves a lot of co-curricular activities which assist the children in comprehending and retaining the concept in a better way. The curriculum planned focuses more on depth and is progressive and flexible in its approach and is adjusted according to the learner's need. Assessment at this level is not formal. The children are given activity based assignments to check the retention of the concepts taught. At this level we emphasise more on experiential learning. Our aim is to prepare the children to read, write and do mathematics. We also promote self control and inner discipline in children through appropriate interaction. Grades III TO V The child, already familiar with the basic skills in English Language, is now initiated into formal instructions through interactive techniques. The emphasis is on usage and application. In Science the focus is on developing scientific aptitude and making him aware of his/her surroundings. In Mathematics, problem-solving techniques are taught using application based methods. The co-curricular activities allow them not only to gain confidence but also help them realize their potential in various fields. The important aim at this level is the learning of basics and forming a sound foundation which will enable the child to study more complex topics and problems at the succeeding levels. The instruction/curricula is planned as per the CCE guidelines of CBSE. Grades VI TO VIII Shree Balaji Academy is known for its well designed system that fosters both academic and personal growth of its DIPSITEs, so that they can analyze and evaluate their experience, learn to doubt, to question, to investigate and to think independently. Our middle school curriculum provides and promotes a learning environment based upon developmental readiness, needs and interests. Middle school is the stage of transition for the students from an activity based learning environment in the primary section, to the stage where teaching methodology is completely focussed on the pursuit of knowledge and development of understanding and skills necessary to interpret experience.1. Co-operative Learning: It develops intellectual autonomy in young adolescents to interact in heterogonous groups to support the learning of self and others in the same group. 2. Student centered learning: It facilitates students engagement during class by designing hands on activities that help students construct their own meaning of the new concept taught in class. Here students socially interact with their teachers and peers through discussions. 3. Extrinsic and Intrinsic Motivation to meet five basic needs - survival, belonging, power, freedom and fun for the young adolescents. 4. Student-led parent teacher conference: Students take ownership of their learning and they are able to reflect on what they have learned, accomplished or have yet to accomplish. Self regulation is inculcated in their personalities. 5. Teacher student relationships: A strong, healthy and understanding relationship is developed between a teacher and a student to positively motivate students. 6. Visuals and Labs: Use of visuals such as Smart boards in the class rooms, well structured activities and research based programmes help in developing concepts and applications in various subjects, including English, Hindi, Mathematics, Science, Soc. Science, Sanskrit and Computer. 7. Other strategies: Case studies reflecting real life experiences as a part of Personality Development projects, field trips, parents as guest speakers, peer tutoring, Role play or skits are some of other effective teaching methodologies used in our school. Games and hobbies are also given emphasis to encourage exploration of values, foster imagination and develop physical and athletic skills. We follow the CBSE (CCE) pattern at middle school level to meet learning objectives, such as :- to develop cognitive, psychomotor and effective skills to emphasize thought process and reduce emphasis on memorization. to make evaluation an integral part of the teaching learning process. to use evaluation for improving students' achievements and teaching-learning strategies on the basis of regular diagnosis followed by remedial instruction. We ensure such Formative Assessment tasks are given which involve collaboration, discussion and reflection. Speaking and learning skills, presentation skills and practical skills and all the co-scholastic areas are assessed formatively.Grades IX & X All the teachers at Shree Balaji Academy, aim primarily to help the learner with systematic learning and development. Technology plays an important role in enhancing the learning system. The crucial factor in the teaching process is the quality of the lesson given by the teacher. Teachers use various types of modern teaching aids to connect with students, along with interactive and creative class room teaching. Our classes are equipped with modern teaching aids such as Interactive White boards, Visualisers, response system, projectors and educational software. Academics: Our learning methodology extends beyond prescribed text books where students are encouraged to study complex topics based on experiential learning. The school follows modular scheduling to educate the pupils. The school works for five days a week. The major emphasis of CCE at the class IX, X level is on continuous growth of students, ensuring their intellectual, emotional, physical, cultural and social development. The CCE pattern has been ingrained effectively with justified and equal importance being given to scholastic and non-scholastic areas in academics. Formative Assessments carry 40% weightage, while Summative Assessments are graded for 60% in the entire academic year. The students are exposed to various interesting Formative Assessments like Role Plays, Brochure making, Magazine designing, Powerpoint presentation, Surveys, Model making, Quiz etc. The Summative Assessments comprise of pen and paper tests where practical and application based tests are designed. School Activities: Sports: Sports are compulsorry at the school. A lush green cricket field, tennis court, basket ball ground, swimming pool, horse riding field, volley ball court, table tennis rooms, taekwondo, badminton court are available for grooming the future players of the country. Clubs: Extracurricular activities are an essential element of school life. Magazines are published in English. School pupils compile and integrate matter and are given the opportunity to enhance their creativity. Activity clubs, wherein children participate eagerly and perform social and public awareness programmes. Music, Art and Dance (M.A.D.) provide avenues for the blooming of artistic talent. Every child who has the interest and urge to excel is given ample opportunity and chance to explore and enhance his/her potential. Competitions: are designed to fulfil the unique ability found in every child. We have not only sports activities for all age groups but also a variety of commpetitions like Role plays, Extempore, What's the Good word, Fun with Science, Dance, Music (Vocal), Maths quiz, English skit, Hindi Speech, English Debate, G K Quiz, School magazine cover designing, Code Warriors (Information Technology), to name a few.Grades XI & XIIEducation imparted at Shree Balaji Academy Bedia integrates information teaching and nurturing creative and independent thinking. The teaching methodology is learner centred, nurturing academic excellence and Multi – Intelligence. Teaching method includes explaining, demonstrating, collaborating which establish a personal connection between the student and the topic of study, through group projects and discussions. This inculcates and enhances team work, leadership skills and presentation abilities. Inquiry based learning which develops expirimental and analytical skills in a group situation wherein students brainstorm topics and learn in groups. Besides developing all the four skills – listening, speaking. reading and writing, methodologies are used to train children to be able to analyse, interpret and imbibe life skills.Great emphasis is laid on the development of communication skills and overall development of a child's personality. The course of studies are based on CBSE guidelines, At the +2 level, students have the option of three streams viz. Science (both PCM & PCB), Commerce and Humanities. Various combination of subjects are offered so that students can pursue their desired course of study Equal importance and assistance is given to prepare students for the prescribed CBSE syllabus as well as preparing students for various competitive exams. Facilities: Helpline classes and mentor's guidance are provided to assist students in every possible manner. Students have access to the various laboratories and library resources, which are well equipped with modern tools & technology. Latest modes of teaching like smart classes and e-boards are used in each class room to make the learning process interesting and to visualize concepts. Through the web, the teacher, learners and parents can communicate online any time. We at Shree Balaji Academy, adopt and implement all the guidelines introduced by CBSE at the Senior level. We also provide extra help to the children to make them familiar with all these changes by providing them practice study material. Project work, group discussions and a variety of activities relevant to Science and other subjects are planned to provide social understanding, spirit of enquiry and scientific approach. Children also enjoy executing ideas in a group. Ample opportunities are provided for self expression in the form of music, dance and fine arts. At Shree Balaji Academy we provide various sports activities like skating. Swimming Table Tennis, Cricket etc. It helps the child grow stronger and healthier both mentally & physically. It also assists in building team spirit, self-confidence, cooperation, communication skills & sportsman spirit.