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Micro-learning strategy at primary school level: An interview
Vijay Prakash Jain, a primary teacher in a government school in Banswara, which is also tribal district, did an interview of Dr. Lalit Kishore, who is developing the micro-learning strategy for teaching students enrolled in small tribal schools of Rajasthan.

Vijay Prakash Jain: First of all, I would like to know what is micro-learning strategy that you are developing for small tribal schools?

Dr. Kishore: Micro-learning strategy pertains to learning through mini-lessons of 15-20 minutes presented by teacher that are followed by children doing worksheets on it making use of thinking tools and dual coding.

Jain: What kind of thinking tools are appropriate to be included in the worksheets?

Dr. Kishore: The thinking tools of visual discrimination, matching of codes, successive depiction, puzzles, sequencing, serialization, discrimination, comparison, pattern inferring, etc., should be used in the worksheets for engaging students with mental images and efforts.

Jain: It seems that you are trying to base the classroom instruction on cognitive psychology, why so?

Dr. Kishore: Once the curriculum gets prescribed and disciplinary approach gets into place, cognitive psychology, which stresses mental development of children is seemingly far better than the behavioristic psychology stressing rote learning and short term memory hitherto being used making children non-thinkers.

Jain: Does the micro-learning strategy have any link with continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE)? 

Dr. Kishore: The CCE is built into the micro-learning strategy through the accompanying worksheets or the learning material which chart the progress of children daily and provide space for corrective feedback, diagnostic testing, remedial teaching and pro-social skills through group learning.

Jain: Thank you Dr. Kishore for informing about your reform in classroom processes for the benefit of tribal children in small school in interior and remote places of Rajasthan.

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