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Reaping benefits of school-based students’ learning fair: Jaipur’s school organizes Shaikshik Mela
Dr. Lalit Kishore | 07 Mar 2014

Adarsh Balika Vidya Mandir, located in Jai Jawan Colony of Jaipur, is organizing a two-day Shaikshik Mela, which was inaugurated on March 7.

“Student organized and managed learning fairs not only help the schools in creating hands-on teaching-learning material but also provide an opportunity to students to demonstrate their learning in front of the visitors,” said Kishore while declaring the fair open.

In the educational fair, a large number of student-made interactive materials and performing tasks were displayed and the visitors were tested on various school level concepts in languages, science and mathematics. The vistors were given an evaluation slip with 17 skills to be graded by students on various learning skills.

According to the head teacher of the school, the fair not only made student to revisit their course material but also identify the interactive exhibits to demonstrate their learning and create simple performance tasks to test the visitors on their learning. The school devoted two hours daily for 15 days to create the material for the fair. Various rooms in the school were allotted to exhibits chosen from primary, middle and secondary levels of education.

“Such purely academic fairs not only unleash the creativity of students but also develop their confidence to articulate their learning of various subjects,” said the coordinator of the fair.  While creating learning material for the fair in the workshop mode, students learn a number of skills and prepare themselves purposefully for various tasks and responsibilities.

Indeed, learning and skills need to be designed to help students with a focus on the tools and methodologies to ensure your staff they flourish in today's demanding and complex social environment. A learning fair is an informal and intimate way of demonstrating the application of specific skills and knowledge related to educational tasks. The performance of students in preparing the products for the fair is indicative of their value of learning in the school. "Such fairs can also work as an assessment tool for students' potential and capacity for learning. The expectation from a learning fair is the serious preparation for performances of students' abilities beyond their behaviors in the formal classroom environment," said Kishore in his concluding remark.