Bhubaneswar: In June 2021, the CBSE Board announced introducing Storytelling as a pedagogical tool across its schools to transform a multicultural, diverse classroom into an inclusive classroom where students understand each other and appreciate and celebrate the diversity. Keeping in line with the vision of the CBSE Board, KiiT International School, adopted and introduced Storytelling as a pedagogical tool for its students. The teachers at the school have been undergoing extensive training for the past two and a half years with Storywallahs, a Bangalore-based storytelling training and coaching organization. Together, the teachers and experts from Storywallahs have built a bank of more than 100 stories to teach concepts in classrooms. The innovative pedagogical technique is being religiously followed till Grade 5.
Speaking on the unique initiative, Dr. Mona Lisa Bal, Chairperson, KiiT International School said, “We, at KiiT International School, have always strived to provide the best education to our students. In that quest, we embarked upon this journey of introducing this unique pedagogical tool for our students. This initiative was taken by our school long before it was spoken about in the New Education Policy 2020. Stories have become an integral pedagogical tool for our day-to-day teaching at KiiT International School. Teaching concepts of Language and Literature through stories is exhilarating. It not only engages the little minds but also allows them to imagine and visualize. Stories once told to children are remembered forever. Storytelling has aspects that work for all types of learners. Visual learners appreciate the mental pictures storytelling evokes. Auditory learners focus on the words and the storyteller’s voice and Kinesthetic learners remember the emotional connections and feelings from the story. The magic of storytelling has definitely shaped the children to be better listeners, be more expressive and open to learning even in this pandemic.”
The Storytelling method of teaching is valuable even for the children of the SEN (Special Education Need) department of KiiT International School. The tool is an effective way to enhance their language which helps the children to communicate. It also develops the listening skill, understanding of children. Children feel happy when they see the animated animals, superheroes, princess and try to act like them which enhance their imagination capacity.KiiT International School is focused on providing integrated education for its students. The purpose of this initiative taken to the school will ensure the students learn through the most efficient and newest teaching techniques. The institute is constantly setting new standards with its innovative pedagogy, attention to education for all, exposing their students towards various aspects so that they can create a difference not only in their lives but also in the society they live in and contribute towards the progress of the country.
About KiiT International School:
The KIIT family of educational institutions exemplify centres of holistic education in a complete, stimulating, nurturing environment that helps each young mind learn and grow. With its motto of ‘Selfless service endless learning’, KiiT International School is a proud member of this educational conglomerate. It strives to take care that each individual under its aegis shall go on to become an international citizen: not in tongue or mannerisms but spirit, to become people of good character and humanity. They endorse & execute inclusive education and have a collaboration with Autism Society West Bengal. They have a set of trained teachers who are on guard round the clock for these students. Specially enabled students are given equal opportunities as the rest of the students. They have also adopted a village, Shyamsunderpur, which is 20kms away from our school. Within a span of 8 years, KiiT International School has taken rapid steps to grow slowly to become one of the most reputed and simply put the best school in Odisha.