Discussions, dialogue and debate have been recognized as important pedagogical tools in learning and yet it is seldom that they find any place in the classrooms especially with the learners at primary stages. We often considered them not wise enough to hold discussions related to real problems of the society and when we want to indulge them in such discussions, it is often too late. Learning through discussions, dialogues or debates i.e. through expression of their own ideas is much easier for them as it does not make them conscious or hesitant. It also allows an understanding of the critical aspects of an issue being discussed over or debated for. Such pedagogical tools have been found to be very effective in the teaching and learning of languages where it is imperative for the learners to be able to express themselves.
One of the broader objectives of language teaching and learning is indeed the development of critical thinking skills in learners which is only possible if opportunities are provided to the learners to share their ideas, views and opinions from the very initial stages. In this paper Abhishek is trying to teach rhymes and urging students to get involved in the class discussion. He is not only asking various questions pertaining to rhymes but also engaging students in a critical discussion of some other aspects which emerge in the discussion of the rhyme itself. He also invites his students to perform the rhyme using gestures. This diary discusses how learning through rhymes can develop children’s interest, trigger their senses to think critically as well as develop a stress free environment for learning.
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