Schools resorting to dance, music to get bored pupils interested in maths!

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London, Jan 15 (ANI): Brit schools are resorting to fun-filled ways such as drama, music and dance to get uninterested children involved in subjects like maths and science, according to Ofsted.

Teachers are abandoning traditional "chalk and talk" methods in favour of extravagant lessons designed to appeal to bored pupils, the watchdog suggested.

One of the schools staged a London Fashion Week-style event, where the students were taught about technology and science behind the clothing industry.

Another secondary school is using drums to highlight the relationship between numbers in a maths lesson.

Pupils were encouraged to work on a drumming routine to accompany the multiplication table, thereby improving their recall of numeric patterns.

A teacher told children to come up with a dance routine to help them understand chemical bonding in a science lesson.

Teachers have also staged a mock crime scene in the school gym to get children interested in forensic enquiry.

However, the new methods have sparked concerns that the academic content of lessons was being dumbed down to appeal to bored pupils.

"I'm worried about this idea that in order to make teaching interesting and to engage pupils you have to get down to their level. The point of school is to introduce children to new things and to challenge them," the Telegraph quoted Anastasia de Waal, head of education at the think-tank Civitas, as saying.

However, Patrick Leeson, Ofsted's director of education, said "creative approaches" to subjects made lessons more "relevant and engaging" for pupils.

The report warned that some teachers failed to promote more "creative" teaching because they doubted it would help pupils hit exam targets.

"Lack of confidence, most often linked to concerns about examination results but sometimes growing from insecure subject knowledge, led to a more didactic approach from a few teachers," Ofsted said. (ANI)

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