MI Monday | Stars for Skills

Welcome to MI Monday I Week 8

Identifying students’ improvement areas, and providing them structured guidance can drastically accelerate their learning outcomes. However, it is often hard for teachers to keep track of individual children needs. Today’s micro-innovation suggests a way in which students progress can be tracked systematically to provide them personalised guidance in an on-going basis.

Problem statement

Sangeeta, a teacher in a government school in south Delhi,  found that she was finding it hard to keep track of which students had mastered which skills and that they were not as motivated as they could be to master all skills in class.

Micro-innovation description

Sangeeta has introduced a skill based ‘Star Chart’ into her class. Students are awarded a star whenever they exhibit any skill listed on the chart and children receiving the maximum number of stars are given an award at the end of each month.

Why interesting

This micro-innovation is interesting because it not only motivates students but also gives Sangeeta a clear visual reminder of which students still need to develop certain skills. She can refer to the chart during lessons when asking questions and supporting students one on one and can tailor support to students carefully.

Potential implementation challenges

To be genuinely useful, teachers will need to ensure they make full use of the chart in planning lessons and during class. This may require some training for teachers in differentiating questioning.

Impact so far (according to teacher)

Sangeeta has noticed that children are motivated by a desire to gain more stars and that they now try hard to exhibit the skills listed in the chart.

Download the implementation guide for ‘Stars for Skills‘. Try it out, and do share your experiences and challenges in implementing this idea in your classrooms.

STIR Education

STIR Education

STIR is a UK based charity working in developing countries ( India and Africa) to improve quality of school education by working with teachers in the poorest schools in the region.

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