August 29, 2022

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JAINUS jacob: national award for innovative teaching

Jainus Jacob, Primary School,  Kendriya Vidyala, Puranattukara, Thrissur

She has always believed - and has been telling her students - that hard work will be rewarded one day or other.  And sure enough, her hard work in teaching primary school children in an innovative way has been recognized at the national level: Jainus Jacob primary school children at Kendriya Vidyala, Puranattukara, Thrissur, has been selected for the National Award to Teachers.

Jainus who teaches all subjects to primary school children once  noticed that pupils in standard 3 were not able to read Hindi fluently, though they were supposed to do so by that age.  Since they lacked opportunities to speak in the language, she made comic cards of Hindi sentences to make the reading and understanding easier for them. She drew all the pictures of comic cards either by hand or digitally.  Thus her innovations in teaching started.

This is not her first national-level recognition.  Earlier, in 2018, she had received the National ICT award from the then President for her innovative use of information and communication technology.

With this background in ICT-based teaching, Jainus and her students took to online classes during pandemic like fish to water.  Learning became more fun-filled games than stressful classroom listening for the students.

Her efforts were noticed in wider circles and she was selected for the Fullbright Distinguished Award for International Teachers in 2020.  Thus, she got a chance to interact with similar candidates from 16 countries.  She visited USA and learned about the educational system there.

She lives in Thrissur with her husband Sajan Jose, who has retired from Army after 30 years of service.  Their only son, Steve Joe is pursuing engineering.

With her educational qualifications, she could have opted to teach students of higher classes.  But she considers teaching little ones a more rewarding experience.



Gopika Varrier (text), The New Indian Express, August 27, 2022.  Mathrubhumi (photo)



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