Generating Master Minds at AKS, G

10 March 2009

Whenever we incorporate teaching with some activities that include the element of learning with the flavor of excitement and thrill we achieve extra ordinary results.

Whenever we incorporate teaching with some activities that include the element of learning with the flavor of excitement and thrill we achieve extra ordinary results. Same was the scenario with the quiz show of Class IX in relation to their course outline of Pakistan Studies which took place on 26th February 2009 at the Library of Aga Khan School Garden.

The title of this computer based software was suggested as “Master Mind 2009” which provided an opportunity of participation for majority of class IX. The core purpose of organizing this event was to equip students with the skills of attempting multiple choice questions in a better and quicker way. Thus this program also gave students an opportunity to revise their curriculum which helped them in their later exams.

To propagate this idea we initiated a marketing team in each section of class IX, whose responsibility was to publicize the event through banners, posters and pamphlets. This created a lot of hype among students who actually wanted to attain the title tag of "Master Mind 2009", which was an honor for them.

One night before the program I received a phone call from a student’s parent at around 12:30 a.m. who asked me to convince his son to leave preparation of this quiz program and go to sleep. At this point I gladly concluded one thing that whatever be the result of tomorrow’s event, my half objective is achieved even before the proper execution of idea.

Starting with a point of satisfaction and having few technical issues we invited two sections at a time to participate. Students were selected on random basis through computer software balloting that curiously placed all of them on top of their toes. Here we should also thank few well wishers of the school who joined us to make this event successful and a life time memorable one.

At the end of the day we had an unexpected result as we witness a so-called "non participative student" being the master mind of our school. After that day I see some major modifications in his class behavior and level of confidence. I still apologize to all of my students who were not able to directly participate in this show due to strict time constraints.

To all of them I just say "Wait and see, some more unexpected stuff is yet to arrive!"

By Faheem Hussain