POGIL stands for Process Oriented Guided Inquiry which is an activity based strategy for teaching and learning. POGIL provides Student Centred Methodology and structure that is consistent with the way people learn and achieve. POGIL workshops were conducted in the school in a phased manner by Dr. Kelly Butler, Dr. Daniel Libby and Dr. Cliffton Kussmaul, American Professors teaching effectively Chemistry and Computer Science in Universities of the United States and using POGIL in their teaching. They are experts in this Pedagogy and were invited by Ms. Sandhya Kode, Managing Committee Member, Jubilee Hills Public School to help, teach, guide the teachers to implement POGIL in the school.
The main objective of POGIL is to help the students to master the discipline, content and develop essential learning skills simultaneously. This module explains the relationship between three primary components of POGIL: Cooperative Learning, Guided Inquiry, and Meta-cognition. It also offers advice on implementing POGIL in the classroom and provides evidence that POGIL instruction produces better understanding and higher grades compared to the conventional method of teaching.
The first phase was held on 24/7/2013. It was a two hour introductory workshop conducted by Ms. Sandhya Kode .The teachers were told the advantages of using of POGIL in the classroom. The second phase was conducted on 3rd August. It was a four hour session wherein the resource persons viz. Dr. Kelly Butler, Dr. Dan Libby and Dr. Cliffton, assisted by Ms. Sandhya Kode and Dr. Jyotsna Cherukuri from VNR Vignan Jyothi Institute of Engineering & Technology,(VNRVJIET) guided the teachers on the following components:
- How to motivate students to learn.
- How to use the Learning Cycle.
- Methodology to engage all the students in the class.
- The different roles that individuals play in the class during activities.
Furthermore, eight teachers went for a 3-day training programme at VNR Vignan Jyothi Engineering College. There they received personalised training to implement POGIL methodology in classroom teaching. The teachers were excited after understanding the process of POGIL and keen to implement it by means of teaching, learning and developing activities in the class room.