Views and Reflections

While studying Social Sciences, students should be able to understand contemporary social issues as well as their experiences in the classroom and be able to link it all up with the subject. There is not just one way of evaluation. What is important to see is to what depth children have understood the topic and if they have been able to see its linkages to their daily life. If they are able to articulate their views in writing, related as they are to their experience, this would be fulfilling the objectives of education.

15th March 2013, Friday:

If real learning has to happen in children in the classroom, a good preparation on the part of the teacher is a must. We teachers need to know what kind of preparation is necessary. It’s always better to think ‘How does the child learn?’, rather than thinking ‘How to teach the child?’, because the child learns only when he is ready to learn by himself. There is no end to learning, education is a continuous process. While learning in school is one stage, adopting the same in life is another stage.

We have often seen that what we think happens the way we wanted it to happen but at times the results are much better than what we expected.

Satya started his professional life as a teacher at an age of 22 immediately after he completed his graduation. Today almost after more than 19 years when he looks back, a realization of how things unfolded gradually comes before his eyes helping him connect the dots. A careful analysis of how he has evolved as a teacher during this ardent journey is outlined below.

 

‘Mathematics Mela’ was an alien and unimaginable word to me before this was held in our school. Generally schools arrange science exhibition or science mela where children display things that take place in day to day life and are also connected with principles of science. These exhibits, or events, are presented from the point of view of science and children participate in it with a lot of enthusiasm. This was my only experience about melas.

Teaching social science in upper primary has its own uniqueness since learners can understand changes in human society through the community around us, by close observations at homes, through newspapers, media etc. A teacher also gets similar experiences from community.

Drama embodies this completely. When learning or using drama, it involves the logical and emotional parts of the individual. It is not just a skill to learn. It is a way of learning. Drama emphasizes on both physical and mental involvement. Often through activities like improvisation, role play and games drama creates situation in which these possibilities can be explored. It enables the child to get involved in the process, do, feel, live and many other things in a natural way. This process is the essence of the “learning by doing” methodology.

It was the end of the rainy season somewhere in month of September-2016 when I joined one of the biggest not -for- profit organisations in India, the Azim Premji Foundation. It gave a sharp turn to my life. The programme I joined, associateship programme, is mandated with the initial process to understand a government school through observations and facilitations of classes for a year as we needed to work with public school system, developing the teacher capacity more in terms of perspective along with content.

Namaste!

Dear parents,

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