Early Childhood Education

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.

Remember, the lead child character in the film 'Taare Zameen Par' Ishan. He made a flipbook, the most basic form of animation.

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,

Rarely has a book so perfectly matched its title. The Gentle Man Who Taught Infinity by Sheshagiri KM Rao is one such and what a gentle read it was! Written as a tribute to the mathematics teacher who influenced his life, Sheshagiri Rao has managed to show us with his account just how far reaching a teacher’s influence can be and how this teacher did it, not commandingly or overtly or even intentionally but with his sheer love for the subject he taught and his innate respect for the students he taught.

On of the biggest challenges, a primary school teacher faces, is to help her student learn to read. This is difficult because reading is not an easy skill and ability to acquire. It is very different from the oral language which a child acquires so effortlessly in natural settings before she/he comes to school. There are many sub-skills and cognitive abilities interwoven in it. The important question is: What do we understand by reading? Generally teachers think that it is enough if the child is able to read aloud textbooks.

Adolescence is a time when one tries to understand things like health, development and rights and develops knowledge and skills. It is also a time when one learns to control emotions and maintain relationships in order to prepare for future life. The boys and girls of this age need proper guidance and emotional encouragement.

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