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Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don't like.'" A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.

 

It is typical for a teacher to say, “Abhishek looks so confident, and he will make a good leader while Nazneen is so caring and she will be able to handle children well”. What is wrong with these observations? Well, nothing is inherently wrong but it leaves an impression on the children that can be extremely damaging. Do we ever say that a boy is so caring that he will be good with children? Gender stereotypes are perpetuated in every social institution and schools are no exceptions.

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I would like to present two scenarios that will hopefully lead the reader to the answer this question.

Have you often found yourself wondering how exactly to make a history lesson interesting and relevant to your students? Suggested in this update is a way to help children comprehend the basics of history by interacting with the elderly and learning through a process of analogy.

David Horsburgh, the foremost practioner of Activity Based Learning in India, in his book Thinking & Doing illustrates how it is possible to shift the agency into the hands of the learners, teacher becoming almost a redundant facilitator in the background.

Here is an annotated excerpt of 10 pages from that celebrated book.

How modern times imposes one way of learning and doing things on kids, thus taking away their natural, inborn creative instincts? This short award winning, critically acclaimed animation film, is a reflection of this bitter truth, the homogenous industrial way of education and living, which we blindly believe in.

Picture Stories by Radlov was first published in 1960, by Raduga Publishers of Moscow. This child friendly book contains Picture Stories, which are full of fun, mischief and surprises. These stories do not attempt to sermonise, preach or teach. They are sheer, unadulterated fun for children. 

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