Sunday, June 30, 2019
Friday, June 28, 2019
The kids come from different backgrounds. What does English mean to them? As a teacher, what's my objective? Do I have to cater to their immediate needs in the language or work on the basics that they gotta work on no matter what? Basics. Am I assuming that I'll be stopped or Effective communication is needed with the team to work on what's needed rather than what's expected.
Talking about the community, being a teacher, gives us the task of thinking of students beyond the classroom. As a school teacher, it's very important to analyze, how kids are outside the classes, premises. Not to be vigilant but, to understand and educate them in an effective way.
I'm visiting classes 4,5,6 and didn't have good communication beyond the subject. I do not know how to break the ice and win their trust. If they trust me enough to learn from me, they're gonna put their effort from their side. It's important to win their trust.
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Monday, June 24, 2019
Sunday, June 23, 2019
Saturday, June 22, 2019
"We do not need a lot of things yet we're tempted to acquire them. Thanks to consumerism."
"Hyderabad," I said and he spoke a lot in Gujarati.
I couldn't understand a word. These days, most languages are bilingual. English is mixed in some way or the other but, this old man spoke a lot of Gujarati which I couldn't understand at all.
He's a farmer and handles dairy farming as a side business.
"Yes," I said.
And Ahmedabad being the capital, I couldn't stop asking, how is it in Ahmedabad. And the story got started.
It's everywhere. The political discussions have never changed. Be it in newsrooms, friend's banter it's always who. God bless people who talk on 'what needs to be done.'
In this world, how funny are we?? We grow up doing things we're not sure of. We do because people have done it before and we do not reflect on our wishes, wants, and be in the cycle making it a loop. While on the other side, the underprivileged try to realize their dreams, wishes but do not have the courage to dream because of their economic resources and tries to dream of what they see around. They want to get into the place where the clueless' lives
Grass is greener on the other side. Corporate Computer engineer gets the respect that's hard to get through a teaching job. Teachers think Engineers do a great job because they're creators. Engineers on the other end in a whole different situation which others can't think do the monotonous job thinking other jobs are pretty cool. With their lackluster knowledge of a few routines and real objective of the work, they do not get involved in work and does it without much attachment. I'm not speaking for everyone.
Everyone feels they're experts in the field enough to criticize their own field and appreciate the other field which they've to know the idea of. A few basic things they want to see. Fat paycheck. Little order they've set in and everyone thinks they got a class.
When does one start loving their work and stop comparing it to the delusional things of the other field.
Really? You do not really know. What goes into it?
Half of us are clueless with half of the clarity.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
"Why?" I asked him.
He said the story that, he doesn't get time to play.
He studies in 6th standard and goes to school at 7.30 am and returns at 7.30 pm.
They run the schools stating their focus on a particular kind of education. They tell what they'll be working on, IIT Foundation!!
In the urban scenario, engineering has become a state of privileged and a promise to the future. With such hullabaloo, there are a series of common schools who try to imitate the elite schools trying to cater to what's society is asking for.
Society never asked for IIT. All they asked for a promise in the future and with the free market economy and elite school's methods, there's a trend everywhere where holistic education is never encouraged. Such a society would only bring out the crowd who can't be a problem solvers for the current problems in society.
In Krishna Kumar's, "What's worth Teaching?" He talks of this elite and common school practices. This was written in 1992. Wonder what would be his comment seeing such practices in schools.
Monday, June 17, 2019
Friday, June 14, 2019
It's funny, I decided I'll write book when I was in campus Placement Training, being trained to get a job. The trainer triggered all the thoughts I had into actions.
"I teach you some math, some english. Since you already are in big colleges, not an issue. Teach you to lie( present yourself better) and hoorah, you'd end up in job.
But, is this really you want?
Do you really reached out to get a job or anything else?
That question was left to the crowd. I slept on the question. Evening, I decided I'm not gonna attend the training, since Job is not really I want.
What else do I do? If only I had answer for it, I'd have never been in that training. I did what clueless people did. Tried to be lazy.
To be lazy, need to go to home. And I went home.
Got the inspiration from the worse. As I saw a crappy writing being published, I thought even I can publish. There began my journey. Thanks to that mediocre writing, who made me believe in my writing.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
It's true that technology is always perceived as the replacement to the teacher. Teacher never took it as an aid rather than organising the session.
Monday, June 10, 2019
Government schools’ enrolment drive gathers pace in Karimnagar: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/telangana/government-schools-enrolment-drive-gathers-pace-in-karimnagar/article27716185.ece
Elected representatives taking the ownership and walking the talk will definitely inspire others as well to enroll their children in the Government schools.
Thursday, June 6, 2019
We hosted a children's camp at Kalandri Library inviting the children to engage in few activities. We had a drawing session for kids under age 6 and above 12.
I gave out the circle games to the elders and youngest to color the circles. Young girls and boys didn't want to sit together. They were shy. On being asked why they don't like to sit with boys," this boy swears a lot and says a lot of words," said all the girls. The other boys didn't have any issue to sit but, due to one boy, there was a lot of disturbance. Didn't want to exclude the boy by the complaints. I asked them to form a circle.
Once the kids began drawing, they showed great interest in the activity. They finished it pretty much fast.
I looked at the drawings and I got reminded of the drawing that I learned as a kid in the 5th class. Darken the paper and create an image by an eraser.
Watching kids reminded me of how mischievous I was. I can always see myself in a few kids. There was this kid Chiraag who was in the 1st class. He enjoyed having fun with his brother. He followed whatever his brother did. And there was another kid Girish who was quite playful. Wanted to play around in his own world.
There was another girl, Pooja who was quite mischievous and had the charm. Looking at these kids, I got reminded of my childhood which was full of energy, warmth, and loads of fun. Even Kushal reminds me of me. I used to talk a lot. I was never told to stop talking. And that gave me boldness. And I remember giving tongue in cheek answers to adults. I thank my parents for not being in awe of my energy or embarrassed of my energy. They just let me be myself.
Thanks, kids for reminding me of my childhood.
Few minutes passed after we opened the LRC in the morning, we had kids who were quite enthusiastic to enter and play with us. Start of the day and we were ambiguous if we can host them or arrange for the day.
Kids keep humming, "Paaniyonki Gaadiyo." It's heartening to see them enjoying the day. Few kids walked in, excited to play. We gave out the India map and list of few places to spot them. They had a good time.
While they left for lunch, we began our arrangements and plans.
Kids walked in at 4pm and took out the books, reading whatever they're pleased with. After informal conversations, talking to the children who visited for the first day. After due attendance, we gathered and started with the Balgeet "Aaha Tomatar..." hosted by Mukesh. We took a feedback session on their experiences for the two days. They remember the Balgeet quite well. They recalled all the things they've done. On being asked about the experience, "good." "had great fun." were the answers by most of the kids.
Kids were also enthusiastic to sing Paaniyonki.. Many students volunteered to sing in front of the crowd.
After gathering, we divided the kids into two groups. Group1- 1-5Class. Group2- 6,7,8.
This time, we had 66 kids. We had 24 kids alone in the group2.
We divided the group1 further into 4 groups. There was a discussion on Food, vegetables, sweets, fruits & utensils used in the home with all the groups. It was more of a conversation emphasizing on EVS perspective. There was a discussion on all these and the kids were also asked to draw all the shapes.
Another session was held giving out various 3d shapes. Kids were asked to think of the things that resemble the shapes given, cone, cuboid, cube, triangle & cylinder.
With the group-2, we organized math games and further acting on their interest played the game, Guess the song. Many showed their interest to sing and dance.
On the occasion of Eid, we played a screening of the movie, "Idgaah", a Doordarshan movie based on the story by Munshi Premchand.
It was a success to arrange them to sit in order. And also everyone enjoyed watching the movie, without making much disturbance. Further watching the movie, Mukesh had a discussion with children asking their opinions on the movie. It was a beautiful conversation to see them understanding what's been told in the movie. "Buy things according to the needs of a home rather than according to the personal interest" were the conclusion everyone came into after the conversation. Kids joined in univoice to do the same being altruistic.
We called it a day after the distribution of snacks. Looking forward to the next day.
A key feature of all types of exclusive or elite schools is their students live in a restricted universe. The elite school selects clientele out of the larger population, and thereby construct a narrow sphere within which its clientele must socialize. This practice alienates the school from its milieu. Wherever admission policy departs from the principle of neighbourhood school population ceases to represent the social reality around. This would be true anywhere in the world, but it is more sharply true in a society like ours where every milieu is economical heterogeneous. The wealthy Indian likes exclusiveness, and so does the middle class, but neither can manage without domestic servants and a whole range of other services. Since each mansion has a servant's quarter and a nearby slum, the out-of-school environment of an Indian child invariably consists of both riches and poverty. This applies just as well to villages as it does to cities.
This is why when a school closes its door o the poor, it ceases to be a part of the milieu
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Did I found out the solution? Nah. Come rain, snow or sunshine, children still make a lot of noise and fun. If not them, who else?
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Monday, June 3, 2019
Sunday, June 2, 2019
Based on true events, this mini-series shared how 11 allied nations formed an International Military Tribunal to try the criminals who have waged a war. Of all the 11 judges, few shared their dissented opinions away from the majority judgment. The way these people debate, discuss depicts the tension and the burden these people owned. The nations and the vested interest is shown in a great way. Justice Pal, a judge from India, initiated the thought provoking others to think.
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