Wednesday, November 27, 2019
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Interesting story on how reading can help and survive the hardest times. I had my own experience of surrendering to the words and narratives, wading through the tough time.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
"Read the world through the word."
- Paul Fraire.
How do you read? Many expressions when kids said, "I don’t
know." was out of helplessness and out of guilty. I wanted to work on the confidence as well as, the reading skills. Thanks
to Ankush, co fellow for extensive documentation and immediate help, I gained
confidence in the way I was going.
Funnily, practicing the confidence, I taught the kids to say, I don’t know and it’s okay to not know things. My improper Hindi was tough to guess, but, I was okay speaking improper Hindi. I was making progress. Over the time, kids understood that they can be themselves and be okay about not knowing.
A few kids escaped for the sheer experience of boring learning. Kids always love to learn, it’s just that we do not know the ways of teaching. I found few kids who could learn in a way I was preparing to help them learn.
Fast forward 3 months, inconsistent practices, irregular classes, clashes of pedagogies and commitment to learning, kids are ready to learn and they gained confidence to learn.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
She heard that it's my birthday. She reached me and said, "Aapka Birthday hai na." Mai aapko card dhungo. She went and returned after few minutes. A torn paper with scribbling.
Her expressions and wishes were heartening. She took out the paper, she scribbled what she could and gave it out. Thanks alot Nanu.
|8th class wishes
|Thanks, Ravinder and Harshit.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Own's loss is a different loss to the kind of loss we have to see the loved one going through. Jai shared her thoughts, fears of losing Randy.
When a person is affected with cancer, his whole family is also affected. Jai and Randy consulted the psychologist to seek support during the tough phase. They were guided to deal with the children and how much they can share with the children about the disease.
Children understanding cancer would be tough. They were told everything but Jai shares her fears,
" The knowledge cannot shield us from the distress of telling our children that their father had cancer."
Talking about vulnerability, everyone goes through the phase of loss. Jai and Randy had their talk in selecting the coffins. The funeral wasn't for Randy but, for Jai.
Jai wrote, "Sometimes after the funeral, I realized how good it felt to have a good hard cry, to not be strong or have to worry about others. The funeral might have been the first time I felt such heart-wrenching emotions. It wouldn't be the last."
Jai's reflections for the hope are positive and supporting.
"I was learning not to look at today through the lens of yesterday which made the promise of tomorrow all the more magical."
I learned to respect each and every individual. Respecting the individuals for they're without a lens of hierarchy, and also to respect the work everyone does. Every one matters. To execute a task, you need everyone to support and help. I learned the role of teamwork and leadership.
Saturday, November 2, 2019
Azhar shared this collage that has taken me to a memory lane. A lot of journeys, conversations, silences, shayari, food and memories. Let me...
This is a Korean fairy tale. In this story, there are three brothers, of three the youngest seemed to be good and favorite of the father. ...
'Berry' is a short story written by Langston Hughes. It's a story of a black boy who gets to work as a helper at the disabled c...