"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.