The Need to Trust Students

*Geetha mam please report to the principal’s office immediately*

blared the intercom. Students! Rahul will monitor the class & take down the names of the noisy kids. A visible grin was noticed on the face of “the noisy kids” while other students wondered, *How cool it is to have so much authority, Geetha mam must be so proud of Rahul and*

*Rahul, on the other hand, tried his best to live up to his teacher’s trust.*

*It’s easy for a child to understand he’s the youngest in his society but that does not limit his hopes of being a responsible member in it.*

In “The Need to Trust Students,” we wanted to throw some light on the need to trust students, how to develop it, and the upshots of the former.

Decision making. A journey or a destination?

Can students make decisions on their own? How would they know what’s right or wrong? Why is decision making fuelled by Mistakes and how did making mistake changed Anagha’s Life?

Can collaborative learning improve learning outcomes of students?

Collaborative learning can be regarded as a process similar to ‘symbiosis’, speaking of which, I am reminded of a particular incident. Back when I was in the 11th standard, I was not particularly fond of Physics. No amount of encouragement or help from the part of my parents or teachers would help. I simply failed…

The Educational Lockdown

The lockdown should not be a lockdown of education. It can become conducive for the children if instead of just giving them books they are involved in real life more which can stimulate their learning.

The need for Student Ownership

The COVID-19 crisis is upon us and school education has taken a hit amidst all the things that it has affected. In this unprecedented time, over a billion students worldwide are unable to go to school or university, due to measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 (~300 million alone from India). Would this crisis be a good time to start trusting our students and develop feelings of ownership among them?

The Well-Wishers’ Dilemma

In a country like India, education is very important. However, a certain way of thinking is set in stone. This prevailing thought process paired with a considerable generation gap leads to a constant struggle between the parents/ teachers and their students/children. Nevertheless, due to the constant evolution and the availability of information, this generation gap…

The need for Social & Emotional well being

I have been quite fascinated by the age-old question “Why did such and such person do that?”. And the answer would most often be “Situations made him/her do that”. This grew more and more puzzling when I started with students of Grade 8. Within a matter of 7 hours, they undergo so many changes in…

Freeing the Mind through Mandala 

Jai Ganesh loved watching his mother draw rangolis. He would watch intently as she carefully drew out the outline with white powder and then filled it with streaks of colour. The finished rangolis remained etched in his young mind. Upon seeing that the daily task for the day was an exercise in drawing out a…

 Let’s Give Voice and Choice to Students

“25-26 and 27 votes for Kavya, that’s the highest so far”, said Tr. Sharon addressing the class. Kavya has been elected as the class counsellor of section 6 ‘B’ by acquiring the maximum number of votes. She will represent the class in the school committee, being the voice of her classmates. She looks forward to…

A Push with a Pull-ey

Little Sindhuja, watched intently as her sister, Dhivya, went about picking up pieces of paper and cardboard. “What is she up to now?”, she wondered. She continued to observe as Dhivya went about working her way with a pair of scissors and the cardboard. When she saw the model of a pulley gradually taking shape…

Caged birds? Let’s free them!

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Rani was a happy and lively eleven-year-old girl from a small district in rural Karnataka. She spent her days at the local school and her evenings playing with the other children in her neighbourhood. Simple as it was, her life was complete until Covid-19, quite like a villain…

Moving with the times

Necessity really is the mother of invention. The Covid-19 pandemic is the proof of our need to reimagine our fixed ways of thinking with the changing needs of times. If lockdowns and social distancing are not going anywhere, we need to devise new ways and means to co-exist with these restrictions. While schools all over…

The show must go on – A Fireside chat on Humanising Online Learning.

We are all collectively facing a pandemic threat. Many sectors including education are facing challenges during these unprecedented times. As per UNICEF 1.5 billion school going students have been affected due to this pandemic. Online learning is the only mode of communication and instruction that’s available right now and we need to adapt to the…

Power To Do Anything: Growth Mindset

  “It’s fine! You just don’t have the aptitude for English. You’re more of a science student.”  It’s simply not fine when children are told that they don’t have an “aptitude” for something, academic or otherwise. The younger the kids are, the more impressionable their minds tend to be. Such a child who will be…

Are initiatives taken by students valued more than compliance?

Experience is far a better teacher than the traditional teaching techniques. When students are encouraged to take up initiatives, it develops an essential skill to think for themselves and enables them to take necessary actions when needed.
That’s why it is right said that a stronger role in school determines a stronger and better grip on life in the later years.