Light in the darkness: My work at Involve

  “Akka, neenga en inaiku school ku varala? ”(Akka, why, didn’t you come to school today?) If there is even one day that Involve classes don’t happen in the school, this is what I hear in case I don’t turn up. And I get similar texts from our educators. It all started in August when…

A year of a Journey and our intangible bottomlines!

Just a few days back, I was looking at the very first presentation I made for Involve. It was the first time I had used PowerPoint for anything non-academic. Twenty-one slides and not a single picture. Hundreds of words trying very hard to mask the colorful background. Back then, I was not aware of the…

Moving in the right direction!

Parents’ response has been very important for us since day one. If we talk about the parents’ orientation which took place on the 14th of May where almost 80% of the parents attended the session. Initially, the parents did not have any idea about Involve or the concept of ‘peer learning’ which is our central notion. Later, most…

First day jitters!

Imagine the four-year old you going to the unfamiliar school for the very first time. Well, it turns out whether you are four or nineteen, going to an unfamiliar school still has you on your toes. And I am talking about the school which is going to be my workplace for the next few weeks….

Food, Electricity and a bit of Profit and Loss!

“Each step you take reveals a new horizon.” The student volunteers after being selected need to be mentored on how to teach. And for this, we had an Induction Workshop. The head teacher had arranged for three different teachers, each for the subjects of English, Mathematics and Science. They focused on the basics of teaching…

Patience is a virtue when it comes to giving Presentations!

“Difficulties are just things to overcome, after all.” Even if we interest the students, the real deal lies in convincing the parents to send their children for such a mode of learning. As such we acted on the need to conduct an orientation session for the parents of the learners as well as the parents…

Here where the students become teachers!

“Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work.” We knew our hard work has paid off with the response that we got. We then organised a volunteers’ selection process from which we expected to recruit 10-12 ‘student teachers’. The volunteers were not just chosen on the basis…

Involve beginning : The Solution

“A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.” What is so unique about Involve? Where is the innovation? Well, we believe that if we can motivate a child to learn and give him a purpose, that is the biggest innovation. That’s what…

Involve beginning: The Inspiration

“You cannot teach a person anything. You can only help him find it within himself.” So, while I was preparing for JEE , back in December 2013, our cook asked us if I could teach her 12-year-old boy who was in 5th standard in a government school. I asked her if he had any private…