Presenting you my story!
As a fellow, my journey has been full of challenges, yet the one that I am going to cherish the most due to the gratification of overcoming challenges and being able to provide quality education to my kids. Since I was given a new class in my second year of fellowship, I had to really struggle in the first three months but the experience of the first year helped me deal with challenges in a more patient way and I could set the culture in the less than 3 months. Last 4 months have been full of joy and interesting outcomes which I am going to share with you.
In the past 7 months, kids have shown improvement in literacy and mathematics. They have shown great improvement in Speaking and Listening and a good 7 months of growth in Reading Comprehension in just 3 months time. Introduction to technology and arts helped me improve their grades across subjects. I realized that they learn faster if different learning styles are adopted, there are more activities and integration with arts so I try and deliver more contextual, creative and experiential content.
OUR MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS
We have set up a library entirely managed by children and our class is super organized and kids’ friendly. We could do this by discussing our problems in Leanin.org circles that we started within our classroom this year. We also have the world’s first JUNIOR circle in our class. [Lean In Circles are small groups who meet regularly to learn and grow together, and they’re changing lives.] One of the best achievements of ours this year was partnering with One World Classrooms and working on the project called ‘Borderless Art’ to facilitate art exchanges across the world and having interactive sessions with partner classrooms. We have extensive art workshops in every 15 days where we work on concepts like infinity, gravity, expressions etc and through our imagination paint our versions of the same. We recently practiced Blind Art. All the art that the kids create is printed on merchandise and presented at different showcases. We had the opportunity to travel to Ashoka University and kids could raise funds by selling of the beautiful work that they created. We also had our first showcase at TFI conference this year.
One of the biggest challenges was being a single school team member and lack of staff in general. Initially few fans in the class weren’t working then the principal wasn’t okay with external partnerships. I and my students collectively teamed up to solve these issues.
STORY OF IMPACT
We partnered with Health Set Go to have workshops around Sexual Abuse and had experts walking in all classroom of our school. We decided to impact a total of 5000 kids and hence we got sessions done in other TFI schools as well.