Sunday, October 12, 2008

Learning from the learner group

"Teachers should encourage students and children to ask questions and develop the spirit of enquiry, so that they blossom into creative citizens.”
- Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Until a few years back, I found children annoying! Their constant need to talk, urge to ask questions, eagerness to know minuscule information put me off.

Nevertheless, today I think for hours on how creative one can get to make ‘Speak Out’ classes interactive, special, and memorable!

An unforgettable incident at one of our centres, Welfare Education Trust [Pallavaram] - One day as I was narrating Cinderella, Sudha from my class stopped me to ask "Akka, if the spell broke at midnight, why is her shoe still in good shape? That should have disappeared too!?!"

I was perplexed. Having read the story innumerable times, never have I given this a thought!!

Questions are no more maddening! They are enlightening!

Cross posted from the BHUMI, Chennai Blog