There have been a few problems in one of the local schools with children being physically abused by one of the teachers. We hoped that a different style of teaching would involve the children more and decrease the likelihood of the teacher having to discipline the children and the situation might well improve.
With that in mind Darshika offered to take a class, demonstrating a different approach with more pupil involvement and interaction with teacher, with a view to helping staff forestall potential problems developing. Unfortunately, time was limited as Darshika was about to leave to teach abroad, but she managed to slip into school the week before leaving to observe a class and to do a little activity at the end to engage the children.
Schools have a set curriculum and with the large class sizes it can be hard to engage the children's attention, and retain their interest in the subjects taught.
Darshika takes a practical and fun approach to teaching and she managed to return to the school and give a demonstration of her methods.. Darshika arranged to do an afternoon of lessons to show the teachers possible ways to make the classes more engaging and hopefully more memorable and rewarding for the children. Of course it does require a bit more effort from the teachers in the preparation stage, but the idea is that it will make the lessons more fun for both children and teacher, which in turn will make it easier for the children to absorb and remember what has been taught. On the day, we arrived to find the students sat patiently waiting our arrival. Darshika introduced herself and started by re-arranging the formal seating, making a large space in the centre of the room and the seating arranged around the sides, facing inwards.
All the material used came from the text books the children had been reading, so we hoped that this would re-enforce the subject matter they had already read about. Several of the activities got the children out of their seats and searching for answers rather than constantly just listening to the teachers read from the text books. One activity had the children pairing up similar words and another having them process inputs and respond as quickly as possible using fly swatters, it all added a bit of fun to the lesson. It has to be said the class was animated, but the main aim was to show staff that there was other ways for children to gain knowledge than just reading line after line from books. The children and teachers loved the afternoon and we hope some of the ideas will be explored further. Darshika will return in the new school year to see how things are progressing and hopefully provide a few more ideas for the teachers.