During my 2 year long Teach For India fellowship, I designed and delivered 2
interesting courses. The first one was centered around "self" and the other
was to do with "technology". Like everything else at TFI, these courses took
root when I asked myself certain questions. These courses were my answers to
these questions. The "Big Goals" course was the one centered on self where I
tried to come up with a better question that "What do you want to be when you
I have often wondered why do we ask little kids what they want to be when they
grow up. Little kids keep changing their minds all the time - astronaut,
scientist, footballer, dancer, teacher etc. And older kids set them up for
disappointment if they fixate on one thing and aren't able to achieve it later
on in life - think IIT and MBA aspirants, competitive exams, pressure of
studies and in some cases even suicide.
When I was in school, I was never told the difference between a 'feature article' and a 'news story'. It's only today that I cared enough to understand the difference between the two.
The purpose of a 'news story' is to relay only the facts about a particular incident through a particular style of writing. An author may paraphrase some lines from interviews that s/he conducts with people without changing the meaning. It seems to me that the author must practice Epistemic Responsibility while writing such an article - suspending all personal opinions and judgement for the purpose of the story.
On the other hand, the purpose of a 'feature article' is to bring out the human experience from a particular angle chosen by the author. The author is free to forgo his/her epistemic responsibility. In fact, while reading a feature article, a reader expects to glean an insight via the author's point of view, his beliefs and judgement about the situation at…
Basic strategy for world domination is to be a good public speaker/effective trainer/manipulator so that you can invest others in your idea and create clones of yourselves to multiply your impact. Humans are wired (genetically evolved ) to seek out groups to belong to - safety in numbers.
I am a 2014 Teach For India fellow.I have tried to be objective here, but I am sure my biases against ponzi schemes and religion would have crept in (although I know that direct selling and ponzi are not the same thing)
ParameterTeach For IndiaDirect Selling (Amway, Tupperware, Oriflame)Impact parameterReach as many children as possibleConvert as many people (as customers and as representatives in the pyramid) as possibleAppeals toPerson's humanityPerson's greedKey playerFellowAmway Business OwnerBenefitsChildrenAmway Business OwnerLeadership development opportunity for key player?YesYesTraining methodologySeniors trains junior, specialists train juniorsSeniors train juniorsSupervisorProgra…
Arithmetic is easy every child gets it. Algebra is abstract and hard. Those kids who fail to surmount the mountain that is algebra will be left behind and end up doing what most of us now perceive as 'menial' jobs. (They are menial because they pay less and don't require higher order thinking skills)
So, all the math teachers of students in 7th grade and above, push your kids to work hard and practise practise practise until they get algebra right - integer operations, distributive property, exponents, division and factorization.
BECAUSE IF THESE KIDS ARE LEFT AT THE BASE OF MOUNT ALGEBRA, THEY WILL FLUNK IN 10TH AND END UP DOING MENIAL JOBS AND NEVER REALIZE THEIR POTENTIAL. TAKE IT PERSONALLY. RIGHT.NOW.
I think we are running after the wrong thing. In stead of striving for a life with fewer struggles, we need to strive for a life with more meaningful struggles, equip our selves to handle that struggle better - increase impact and efficiency of our efforts.
We must focus on increasing the quality of the the fight instead of tying to decrease the quantity of the fight.
The following blog post is a compilation of notes by Ridhi Agarwal, TeachForIndia Pune Fellow 2014 Mr. Kamal Mahendroo spoke about the
Hoshangabad Science Teaching Programme, which is under Eklavya <http://www.eklavya.in/>
The three pillars of the HSTP were: Development of Scientific Temper. (Scientific temper is the implementation of scientific method in every problem in our life.)The modern times need technical and scientific literacy.Science education is the foundation of the technological or scientific development of the society.
Some thoughts and questions he posed in front of the group were as follows: How do we build scientific temper?What are you teaching them and what is being assessed in science assessments?Joy of learning vs Joy in learning. This was to stress upon doing activities and experiments for entertainment and engagement during lessons as opposed to doing activities and experiments to attain deeper learning and work on deeper development of every kid.Lastly, he …