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Month: August 2015

Positive classroom culture

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Hasin and I are teaching Science to 20 kids in a mixed grade class. We were supposed to start the class in May but since the schools were closed because of the earthquake, we had to wait till June. The school had relocated into a smaller space and some kids had recently joined the school. In the first week, we conducted activities from “Nawa Marga: Post quake relief through education” and got to know the kids.

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Experimenting with classroom arrangements

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I had changed 5 schools during my school life. In terms of physical infrastructure, all schools were unique. Some had huge buildings and large playgrounds while some had small buildings with no playground. But all these schools had one thing in common: the classroom arrangements. All classrooms had desks and benches arranged in rows facing the teacher. I always chose to sit in last bench so that I could go unnoticed from teachers. And guess what? I was right. No teachers would notice me. Few weeks ago, we had a workshop by a very experienced Montessori teacher, Allison at our space. She started her session talking about the energy flow (interactions) of a traditional classroom. I will be comparing different classroom arrangements, I have experimented and its energy flow throughout this blog. Below is the image of a normal classroom. Read more

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Ideas that evaporate

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What is visual thinking?

According to wikipedia, Visual thinking, also called visual/spatial learning or picture thinking is the phenomenon of thinking through visual processing[1]For us it is simply a way to work, where we draw our idea, think out loud, make our thinking visible and make our point. Read more

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