Soft Skills are an Education too

kids-909715In the past couple of days, two people referred to the practice of social promotion, or age-based promotion, as a less-than-ideal practice. As a teacher I have mostly advocated for my students to be advanced to the next grade.

A commonly cited reason for holding students back is that they haven’t mastered the academic material. “How does a student reach 6th without knowing multiplication tables?” Continue reading

Education for all?

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The key to successful inclusive education is teacher training. Teaching to a heterogeneous classroom is a skill that has to be taught in teacher training programmes, writes Padma Shastry.

When the word ‘sarva’ was included in the name of the governmental organisation ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’, a certain high and ambitious ideal was defined for India’s future. How well is it being realised?

It is early days, for sure, but are we on our way to achieving it? Or are personal prejudices, inadequate training, and policies undermining that high ideal? Continue reading

Accommodations and Modifications

Why do we get all hung up about trivial stuff? Does it really matter how fast a child writes, especially in this digital age of typing? The purpose of writing is communication. Is writing speed or legibility a barrier to effective communication? Should lack of motor control be a barrier to Science education? Can’t a child in a wheelchair get a Science education? Will our education system stop the development of our own future Stephen Hawking? Continue reading

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Our Workshop In Chamarajanagar

Last week, I joined with Mobility India to give a Kannada-language workshop to government school teachers in Chamarajanagar, near Mysore.

Mobility India runs after-school support classes for struggling students and students with disabilities. Over the last few months, I’ve been to Chamarajanagar twice for sessions with after-school volunteers. These volunteers are dedicated, curious and eager to understand the problems of students. Each time has been an eye-opening experience for me when they told me about the practical problems of working with students with developmental or learning disabilities in their jobs. It’s commendable that they are so involved with their students and care so deeply.  Continue reading

Welcome to Our New Website!

LogoMakr (30)Samam Vidya is excited to announce the launch of our new website here at SamamVidya.com. We have tried to make it as helpful as possible for parents and teachers interested in learning more about inclusive education, learning disorders, and other disabilities. The new website is colorful, interesting and user-friendly. Everything you wish to know about what we do here at Samam Vidya can be found at your fingertips.

Our services are available here, and your frequently asked questions have been answered here. We will be updating our website’s blog regularly, so stay tuned for any news and events that we post! We also have a resources page, with a book list, video links and teacher resources.

With your help, we look forward to continuing to expand our services. Thank you for your support and interest, and we hope that this new website is of great use to you.