Teaching a Heterogenous Classroom – A Workshop in Chamarajanagar

On November 18, Samam Vidya revisited Chamarajanagar, outside Mysore, Karnataka for the second workshop in our series: showing them some ideas on how to teach a class that includes students with disabilities. We got to work with the same teachers as last time, when we taught them how to recognize learning and developmental disabilities in the classroom. It was a great group of teachers organized by Mobility India, and we enjoyed very much working with them.

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Teachers play a grammar game during the workshop.

We did a series of activities that teachers can employ in the classroom that can be used for students of all learning levels in the classroom. Teachers learned how to use the visualization technique to assess comprehension in students. They also learned how to use groups to maximize participation and learning. Teachers learned a few remedial as well as enrichment techniques. We also did an activity-based science lesson that involved station teaching. We also used grammar games to make the grammar lesson more fun. All the teachers we worked with were game for this and had so much fun with all the classroom activities!

Samam Vidya looks forward to working further with these teachers. If you and your school would like to have as much fun teaching kids as we do, please reach out to us at info@samamvidya.com or at 77600 21966 to schedule your workshop today!

 

Foundational Questions

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The first questions that are asked in any teacher training program — or should be — are, ‘What is the purpose of education? What is the mandate of schools? What do we expect that they will do for our children? And lastly, who is education for?’ Unless these questions are answered, the entire educational system will be an inequitable, rudderless ship, full of busy work for the achievers, and baby-sitting for the strugglers. Continue reading

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

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.