Behavior as a Communication Tool

What are students trying to tell us with their behaviors? There is a reason children do what they do, and behave as they do. Join us to understand the purpose of behavior, modification of behavior, and creation of a behavior plan, among other  topics.

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

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

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.