I gained a lot of inspirational learnings in SamaitShala. I got an idea of how a non-profit organization works. It helped me to understand the problems student face in their learning patterns.
It also helped me to understand how different learning methods contribute a lot to a child's' behavior.
It taught me how to work in a better way as a team and also the importance of effective communication with the leader.
During my time at SamaitShala, I was personally working with 5 children to work on their comprehension and reading skills. It was during the first few weeks I realized, that these kids had the drive to learn but simply needed someone to make them sit and guide them. It was then I realized that a teacher’s job is not to force a child to learn things, but simply sit by them as they try to learn by themselves.
Working with Samait Shala has been one of the most learning experiences during my fellowship journey. I came across certain aspects of education which I had never given thoughts to.
My most significant learning while volunteering with Samait Shala has been the skill of making inclusive assessments.
I wish Samait Shala grows, reaches its full potential and succeeds to make our education system completely
I am extremely grateful to Samait Shala for enhancing my skills and exposing me to a safe and valuable space where each member's opinion is valued equally. Though I wasn't into the very depth of the initiation of Samait Shala, I strongly felt that I am the part of the creation of Samait Shala. I can't thank Kushal enough to give me the professional and personal support that actually helped my learning and the learning of students I worked with.
Few things that I learned during my time at Samait Shala are:
a. Resourceful: I was exposed to many online and offline resources of teaching basic math, English and motor skills that I actually applied in my class. e.g fixed and growth mindset framework, how to use the calendar to teach math, seating arrangement techniques, leveled library in the classroom, learning from iPad, etc.
b. Knowledge- Knowledge about the different aspects need to take care during the beginning of the initial days of an organization along with the content knowledge.
c. Experiences- Every school visit, team meeting and personal check in was a learning experience. The places where I was struggling, Kushal modeled those strategies with children and thus I learned. I am not a tech savvy person but I learned to make lessons on iPad and actually implementing them in my classroom. My experiences at Samait Shala added positively to my Teach For India classroom as well as I became more equipped to identify the learning gaps and using the strategies accordingly to fill that gap.
d. Connecting with a child was easier- Yes it definitely happened as I learned to break down the gaps and to think from the student's lens. It ultimately increased my patience level too in my classroom. Also, I started feeling confident in my class because I was able to get it, getting the child's behavior and understanding the why behind it. I saw my success story, in a child’s transformation from an under-confident boy who didn't speak with eye contact to the boy who ran to me share his academic learning and kept calling me to his house.
And throughout my experience at Samait Shala, I felt that building structures for learning and then breaking down the steps of a long-term plan is the strength of Samait Shala.
Our team meeting used to look like brainstorming ideas together, learning from each other stories and delicious food of course. So the team culture helped to achieve goals also. I don't use the coffee mug that Kushal gave me so that I can keep it for the lifetime. I will be ready to support Samait Shala in my whole capacity whenever it is needed.
Ashmira Maniar Baji (Teacher of Grade 3)
Cooperative learning, Emphasizing time on task, Formative assessment, frequent CFUs. Teaching through concrete pictorial & abstract.
(Teacher of Grade 2)
Teaching English was a challenge for me and I had overcome that & developed confidence through Samaitshalas exposure. This was a good experience for me.
(Teacher of Grade 6)
We learned detailed unit plan along with activities and exercises per day with Samait Shala.