It has been 3 months into the Teach for India fellowship as a teacher for 39 third graders in a government school at Seegehalli, Bangalore. And my my, it has been nothing like I ever imaged it would be when I first applied for the fellowship; A roller coaster ride with constant ups and downs! starting from dealing with the moods of 39 kids, getting them to listen to me, trying to keep them entertained constantly because 30 seconds of nothing and they’re already bored, figuring out how to even teach, bribing the kids with star stickers and paper cut tokens to get them to follow class rules, the battle with co-teachers to get more teaching time, PTM that had 5 parents show up, successfully forming a Parents teachers association as a school team.
- Books (Story books, work books, text books and note books) : My kids barely have books to write in, let alone books to read. Sometimes I hesitate to ask them to open a fresh page to write in.
- Sports equipment : As a cycling enthusiast I remember how riding a bike made my childhood so much fun, it’s sad to know that my kids don’t even have a ball to play with and some of them want to become cricketers.
- Field trips : My classroom is themed as “The class of explorers”, because I want my kids to build curiosity to learn and grow, field trips are going to enhance they’re curiosity.
- Projector : Showing kids videos and pictures on a big screen makes they’re learning experience so much interesting and my lesson so much more effective.
- Printing : If you didn’t know, a major part of a teachers time is spent in the xorox shops and it is inevitable.
- Classroom supplies: Currently my kids sit on a soiled mat and get themselves dirty everyday by sitting on it. Along with a new mat we need to buy stationary and other things kids can use to learn
- To fix the flooring: The stone flooring has chipped off quite a lot and needs to be fixed very soon.
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