Closing Thoughts

I have personally learned a lot from my time here this summer, and I am very grateful for the opportunity. I’m going to miss everyone I’ve gotten close to over the past one month dearly, despite the fact that many of us exchanged contact details. Spending my time at Asha and Nehrunagar was very humbling,…

19 July 2016: Day Twenty Four

Today was the last day at Asha. I spent the entire day sitting and chatting with all the students, teachers, and staff members. We exchanged Whatsapp numbers and/or email addresses and we shared ideas and plans for the future. Dr. Smita brought some samosas with her as well, and we all had a wonderful time….

18 July 2016: Day Twenty Three

I got the opportunity to visit the slums and jhopad pattis of Kanjurmarg today. Divya Didi was visiting the homes of her students to have a chat with the parents – this was something she regularly did, just so that she could build a stronger parent-teacher-student relationship. I tagged along with her, and we spent…

16 July 2016: Day Twenty Two

[Note: For the sake of time, the last three blog posts will only be short updates. All the raw data is in the form of audio recordings, pictures, and handwritten notes.] Sameera Ma’am and I organized a workshop for the parents in the morning today. She was not expecting any parents to show up –…

15 July 2016: Day Twenty One

In the morning today, I helped Aditya prepare for an English spelling test he had in school. He had to know how to spell the words from the poem they had just completed in English. I gave him a quick test, and this is what he wrote. (I’ve written the original words beside his responses.)…

14 July 2016: Day Twenty

In the morning, the students of class 8 got to spend some time on the computers learning the Logo language. They were taught to use the 4 basic commands (forward, back, left, and right) and were guided to make a simple square. Very soon, they were making houses and other things. It was fun to…

13 July 2016: Day Nineteen

I was initially supposed to go to TFI today, but Dhiraj told me that he would work on making the cardboard projector in the morning – so I came to Asha instead. In the morning, the students of class 6 and 7 had a computer literacy class, where they got to sit on individual machines,…

12 July 2016: Day Eighteen

  In the morning today, I sat in Dr Smita’s class. She had not gone to the clinic today and was instead teaching a class. There were 17 students (8 girls and 9 boys) and they came from classes 6 through 8. Dr Smita was talking to them about water pollution, water recycling and some…

Lesson Plan: 11 July 2016 – 20 July 2016

[This draft was prepared by Rekha Ma’am and myself.] [There were more field trips in the General Knowledge (GK) class that were done last week, and these will be documented soon.]

11 July 2016: Day Seventeen

In the morning today, I visited Dr Smita and Sameera Ma’am in the clinic and had a conversation with them on why students liked coming here, and also why they liked to come here too. Here’s what Dr Smita had to tell me.

9 July 2016: Day Sixteen

Today I went to Asha in the morning for a couple of hours and did this DIY-like workshop with three students to make our own Google Cardboard Viewer. I spent my time there working with Santosh (a first year college student and also ex-Asha student), Dhiraj (a grade 11 student) and Komal (a grade 9…