8 July 2016: Day Fifteen

There were ten students in total today morning, and only Sheetal Ma’am, and Satyam and Santosh (both student-employees). Sameera Ma’am did not come today, and Rekha Ma’am also was not going to come in in the afternoon. Santosh was teaching the 7th grade students and Sheetal Ma’am was teaching the 8th grade students. I spent…

7 July 2016: Day Fourteen

“Bhaiya, how are black holes made in the sky?” This was the first question I was asked by Nishant, a sixth grader with large round spectacles in the Nehru Nagar Public School. Since class had just resumed after the break, I told Nishant that we’ll talk about black holes in detail after the end of…

5 July 2016: Day Thirteen

In the morning today, I visited the Nehru Nagar Mumbai Municipal School, and I sat in Divya Ma’am’s grade six Math class. There were 25 students (11 girls, 14 boys) in the class, and everyone was sitting on the floor. Divya Ma’am mentioned that this classroom had its desks and chairs taken away over the…

The Village on Google Maps

Digvijay randomly came up to me today and showed me his home on Google Maps – which he had located just now, after searching for it for over a day. He told me that he entered keywords such as the nearest train station, bus stop, and even school, until he hit his place by looking…

The Toilet

Here’s a picture of the one toilet at the Asha center. I’ve noticed a few of the students (boys and girls) use it in the past, and someone also mentioned that it’s much better than the one they have at school.

4 July 2016: Day Twelve

I spent the entire day at Asha today as well – and for the first time, I carried the entire Expeditions kit with me there. That’s 12 Google Cardboard viewers and 12 Nexus 4 mobile phones. I spent one and a half hours during the break between the two batches charging the devices, setting up…

2 July 2016: Day Eleven

Today, I conducted a participatory design workshop for the teachers at Asha. A total of five teachers attended the workshop, and I have typed out the prompts I gave and responses they gave below, with pictures. (0) Initial exercise (icebreaker): Never Have I Ever, 5 fingers, go around and say what you have never done…

The Toy Bus

Saw this outside the Asha center. This is apparently a new initiative by L&T to collect used toys from homes.

1 July 2016: Day Ten

In the morning today, I played the lost on a deserted island game with 8 students – Ashwini, Kajal, Anil, Karan and Komal from class 8, and Aditya, Kusum and Anjali from class 7. I recorded the entire session [the audio transcript is 30 minutes long]. I first described the entire scene and game to them…

30 June 2016: Day Nine

Today morning, I traveled to Kanjurmarg East to visit Ms Divya Sakalle, a Teach for India fellow. We met at the Mumbai Municipal Nehrunagar School, a government school that served the students from the homes in the nearby areas. The entire school consisted of one two-story building and one courtyard. The periphery was fenced, and…

Reflection

I’m spending my summer with two schools in Mumbai – and it has been an absolutely wonderful experience so far! This is the monsoon season in Mumbai, and the city is looking as beautiful as it can ever be. There is a certain charm that exists in Mumbai, and I thoroughly enjoy immersing myself in…

29 June 2016: Day Eight

Because of the heavy rains today, only two children (Aditya and Kusum) from class 7 had come in. One of the teachers was absent as well. In the morning today, I spent around 30 minutes with Aditya and Kusum, and was chatting with them. Aditya was generally very loud, and spoke to me very confidently….