Reimagining Your Classroom

Act now to reimagine education!


Imagine if every student leveraged their strengths, instead of only a few succeeding. Think about how you can support your teacher to ensure every student gets an excellent education!


Here’s how you can start! Below you will find stories, learnings and exact steps you can try out to achieve what
these kids and educators did. Click on the resource that you'd like to learn and get started.

Let’s reimagine education together!

 

Setting up Socio-Emotional Learning
How can Kids leverage their emotions?

Socio-Emotional Learning (SEL) develops essential life skills in children such as interpersonal skills, managing their own emotions, and understanding their role in their communities and the world. Bringing SEL into a classroom can create a culture of compassion and bring educators and students closer together. SEL can also build skills and mindsets that ensure children not only survive but also thrive across situations. It helps create a safe space that enables a positive learning environment.

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The SEL Track started in Pune, India over the summer as a team of 12 Teach For India Fellows and 2 Program Managers, came together to create awareness and resources to implement SEL in our classrooms. In light of the pandemic, they felt the urgency to build resilience and empathy in our children more than ever. Through researching around SEL, curating resources, and facilitating training sessions, they have been able to enable access to SEL for approximately 200 Fellows in the city of Pune. It has offered Fellows insight into how our children process their emotions and children a chance to express and understand themselves. 

 

How can you transform your classroom into a conscious community?

Fill out the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) for the Kids in your classroom. It is one of the most widely used tools to initially assess the area in which the child may be facing difficulties. This is a brief behavioral screening questionnaire for Kids ranging from the age of 3 to 16 years.

The tool has 20 items around emotional symptoms, conduct problems, hyperactivity/inattention, peer relationship problems, and pro-social behavior.

Score 0 if you feel the statement is not true, 1 if it is somewhat true, and 2 if it is certainly true.

Fill in scores for all.

Add the scores for all the statements and calculate the average.

If a student is close to the average, then it is unlikely they are clinically facing any issue.

If it is slightly high then it’s possible that the child is facing clinically significant problems.

If the student is high then it’s probable that the child is facing clinically significant problems.

If the student is very high then it’s likely that the child is facing clinically significant problems. 

Go over your results from the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire to understand the needs of your classroom. Then, choose the right objectives for your classes.

Each of these grade-specific SEL objects have the following -

Goals: The three SEL goals are broad statements consisting the knowledge and skills that are built through the SEL content.

Learning Standards: The ten SEL learning standards are specific statements of the knowledge and skills within a goal that students should know and be able to do. Standards are broader learning targets used to align curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Benchmarks: The benchmarks are learning targets that are more specific than standards. They specify the developmentally appropriate SEL knowledge and skills for each standard.

Performance Descriptors: The performance descriptors are the most specific learning targets that build upon the standards and benchmarks. They offer a list of learning targets that provide greater detail of the specific SEL knowledge, reasoning, and skills highlighted in the standards.

Using the right objectives and make your own plans for Socio-Emotional Learning!

Instead of the above objectives, do you want to plan a value-based session? You can build the values of empathy, self-esteem, self-awareness, collaboration, gratitude and mindfulness.

You can try the following with your kids to integrate SEL in your classroom.  

Here are more resources for you!

Have you tried bringing SEL to your classroom? How was your experience?

 

Shiv and the Microverse
How can you use visual storytelling to make learning fun?

'Shiv and the Microverse' is a comic book authored by KER Revolutionary, Arnav Chopra. It demystifies key concepts in Particle Physics using Manga. Shiv, a fifteen-year-old boy, journeys in the past with an omniscient Time Keeper to observe the greatest discoveries in particle physics and learn from the discoverers themselves. It aims to bring alive the magic in Physics to make it less scary and build interest in the subject.

Shiv and the Microverse was Arnav's solo project. He was thrilled when Prof. Raghavan Rangarajan, the Dean of the Undergraduate College at Ahmedabad University agreed to mentor him. He shared his comics with his teachers and they loved it so much that they began using it as a teaching tool. Arnav also worked in partnership with Kids Education Revolution that to amplify its impact by launching the book and conducting a masterclass around “Learning using visual storytelling” at InspirED 2020.

How can you use visual storytelling to make learning fun?

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Don't worry about your drawing skills. It is completely fine if you are not able to draw beautiful illustrations but the idea is to express and learn through art.

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Choose the type of art that you and your kids will enjoy. Selecting the type of art that you and your kids will be interested in will make it easier to learn from. It could be a comic, a picture book or a set of doodles!

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Learn the concepts inside out and think visually. Spend some time to research and understand the topics that you want to learn in depth. Then, think how they would look like in the form of a cartoon and how you could draw them!

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Create a relatable character. Think and imagine a character that you like, a person that you'd like to learn from.

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Make it organic and natural. Make the dialogue sound like how you or any normal person would talk. Imagine a friend talking and write down your thoughts.

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Change the language of the information and facts from the source. Learning is easier when you can say it in simple words.

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Insert some elements of humor. Feel free to crack some jokes between the characters and have fun with it! Remember, the idea is to make the learning interesting.

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If you don't want to draw a whole book, when you learn something difficult in class, you can try to draw it out with your pen and paper.

Have you learned using art? We would love to see it!

 

Learning Loop Discussion
How do you learn from students?

The KER Learning Loop, which was officially launched in August 2018, was conceptualized after recognizing the need to learn from students and their journeys. This resource will guide you in understanding how to learn from students and their journeys. Through this process, we hope you find the factors that foster student leadership.

Across India, there are students who are leading peer counseling sessions to deal with exam-related pressure and starting community centers to drive adult literacy. Deeply rooted in empathy and a belief in the transformative power of education, these students' projects are getting us to wonder - what are our kids doing to reimagine education? and what are the factors that have enabled these students to reimagine education?


Here is what we learned from our 2018 discussion -

How can you learn and listen from kids?

There are two ways you can engage with kids using this resource-

1. Conduct your own Learning Loop discussion in your classroom or school.

The following are a few kids whose stories we have documented -

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Go through the videos above and student portfolios and pick 6 or 7 profiles that you’d like to discuss.

Next, select a balanced group of students and educators that would be a part of the discussion.

If you are conducting this discussion at the classroom level then, make sure you are inviting other educators such as other teachers from the school to join the kids in your classroom.

If you are conducting this discussion at the classroom level then, make sure you are inviting other educators such as other teachers from the school to join the kids in your classroom.

Send the videos and portfolios to the selected group a minimum of 10 days prior to the discussion. Instruct the participants to place the students on a spectrum from 1 to 5 where 1 will be a student whose values we most aspire for and would want to learn more from. Make sure that you also share the following as prework for the participants to complete before the day of the discussion-

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Divide the participants into small groups of about 5 people each; these will be the groups they’re in for the entire discussion.

To conduct the discussion, you can refer to the following -