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. Let’s reimagine education together!

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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-

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 -

The discussion consists of selecting students and narrowing down the list to two students which might make you uncomfortable but keep in mind that this is the part where the most learning will emerge. Towards the end, the group will spend time discussing the commonalities between the top 2 students and how they can take these learnings back and apply them in their work.

Be sure to put your learnings together and bring them back to your kids and educators.

Based on the evidence shared, what stakeholder practices/actions and ecosystem factors are standing out to you?

2. Create your own Learning Loop!

The entire process is a fascinating experience and a great opportunity for you to learn more about your students and document their stories.

Identify the students whose stories you’d want to capture.

Spend some time documenting their stories in the following ways-

Videos - We took video interviews of the student leader, their educator, peers, and parents. You ask them questions
on what inspires them, what they’d like to see in the education system, and about their life/project so far.

Student Portfolio - Ask the kids to put together different artefacts that would capture their journey:
Personal Vision, the change-making project they’ve taken up and an online psychometric test.

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 school level then, create a mix of students and educators from other classrooms. You would need a total of 15-25 kids and educators that are balanced in gender, caste, race and age.

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-

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 -

The discussion consists of selecting students and narrowing down the list to two students which might make you uncomfortable but keep in mind that this is the part where the most learning will emerge. Towards the end, the group will spend time discussing the commonalities between the top 2 students and how they can take these learnings back and apply them in their work.

Be sure to put your learnings together and bring them back to your kids and educators.

Do share your learnings and experience from the day with us!

 

Maya - The Find Your Light Journey

This resource uses literature and theatre to get children to embark on a journey to find their potential. The journey builds the values of courage, compassion and wisdom and how our kids can live by these values inside and outside of class.

The Find Your Light Package is a collection of lesson plans that can be implemented by an educator or student within a group during the opening or closing of the day.

Through this resource, all Kids will first engage more deeply with Princess Maya’s journey of finding her own potential and then embark on their own journey to find their potential.

Each lesson is structured in the same way - a Big Question to be explored, a link to the Maya Story, an objective, and a plan filled with sparks and activities which end with challenges and reflections to be completed after each lesson.


The end of the 10 lessons will culminate in a “performance task” that will capture each kids’ learning through the journey.


The kids should make a “My Light” book, adding pages after each lesson so that by the end they have a book of their individual journey to remember.


At the end of the 10 lessons, let the kids create their own “Story of Me” exhibition to present before the class.

Do share your journey to finding your light with us!

Learning Circles - Learn more about yourself & each other

 

A Learning Circle is a safe space where kids and educators can be who they are and say what they believe. Equally, it is a space where they can practice listening to what others say without judgment and value others for who they uniquely are. These safe spaces can look like honest conversations and circles of dialogue and listening. In this resource, we will deep dive into two types of these learning circles.

1. Classroom Learning Circles

After shifting schools, Shagun and her two friends, Radha and Sana, recognised the importance of safe spaces. They worked on conducting learning circles in their classroom, school, and community to explore the challenges that kids are facing in their daily lives and practice reflection to find solutions for these challenges.

How can you begin these learning circles?

Survey the kids in your class and find out if anyone needs a safe sharing space and what would make them feel safe.


Form Learning Circle groups with about 5 people (students/educators) in each group and schedule Learning Circle time
each week.


Establish within each group that the Learning Circle space will be facilitated by a member of the group, each week.


For every Learning Circle, one student from each group will pair up with a mentor. The mentor and the mentee will plan and rehearse the Learning Circle together, but it will finally be executed only by the student.


The topics and plans of the Learning Circles will be largely non-academic and instead will be based on social, emotionalor physical problems/ life experiences that they are facing/ have faced. Please use the plans here for the learning circles.


The Learning Circle can be conducted in any language depending on the comfort of the group.

2. Group Reflection and Feedback Circles

Teach For India Fellows Amalaya and Ravela practiced these circles with their students in order to build honest positive and constructive feedback that will help Kids and Educators to become a better version of themselves.

Here’s how you can build a safe space for sharing feedback and group reflection:

Form groups of Kids and Educators, trying to ensure that each group has a mix of personality types.


Start the session by having everyone share one thing about themselves that they are most proud of and one thing that they are hoping to get better at.


Reflect together as a class to come up with something the entire class is proud of and something the class can improve on as a team.


Ask each participant to think about what they will do individually to help the class get stronger as a whole.


Repeat the above activity and combine the reflections to come up with a class goal.


As these circles continue to take place, open each session by asking participants to give each other feedback. This feedback should be based on the progress they’ve made towards their goals and should be a mix of positive and constructive observations.


Repeat the structure of your first session, while also keeping track of progress that is made over the weeks.


As a class, celebrate the successes of individuals and the class, and continue to work on areas of improvement together.

Let us know what your experience was like!

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