A Look at Transformed Classrooms
As a group, the teachers at Heritage Vasant Kunj have done very well to take on the learning from our programme. They have all changed as teachers, one can see that they are responding to their learners more and creating lesson plans that are engaging, fun and challenging for the learners. Many of the teachers are now able to conduct exercises with confidence in their classrooms. They are also creating, adapting and innovating with the tools that they have learnt. It has been a joy to watch and observe this in their classrooms.
I witnessed the teachers using exercises in their classrooms after two years of being in contact with them through our programme. Here are some of the things that happened and that were definitely worth celebrating:
Grade four teacher, Sujata’s class on the solar system was intricately planned and executed. There was not a moment where her learners were bored or not engaged with what was happening.
Grade three teacher, Sonam has become the sort of teacher that can now make even the dullest and dry topics seem interesting because of her ability to weave stories and storytelling into her class.
Grade four teacher, Jaya has left me wishing I could go back to school and learn all over again because she is constantly thinking of songs, activities and ways of keeping her learners engaged.
Grade two teacher, Neha has changed drastically as a teacher and gone from a shy and unsure individual to a teacher confident of what she is doing with her learners.
In the pre-primary, Sneha and Nandita are no longer strict disciplinarians. They have found ways to manage their classrooms that don’t require them to raise their voices.
In grade one, Srishti began the programme by telling me that she hated drama and theatre and now she runs drama for learning activities with confidence and weaves them so well into her lesson plans.
Grade two teacher, Karishma has created a wonderful environment in her classroom where young learners respect each other and pay attention to each other through activities that require a lot of patience.
Each teacher has had such a wonderful journey. It seems unfair not to mention all of them, But that would mean this piece would be far too long.
After witnessing innovations, adaptations and ideas that have gone beyond what they have learnt in during the using drama for learning programme, I am confident that with continued use of this work, there will be a rippling effect into the school culture. You can already see the changes in classrooms with learners. Even special needs learners have found a more inclusive space because of these activities.
It has been a pleasure working at Heritage Vasant Kunj and I will always be grateful to all we have gained as a company by bringing this programme to the school before taking it anywhere else.