It’s 8:15 AM on a Monday morning when the school bell rings and you usher in the students into the assembly hall. 15 minutes down you enter your class with the class register only to be greeted by your students with the familiar “We will get 100% in mathematics” or occasionally “13 ones are 13, 13 twos are 26…” After a summary of what will be discussed today, you move on to the instruction and 15 minutes later you ask five of your students, who you are coaching for the NTSE exam, to solve the worksheet given to them the day before. As the day goes by, you take a 15 minute break at 11:00 AM and then meet with your four-member math team for the cluster meeting. Having discussed the analysis of the weekly tests, the target for the next week and the plan of action for achieving the target you set to discuss with a team-member a solution to a problem they are facing in their classroom.

45 minutes later, you find yourself working on the teaching-plans and assessments for the next month. The bell rings and you hear the familiar noises of children signaling the beginning of the lunch break, since you head the teacher-participation-team you discuss the staff issues which need to be raised to the school management while you eat the lunch with the other staff members.

Two-and-half hours later, after the school ends you take an extra class and finally leave the school at 530 PM for home.

At 6pm, you check the emails sent to you, only to learn that you have been asked to give an inaugural address at an event two days later to welcome Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam to the Teach For India movement and you have received a confirmation to attend the mathematics conference at Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education.

After working on your speech for an hour-and-a-half and calling up and troubling all your friends who were good in elocution; you finally come up with the first draft of your speech. You meet your colleague for dinner at 8 pm to discuss the update on the community radio station project you are doing with her. You get-back home to work on your computer-based-test software that you have created for the school team to conduct weekly tests, while an email pops-up telling you that on Friday there is a leadership forum with Mr.Nachiket More (Head, ICICI foundation for Inclusive growth)!

Each day like this gives you an opportunity to learn, create and share with others. Occasionally you pay a visit to your students’ communities after school just to invest the parents in their child’s education or there are days when you attend focus groups on social entrepreneurship and at other times as a member of TFI’s funding team you travel to Mumbai just to have a dinner with the US counsel general and meet with other venture capitalists to invest them in the Teach For India movement.

And yes, on weekends you write a blog and have initiated a venture called TechPeeth where you share your teaching experiences with the entire world.

From bringing about a gradual-change in the way math is taught in school to creating standard operating procedures such as the student intervention team for helping the bottom 20% students in the school, you have done all you could and have endeavored to make a change.

Advertisements