I found my mother’s handkerchief in my dresser today. It fragranced of her. It is the most heavenly perfume I have ever smelt and the only one I have truly loved for all my life.
The first time when I moved out of my parents house, I sensed that my clothes didn’t smell the same. I tried different clothes one after the other, washed them, ironed them and put on expensive fragrances, but I was missing “the scent“. I asked my mother which detergent did she use so that my clothes smell the exact same way as they used to…
Earlier this morning I decided to volunteer to help my mother in law in the kitchen by grating cauliflower and paneer (cottage cheese) while she was occupied doing something she loves. For a 28 year old like me, this is not a challenging task. Yet, she ensured that I do not hurt myself with the grater. She texted this to me from her session:
In a year of staying together as a family of four, we have understood a lot about each other. And, she has walked a lot faster in knowing me and making me feel ‘home’. There are…
How profound, Mario! Indeed. The ripple effect is so valid. I remember being told by one of my teachers that you just need to teach, love and care for only a child well. I wish Mrs. Darmanin well!
Darmanin’s research begins with the idea that “everything counts”; even small classroom actions have an impact on a global scale. A discourse of love can make all the difference in a child’s life, and that difference can reverber…
As I was scrolling through one of my social media feeds, I came across a video post by my schoolmate, Anna (name changed), about her kindergartner. The child was presenting a project of different seasons through a marvelously-built diorama. Through her well-rehearsed speech the kid, most likely 5 years old, went on and on for about 5–6 minutes. The kid, no doubt, was very expressive and could modulate her tone very well. The project was not something that a five-year-old would be able to make. And, the story ended with a message — work first then play. …
This is so heartwarming! Thank you for sharing such wonderful ideas and insights from your teaching experience. I am sure all of this would have meant the world to a lot of children who would experience these learnings in their life. I remember as a teacher I thought managing money, banking, growing plants, caring for animals, filling forms, paying bills, were basic but oh-so-essential. The list never ends. :)
Thank you for sharing this article with so much authenticity. It made me think deeper about "what are schools for?" or "why do schools exist?". These fundamental questions are often overlooked. Yes, we do have to teach math and science, and do that well. But there is so much more about life that could be taught via these lessons, through experiences and peer projects. I do not remember much of what was taught to me in school because I never understood the "why". I hope we ask more "why".
Hi Erica, thanks for breaking this down and talking about the importance of collaboration in improving school. I have also often experienced that admins focus on their tasks, teachers on theirs and parents peep in from time to time. There is immense power in the first two ideas. As they say, "it takes a village to raise a child."
Prolonged exposure to adverse experiences such as abuse, violence, neglect, etc. early in childhood can give rise to toxic stresses in an individual. These stresses have a negative impact on the individual’s neurological, behavioral, hormonal, and genetic makeup that can last for a lifetime. More exposure to adverse experiences in childhood has greater possibilities of developmental delays and health-related challenges. The pandemic has exacerbated these unwanted and unwarranted stresses, and, thus, it is imperative to take action to mitigate the effects.
It has been found that even under unfavorable conditions, supportive nurturing relationships with caregivers can prevent or treat the…
Thanks for sharing, Eric! You bring a lot of valuable insights to light, especially the ones that focus on transforming learning to make it equitable. The pandemic made the educational inequities visible, largely in developing nations, where learners did not have devices to learn from and, where the lack of preparedness made teachers simulate the exact "let me talk at you" experiences virtually. The power of collective is imperative and definitely a powerful tool in making learning exceptional, and more than that, accessible.
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