Model worksheet created by one of the students!
At Teach For India, every Fellow goes through a leadership journey with the students, overcoming the challenges and contributing their best to the growth of the students.
One of our Fellow, Dinesh from the 2018 Cohort reflects on his experience over the past term with his students.
"The Fellowship has been the greatest experience I have ever had in my life. So far, I felt like I’m someone who took from the society. Now, I feel satisfied to give back to the society through this fellowship. I am able to see many changes in the students’ lives and I have lots of hope for their future.
The second term of this academic year is a great leap in my Fellowship journey. I feel satisfied with the growth in the academics, values and mindsets of the students. Last term, I realized one of the flaws that limited students learning -- students don’t have space to try their answer in written format. This term I have circulated all the students with worksheet for every chapter which will have questions from inside the chapter, questions behind every Chapter in the book and thinking questions related to the topics. Through this worksheet students got a space to try answering the questions through writing. They can try writing answers to question multiple times until it gets perfect as they use pencils for worksheets.
Because of the practice of using worksheets, 90% of the students scored ~10% marks higher than last term. Now students are able to read and comprehend the question, and write and then answer appropriately. I was able to witness the answers coming from the students are more specific with examples and clarity (when we have oral quiz).
Initially, the students were less aware of resources and the proper way of using the same. But after assigning them with responsibilities they are operating in a completely different way. The responsibilities for library and computer lab maintenance, completion and keeping the worksheet safe made them more accountable, responsible and cautious about the resources. Students began to stay back after school saying if I go home early, I would waste my time. They also started to teach their parents about the importance of resources and the urgent need of limiting the wastage.
The big idea I’m having for third term is preparing a workbook instead of a worksheet, at the same time upskilling the students to make their own workbook. For skill building, I tried piloting the worksheet making for few chapters in term two, 60% of the students were able to drew ideas from the previous worksheets and make a worksheet for any chapter by themselves.
Most exciting and memorable moment for me as a teacher is when the students with less academic score last term showed better result during this term end assessments. The reducing number of issues related to bullying and complaining about others’ actions has reduced because every student is occupied doing their worksheets.
The challenging moment for me this term is dealing with students who had learning disability. By continual effort they were able to score above 15%, which again is a milestone for me in this year."