Interaction with learners

Harvard professor tells teachers at ‘The Academy School’ how they can lead the way in bringing out the best in students

Harvard professor tells teachers at ‘The Academy School’ how they can lead the way in bringing out the best in students

Pune, Feb 26 (UNI): The Academy School (TAS), Pune, has held an interactive program on its campus, inviting Professor of Cultural Agent Initiative (CAI) at Harvard University, to guide teachers on how they can lead the way to bring out the best in students. CAI Director Professor Doris Sommer during her interactive tour also shed light on how students can feel that education is not about learning as a student but about remaining joyful learners for life. . Sommer explained the importance of a circular seating arrangement in a classroom through which even the most reluctant and introverted students can be encouraged to express their hearts in the classroom. She also emphasized the importance of addressing the many questions that can arise in a student’s mind and how can they express them in those many words. “Being truly ‘seen and heard’ in the classroom and doing the same for others is an important way to learn to respect others. This is essential in grooming a student into a good human being. In this regard, teachers can play a huge role,” Sommer said. Grade 6 and 7 students as well as teachers from all departments of TAS, which is one of the first schools to adopt the NEP model and follows Finnish education pedagogy, attended Sommer’s briefing and listened with special attention. With a Ph.D. from Rutgers University, her scholarly and outreach work promotes development through the arts and humanities, particularly through “pre-texts.” Pre-Texts is an arts-based training program for teachers of literacy, critical thinking, and citizenship. Its main objective is to employ careful reading and critical thinking skills in making art (visual, performance, literary, etc.) based on stimulating texts. Pre-Texts facilitators note outstanding learning outcomes, unique ways to assess students, and time-saving strategies for preparing lessons and achieving goals. TAS also aims to look beyond rote cultivation and focus on the overall development of a student. “Prof. Doris, through an interactive session, demonstrated the nuances and exact form of pretexts that serve as a compelling teaching tool to instill paradigms of democratic governance within the classroom, promote student voice and create avenues for an art-based learning journey. As a versatile tool, pre-texts can promote the sustenance and preservation of various forms of the arts, and that in itself is very powerful,” said Saroj M. Raman, Director, CAS UNI SPJM 2311