MY JOURNEY

After 34 years in the city, I can safely say that I am a Mumbai girl at heart, even though I was born in Delhi. I studied in a convent school and went on to graduate in English Literature from Sophia College. I wasn't sure then what I wanted to do in life, but I was absolutely clear that I wanted to start earning as soon as possible.

I enrolled myself in a Post Graduate course, but I knew that was only a stop gap arrangement. I started work at The Economic Times much before I could finish my PG Diploma in Advertising & Marketing. Working there, I discovered a new me.

I AM A TEACHER

THE INITIATION: THE KAMBRE EXPERIENCE
image The one thing I was most apprehensive about when I attended the first ever info session of IAAT was the 4 days out-of-town retreat before the course started. It wasn’t the course, it wasn’t what lay ahead for the next 10 months and it wasn’t the job placement the course guaranteed among other things. For me, making the decision to do the course was almost instantaneous. What took a hell lot of convincing was attending the retreat. I am turning 40 in 2019. As I near this landmark birthday (it is indeed a big one, at least for me) the idea of ‘hanging out’ with complete strangers for 4 full days and nights, didn’t exactly excite me.

THE AMERICAN SCHOOL OF BOMBAY EXPERIENCE
image I first walked into American School of Bombay (ASB) a couple of years ago in 2015. The attraction to the school’s learning spaces, the children and the educators made me look forward to the after school hours Mandarin classes every week. I first heard about IAAT at ASB itself. I had very briefly seen the ASB teachers interacting with the children. And whatever I saw, it impressed me a great deal. Just the thought of being mentored by ASB teachers in the same building 4 times a week, was an opportunity I didn’t want to miss. ASB in India over the past couple of decades has really built itself to be one of the top schools in the city.

LEARNING ABOUT EXPEDITIONS!
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There is a Chinese proverb that says, “Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand.” This is exactly the way we studied about expeditions or unit of inquiry (UOI) in our theory classes. Doing something from scratch, taught me of how to plan an entire expedition. I learnt about the different inquiry stages and purposes, understanding backward design and Bloom’s Taxonomy.

MY EDUCATION PHILOSOPHY

Ask people of my generation - those who attended school in the 80’s and the early 90’s, what they loved about school? You will hear they loved their friends or drama class or something. If in a school life of 15 years you only vaguely remember three teachers, that says something. It was a rare teacher who had the time to encourage or inspire you.

I was one among 84 kids in my grade. When I look back, I actually can’t blame my teachers for not nurturing me the right way.

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