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Monday, November 21, 2005

Learning is fun

How cultures educate? very interesting and lucid article.the first few lines actualyy caught my fancy....I imagined being transported to the wonderfull school at Reggio.A similar school I had read about was in Japan.The name of the book is Toto Chan.....the girl who wrote about her school and her principal.The setting was much earlier in the second war era.Situated in a similar idyllic surrounding as the Reggio Toto Chan's school was a place where children enjoyed themselves and also did some learning too.'This engaging series of childhood recollections tells about an ideal school in Tokyo during World War II that combined learning with fun, freedom, and love. This unusual school had old railroad carriages for classrooms, and it was run by an extraordinary man- its founder and headmaster, Sosaku Kobayashi- who was a firm believer in freedom of expression and activity.'...taken from eklavya.org
We have had similar experiments in India as well.Rabindranath Tagore wanted to have 'classrooms without rooms',where nature would be the best teacher.Thus he opened his dream school...Shantiniketan where students actually fidnot have any classrooms to begin with and where 'leaning was a joyful activity.

3 Comments:

  • waitng for the rest of it ,,,,,

    By Blogger a.v.koshy, at 11:56 PM  

  • Hi Parbhati,
    Nice reading. like to read more

    By Blogger Balakrishnan.V.P, at 2:44 AM  

  • Very interesting links, Parbati. You could expand ont hese ideas and extend to how you could bring them into your teaching. Just using parts of our garden on the peripheri of our building makes such a difference to lessons, but then we are so enslaved by the black board!!

    By Blogger Tara Kini, at 4:26 PM  

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