2 Fellows with a 1 year commitment each
One Fellow for Standards 5 - 7
One Fellow for Standards 8 - 10
Need for project
The SHARDA Trust teaching approach is based on the advice of Mahatma Gandhi, “Teach for life, through life, and throughout life.” Effective teaching must tap into the student’s intuitive feel for the subject through its practical applications in the student’s life. The Trust has gained considerable experience with this teaching method over the past five years and the program is now poised for expansion.
SHARDA Trust seeks to create a repository of effective high-quality teaching resources based on the Trust’s approach of relating taught subjects to real-life situations of students. The basis behind the Gyanda mathematics program is to teach concepts by presenting them to students in the form of a case based on their parents’ livelihoods. In addition to increasing the repository of these cases, SHARDA Trust would like to explore developing teaching materials based on other aspects of the students’ lives.
Target community information
The target community consists of primary and secondary level students from fifth to tenth standard and their parents. The students, aged 10 to 16 years, are from very low socio-economic strata and study in the urban municipal schools of Ahmedabad. They live in slum communities and chawls (community-centric dwellings), in small densely populated houses. The parents are predominantly employed in the unorganized sector: trading products, providing low end services, or working as manual labour. In some cases, students also lend a hand in providing for the family, although this is not widespread. A majority of parents have either little or no formal education; hence, most students are first generation learners.
Responsibilities of Indicorps Fellow(s)
• Create a repository of teaching resources in mathematics for students of standards 5-7 and students of standard 8-10, based on SHARDA Trust’s teaching approach where concepts are elucidated through cases based on the real-life examples from the students’ lives, particularly the occupations of the parents.
• Train Instructors to effectively use proposed curriculum and resources created.
• Assess the effectiveness of the program’s materials and methodologies on student learning.
• Produce a teaching manual with illustrations to enable present and future Instructors to follow suggested curriculum.
• Finding convenient times and places to interact with parents to gain information about their occupation.
• Developing interesting teaching material based on parents’ occupation which will clarify mathematical concepts, maintain academic rigor, and ensure students’ participation by making it enjoyable.
• Enabling Instructors to utilize teaching materials to the fullest while providing them the flexibility to incorporate their own ideas.
• Balancing multiple demands of the project and creating a timeline for the activities outlined above in order to ensure effectiveness of the initiatives can be tested before full implementation.