Aditi Mathur and Ratnesh Mathur
Everybody loves a hero. You see, even if he gets left behind in Mars all by himself (I am referring to the movie ‘Martian’), he is unfazed, undeterred, unaffected, and unbeatable. He, to somebody ‘old’ like me, looks so unreal and un-human.
But, everybody loves a hero. So, let me keep my skepticism aside, and see how we can convert this popularity into what I would call educational or teaching advantage.
Everybody loves a hero, because he has so much heroism inside him.
The most obvious thing to learn is the inspiring strength a hero seems to embody as well as exhibit. Take perseverance for example – obstacles come in all shapes and sizes, but our guy just goes on.
How would it be if we were to ask children to re-read a heroic story or re-watch a hero movie with the express objective of finding where and how many times our hero persists? Further, follow up this analysis with a mapping of the same traits in our own lives and maybe actually conclude that we too have our moments of perseverance.
We can hop from one characteristic to another, see what we love in our hero and continuously dig for the occurrence of the same in our lives. Characteristics that I would love to explore would include courage, sense of humour, initiative, responsibility, righteousness, … and many more.
The authors run an open unschool called Aarohi and invite all readers to visit and see how open learning can be an amazing way to work with children. They also conduct training retreats and online training for teachers and parents. Visit www.aarohilife.org.