‘Ideas are sacred. If you get them in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.’
My little world brightened up one fine morning when I was ready to implement an idea. It all started with a feedback form. Some students of the Class of 2003 had written that they found my history classes monotonous. The thought kept rankling; I was one of the many teachers responsible for making history a boring subject for students.
I resolved to do something about it in the new academic session. Things fell in place on the first day itself. When I entered my class and saw new faces staring at me with enthusiasm, an idea came to me. Why not get it from the horse’s mouth? I asked my new students to write a small paragraph each on what they expected from a history class. When I read their write-ups I saw that my 15-year old students were brimming with ideas on how to make history classes interesting. They had listed down things like field trips, interactive lessons followed by discussions, quizzes, power point presentations, research time in the library, and debates.
Anita Choudhary teaches History at the Bluebells School, Delhi. She can be reached at [email protected].