Discovering students’ wisdom in classrooms

I (Samidha) was facilitating a session with grade 5 students on forgiveness. I asked them, “write about some of the situations where we were able to show forgiveness towards other people.”  A student shared that it was difficult for him to forgive his friend. He added, “I felt really bad when he did that action”. …

Understanding the social emotional learning journeys of our students: part 1 of 2

“Hum ek doosre ke emotions samjhe toh, hum ek doosre ko better samajh sakte hain.” [“If we understand each other’s emotions, we can understand each other better.”] As facilitators of Apni Shala’s School Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Programme 1a, we (Ajmer and Niranjan) started our journey as authors of this blog with a question: what do…

Narrative Ideas at Khoj

Informed by Narrative Practices, a post-modern therapy practice, we believe that people are meaning makers, and the meanings we give to our experiences shape our lives and the actions we take. Stories shape life in the present and future, and they exist in a context. Narrative Practices also guide us that people, including the young…

Trying to understand the “why” of facilitation

“They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel.” –  Carl W. Buechner   After one of the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) sessions, Shahbaan Shah, my colleague at Apni Shala, and I were debriefing about the theme we had taken to the class that day. During the discussion,…

Curriculum as Practice for SEL Facilitators

At Apni Shala, Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process of nurturing cognitive, emotional, and behavioural wellbeing for self and society. This involves creating opportunities to learn and practice related knowledge, skills, and attitudes and creating compassionate and inclusive ecosystems for learners (Source: Apni Shala Definition). The question in front of us is – how do…

Power of Facilitator’s Stories in Social Emotional Development of Students

“स्टूडेंट्स के सामाजिक भावनात्मक विकास के लिए फैसिलिटेटर के कहानियों कि शक्ति” – इस आर्टिकल को हिंदी में पढ़ने के लिए यहाँ क्लिक करें। “विद्यार्थ्यांच्या सामाजिक भावनिक विकासामध्ये फॅसिलिटेटरच्या कथांचा योगदान” – हा ब्लॉग मराठी मध्ये वाचण्यासाठी, येथे क्लिक करा। It was the year 2017 when I (Aditi) happened to visit an Apni Shala classroom, we were having…

Ways to Dismantle Competition in Schools

स्कूल में कम्पटीशन को कम करने के कुछ तरीके – इस आर्टिकल को हिंदी में पढ़ने के लिए यहाँ क्लिक करें। “स्पर्धा नष्ट करण्याचेमार्ग” – हा ब्लॉग मराठी मध्ये वाचण्यासाठी, येथे क्लिक करा। We noticed in the last few months, many students wanted to “stand first in line”, “always wanted to win the race”, etc. We recognise…

Unpacking school leadership in the public school context

“पब्लिक स्कूल के संदर्भ में स्कूल नेतृत्व को समझना” – इस ब्लॉग को हिंदी में पढ़ने के लिए यहाँ क्लिक करें। “शासकीय शाळेच्या संदर्भात शालेय नेतृत्व” – हा ब्लॉग मराठी मध्ये वाचण्यासाठी, येथे क्लिक करा। When we talk about leadership, what thoughts come to your mind? What does it mean to lead a team? Is it only taking…

Alternative Classrooms

“वैकल्पिक कक्षा (अल्टरनेटिव क्लासरूम)” – इस ब्लॉग को हिंदी में पढ़ने के लिए यहाँ क्लिक करें। “पर्यायी वर्गखोल्या” – हा ब्लॉग मराठी मध्ये वाचण्यासाठी, येथे क्लिक करा। We facilitate Social Emotional Learning (SEL) sessions with students, their teachers and caregivers in government and NGO-based schools in Mumbai. Due to space and classroom-related limitations, very often, we conduct our…

छोटी-छोटी चीज़ों का मानसिक स्वास्थ्य और काम पर सकारात्मक असर

“Little things that create a positive impact on work and wellbeing” – To read this article in English, please click here. “छोट्या छोट्या गोष्टींचा मानसिक आरोग्य आणि कामावर सकारात्मक परिणाम” – हा ब्लॉग मराठी मध्ये वाचण्यासाठी, येथे क्लिक करा। हमने पिछले कुछ सालों से हमारे टीम के साथ काफी करीब से उनके सपोर्ट में काम किया है।…

How Apni Shala’s values of compassion, equity, and trust come alive in the day-to-day actions and design of the school?”

“कैसे अपनी शाला के करुणा, निष्पक्षता और विश्वास के मूल्य दिन-प्रतिदिन के कार्यों और स्कूल के डिजाइन में दिखाई देते हैं?” – इस ब्लॉग को हिंदी में पढ़ने के लिए यहाँ क्लिक करें। Coming from a very different background and environment, I was unaware of how other parts of the world function. Growing up in New…