10 videos for deeper self-awareness and compassion

-Shachi Mohta and -Ipsita Malaviya As we enter the sixth week of working from home in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increased interaction with technology and opportunities to turn inward and reflect on our processes and outputs.  When relating closely with the Self and the Other, SEL components like self-awareness and…

SEL with Apni Shala

Team Apni Shala, along with our partners from Mental Health space, brings to you a bouquet of different online workshops. Whether you are a young person, a teacher, a parent or absolutely anyone interested in building your own and others’ social-emotional development, there’s something for you!  So check out the list and sign up! Common…

There is always room for one more story

Kuntal Vora and Vironica Joncy As our world is adapting and dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak there is more than enough material online to pass our time, with music, viral videos, and gaming apps.  But it’s time to see the most valuable resource inside our walls and the long-forgotten happiness: the humble bedtime story.  In…

Opening Doors to Mindfulness during the time of Lockdown.

-Shruti Napeer and – Shahbaan Shah इस ब्लॉग को हिंदी में पढ़ने के लिए, यहाँ क्लिक करें। In India most of us are experiencing for the first time a situation like the Covid-19 outbreak mostly of this magnitude with a lockdown for such a long time.  The news we receive through technology, the lockdown that…

Tips for Self and Community Care while in Lockdown

– इस ब्लॉग को हिंदी में पढ़ने के लिए यहाँ क्लिक करें।  While the country is in a state of lockdown we are all experiencing some degree of disruption to daily life. At unsettling times like the coronavirus outbreak, it might feel like things are very much out of your control. Most routines have been…

When Self-Doubt Visits…

-Pooja Gate How Narrative Ideas helped me through my fellowship, and how can it help us to navigate the current pandemic? It is said that “your self-doubt does not define who you are or what you are capable of.” I understood what this meant more clearly only when I began facilitating Social Emotional Learning (SEL)…

The Joy of Picture Books!

Quarantined at home with young children? Wondering how can you continue to support their social and emotional development and reading/listening skills? Apni Shala team brings to you a compilation of 11 picture-books that have helped us explore SEL for our students. In fact, we have used these resources for many adult learners in our training…

Beyond Single Stories

Shruti Napeer Often, when I talk about being with children and facilitating, I slip into my childhood days. I grew up wanting to be a ” Teacher”. I had a very clear definition of teacher till high school and the words that I would often attach to this profession were power, caregiver, role-model, source of…

Making a Case for Inclusive Education

One of the colorful threads woven together to form the vibrant tapestry of Apni Shala’s curriculum is a ‘diversity and inclusion’ framework called Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity. SEED started in 1987 by scholars at Wellesley College, Massachusetts, USA, operates by “creating conversational communities that drive change” and at Apni Shala, we do this through…

Witness a room full of stories

Creating safe spaces and social emotional skills via a whole school approach in public schools of Mumbai Remember the days – eagerness to enter a new school grade, nervousness with algebra, belongingness towards school friends. School experiences, when carefully unpacked, are rendered significant experiences that shape our lives. Every student has lived experiences in the…

A day in the life of a KHOJ teacher-Expectation vs Reality

If somebody tells you that they work as a teacher,just already know that they (most likely) have a very eventful day and a life(hah). Working as a Khoj teacher has taught me to predict the unpredictable everyday..Every morning begins with new stories,new thoughts,new challenges,new things to laugh at and new things to learn about.Here is…