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Padma: Introducing My Column

by Padma S.
Expert Educator Columnist, India

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”—Benjamin Franklin

I am a psychologist and an educator. I teach kids aged 8 years to 11 years in India. Young, curious children teach me new things every day. As an educator, I encourage kids to question, inquire and do independent or group research. As a psychologist, I engage children with learning disabilities. In a classroom full of young minds, that one child unable to tune in just because it’s wired differently draws me in. I simply want to make a difference to that child’s life.

I employ specific learning strategies consisting of systematic desensitization, tripod grip writing, behaviour therapy, neurologic impress, meditation, lazy-eight, coordination exercises, neuro linguistic programming and Brain Gym for difficult learners.

I believe that teaching based on multiple intelligence provides a better understanding of the content for different types of learners. Project-based learning through inquiry and experiential learning process is the most effective in my view. Take a look at 30 projects with 21st century learning skills that I have completed.

In forthcoming columns, I would like share my experiences on project-based learning, flipped classrooms, neurolinguistic programming, creative classrooms and innovative strategies in teaching.


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