Teachers’ Blog

Read about the experiences of teachers who have used PARI stories and resources in the classroom. If you have stories to share with us about how you used PARI content to supplement your curriculum, write to us because we'd love to hear about it!

A buffalo story for primary school

Rajmani Kumari is a second-year student from RD & DJ College in Munger district, Bihar. She is doing her B.A in Hindi, and has been working with a non-governmental organization, i-Saksham, since the past two years. 

राजमणि कुमारी, बिहार के मुंगेर ज़िले में स्थित आरडी एंड डीजे कॉलेज में द्वितीय वर्ष की छात्र हैं. वह हिंदी विषय में बीए की पढ़ाई कर रही हैं, और पिछले दो वर्षों से एक गैर-सरकारी संगठन ‘आई-सक्षम’ के साथ काम भी कर रही हैं.

History, geography and science, all in one class

Balabhadra Mahapatra, Rashmi Prava Patra, Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Mahanta, Ramu Naik, Rajmuni Singh, Seema Sahu, Punam Behera and Sunita Munda taught  the PARI story, 'Sowing the seeds of climate crisis in Odisha’ with their students from Classes 5 to 9.

‘Stories spark discussions’

Radha Gopalan is an environmental scientist, with a PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay. After close to two decades in environmental consulting, Radha decided to learn and teach environmental science with high school students at Rishi Valley Education Centre. Here she engaged actively on challenges of rural livelihoods with small and marginal farmers. She is Visiting Faculty at the School of Development, Azim Premji University, an Editor at i wonder, the science magazine published by Azim Premji University, and a member of the Kudali Intergenerational Learning Centre in Telangana.

Deep dive into the climate crisis

Dinabandhu Patra, Rashmi Kandulna, Anshuman Behera, Balabhadra Mahapatra, Seema Munda and Likita Behera read the PARI story, 'Tamil Nadu’s seaweed harvesters in rough seas' with their students from classes 2 to 9.

Climate crisis: buffaloes, elephants and people

Dinabandhu Patra, Rashmi Kandulna, Anshuman Behera, Balabhadra Mahapatra, Seema Munda and Likita Behera taught the PARI story, 'Buffaloed by the climate in Kolhapur' with their students in classes 2 to 9.

Multidisciplinary stories and a multidisciplinary approach to teaching

Nivedita Ram is a scientist and Montessor teacher and trainer. She believes that learning is most effective when students are able to follow their interests, connecting concepts learned in the classroom to their experiences and interactions in the world outside. Her background in research and education enable her to work with children, educators, schools and NGOs helping them to enrich their curricula through experiential learning and real life stories.

ਨਿਵੇਦਿਤਾ ਰਾਮ ਇੱਖ ਵਿਗਿਆਨਕ ਅਤੇ ਮੋਂਟੇਸਰ ਅਧਿਆਪਕ ਅਤੇ ਸਿਖਲਾਇਕ ਹਨ। ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦਾ ਮੰਨਣਾ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਸਿੱਖਣਾ ਉਸ ਸੂਰਤ ਵਿੱਚ ਸਭ ਤੋਂ ਪ੍ਰਭਾਵੀ ਹੁੰਦਾ ਜਦੋਂ ਵਿਦਿਆਰਥੀ ਆਪਣੇ ਹਿੱਤਾਂ ਦਾ ਪਾਲਣ ਕਰਨ ਵਿੱਚ ਸਮਰੱਥ ਹੁੰਦੇ ਹਨ ਅਤੇ ਜਦੋਂ ਉਹ ਜਮਾਤ ਵਿੱਚ ਸਿੱਖੀਆਂ ਗਈਆਂ ਧਾਰਨਾਵਾਂ ਤੇ ਸੰਕਲਪਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਬਾਹਰੀ ਦੁਨੀਆ ਨਾਲ਼ ਜੋੜ ਕੇ ਦੇਖਦੇ ਹਨ। ਖ਼ੋਜ ਅਤੇ ਸਿੱਖਿਆ ਵਿੱਚ ਨਿਵੇਦਿਤਾ ਪਿੱਠਭੂਮੀ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਬੱਚਿਆਂ, ਅਧਿਆਪਕਾਂ, ਸਕੂਲਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਗ਼ੈਰ-ਸਰਕਾਰੀ ਸੰਗਠਨਾਂ ਦੇ ਨਾਲ਼ ਕੰਮ ਕਰਨ ਦੇ ਸਮਰੱਥ ਬਣਾਉਂਦੀ ਹੈ ਜੋ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਤਜ਼ਰਬੇਕਾਰ ਸਿਖਲਾਈ ਅਤੇ ਅਸਲ ਜੀਵਨ ਦੀਆਂ ਕਹਾਣੀਆਂ ਰਾਹੀਂ ਆਪਣੇ ਸਿਲੇਬਸ ਨੂੰ ਅਮੀਰ ਬਣਾਉਣ ਵਿੱਚ ਸਹਾਈ ਹੁੰਦਾ ਹੈ।

Dreams in rural Odisha

Babaloo Sahoo, Jajati Mohanta, Lipun Behera, Priyamudra Nayak and Satyabhama Majhi shared the PARI story, 'Drums and dreams beyond pickle and papads' with their students in classes 6, 7,8 and 9.

बबलू साहू, जजाति मोहंता, लिपुन बेहरा, प्रियमुद्रा नायक, और सत्यभामा मांझी ने कक्षा 6, 7,8 और 9 में पढ़ने वाले अपने छात्रों से पारी की कहानी 'अचार और पापड़ से आगे ढोल और सपने' के बारे में चर्चा की.

‘I’m learning as I teach’

Karuna Murthy teaches English and Geography to high school students at Samskaara Academy, Coimbatore. She believes that education should encourage children to explore and to inculcate a spirit of enquiry. She enjoys reading, writing, watching animated films and learning about life from Calvin & Hobbes and Peanuts.

‘PARI stories are relevant to the syllabus’

Sheela Venkatraman has been a teacher for over 30 years. She teaches Geography and Economics to high school students at Sishu Griha, an ICSE school in Bangalore. She was drawn to PARI after hearing P. Sainath talk, and the subsequent workshop which she says, “gave a new perspective to my teaching.”

‘Pratibha Hilim’s story inspired us’

Manasi Samal, Banamali Barik, Manoj Pagad, Soumyaranjan Sahu and Biswajit Mohanta shared the PARI story 'Learning lessons from an un-amputated spirit' with their students in classes 3 to 9.

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