The First Days at Sahyadri

Time flies, and before I know it, I’m into my third week at Sahyadri School. I’ve started teaching Chemistry for class 10, and am awaiting the return of the children in the other classes, who come tomorrow. It’s wonderful being in a place like this, with beautiful hills all around. The school itself is situated on the top of a hill in the catchment area of the Chas Kaman dam on the river Bhima.

The first few days here have been really wonderful. The people here are so warm and friendly that I started feeling at home on the very first day. And it’s not been dull at all. I’ve been doing so many things, especially once the class 10 children got back. I’ve been teaching Chemistry, playing badminton and football, going for long walks and treks, learning to observe and identify birds from bird-watching enthusiasts(both children and adults), getting to know people who come from diverse backgrounds and have very interesting experiences to recount… It’s been simply great so far!

The classes have been pretty good so far. Std 10 is having special classes right now, until the rest of the school joins them on June 11th. I’m in the process of trying to discover my “way” of teaching, and trying to identify its aspects that aid or hinder the learning process, so as to keep refining it. Both the divisions of 10th std have their classes together till tomorrow (and that too in a lab whose arrangement is not suited for classroom teaching), so occasionally I find myself having to shout a bit to retain the children’s attention. I’m waiting for normal classes to resume so that I’ll have a smaller class and a proper classroom to work with.

One of the highlights of these two weeks was the trek from Bhimashankar to Bhorgiri, with the class 10 children and some other teachers. It was simply awesome. A two hour walk from the source of the river Bhima, down through forests and sloping dry grasslands, to a village at the foot of the hills. We even sighted the giant squirrel twice, and also a group of langurs.

What a journey it has been from being a frustrated engineering student to becoming a teacher at an alternative school(perhaps “alternative” is too strong a word, but still the school does do many things differently so I’ll stick with it)! And it’s only the beginning. I’m really looking forward to going as far as I can in this personal quest to try and find out what Life is all about, and what it means to be human.

10 thoughts on “The First Days at Sahyadri

  1. Great start ! I have always loved to teach, Ramu ettan enjoys it too, I never thought that you had the teaching bug in you too :-). I would love to sit in one of your classes, hopefully some day next year. And chemistry is a subject I have always hated to the core :), so maybe a chance to change my opinion – better late than never 😉

    Love,
    Gopu.

    1. Well, I didn’t get into teaching because I was passionate about teaching or anything… 🙂

      But having started teaching I’m finding it fun. 🙂 And working with children is always nice. The younger they are the better, but even high school is really good. 🙂

  2. Sahyadri School seems to be a place where creativity and imagination is overwhelming. And its really great that you have brought out the teacher within you. Hope you succeed in your teaching career.

    Have a great time in classes and labs.

    Regards

    Amarnath

  3. Hi Kishore,

    I have been following your quest of understanding the real meaning of life.

    Let me congratulate you for the bravery and integrity you are showing..very few have them.

    Good going
    Anoop

  4. Hi there… Good to know that you are having a great time there..

    And the “Birdwatching”.. you meant the real birdwatch, right?? 😛

    Vivek.

  5. Good luck.

    Having been a teacher for the the whole of my post-B.Tech professional life (and as a non-vocation) and as an aspirant of joining the same profession, I understand its challenges, disappointments, ambitions and bliss; atleast to some extend ….

    🙂

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