Today marked the first session wherein grade 11 students of Pathways School Gurgaon were solely in charge of all proceedings. Students were organizing forms, teaching and completely at home with their students, portraying an ease that only comes from persistent dedication. The spirit of CAS, which has been continuously instilled in our student body, was completely palpable today.
One of the two classes held today was an IT crash course for the ladies working at our school. After commencing the session with an icebreaking game, the students chose to teach the basic functions of the laptop and to enable them with the ability to use search engines and web browsers. Unsurprisingly, many of the women were far ahead of the class, googling images of their favorite celebrities and listening to songs, as the others learnt to type and scroll through web pages. At this rate, our students will be acquainted with email and social media before we can even teach them!
The second class followed the Future Problem Solving Program, which enables participants to think creatively and constructively about solutions to the problems they face. After a brief but entertaining introduction session, students were told to create mind-maps on seemingly simple topics, such as ‘Things that are bright’ or ‘Things that grow’. The group leader and Pathways’ incumbent student CAS President Ananya Subramanian, encouraged the pupils to go beyond normal examples like ‘the sun’ and ‘trees’, to more abstract ones. She spoke on how our thought process needs to transcend common concepts to complex ideas, allowing our minds to think outside of the box we subconsciously create.
The next activity progressed to more pressing issues, where Pehel students then brainstormed on problems in their community, tackling social and environmental divides with just pen and paper. This emboldened the students to not only to discuss and debate on the issues they are passionate about, but even present them to the rest of the class. By the end of the class, one could even say that our students were teaching us.
Pehel gives the opportunity for our school’s support staff to become students again, enabling them to use the greatest tool of our time, technology, alongside their greatest strengths- their minds. As our sessions progress and become all the more rigorous, we may see two student bodies forming in our school: one of Pehel, and one of Pathways.
Sameera Pant and Krittika Sekhon,