Why teach when you have just researched?

    Why would somebody get into teaching after doing a Ph.D., that too as a high school teacher? Well, this is surprising to most of the population, but being a survivor of a Ph.D. (almost all the Ph.D.'s would be able to feel this use of the word 'survivor' here) can surely defend this argument. 

    The moment I entered to deliver my first biology lesson, I started bombarding the kid with technical terms. Soon, I realized that these words were more of a tongue-twisting tool for them. For me, it was a struggle and I was shocked as to how people did not know common nouns in biology such as Lactobacillus! It took me a week to digest, analyze, and understand the real need of these students. Later, the kids realized that this lady is not going to stop using these terms, so the poor souls decided to incorporate this vocabulary into their lives to make mine easier!

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A break during a trek and some learning

    On one of our weekly 2 hour treks we took refuge from the rain in a farm shelter while eating our breakfast (we wouldn't want to dilute rain water with food ...slurp). Imagine 40 young adults and 3 adult facilitators eating breakfast together in a cosy shelter!

     
    We first checked for any reptile friends, once the coast was clear the shelter invited us inwards. 
     
    After breakfast we dialogued on the need of the shelter - for farmers to imitate what we just did and maybe for keeping something protected from Sun, Rain. We were mindful of not going very deep as for young kids too much detail reduces excitement. Rather stick to processes of using Near to far while exposing to Food, Clothing and Shelter actively using our head,heart & hand.
     
    All this while the young adults (1st-4th) are getting sessions on domestic animals in science during that week. Learning is connected you see!
     
     
    Pavan Iyengar