You can find Part 1 on this link: https://fellowship.bhumi.ngo/going-around-the-path-of-learning-together-part-1/

Here is the account of  the other 3 Bhumi fellows on the Learning Circles recently conducted by the Fellowship Team: 

Charlene Judith Pereira

With every new day and every session, the Bhumi Fellowship teaches me something new. The learning circle in December served as a point of reference to check this learning and growth and reminded me that the knowledge I have is very little in comparison to the profusion of things I need to learn. It felt good to sit through the sessions and take a complete timeout to read, learn, and create structures that will help the classroom.

While my takeaways from the learning circle are quite a few, the leadership session, the resilience session, and the Math model class were my absolute favorites. 

I’m very excited to teach Math in a way that children might understand and not question the purpose because we’d have already gone over that. The WHY of every lesson fascinates me and I believe that if I can answer this question for my class and with my class, whatever we learn will stay with us. 

Through the course of the learning circle, the power of words was also reiterated to me. I understood that every change doesn’t have to be a movement and it taught me that change is an attitude. I also acknowledge that a vision is ever-evolving and the only thing that can aid the process of building what one envisions is learning. 

It was a well-balanced set of sessions, focusing adequately on a lot of the dimensions of the fellowship and in the sector as well. 

After the learning circle, I was motivated to plan lessons, structures, and assessments. It allowed me to rid myself of the fear of trying. 

Monika Thangavelu

I always look up to learning circles. This space has never let my expectations down. It has always been a place of sharing- giving and taking; and learning. What fascinates me is the fact that each of us in the team gets a chance to share our inputs and hence, this space has been a two-way learning process.

The recent learning circle had a range of interesting topics from resilience building to human-centered designs. It was surprising to know how each of the topics touched upon one of the fellow competencies- leading self, leading others, and leading impact.

One of the sessions that highly impacted my thinking was the one on ‘leadership’. This session made me visualise a leader as a person who not just has qualities such as ‘strength, confidence, and motivation’, but as someone who empathises with others and is able to ‘embrace the suck’.

The learning circle enabled and encouraged me to think more, think deeper, and internalise the ideas. The above takeaway is one such example. I have been trying to execute my learnings in my works. I look forward to more of such platforms that help me grow, personally, and professionally.

Neelanjana Varanasi

If I had to use one word to describe the learning circle, it would be contentment. Until about December and till the end of the learning circle, I knew what the word meant but I never felt it. Some of the ideas that we engaged with, and the conversations that unfolded pushed me to think about my goals for myself, my school, and community, how math is taught and learned, what it means to be a leader, how to collaborate effectively with someone, how we can engage in productive conversations and finally, the idea of human-centric design. Additionally, we were also taught how to create assessments and unit plans for our classrooms.

There were so many takeaways for me from the learning circle – the idea of a teacher being a leader in their classrooms, the power of yet, embracing vulnerability as a leader, and the words we use to communicate with our children. We worked on ourselves through the course of the learning circle, in order to be able to teach our children better and reckoned with the idea of being leaders in our classrooms.  One really important takeaway for me from the learning circle was – believing in ‘the power of yet’ and how we can get our children to believe in this as well in our classrooms. To sum up my experience of the learning circle, I would like to end with one quote which will probably remain with me forever – 

“What stands in the way becomes the way” – Marcus Aurelius

The learning circle helped me realize that a challenge is a challenge so long as we see it as one. The space taught me to look at a challenge as an opportunity to learn, be resilient, and come out stronger with the learnings.    

We are really grateful to all our fellows for taking out time from their busy schedule of building better schools and sharing their thoughts with us. If you want to become a part of our movement in transforming schools, register for Bhumi Fellowship now at fellowship.bhumi.ngo 

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