Our teachings are typically structured around Science subjects – Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Geology (and to some extent History). However we don’t start our class with the intent of teaching a specific science subject or a specific Science topic…we teach these subjects through a single interconnected story.To better understand this please refer to Our Approach.
We follow a non-linear mode of education by closely following the curiosities of a kid. It is because of this personalised attention to each kid that our batch sizes are very small (hardly 7-8 students per batch). This is one big differentiator – our kids listen to what we teach because we listen to what they want to say. For more details on our model of education please click here.
What topics you cover when you teach kids?
We tell one story to kids over a perion of 150-200 hrs of interaction with him or her. This single story covers broadly all the topics related to Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Geology that the kids will be taught all the way upto his 12th standard. Sound impossible? Education can be far easier and cheaper than what schools make all of you believe. We would recommend all the parents to read “Free to Learn” by Peter Gray
If the query of a kid requires introduction to some advanced scientific concept then how can that be done when she has still not learnt some basic concepts?
The way the concept is introduced is what that makes it an advanced or basic concept and not the concept perse. For e.g. the “Law of Conservation of Energy” was discovered in a crude form by a 10 year old kid (obviously it was not published then and was not recognized as a law also). It’s the examples that a teacher uses that decides whether a concept will be appreciated or not.
To give an example – if let say a 4th standard kid has to be taught chemical reaction then we don’t write chemical equations for them, nor do we talk about valence electrons and chemical bonds. We talk about something that they can understand. So we tell them about their friends and friendship. So our conversation goes on something like this:
Teacher: You have friends?
Teacher: So who are your friends?
Kid: I have many friends but my best friends are A & B.
Teacher: Why are A & B your best friends?
Kid: Because they always help me, share their tiffin with me…
Teacher: Are their kids in your class that you don’t like?
Kid: Yeah. I don’t like C & D.
Teacher: Why you don’t like them?
Kid: Because they are always fighting with everyone…
Teacher: Ok. So if your teacher allows you to sit anywhere in your class then you will go and sit next to A & B. Right?
Kid: Yes. It will be fun. But unfortunately teacher changes our seat every month.
Teacher: So you see with A & B you have friendship but with C & D you don’t have friendship. Now if I replace the students in your class with atoms and keep their names same then you what will happen? A and B will sit next to each other and C and D will sit next to each other. Right?
Teacher: In the world of atoms the same thing happens the way it happens in your class. Atoms that like each other become friends and this process of becoming friends is called “chemical reaction” in science and the friendship is called “chemical bond” in science.
And this is how conversation proceeds to introduce to them other fundamental tenets of a chemical reaction. This does not mean that we stop here – this is just the starting point – slowly the kids learn even the advanced concepts and with ease – much more than what most of the people even can think.
How can every query of kid be connected to Science?
We agree that every query of kid may not be connected with Science but fortunately a very large number of them can be. Also even if a particular query can’t be connected straight away to a Science subject, we use it to start a conversation and invariably during the course of that conversation some opportunity springs to pull them in the world of Science.
To give you an example please read this actual conversation that we had with a kid. By the end of the conversation we impressed on the kid how world of Science grows and how everything we know are just theories. But as you are reading the conversation you can see for yourself that how many science related topics have been opened up and anyone of them can be tangentially picked up.
Why is the frequency of teaching so low?
The best way to learn something is not to read 100 books. The best way to learn something is to read 1 book and then thinking over what you have read. We want kids to have enough time to absorb the principles taught and also have enough time to question them. If they don’t get enough time to ponder then they will not get doubts and questions and that’s the worst that can be done to a kid’s mind. We are not here to finish a list of topics, we are here to excite the young minds. Finally lots of years spent at schools don’t teach anyone – what teaches people is their own curiosity.
Do you teach for exams?
The answer is Yes & No. It is No because our teaching is not focused on school exams that happen round the year. Our teaching is focused on making kids understand the basic fundamentals and thus appreciate and enjoy the world of Science. It is our belief that once the fundamentals are solidly set and the interest is in place no exams are difficult to clear. Thus our eventual aim is to get kids ready for the important exams that they will face in their academic career down the line.
Yes we do a demo class and it’s done for free. Please contact us for the same.
What is the difference between your education and school education?
One big difference is that schools teach to complete the topics, we teach to start the journey of learning.
We cover all the topics over a period a time that a school teaches but we follows a non-linear mode of education by closely following the curiosities of a kid. It is because of this personalised attention to each kid that our batch sizes are very small (hardly 7-8 students per batch). This is one big differentiator – our kids listen to what we teach because we listen to what they want to say. For more details on our approach please click here.
Today all that you teach is available online. Why should kids come to you?
Absolutely correct. All that you want to learn is available online and thus there is no need to go to any teacher. But all of us still do because someone has to handhold us to take the journey otherwise we will spend all our energy in finding out where to start and then what to read and what not to read. Secondly a lot of sites and books may give you all the concepts but you need a teacher to put them all together and make it meaningful. Knowledge is not only in understanding what bricks are all about…knowledge is also in knowing that that they can be put together to make a house.
Finally the way we have merged all scientific concepts into one single story is something unique – you will not find this anywhere.
Do you teach out of a classroom or do you teach from kid’s home or do you teach virtually?
The approach we follow depends on various things including convenience of all involved. So we teach kids by meeting them wherever it’s physically convenient to meet and do the sessions – and where the kids are not closeby we teach them through video calls (Skype/Facetime/etc.). Both approaches have worked equally well for us in the past and hence we continue to use both the approaches.
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