[Posted for the Kerala University English Teacher Educator’s Forum - KUETEF]
The other day I had been to BEMP High School, Thalassery to observe the class of a trainee undergoing Practice Teaching. On the walls of the classroom was displayed the following drawing prominently.
The train in the background, not the normal full bogie which is convenient to draw, but the parts of two bogies, struck me. Can any one but a creative mind conceive so? After the class, I inquired who drew it? All fingers pointed to an amiable looking chap who was all smiles. I asked him what the drawing is about. The children immediately opened their prescribed Hindi Course Book of Standard IX and showed me the following.
Now compare this black and white drawing with the drawing by the student. Don’t you think he is creative? Well...he indeed is!
Here are a couple of other drawings by the little artist displayed on the walls of his classroom.
Here is the talented artist, on request posing for me...
It was possible for me to know about his boy only because his teacher, a thoughtful person must have encouraged him to explore themes, draw and display it on the walls of his classroom.
The same day, I had been to another school, in Thalassery to observe the class by a trainee. Find posted below a drawing by a trainee on yellow coloured chart paper, based on the content prescribed for study.
The following Black and White illustration is from the Course Book
I am sure you will agree that the little artist whom I introduced to you in this blog post, Mohammed Alsam, has superior drawing skills than Ms Shincy, my trainee. Perhaps you will also agree that Shincy has the makings of an artist.
But pause for a moment....
Ask yourself... do you nurture the creativity of the students you teach?
Posted by Dr.C. Praveen
Former Secretary, KUETEF