Learning is an open ended curve. The methods of learning and teaching are innumerable. But the most fun form of learning is to step out of class and experience real life situations. A field trip is one such wonderful way to learn. On February 3rd 2016, our 3rd grade Candorians visited the ‘Rakum Blind School’ and the ‘Shiela Kothavala Institute’ for deaf. This was an initiative as part of their learning for the unit “Signs & Symbols”
Our students interacted with the students from the blind school and learnt how to work on a ‘Braille slate’ using a ‘stylus’. They learnt and attempted to walk using the ‘white cane’. Watching a presentation of the same was indeed an eye opener for all of us.
Then, the wheels of the school bus maneuvered to our next destination – the school for the deaf. Sign language taught in class at Candor was of great help to interact with these students. Our children spelt their name using sign language and demonstrated some actions which they were familiar with, making it easier for communication. They were being reflective.
“I felt like I was in an unknown world, full of people, who could do things that we could not”, said – Siddhant Mahapatra from grade 3B.
Our Prime Minister has rightly christened them ‘Divyang’.