July 30, 2015

“Good Morning Ma’am,” is how we were greeted today by all the students. We visited Ambience Public School in Delhi and got to sit in their classes and observe and interact with the students. Some things that are different about schools in India include:

  1. The teachers move classes, not the students
  2. Students ALWAYS address you as “ma’am” and stand when answering a question. They have to ask for permission to come back in the class and stand in the doorway with their arm extended and ask “excuse me ma’am may I please come in?” And they can only enter if the teacher says so.
  3. The teachers openly praise students in front of students for good work and expect them to do theirs like the one student they were praising.
  4. The students all bring lunches from home and eat at their tables in class.
  5. The students are overall more respectful to their peers, teachers, administration, classroom aids, and anybody to comes to visit them from America is an absolute treat 🙂

There are many similarities in the schools, curriculum, and students in both India and America though. My experience in their school was amazing as they are so passionate about education. Every person in the school. They set the bar very high and even the youngest of students are high achievers. Ambience Public School was a privileged school, and I learned a lot just by observing the teachers and their methods for instruction and class management. This school had a lot to offer for student who were enrolled and was top notch on resources and technology. Some of the best pictures are shown below. After school, we took a Rickshaw ride through Old Delhi. There’s New Delhi and Old Delhi, and Old Delhi is filled with narrow streets lined with local shops and vendors. It was so foreign to me to ride on the back of a bicycle up these streets where there are so many people and so much stuff everywhere. Very different than America in many ways. Being from America, we were celebrities too. People stared as we came through every place we went, and they wanted to take pictures of us or with us all the time. Especially being in non-tourist places we stuck out more to the general public. We also visited the Ghandi memorial and got henna done for the first time too. we went shopping  That night we went shopping for “essentials” since we still had no luggage. Kiran (Momma P) took good care of us the whole time. After stocking up on a few Nike outfits, we were invited to dinner at Nimmit and Yejur’s house. Nimmit’s wife cooked for us all and we even got to see her Indian wedding dress! So beautiful, and such a kind gesture to have all of us over for dinner on their part. I must say, we all looked pretty good/professional today for school in Kiran’s clothes too!

A kindergarten special assembly on health and wellness
A kindergarten special assembly on health and wellness
Yoga time!
Yoga time!
All of us EIU students and the vice principal Mrs. Rai
All of us EIU students and the vice principal Mrs. Rai

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One of my mentor teachers, Ms. Kaur
One of my mentor teachers, Ms. Kaur

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This student wanted my autograph! So I signed my name and USA underneath
This student wanted my autograph! So I signed my name and USA underneath

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Fresh henna
Fresh henna
Henna after it was scraped off
Henna after it was scraped off
Rickshaw ride
Rickshaw ride
On the rickshaw
On the rickshaw
Ghandi memorial
Ghandi memorial
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