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[VIDEO] How This Teacher Handles A ‘Class of Rowdies’ Is A Lesson For All Teachers

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As the country celebrates Teachers’ Day today, and most of us are busy expressing our gratitude to the teachers who we credit most of our academic accomplishment to, the quintessential question looming large before us is – how do break down the barriers that hinder an effective communication process, to facilitate free and fearless learning? We need to rethink our approach to education and the teachers must equip themselves with innovative communication skills to engage the students and build interest in them.

This video by the 5th Space offers an insight into how we can redefine the process of learning and education by breaking free of the age old orthodox understanding of pedagogy, and create an environment where the students can learn better.

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  1. Sheethal

    Heart touching. <3

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      Freedom Writers (2007)

  2. hiteshsahniis

    Also reinforces the fact that you learn better when your goals are aligned with the learning objectives. Destinations are easier to reach when people follow and lead themselves. A well-made film! Thanks for sharing Akhil.

  3. Nalini

    Kudos 5th space.i m a teacher myself and I loved it,simply marvellous.thanks

  4. parag

    Really so nicely executed ..heart touching !!!
    Salute to all teachers who discovered “Shaytaniyat” amongst the students ….& help them to recognised their passion…

  5. Pankit Chopra

    Dats lil clip is a best way to thanks our teachers in a best manner. Thank you for composing such video. Last speech dedicated to all my teachers.

  6. Kunwar

    A thought provoking video.

  7. simran

    Very inspiring..loved it..!!

  8. Rahul

    Does a classroom with such students even exist in India? We’ve all been trouble makers at school at some point in our lives, but this setup is a little hard to believe. What makes even harder to believe is the fact that I completely adore the movie Freedom Fighters (which this short film seems to have adapted in its concept). Can’t really comment what trend is being followed now, but no matter how rowdy (trust me when I say rowdy I mean a 200%) we were back then (early and mid 20’s), we knew our threshold wrt our teachers. Respect if you’d say. But full credits to the short film for its message. Shall look forward to see some more work by Nitin

  9. Shamoon

    Innovation drives a person to creativity….Ausumnn video just brought tears…:-)

  10. Bharath

    Awesomely Structured and great Idea, Kudos to the team. I would like to see such inspirational approaches more and more…

  11. sanjay patil

    Nice n inspiring video.
    My class is same , filled with all such students. So i will try my level best to implement what the teacher in the video did. And am hoping a positive output.

  12. Vikas Gupta

    fablous video.

  13. shilpa

    awesome.. and really touchy video!!!!

  14. Madhumita Bose

    Nice piece of work Akhil..tells us that we should never give up hope..

  15. prati

    very nice and touched my heart

  16. Sneha

    I saw it late, but just loved it. Such a different way of tackling a class of rowdies and giving them direction. A complete refreshment from typical ways.



  18. Harsh Doshi

    My views on the Indian Education system on my Blog Fine Baked Bread.

  19. Aiswarya Ramachandran

    teachers are our guiding forces.. A good teacher is not the one who forces upon the students her ideas but encourages the students to have an opinion of their own and helps them stand by their ideas.. A good teacher is the one who can bring out the best in every individual. It is not easy being a teacher. Managing a class of 40 is not an easy task. Wonderful Video… And hats off to all those teachers who give their heart and soul in helping each one of us grow into a responsible citizen and good human beings.

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