A speaker at the seminar for B.Ed. students organised by the Ramakrishna Math here on Thursday had the audience hanging on to his every word, demonstrating, by his own speech, how teaching could be made interesting for children.
Easily shifting between English and Kannada, K.S. Sameera Simha, Chairman of Silicon City Educational Academy, spoke to students about how they could understand theoretical concepts of teaching and how they could apply them in the classroom.
He urged aspiring teachers to try and understand the “intellect” of the child and put things in a way that they could understand..
Pre-operation stage, during which the ground work was laid for a child to actually learn something, was important, Mr. Simha said.
He illustrated with an example of how a woman talked about anything under the sun to a child, when she was coaxing it to eat. A woman would make up all sorts of stories about the food in her hand in coaxing the child to open its mouth. For instance, referring to a morsel of food in her mouth she might say: “Look at the kappe (frog)”. After days of repeating the story, the child would finally repeat the word, he said.
Referring to another teaching method called inductive law, he said the method helped to learn things from experience. But Buddha said only one sentence in order to teach a woman about death. He told her to bring some mustard from houses where death had not occurred, he said. On going from house to house, the woman learnt that there was no house in which death had not occurred.