Last week Vidyashilp, DPS East, and Magnolia went on a field trip with the 6th standard from Shilp to the government school near by. We were just like one of them on this trip. We all got on the same bus and were squished together in true field trip fashion. The school was about 30 minutes away so to entertain themselves they started to sing popular songs, many of which we knew and joined in. It was a pretty fun bus r
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When we got there we were greeted by several kids who only knew how to say “hi” and “bye.” They all seemed thrilled to see us. One of the men who helps run the school introduced himself and asked us student teachers where we were from and about ourselves and what we were doing here. After a pleasant conversation we all gathered in the main hall which seemed to be where they have presentations. The students from the government school and Vidyashilp got into groups: 3 from each school were paired together. In each group the Shilp students had brought a lesson to teach the other students. Many of them did not speak proper English so they made sure there was at least one student who spoke Kanada in the group. I walked around and noticed the mutual respect and genuine curiosity to learn. It was a very cool sight to see.
While the students were teaching, we got a tour of the grounds. We got to see several classrooms including the library. It was very small compared to Shilp and what were used to. It was eye opening to see what most of the students here are accustomed to. Many people say majority of the students only come to school to get a hot meal because otherwise they wouldn’t get one. It is crazy what we take for granted. I can tell everyone that I will never take my classroom or school supplies, or lack there of, for granted. I am so grateful for everything I have here in Bangalore and in the States.
The joy in the students faces was contagious and it makes you realize people who have a lot less than you can still be so happy. It is amazing to see. Some of us thought they may have known we were coming because all the girls were wearing very fancy dresses. They were so excited to see all of us and trying to speak to us as best they could. The whole experience was one I would not trade for anything. It made me so happy to see their smiles as we were on the bus waving goodbye.