Aravind – The Tennis Enthusiast

Aravind has been with our school for more than 3 years now. At school we all know of his passion for tennis. This is why the school had absolutely no hesitation in encouraging his interest and supporting it. To  follow one’s passion and to learn from the experience, to see possibilities for growth in every…

A Day in Integral School

(This post outlines the rhythm followed by learners in the age group of 6-8 years, as understood by a parent) Every day, chirpy young kids are welcomed by green and serene surroundings. An empty lane flanked by beautiful flowers and trees entice the young ones to explore their surroundings with new enthusiasm. On several days…

Schooling, Education and the shaping of an identity

This is an unplugged conversation with a learner at The Integral School, Hyderabad. These series of conversations usually start with a word chosen by the “interviewer” and then move on from there in the directions the learner chooses. We end whenever and wherever. We start with the word “identity” for this conversation with an aim…

Letting go of Control

This is an unplugged conversation with parents of a learner at The Integral School. This conversation starts with no particular idea and moves in many directions drawing largely on the experiences of these parents as they grow with the learner. We do not have a script and do not have an end point. Just a…

When a river whispers to the stones

When a river whispers to the stones Love and life as they move along Smoothing over the rough edges,always, Just to let go, over and over, Beginning where they end Ending where they begin In their own tune A jam by two learners of The Integral School, Hyderabad 

Art in Education: In the Now

Unplugged conversation with a learner at The Integral School, Hyderabad. As usual, conversations have a start point. They have no predestined roads, no predestined conclusions.  We stop, whenever.  He peeps through the open door,  takes a few steps away and then turns back. “You said we can talk,” he says. I nod. Within an Asian…

SAKURA!

Artist: Keegan Rebello,  Learner at The Integral School, Hyderabad

Spirituality in Education: Why ignore it?

Unplugged conversations with a learner at The Integral School, Hyderabad. A free flowing discussion with no predestined routes,  starting from a word.   It is actually good to sit down and have unplanned conversations with learners. Move out of prescribed curricula, throw a word into the air and see what comes out of it. What…

Reflections on Learning

An unplanned, unplugged conversation with a learner at The Integral School, Hyderabad Soaring temperatures. Fans that whir but only buzz hot air. Lethargy in the air as energy bounces off the walls. Books that are excited, some for being touched, others for being ignored. An ambling gait precedes a gangly young man who plops down…