Strength in Unity: Fostering Student Leadership


Teach For India Fellow Pooja Chopra believes that to truly absorb what they’re learning and realize their potential in the classroom, students need to feel that their education is meaningful. In developing a vision for her fourth graders at Nigam Pratibha Vidyalaya in Delhi, Pooja determined that in order for her students to find this meaning, four things must be true:

  1. Her students must be able to create a vision for their own lives, unlimited by the expectations of others and authentic to their own dreams and desires—and they must recognize the role that education plays in achieving that vision
  2. Because learning as a class is a collective experience, she and her students must all work together to define the purpose and nature of that experience.
  3. In order to realize this collective vision, there must be a culture of mutual responsibility in the classroom, in which students are not only responsible for their own learning, but also for the learning of their peers.
  4. Students must be able to relate what they are learning to their reality, so they can use what they have learned in the classroom to affect their lives beyond its four walls.

Watch the video to learn how Pooja and her students are developing strong individual and collective visions and working together to ensure they all have the opportunity to achieve success.

Pooja Chopra’s belief in the power of collective vision extends beyond her classroom. Read more about Pooja's approach to teaching and learning on withGanas and learn about the community she builds with the mothers of her students in this video.

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