College Trainings- in Rural India

I completed my first three-day trip to a group of Indian colleges to provide training in “student-centered learning”- it was a wonderful adventure!  Although my plan was to conduct these trainings in the big city of Chennai, this group had contacted the Fulbright office on their own requesting support from American visitors.  The Fulbright staff…

A Modern Indian Couple

My good friends Sekar and Vidhya are quite unusual and have been since the day they were born! Sekar grew up in a middle-class family lawyers and describes himself as the “black sheep” of the family- he loved singing, and started hanging around me and my other American hippie friends in the early l970s, picking…

Resources for Student Centered Learning

SCL Handbook 2017 (FINAL) Friends, please feel free to use this Student Centered Learning (SCL) Handbook (link below) to help you engage your students more actively in the classroom.  You may print and use any portions of this manual.  Chapters I-II contain a theoretical overview.  Chapters III-IV provide a variety of strategies to prepare your…

Religious Melding

I love the way India adopts and adapts the religions and cultures of the world into its already diverse landscape.  My hotel this week (a rather luxurious accommodation which the Fulbright staff planned for me) is going all out to prepare for Christmas.  The lobby is lined with replicas of Hindu gods, appropriate in a…

My new “facilitator”, Amanda

I’m blessed with a young social work grad from Stella Maris College who is my new temporary assistant as I get acclimatized to life in Chennai.  Amanda got her MSW at this Catholic women’s college and is is now a research assistant there engaged in a study related to why Indian youngsters drop out of…

What is Student Centered Learning?

Traditionally, Western instructors have lectured their students- and that’s about it, along with a lot of PowerPoint presentations!  Research tells us, however, that this is probably one of the most ineffective ways to help students remember material, let alone understand it.  Lecture also does not help students develop critical thinking, teamwork, communication, and presentation skills-…

heading to India in a week!

Friends, I can’t believe it.  I received a second Fulbright grant, and will be heading to India very soon.  I”m grateful for the opportunity to serve again, this time in Chennai, a large and cosmopolitan city in Tamilnadu,  South India.  My project is to train Indian faculty to engage in “student centered learning”- that is,…

Welcome!

Welcome to my blog! I launched this blog in November 2017 to share my adventures as a Fulbright scholar in India. This blog also follows my creative journey as an educator and writer. I’ve been blessed with a life of opportunity; I want this blog to help me continue to “give back” to my communities!