A super-excited morning in school,
All the kids lined up for participating in an inter-school science project exhibition and it was wonderful to see some amazing working models.Kids did a brilliant job! All the participating kids bid a bye to everyone in the school, and started their journey to the destination school by walk.
I saw Barath Mathiew (one of my student) rushing to the school, with his shirt fully wet, carrying a thermocol model on his hand. The model was about human digestive system.
“Sorry sir! I was waiting for Kishore (the kid from other class). He is also participating in the competition. He finally didn’t turn up today. Did everyone left for the competition?”
“Barathmathiew, you’re super late today! Did I ask you to wait for Kishore and come along with him?! Everyone already left for the competition, exactly 15 minutes back.”
“Oh okay sir 🙂 But, this is my model.”
Now, I had two options,
(i) Take the model, keep it on the class room. Ask him to present it during one of the school assembly. And make sure that he didn’t feel bad because he didn’t get this chance to go for inter-school competition. The usual choice.
(ii) Follow up the location of where the competition is actually happening. Figure out the ways, to take him (and his project too) to the competition.The unusual choice.
I decided the latter.
“Barath, are you comfortable sitting on a cycle and coming with me? I will take you to the competition.”
“Sir! I can sit comfortably. But, it’s difficult for me to carry this thermocol model.”
“Oops. Not an issue. Pass it to me! I will hold this and run the bicycle as well.”
Pausing a bit, I noticed a teacher ran and came towards us with something on her hand.
“Sir! Please take this bird’s nest model and if possible give it our kids at the competition.”
Wondering whom I’m really going to give this, I told, “Definitely miss. Please give it to Barathmathiew sitting behind.”
Half way through the journey, my co-fellow called me up and said, “It’s difficult to get an opportunity for one more participant from our school. There are limited chances for every school. Better don’t bring Barathmathiew’s model. He mostly won’t get an opportunity to present.”
Now, I had another set of choices:
(i) Make a U-Turn, return back to school. The usual choice.
(ii) Continue the journey, and at least pass on the nest. The unusual choice.
This time I left the decision to him,
He told, “Sir! Let’s continue the journey. I will get an opportunity to see the other projects and I will make a better attempt next time by coming early. Not an issue, if I don’t present.”
He chose the latter.
Fast forward to the afternoon.
My co-fellow called me up and said very happily, “Barathmathiew has won the third prize in the competition.”
“Wow. But how?”
“He got an opportunity to present and he did explained the project fantastically. He knows the digestive system extremely well.”
Rewind to a planning evening, two weeks back.
“Should I really choose this Grade VII video for teaching digestive system? This is extremely detailed. I never think this will be helpful to my students in Grade IV.”
I was exhausted to see the limited number of choices available on YouTube to plan for the digestive system for my kids.
Then, I had two options:
(i) Plan for something else for the ‘engage’ part of the lesson, crop this video idea. The usual choice.
(ii) Getting convinced with ‘Anyways they will be learning it in future!”and going ahead with Grade VII video. The unusual choice.
I chose the latter.
The series of unusual choices also, sometimes result in a desire outcome.
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