Building emotionally safe spaces for inclusive spaces and creative learning
Why do we send our children to school? How can learning be meaningful? And most importantly, how can we build schools worthy of our children?
From the time children are little, we start making stories about them. Schools are like factories where these stories are manufactured all the time. Some children at the top of the hierarchy enjoy rich, diverse and colourful stories which are told and retold. However, there are many who spend most of their lives in school, clutching on to single, thin narratives of ‘failure’: ‘can do better’ and ‘not up to the mark’, ‘not reaching potential’ - every ‘not’ restricting and making their narratives thinner, limited, with lesser scope for possibilities. These are the children who are forgotten, who are invisible and who are seen as never being good enough.
At the core of this book is a deep faith that learning is about the magical relationship the teacher builds with each child; it is about building emotionally safe, inclusive spaces for creative learning. That is the heart, the lifeblood, the bare bones of learning.
Imagine is a call to action for teachers, parents, counsellors, therapists, activists, thought leaders and other change agents in our society. A game changer that will force us to reflect, rethink, redesign schools that our children truly deserve.
Watch her talk about her new book, Imagine: No Child Left Invisible as she answers pertinent questions
Imagine is an important book. One that educators, parents and anyone concerned with the healthy upbringing of children should not only read, but possess. To go back to every now and then and flip through a few pages as a gentle reminder of those invisible children. Sen shines a light on each individual and shows an alternate way. It is a book that humanises us in ways we didn’t think we even needed. Thank you Shelja Sen for helping us find those invisible children
While swathes of Imagine will speak to teachers on the kind of impact their actions and words have on children, the scope of Sen’s theories has wider relevance. As parents, many of us come up with similar narratives that our children end up living with for the rest of their lives. If you are look if you want to understand, as a teacher, a parent, an active member of society and an educator, what may be done to improve the schooling system, Imagine is a must-read
Combining eclectic wisdom from scholars, experts, philosophers and writers, with anecdotes from personal and received knowledge, the book offers a commonsensical yet philosophical approach to the learning experience in schools. It is a teaching book that promises to make learning an enjoyable and enriching experience. Too much to digest? Not really. Sen pulls it off because she moves the heavy stuff with a light touch
Imagine is a little book of love - for and of children. It is what we need to value. It is what education really should be. It is what we need to be to shape what our kids choose to become. And the idea of a world of children nurtured with all that is good - that world is the world that I wish to belong to