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  • On the way to School today, I saw this cotton candy seller with a brilliant marketing idea.

    Do you see that numbers board on top of the candy floss box? And the nails? Its like a Pin ball board. He has a marble. To get the candy, a kid pays one rupee and tosses the marble on the board. Wherever the marble stops, the kid gets that much worth candy. He said “Play play Sir ! No body goes empty handed ! You get at least one rupee worth candy” He converted an ordinary activity (buying candy) into something interesting and exciting by building into it, a game of chance ! Sheer innovation !

    This got me thinking. Am I doing this in my classroom? Am I building innovation and creative methods into my lessons? Am I converting boring lessons into exciting ones by introducing fun ?

    The children in my class come from a really low income community called Dharavi and most of them live in cramped one room houses, often sharing that room with 5 or 6 family members. They have not seen anything beyond this house and have all odds and statistics stacked up against them in life.Putting them on a different life path is my mission and I need to do everything I can to make them take a keen interest in learning.
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