The demo lessons

29 May

Each of the twenty one lessons I witnessed was a great learning experience in innovation and sometimes spontainety.It clearly demonstrated novel ways of introducing a topic,maintaining interest level of low acheivers ,taking the bright ones to greater heights and several exciting ways of evaluation and recapitulation.

Each lesson was followed by open debate on its plus and minus points.The director and resource persons sat through each lesson patiently and saw to it that they didn’t turn into a farce. The feedbacks were eye-openers !

This was followed by the tea break.The breaks served the purpose of stretching our ageing muscles and restless tongues too!!

Most days the next attraction was the guest lectures organised with a lot of planning and thought.

There was one on National Curriculum Framework, one on counselling and another one life-skills . These were interesting most of the times,but I made them enjoyable by making them very interactive(even if the speaker hadn’t planned it to be!!) My main reason was to avoid dozing scenes around me.Many people were probably cursing me for spoiling their nap times.

A lecture on Child’s psyche was the most enjoyed one by all participants because of certain reasons.

The first was because of the insistence of the speaker, it became a highly interactive one. He kept provoking us to react. However the best(?) part was he was never happy with our reactions and kept searching for only certain responses for which he was prepared!

He also had a slight superiority complex with which he looked and harangued us. the result was a gradually simmering audience -especially yours truly who had become volatile by then. He had elicited certain info reg our behaviour in a given situation and then coolly condemned one of us. He also chided another and nearly humiliated a senior colleague just to prove his point.(Actually he had a legal point there, but his ways left a bad taste)

He moved on to aggressiveness in kids and asked tauntingly whether any of us had observed such behaviour.He went on to ask us to describe it/demonstrate it. That made me explode creatively!!

I suddenly banged the table loudly and screamed ,”I want to go out! Let me OUT!! JUST NOW”

The audience was stunned for a second and then they burst out laughung. They had already seen me in action for about 8-9 days by then. But the speaker was in a shock.He tried his best to cover up by telling me that as a child I should have thrown some things too. Actually he must have thanked his stars that I hadn’t!

My friends later told me that he was so stunned by my outburst that he jumped back several paces and struggled to keep a straight face for sometime. I was too consumed in my acting to observe this. I wish I had seen that smug face turn to a fear-filled one!!

I thought I was only obliging the speaker in generating a tantrum . I hadn’t realised that he was only expecting a token answer and not a real performance.

I secretly felt I had avenged for all the hurt felt previous to my outburst.


13 Responses to “The demo lessons”

  1. Vani May 30, 2007 at 4:33 am #

    Wow……I can imagine what that person must have gone through……But it does not surprise me.

  2. Sanjay M May 30, 2007 at 5:23 am #

    brilliant… ROFL! really made my day 🙂 🙂

  3. bachodi May 30, 2007 at 5:06 pm #

    Ha ha .. nice read.
    This is a camp in mysore right ?

  4. gmohanprakash May 31, 2007 at 4:16 am #

    Wow, Enjoying training too….

    what is this training all about dear?

    I could imagine as a teacher what my reaction would have been if somebody stood and said “let me go”…when least expected!!!!

  5. praneshachar May 31, 2007 at 9:39 am #

    great narration. wonderful experience and
    you have reacted too sharply and taken tit
    for tat. wonderful comeout with more we will
    enrich and enjoy

  6. neel3 June 2, 2007 at 9:09 am #

    this was a great relief to all my friends too!!

  7. neel3 June 2, 2007 at 9:27 am #

    Bachodi ,Yeah it was in Mysore.

    Mohan, It was a course in skill upgradation

  8. neel June 2, 2007 at 10:45 am #

    It was indeed a cathartic experience!!

  9. Vijay June 7, 2007 at 8:44 am #

    Lesson to be learnt here…. NEVER upset NEELA !!!! 😉

  10. Prashanth M June 7, 2007 at 11:21 am #


    sometimes me too feel like screaming like that while in a team meeting where the discussion goes round & round with out finding a solution. And to add that some crap PJs here & there during the meeting 😥

  11. neel3 June 9, 2007 at 9:20 am #

    Actually vijayji, thats what the guest lecture guy told the audience. As soon as this particular thing was over , he started showing some pics and told us to interpret…sort of TAT. I was putting forward my views and somebody interrupted me. At that instant, he said ,:don’t object to what the aggressive child says.’
    i said: you better get protected by a helmet and armour before speaking !!

    @prashanth: this happens to me during most meetings esp. when they run beyond official time of closure.

  12. Su June 10, 2007 at 11:02 am #

    Hi N
    I didn’t know you had a blog. Saw it as a link on Whitephosphorous. Was going through some of the stuff you have written. Pleasure to read all of them. And good fun to read about your training. Have a nice time in Bangalore 🙂

  13. destinationsrik June 11, 2007 at 6:15 am #

    Hahaha.. this is a super situation. I too want to witness that perplexed fear filled face, can we reproduce this incidence when we next meet, you being the speaker? 😉

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