Dalbir Kaur Madan, educator and reading enthusiast, founder of One Up Library in Delhi , conducted a week-long reading program session for our teachers
Dalbir Kaur Madan, educator and reading enthusiast, founder of One Up Library in Delhi, who works with a number of well known schools across the country-Shriram School, Delhi; Cathedral and John Connon School in Mumbai to name just two, is training our teachers and librarians on what they can do to initiate non-readers to become readers.
The emphasis is not just for the child to learn to decode but on comprehension and thinking. Her idea is to encourage children to think, talk, have conversations, raise questions and gain new information by reading. The invisible parts of thinking become visible. Soon, the children will be reading to learn, not learning to read. Our school is also getting customized feedback on how to improve our library, from her.
As Ms Dalbir Kaur Madan continued her reading program with our teachers, she emphasized on the role of teachers in transforming the young minds into avid readers. The ideas shared by her included the need to create a reading culture based on fostering independent reading, teacher support, parent collaboration, community participation and reinventing libraries. It is also the need of the hour that libraries turn from being mere places of exchanging books to a social space for collaboration, a quiet space for observation, a creative space for innovation and an open space for diversification. The session stressed on the importance of teachers as enablers for developing not only decoding and comprehensive reading skills in children but also critical reading habits in them. Ms Dalbir Kaur Madan will be handholding our teachers ensuring exemplary library services and reading opportunities for our students.