12 year old Dhwani Yagnaraman is back to do some guest blogging for us (Her first post was a Mother's Day post). Dhwani had some Skype sessions with our friends at Central Manor, Pennsylvania last month and wrote in about her experience. You can also read Ms. Teresa Reisinger's account of Dhwani's session with a class of fourth graders.
When I was first asked to talk to some American students on Skype, I was very nervous. I had no idea what to say or do. Soon I started preparing. Then the time came. I was very excited although scared. I spoke to two classes- one 4th grade and the other 2nd grade. The 4th grade class first started with folk stories that they were doing in library and then went on to questions which they asked me. Soon we got to know each other and learnt a lot about the difference in our schools, lifestyle and almost everything. Then after a week I spoke to the 2nd grade class. Although younger, they asked me a lot of questions which I thought were very interesting. They read out some of the poems they wrote about Spring. Each one was very unique and different in their own way. I guess creative writing is one class which should be there all around the world and what Indian schools lack. The students were very curious in both classes and I guess we both benefited from the conversations by learning about each others lives. I hope to interact with them again and it was definitely a rare and unforgettable experience. My heartfelt gratitude to Maya, Teresa, my mom, and all the teachers and students involved for this amazing opportunity.
- Dhwani Yagnaraman