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How The Dalai Lama’s Ideologies Are Helping Schools in Peer Learning

Apoorva Chakravarty
How The Dalai Lama’s Ideologies Are Helping Schools in Peer Learning

‘What makes a good teacher great’ - is a frequently asked question among the educationists around the world. A few years ago, in a TED Talk, Mr Azul Terronez, an educator, entrepreneur, author, podcast host and writing coach from Texas, popped this question. He believes the answers that he collected over the years of his teaching career have helped him develop and polish his teaching style. However, this one particular answer - Great teachers love to learn - stood out the most.

Learning must not stop, even for the teachers. Team ScooNews strongly feels that teachers, when they come together, can form the strongest community possible. With teamwork, they can actually help each other get better at their jobs and effectively craft young minds of their students. The whole idea of opening their hearts beyond their students is called Peer Learning.

An appropriate example would be the initiative taken by the Emory University under the guidance of His Holiness The Dalai Lama, called SEE Learning (Social, Emotional, Ethical Learning). As reported, SEE Learning is a curriculum for K-12 students in compassion-based ethics studies. It focuses on attention training, compassion development, ethical judgment, resilience and trauma-informed practice.

Undoubtedly, the development of SEE Learning happened because of the ongoing support and guidance of key SEL (Social and Emotional Learning ) founders, researchers and dozens of K-12 teachers and educators, who, along with other experts, gave their feedback, beta-tested the curriculum, helped the development team and shared their experience and knowledge regarding the same. 

SEE Learning related workshops are currently being conducted around the world in more than 25 countries to train 600+ facilitators who, in turn, can train teachers in their respective schools, districts, and regions in the said curriculum. Isn’t this a brilliant case of Peer Learning that’d eventually result in refining the future generations?

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