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Anna Wolf'10 (international relations, Spanish)

"Service Learning Internship with Sava Mandir"

Location: Udaipur, India

Anna used her grant to complete an internship in India evaluating student proficiency test results at non-traditional schools begun by Seva Mandir for children in rural areas. She examined the test results in mathematics from multiple schools and grouped the data according to how students performed on each question, showing the percentage of students who miscalculated by adding incorrectly, dividing incorrectly, etc. She then made observations in order to help teachers understand how they can improve their pedagogical methods and overall impact of their work. She concludes: “The most important thing for instructors of the non-formal education centers to keep in mind is that all children learn in different ways . . . for this reason, it is important for the instructor to use dynamic and engaging teaching methods (such as games, group discussions, and fun activities) to get across difficult concepts and make learning enjoyable.” She addressed each question that presented the students with difficulty with potential pedagogical solutions. Anna presented at the International Symposium in the fall of 2010.