After completing a B.A. in English and Philosophy and a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Toronto, Samhita is currently a teacher-candidate at OISE with an expected graduation date of June 2014. She has been working with children in education-related roles for almost a decade (since high school). Most recently, her ventures include serving as a reading tutor for the public library, volunteering with special needs children at a therapeutic horse-riding program, working with a non-profit group to build collections at a school library in Guatemala, and working with Toronto schools to enhance literacy programs through libraries and reading programs. Her approach to teaching is rooted in her own love for learning and her passion for igniting the love for learning in young minds.
Samhita is deeply committed to providing differentiated instruction for individual learning needs. To this end, at OISE as well as on her own time, she takes a special and active interest in learning about the cognitive aspects of learning and in staying up-to-date on research-based innovative approaches for adapting instruction for diverse cognitive learning styles in all subject areas, particularly science and mathematics, reading and language, writing, and critical and logical thinking. She believes in inquiry-based learning that is driven by students’ natural curiosity, and is constantly on the lookout for creative ideas for getting students motivated, excited and engaged in learning about various topics in the curriculum. At the same time, she is keenly aware—from her own experience as a student—that the most meaningful learning is what students have to learn in learning the curriculum, hence in her teaching she is always conscientious about guiding stu dents in learning how to learn.
In her spare time, Samhita loves reading (now especially children’s books), running, baking, photography, and making jewelry.