The prerequisite to make classroom teaching effective is to understand the students sitting in the classroom. A teacher that takes effort to understand the strengths, weaknesses, and interests of students would be better able to help them to be successful academically. A learner centric classrooms are the ones in which the students are the center of all activities and learning, with the teacher acting as a facilitator and guide on the side. In order to create an effective, productive, learner-centered classroom, it is imperative for the teachers not only know their students superficially, but also understand them well.
The "Understanding students" workshop highlights various strategies that will equip teachers to understand students. It sheds light on the learning styles, orientation towards learning and knowing their conflicts with self and society. Understanding students makes a better teacher student connect, which in turn facilitates learning and assimilation.