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Multi dimensional teaching pedagogy need of the hour

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Sashi Luther

Assessment and feedback are an integral part of teaching and learning process and for that, the school will be conducting online assessment through its own online test engine says Sashi Luther, Principal, GD Goenka, Kanpur in a conversation with Elets News Network (ENN).

These are unprecedented times. G.D. Goenka is committed towards holistic development of our students. Planning for successfully imparting meaningful education and life skills to our students required a lot of brainstorming and also resources to implement the planning. The virtual classes are being conducted through multiple platforms simultaneously like GD Goenka YouTube channel GD Goenka e connect, WhatsApp groups and zoom sessions. This is done to ensure that no student suffers due to poor network connectivity. The videos made by the teachers to support the virtual classes has created a bank of digital data for future use also. Assessment and feedback are an integral part of teaching and learning process and for that the school will be conducting online assessment through its own online test engine. The results of of these assessments will also be shared online. To get authentic feedback the school has been regularly conducting online PTMs and has ensured that the suggestions of the parents are incorporated in our teaching methodology as far as possible. Not only this, but the school has also initiated online classes for the outgoing batch of grade 12 for better performance in their pending exams. And with the month of June round the corner, the school is ready with a virtual summer camp to make the summer vacation fun-filled and rejuvenating for our students. To conclude I would add, “Your limitation is only your imagination”, Lockdown or no lockdown, GD Goenka Kanpur will keep striving relentlessly in the best interests of its students and the society at large.

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A multilateral collaborative approach involving the educators, facilitators, parents and students is quintessential during a pandemic. This type of school closures have never been witnessed and so it is imperative to rethink and re-invent teaching pedagogy to blend with the present scenario. GD Goenka Kanpur adopted a progressive approach and when the pandemic was in its initial stage in the country, GD Goenka Kanpur was ready with the strategy to provide the facility of online classes to the students. The biggest challenge in implementing the strategy was to think and choose the tools of learning which would provide opportunities for blended learning. For this purpose the school management consented to move ahead with a multidimensional teaching pedagogy and empowered its team of facilitators as well as students with all possible resources for successfully conducting the online classes. The text books were delivered at the doorsteps of around’ 800 students living in various areas of the city. The students follow a set time table which includes assemblies, activities, academics and even special competitions organised to mark National and International events. To add on, motivational sessions and counselling sessions by icons from different walks of life are organised from time to time for both parents and students to help them overcome the monotony of the lockdown. All these efforts of the school had been highly appreciated by the stakeholders and parents.

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