Teachers, parents and students were trained to use the online teaching portal to its maximum potential says Pratima Sinha, CEO, DSR Educational Society, (Birla Open Minds International School) Kollur, Hyderabad in a conversation with Elets News Network (ENN).
Sea Turtle … WISDOM …. Travel at your own pace, stay calm under pressure, trust the flow, be comfortable in your own shell …. KEEP MOVING FORWARD.
During these challenging times, amidst the worldwide pandemic of COVID 19, we didn’t sit back but immediately swung to action. The first thought was focused on our students and their future, second on the staff members, to give them the right platform to enhance the teaching process and third with our parents to continue sharing the bond of trust.
Planning commenced for continuous education based on the situation, the need and the requirement. The curriculum was relooked into and tweaked for supporting online teaching. Simultaneously online portals were ascertained and cleared for being user friendly, offering good features and following cybersecurity norms. Teachers, parents and students were trained to use the online teaching portal to its maximum potential. The most exciting and exhilarating bit of the whole plan was … everybody was working from home !! We came together but stayed apart physically.
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The whole school community was on their Mobiles, iPads, Laptops, Desktop, Tabs and so on working round the clock to create and welcome E-learning process, which became the buzz word within no time.
Online teaching and learning have been a success in the school right from Kindergarten to Senior Secondary. One and a half months of regular teaching through presentations, videos, flashcards / teaching aids, augmented activities, worksheets and fun sheets has been smooth. Live Online Classes are being conducted not only in Scholastic subjects but also in Co-Scholastic subjects like yoga, music, dance and sports. Regular storytelling, mykensho and life skill sessions are part of the teaching. Teamwork and commitment has been at its peak. Right now recapitulation classes are going on as the students will be facing a diagnostic test in the first week of June. This would help the teachers understand whether learning has taken place in the right context or not.
A recent interaction with highly appreciative parents gave us the motivation and confidence that we are moving in the right direction. Our students are being supported and guided in the best possible way.
All our Heads have been utilizing their time by keeping themselves abreast with new educational pedagogies and new trends by attending webinars. Connecting with each other, sharing best practices, guiding each other and generally getting to know each other better. Which was totally lacking during the normal time as we are all rushing against time.
For me personally it has been a jigsaw puzzle time and a roller coaster ride but I feel fresh and renewed as if I have ventured into the unknown territories but found and paved the right path.
Although COVID 19 was sudden, surged fast, affected all and created chaos . We were able to face the challenge and moved ahead with confidence, to create a success story for years to remember. The School stands tall and proud. Many worthwhile lessons have been learnt during these times.
Difficult Roads Lead to Beautiful Destinations.