The COVID-19 pandemic unfolded last year, slowly necessitating the need to bring about unprecedented social isolation and safety measures, in all aspects of daily life. One area that saw the maximum change in mindset was the education sector.
Overnight, all schools and universities closed the school buildings for their learners.
The educators began stretching their existing abilities, thriving on challenges and seeing failures as a heartening springboard for growth and getting back to find solutions. Slowly realizing that this was the ‘new normal’ to stay, the most imperative aspect for all schools was to build socio-emotional wellbeing and a growth mindset.
As a school, the topmost priority for us became to encourage teachers to continue to strive towards a growth mindset and ensure the same for students and thus work towards their well-being. The curriculum and the methodology needed a change, and we were sure to bring about that positive change.
For teachers, we as the leadership team began by giving them the agency to select and choose a platform for virtual lessons. The school community created an environment for passion of learning rather than a hunger for approval. The ideas and suggestions of all teachers were appreciated and weighed. Various surveys and discussion forums were established for teachers to express and suggest. An open platform was established wherein teachers could share their triumphs and also failures. Individuals connected and collaborative meetings were held every day within the school hours. Contact time for students was reduced keeping the screen exposure in mind. This had our teachers learning and exploring new apps for ensuring effective learning for students.
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