Sometimes when we least expect it life throws us a curveball. COVID- 19 is one of those things. It is something that none of us had imagined in our wildest dreams. At normal times when the educational institutions would be busy preparing themselves to welcome the students at school for the new academic session, we entered the world of lockdown and were forced into entirely new psychological and social situations. But there was no other way apart from adjusting ourselves to the new normal.
As the saying goes, “With great power comes to the greater responsibility”, we educators could not ignore the fact that we have a great responsibility in shaping the future of our children.
Keeping this in mind, the first interactive session through a Zoom meeting with our Principal and In-charges including all the teachers was held. To be able to see each other virtually after several days of lockdown was quite fascinating. For the next few days, the school management started anticipating how we can give continuity to teaching and learning. Finally, after much consideration, Triyog started Distant Learning through the existing Learning Management System (LMS). We started by uploading study content and assignments over LMS.
After a few weeks, the school introduced online classes through Zoom, a video conferencing platform.This paradigm shift made us enter into a new world which most of us hadn’t experienced before. Though we were able to interact with our students, the 40 minute time restriction of Zoom, downloading all the assignments from LMS before giving the feedback, poor connectivity were some of the challenges faced by us.
As our school was constantly working to improve the teaching and learning mechanism, a new LMS named Fuseclassrom was launched. The teachers, parents as well as students were provided the basic training to be familiarized with the system. The newly launched LMS was found to be much more effective than the previous one as a couple of modifications were brought in.
The online teaching and learning platform made us able to look into different online resources to make learning more interactive. Virtual field trips and interactive sessions, ICT, CCA classes, wellbeing sessions, recorded live classes in LMS ensured the better learning of our children.
Similarly, weekly morning assemblies provided the platform for public speaking and boosted the confidence level of students. Furthermore, the constant constructive feedback that we received from parents through the text messages and direct calls also ensured in improving our approach.
The evaluation of the learning of the students was done through the online assessment taken through online platforms.
The excitement of seeing each other physically was exhilarating when the school reopened after almost a year. The main challenge for us was to keep things as normal as possible. We started engaging the students in fun activities and later moved towards some revision activities.
Yet again the educational institutions were shut down due to the uprising cases of COVID-19. But we are grateful to our school management that teaching and learning did not stop at Triyog during these tough times. With the demand of the situation, we accepted technology and its latest offerings in order to make education delivery to students more efficient and productive through online learning and assessment. We are constantly learning, innovating, updating, and growing.
Finally, I would like to conclude my thoughts with a quote by the famous American poet Maya Angelou “No matter what happens or how bad it seems today, life does go on and it will be better tomorrow.”
Primary Grade Teacher
Nikendra Gurung Tamu
Nikendra Gurung Tamu, Junior School In-charge
The dynamic of teaching is changing considering the current scenario but imparting knowledge is a continuous process. The unprecedented pandemic and lockdown have changed the dynamics of education while opening new grounds for teachers to adapt to the virtual environment.
The initial situation posed a lot of challenges, taking on the new teaching platform with a lot of doubts in mind whether we would be able to deliver our best or not!!! But virtual platforms provided us with an opportunity to be innovative and creative. Teaching virtually on ZOOM helped the teachers to recreate unique ways of helping students to prepare for their academics. Teachers were able to explore various technologies or tools to explain various concepts from the syllabus to their students. Teachers went beyond the traditional textbooks to teach about a particular subject.
The integral part of the teaching profession considering the current situation is innovation and change as a response to the complex situation. Teachers are learning to make online notes, curate videos and study materials for students accessing multiple technologies and information available to make the transition smooth.
Teachers are possibly adopting every means of communication and technologies to help students with their academics. The present situation is a battle for teachers to make their students excel in every aspect and to ensure that they themselves are undergoing extensive learning modules themselves.
My Switch from Middle School to High School
I feel honored to say that Triyog is the second home that taught me all the valuable skills and knowledge to be a good teacher. It offered me responsibilities, new experiences, challenges, and to be a professional teacher as well as a learner. I also thank the school for allowing me to enhance my profession and hone my teaching skills.
I am grateful for spending nearly a decade imparting knowledge and skills to the students appropriately. The School shaped me in so many ways. One of the best gifts that the School gave me was love for teaching and learning, especially through educating the children. I learnt to embrace my inner leader and unleash a torrent of brilliance within my schoolwork, extracurricular activities, and influence my colleagues and students
Spending nearly a decade in Middle school taught me to take responsibility to drive change, push excellence, and show leadership. The friendly working environment helped me to develop relationships with as many teachers, administrators, parents, students, and other school employees as I could. It also helped me to be passionate about learning and kept educating myself.
Indeed, it is my great pleasure to work as a senior school English Language teacher presently. My shift from Middle school to High school has given me an additional opportunity to become a part of the team that nurtures the diverse talents of all children, and create positive change in the 21st-century classrooms. I am glad to work with wonderful teachers and inspiring leaders who are working creatively to enhance the performance level of the students. For doing great work, I think it has nothing to do with what I get or where I sit but how brilliantly I work and how masterfully I behave.
Senior School English Teacher
Induction into Triyog – A Sheer Bliss
Joining Triyog High School has been an utter privilege to me though my commencement was during the onset of Covid-19 which later engulfed the world. This chaos has been a powerful call for integrity in solidarity to overcome the diverse challenges the Covid 19 has mercilessly unleashed. And during this world emergency, the education sphere was in dilemma but all thanks to this digital platform which eased us to communicate and impart knowledge.
I really want to express my gratitude to the Triyog fraternity for the overwhelming support and for helping me in adapting to the new environment. The positive response that I have received from my dear students and respected parents has further strengthened my zeal to serve.
Eventually, the physical classes brought me closer to the real world of the educational spectrum in the shape of Triyog territory. The warm acceptance and support which I have received from Triyog fraternity and especially Senior block can’t be elaborated in these few sentences.
I am always grateful to our Principal Sir, Senior School In-charge Savita Kapruwan, Head of Research Department Mr. Lalkesh Panday, Senior Science Teacher, Mr. Suresh Chaudhary and all the senior block teachers for their continuous support, guidance and encouragement. My anticipation soars as to receive this warmth and cooperation in the days to come as well.
It has been a very pleasant and exciting journey so far and I am very glad and honored to be associated with Triyog family and I will continue serving Triyog High School with sheer dedication, hard work and enthusiasm.