Crafting a Better Tomorrow
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