From The Principal's Desk
Ms. Nitisha Yadav
Principal - Indraprastha Convent School, Delhi
Topic :- What’s wrong with the early curriculum?
“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”
The greatest challenge that I have faced and am still facing as an Educational Leader, is tackling the huge and unrealistic expectations that the parents have from their wards. At times this takes away the originality of the student and also his willingness to study goes for a steady decline. I wish parents would allow the children to pursue their dreams and let them fly happily towards their dream destination. When a student studies the subjects of his choice and follows his passion, the challenges of life and further of his professional journey become more acceptable to him.
Today’s educational world needs leaders with the right balance of Digital Leadership and Emotional Leadership. With the ongoing digital revolution in the educational sector, deep immersion into digital inclusion and intervention is mandatory for the school leaders, teachers, students and other stakeholders. Digital Leadership has to be complemented with the humane element of grooming so that we make sure students do not lose out on socio emotional growth.The New Education Policy promises to cater to a wider spectrum of the educational arena right from the preschool to the secondary level with focus on several areas that were not taken into consideration earlier. Areas of skill development, vocational skill programs, teachers’ training, foundation years education, restructuring of the professional educational courses, globalised approach to the subject selections will surely see a paradigm shift in the world of education. The five pillars of NEP will emphasise : accessibility, affordability, quality, equity and accountability.The young educators need to understand the need of the hour. My suggestion to them would be :
Be flexible in your approach.
* Try to be the facilitator in class and a passive participant.Adapt to the technological requirement.
* Upgrade your skills.Be open to learning from students.Participate in peer learning. Stop being a teacher. Become co-learners.A good teacher is always a good learner first.
Let’s march on with panache expanding horizon!!!! Flip the page With enormous waves Time to change With innovative sail !!!! The curriculum must be interactive for holistic development of students.
“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” ~
Whole Language Vs Phonics
Whether to concentrate on phonics or whole language approaches is a point of concern for early years educators. As per whole language approach, to learn any new language we need to focus on the 4 essential skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing in the same sequence. Whole language proponents inspire children through tools like storytelling which enables the educators to bring ideas alive by illustrations and inspiring children to weave stories of their own and tell them to others. This richness of total engagement with language at the spoken, read and written levels is considered critical for acquiring literacy and love for books and competence in the language.
On the other hand, proponents of the phonics method focus on the importance of decoding initial, medial and final sounds and to couple sounds with letters recognition skills in order to acquire literacy.
Well, research has shown that children need a wide variety of tools to attract printed words. They need many motivating words to increase their fondness for language and reading mastery. Therefore, both sides need to understand each other’s viewpoints. Although mastery of phonetics is crucial for learning to read, reading for meaning and having wonderful experiences with books is also fundamental to support young children develop mastery in literacy.
Also, much stress is given to writing by educators in the early years which results in over stressing the child- before 4 years of age/ even before the fine motor is developed or pincer grip strengthened to hold writing equipment.
Time vs space
In an early year classroom, most educators follow a lesson plan with academic, extracurricular etc. mapped out for the day, the week and the month ahead. There is a kind of target which is set up to complete the mapped-out syllabus or the projected curriculum with specific learning outcomes on time. On the other hand, children need individual attention due to their specific learning styles and so forth. This issue is sometimes phrased as a “Space Vs Time” issue. Should the early childhood classroom be time dominated in the way formal school periods will be? Or should the classroom be organised in such a way that the children are free to choose an activity of their liking? This is an ‘Open Education Classroom’ in which children spend varying amounts of time on an activity depending on their own understanding and learning.
Again, it needs to be noted that neither total educator domination nor a child-dominated classroom works in the best interest of the child. Judicious awareness of children’s different learning styles, space, areas of interest, ability must be combined with interesting engaging classroom arrangements and flexibility for maximum learning to happen in the early years.
Finally, I just want to say ” Energy and persistence conquer all things.” There are famous lines with which I would like to conclude.
The boat that qualms the waves
Never gets across
The mind that dreads and dares
Has never been at loss
The tiny ant, when it carries the grain
Lays it up into the heights of the wall
Falls slipping a hundred times,
Just as it tries again
The faith in the mind
Stirs courage in the nerves
It soars and slips, then slips and soars again
Until its efforts have not been in vain
Educator of the Month
Ms. Divya Dabas
Executive Member of School,
Principal Welfare Association India
Topic :- Can the sun educate the moon about how to reflect?
” Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Albert Einstein
I believe that there are different kinds of flowers. Each flower has its own unique beauty and time. So, if nature accepts that everything has its own time and place, why do we expect children to fall into a slot and straitjacket them. As educators and parents, it is our duty to find out the strengths of the child and nurture that instead of expecting a child to do what we expect of them; to follow only social norms and expectations. There is a dire need to come out of this way of thinking. I am also trying my best to do this and we all need to work towards it, even though it is not easy. And if we do, we may not see the impact immediately but we will definitely see/feel it later, in the years to come. Everyone will move in their own time. Schools are full of half-asleep zombie students who don’t always make the most out of the opportunity given to them.The emphasis in school has been taken off of learning and mastering content to get the best grades possible. Every child is a unique individual. The personalised learning process is the key approach to ensuring that each child receives an education that honours their individuality. We worry about what a child will become tomorrow but forget that they are someone today. The New Paradigm Shift in Education calls for the celebration of a child’s uniqueness. Personalized Learning, Progressive Pedagogy are the key approaches that will greatly facilitate this New Paradigm Shift. The community at large is often unaware of the potential of children with special needs. In the common mind, special needs are usually identified with very low calibre. But parents should believe in the value of educating children with special needs. The lesser the expectations, the higher will be their acceptance in the family. The Government should also ensure ‘Learning for all’- means ensuring that all students, and not just the most privileged or gifted, acquire knowledge and skills that they need. “Learning for All” promotes the equity goals that underlie Education for All. By engaging with parents we not only boost the confidence of the child but also foster positive relationships. Invite parents to regular class days to simply observe their children learn. Take regular feedback from parents on how they think their child is progressing. It is suggestive to think of a variety of ways to collaborate with parents and even let them be part of regular classes. We may even offer them to conduct a class on your behalf on a day when you are absent. This will help them understand the herculean task that we daily undertake. As a result, the hidden talent of a child can be brought out in an effective & efficient way.
As educators it becomes essential for us to satiate parents by incorporating their perspective and engaging them in the education of their children. Some parents tend to get anxious as they get a circular or a notification about their child’s behaviour or performance or maybe
even about homework or a project. It is natural. And hence it is important to integrate the parent community in the teaching learning process. This may sound over ambitious but if we are able to do this then this would enhance the learning outcomes of your students leading to fruitful parent teacher meetings and we will not be battling parent teacher mistrust. And collectively we can provide an expressive platform to our shining stars as per their individuality.
Ques1. What is your take on the present day educational leadership?
Ans – Always treat obstacles as opportunity to achieve greater heights in life. Be the brand & paint the canvas of world with your splendid skills in a mesmerizing way. Inquisitive, tech-savvy and energetic, the future of this great nation will be driven by educational leaders.
Ques2. Suggestions for young educators to embrace changes in educational technology?
Ans – Being an educationalist, I ponder 21st century learning is the constellation of learner characteristics which equips educators to enjoy a high quality of life, work and relationships. The young educators should be resilient, intentional, creative and confident learners who understand the value of collaboration, the relationship of effort to results and the need to be continually grow and learn. I want young educators to establish themselves as per above module.
Ques3. Dialogue is an approach of teaching and learning that can really make a difference in a child’s life. What are your views on this?
Ans – The greatest challenge that I have faced and am still facing as an Educational Leader, is tackling the huge and unrealistic expectations that the parents have from their wards. At times this takes away the originality of the student and also his willingness to study goes for a steady decline. I wish parents would allow the children to pursue their dreams and let them fly happily towards their dream destination. When a student studies the subjects of his choice and follows his passion, the challenges of life and further of his professional journey become more acceptable to him.
Today’s educational world needs leaders with the right balance of Digital Leadership and Emotional Leadership. With the ongoing digital revolution in the educational sector, deep immersion into digital inclusion and intervention is mandatory for the school leaders, teachers, students and other stakeholders. Digital Leadership has to be complemented with the humane element of grooming so that we make sure students do not lose out on socio emotional growth.The New Education Policy promises to cater to a wider spectrum of the
educational arena right from the preschool to the secondary level with focus on several areas that were not taken into consideration earlier. Areas of skill development, vocational skill programs, teachers’ training, foundation years education, restructuring of the professional educational courses, globalized approach to the subject selections will surely see a paradigm shift in the world of education. The five pillars of NEP will emphasize : accessibility, affordability, quality, equity and accountability.The young educators need to understand the need of the hour. My suggestion to them would be :
Be flexible in your approach.
Try to be the facilitator in class and a passive participant.Adapt to the technological requirement.
Upgrade your skills.Be open to learning from students.Participate in peer learning. Stop being a teacher. Become co-learners.
A good teacher is always a good learner first.
Voice of the Educator
Vidya Samrat International School
STANDARDS FOR TEACHER COMPETENCE IN EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT OF STUDENTS
Teachers should be skilled in choosing assessment methods appropriate for instructional decisions –Skill in choosing appropriate useful, administratively convenient and interpreting results from diverse assessment. Teachers who meet this standards will have the conceptual and application skills that follow. They will be skilled in interpreting informal and formal teacher produced assessment results, including pupil’s performance in class and on homework assignments.
Teachers will be able to administer standardized achievement tests and be able to interpret the commonly reported scores: percentage ranks, marks card and grade which is equivalent to their achievements. They will have a conceptual understanding of the summary indexes, commonly reported with assessment results measures of central tendency, dispersion, relationship, reliability and errors in measurements. Teachers will be able to apply these concept of score and summary indices in ways that enhance their use of the assessments that they develop.
Teachers will be able to apply these concepts of score and summary indices in ways that enhance their use of the assessments that they develop. They will be able to analyze assessment results to identify pupil’s strengths and errors. If they get inconsistent results, they will seek other explanations for the discrepancy or other data to attempt to resolve the uncertainly teachers should take accurate decision .So that they can use assessment methods in ways that encourage students in their educational development and that do not inappropriately increase students anxiety, stress and depression will may to be unhealthy mental health issues.
Teachers must routinely report assessment results to students and to parents or guardians. In addition, they are frequently asked to report or to discuss assessment results with other educator and with diverse lay audiences. If the results are not updated effectively, they may be misused or not used. Teacher should help the stake holders to give appropriate explanations of how the interpretation of student assessment must be moderated by the student’s socio-economic , cultural, language and other background factors should also participate with the wider educational community in defining the limits of appropriate professional behavior in assessment. Fairness , the right of all concerned , and professional ethical behavior must undergird all student assessment activities, from the initial planning for and gathering of information to the interpretation, use and communication of the results.
Teachers who meet these standards of assessment will have the conceptual and application skills that follow, they will know those laws and case decisions which effect their classroom, school district, and state assessment practices.
Ms. Lavleen Shukla
Seth Anandram Jaipuria School,
Q1. As a school teacher what is your understanding of education?
ANS 1. Being a school teacher for 17 years, I learnt to support learners in their quest for new knowledge on a specified set of subjects. To make them committed to learn best practices through different teaching techniques. Imparting of knowledge should be in way that it is easy for learners to adapt. We should not only focus on Academic Knowledge but we should encourage in developing Skills. Skill Development helps individuals acquire practical skills, such as critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and technical abilities, which are essential for personal and professional growth. In my school of thoughts Education involves Personal growth, Socialization, Life-long learning, SEL & Skill development.
School teachers play a pivotal role in the formal education system by facilitating the learning process, imparting knowledge, and nurturing the development of students. They are instrumental in creating a conducive learning environment and shaping the future of their students. Education is a dynamic field, and the understanding of education continues to evolve with changing societal needs, technological advancements, and educational theories.
Q2. What are the best practices adopted in your school to impart quality education to all the students?
ANS 2. In my School, Seth Anandram Jaipuria (Kanpur) we believe in Holistic Development. Some good practices which we channelize through Learner centric are Collaborative learning, Activity based learning, Use of Technology, Inclusive Education, Formative Assessment, Parent & Community engagement, Professional Development, Data driven decision making, Sustainability & Environmental education and Flexibility & Adaptability.
Jaipuria as an institution propels its students to aim for the sky, keeping pace with the ever -changing world and at the same time not loosening on the roots of its rich and diverse culture. The school is an epitome of a culture where one finds a perfect blend of enviable age-old traditions and the latest pedagogy in the world of education. This enables us to give back to the society young adults who are fixed to their roots and at the same time have the potential and spirit to soar to regions unexplored and unimaginable.
Q3. What according to you are the three most important aspects of quality education?
ANS 3. Three most Important aspect of Quality Education are appropriate skills development, gender parity, provision of relevant school infrastructure, equipment, educational materials and resources, scholarships or teaching force.
- Effective Teaching & Learning: Quality education relies on effective teaching practices and successful learning outcomes. This includes well-trained and motivated teachers who use research-based instructional methods to engage and support students. Effective teaching should facilitate critical thinking, problem-solving, and skill development, rather than rote memorization. It should also be adapted to meet the diverse learning needs of students.
- Skill Development: It includes Cognitive, Communication, Digital literacy, Creative & innovation, Cultural competency, Collaboration, Resilience, Emotional intelligence etc.
- Equity and Inclusion: Quality education should be accessible to all students, regardless of their background, socio-economic status, abilities, or other characteristics. This aspect emphasizes the importance of inclusive practices and providing additional support to students who may face barriers to learning. Equity in education ensures that every student has the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Q4. Should parents/ guardians be a more inclusive part of their child’s education? Why?
ANS. 4 Yes, Parents should be more inclusive in child’s Education. To support this
- Life skills & Values: Parents and guardians often play a significant role in imparting life skills, values, and ethical principles to their children. These lessons can complement the academic curriculum.
- Social & Emotional wellbeing: Being part of a child’s education can also involve addressing social and emotional issues. Parents and guardians can help students navigate social challenges, build resilience, and cope with stress.
- Higher Academic Achievement: Research has shown that students whose parents are actively involved in their education tend to have better academic outcomes. They are more likely to complete homework, attend school regularly, and perform well on assessments.
- Home-School connection: A strong home-school connection fosters a sense of continuity between the learning that occurs in the classroom and at home. This can help reinforce the educational messages and expectations, leading to more effective learning.
- Paren- Teacher Collaboration: Collaboration between parents and teachers can lead to a more comprehensive and well-rounded education for students. It enables a sharing of insights and strategies to address challenges and enhance learning.
- Enhanced Student Support: When parents and guardians are actively involved in their child’s education, they can provide valuable emotional, academic, and social support. This support can positively impact a student’s motivation, confidence, and overall success in school.
Q5. How do you view the Indian education system after the implementation of the new education policy?
ANS.5 According to me, implementing of NEP in our education system will help us in having good & improvised curriculum. Which will enhance our area of
- Holistic Development
- Early Childhood Education
- Technology Integration
- Vocational Education
- Teachers Training
- Language Policy
- Assessment & Evaluation
- Equity and Inclusion
Changing the way students learn: The most significant effect of NEP will be on the student learning process. The policy advocates switching from the existing rote-learning-based system to a more activity-based, experiential learning methodology.
While the NEP has set a transformative agenda for the Indian education system, the success of these changes will depend on effective implementation, resource allocation, and the commitment of all stakeholders, including government bodies, educators, students, and parents. The full realization of the NEP’s vision will likely be a gradual process, but it has the potential to significantly reshape and improve the education system in India.
The Big League
Wilsonia was founded on the 08th of July 1966 by Rev. H.R. Wilson and Mrs. Virginia Wilson in their Bungalow. The school got its name from the Bungalow itself ‘Wilsonia’ which means the home of the Wilsons.
Five Decades since its inception, Wilsonia still holds the privilege of being the city’s most reputed Group of Institutions. The school has expanded tremendously during the years and now has an identity of a split unit system.
The Wilsonia Group comprises FOUR Branches. The Parent School, Wilsonia College that is affiliated to the Council for the I.S.C Examinations – New Delhi. Wilsons Play House is the Kindergarten Wing of Wilsonia College. Wilsonia Scholar’s Home is situated on Delhi Road, Pakbara, Moradabad, and is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education. Wilsonia Degree College, is situated on Kanth Road, Moradabad. It is affiliated to the M.J.P Rohil Khand University – Barielly.
The Group’s Vision
- To propagate Indian values and traditions to the students.
- To bring about progression among the students in order to enable them to be well informed and technically literate in the modern world.
- To provide a strong base for the students from which will emerge bright career prospects for the future.
- To serve society and the community by actively participating in noble and just causes that will benefit all.
- To provide students significant exposure and opportunities in all aspects of development to ensure they grow up to be model human beings.
To educate and nurture our students to be Happy, Confident, Articulate, Enlightened and Compassionate Citizens of India
Mr. Asheesh Santram
Director - Wilsonia College , Moradabad
Welcome to Wilsonia Group, thank you for showing your interest in ‘Life at Wilsonia’ the wonderful, beautiful journey that we undertake every day in our lives, filled with the ever-blooming radiance of young children whom we see growing into imposing young men and women that we are so proud of.
I hope you can visualize the efforts that the teachers put in to nurture each child and guide the child down the path to brilliance. Because that is what we hope and pray that each Wilsonian shall have. The brilliance of the Sun itself.
Along with being intelligent young men and women, we hope every Wilsonian shall also have the confidence that is unparalleled. Because every child has his or her own spark, we realize this and try to kindle the spark to make each child shine, in their own corner, in their own way, we hope that each Wilsonian will add to the brightness of the world.
All the best to every Wilsonian past, present or future, love and blessings are with all of you with a prayer that says
‘Let your light shine oh you young friends of mine,
That dreams, you dreamt, will all one day be thine.’
Dr. Supriya Kapoor
Assistant Professor, Trinity College Dublin
Welcome to our latest edition of Edlines-Today. During this auspicious time of festivity, the entire team of Edudevs wishes you all a peaceful and prosperous festive season. A time for celebration, a time for when world sees the power of good, let us also use the power of education to spread awareness and positivity around.
This edition of Edlines Today features Doon Public School, Sonepat in our Big-League Institutions. The school aims to provide exceptional education and co-curricular facilities to students and groom them well so that they are able to take up any challenge in the real world. This article highlights the vision and philosophies of the school along with all the wide collaborations and programmes the school organizes, including the Mother Empowerment for Educational Development programme. The school’s principal Ms. Jyoti Mata shares her vision and philosophy of the school with the audience.
Next, we bring close observations and insights on choosing appropriate assessment methods for students. It is very important that teachers continuously assess students via different modes and also communicate the results to the students and parents in a timely manner. This has been very well expressed in our Voice of the Educator column by Ms. Kalpana, Principal at Vidya Samrat International School.
This edition focuses a lot on early education. We have two very interesting articles on the topic. First, a very inspiring article in Principal’s Desk column of this edition is by Ms. Nitisha Yadav from Indraprastha Convent School, Delhi. The article really focuses on what exactly does the early curriculum needs- a right balance between digital and emotional leadership. The article definitely echoes what the new educational policy aims to bring. Second, the article by Ms. Devyani Kapoor on early childhood care education speaks to the audience about what exactly children need in order to develop their skills during the formative years. Along with a holistic classroom environment, the children should be directed towards logical thinking and problem solving, co-curricular activities including art, craft, music and dance, developing etiquettes and proper social behaviour, among others. The article resonates with every parent, guardian, and primary school teacher who are responsible for developing the initial years of students.
Next, the Rendezvous with Lavleen Shukla from Seth Anandram Jaipuria School presents expert views for teachers and students on the quality education and how parents and guardians can play a more inclusive role in shaping the formative years of students. In addition to this the article also includes the author’s views on how the new education policy will assist the future curriculum I the Indian education.
Finally, this edition features Ms. Divya Dabas in the Educator of Month column where she shares thoughtful observations over many years of her academic journey. Ms. Dabas is an academic coordinator, literati educationalist and an executive member of the School Principals Welfare Association in India. We are delighted to have her as part of Edlines and provide us with the opportunity to share her professional thoughts.
Ms. Devyani Kapoor
Founder and Mentor - Edudevs
Early Childhood Education – Learning in the Formative Years
Early childhood education is a critical stage of a child’s development and there are several essential elements that students need to thrive in this environment. The early years of a child’s life are a time of profound growth and development. It is during this crucial period that the foundations for learning, socialization, and overall well-being are laid. Early childhood education plays a pivotal role in shaping the trajectory of a child’s life. To provide children with the best start possible, there are several essential elements that make early childhood education a transformative experience.
- A Safe and Nurturing Environment: The physical and emotional safety of a child is paramount in early childhood education. Young children need an environment where they feel secure and loved. This safe space allows them to explore and learn, knowing they are protected.
- Qualified and Caring Teachers: Teachers in early childhood education must possess not only the right qualifications but also the patience and passion for working with young children. These educators understand child development and know how to create a stimulating learning environment.
- Age-Appropriate Curriculum: One size does not fit all in early childhood education. The curriculum must be tailored to a child’s age and developmental stage. It should encompass activities that stimulate cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. Learning through play is a fundamental aspect of this approach.
- Social Interaction: Early childhood education is not just about academics; it’s also about social development. Children need opportunities to interact with their peers, fostering social skills, empathy, and teamwork.
- Play-Based Learning: Play is a child’s natural way of exploring the world. Play-based learning helps children develop creativity, problem-solving skills, and fine and gross motor skills. It’s a critical component of early childhood education.
- Individualized Learning: Every child is unique, with their own strengths and challenges. Teachers should recognize these differences and provide individualized support when necessary. Some children may need more guidance, while others might benefit from extra challenges.
- Language Development: Language is the bridge to learning. Early childhood education should place a strong emphasis on language development. This includes reading, storytelling, and conversations to build vocabulary and communication skills.
- Motor Skills Development: Activities that promote fine and gross motor skills are vital for young children’s physical development. Drawing, colouring, cutting, and physical play all contribute to this aspect.
- Emotional Support: Early childhood educators play a crucial role in helping children understand and express their emotions in a healthy way. Emotional development is an essential component of early childhood education, fostering resilience and self-awareness.
- Parental Involvement: The involvement of parents in their child’s early education can significantly enhance the learning experience. Regular communication and parent-teacher conferences help create a strong support system for the child.
- Assessment and Feedback: Teachers should monitor each child’s progress and provide feedback to parents. This ongoing assessment helps identify areas where additional support or challenges may be needed.
- Healthy Snacks and Rest Time: Proper nutrition and adequate rest are essential for a child’s physical and mental development. Many early childhood programs provide healthy snacks and naptime to ensure children are energized and focused.
- Exploration and Discovery: Children should have opportunities to explore and discover the world around them. These activities, such as nature walks and hands-on learning, encourage curiosity and a sense of wonder.
- Respect for Diversity: Early childhood education should celebrate and respect cultural, ethnic, and individual differences. This fosters tolerance, acceptance, and an appreciation of diversity.
- Positive Reinforcement: Encouraging and reinforcing positive behaviour and accomplishments helps build a child’s self-esteem and motivation to learn.
- Developing Curiosity :Children have active imaginations, and they enjoy using their curiosity to explore their feelings and their world. Curiosity helps children be more observant and to think about things and try to figure them out. Example: Unstructured play is the best way to encourage and nurture your child’s sense of discovery.
- Logical thinking and problem solving– Three-year-old Scott insists that his tall pile of blocks contains more than Rochelle’s flat train of blocks, even after his teacher helps him count each group. Scott is still using observation to tell him that his “big” pile has more. It will take more such teacher– assisted experiences and a developmental leap for Scott to realize that his initial perception was incorrect. Pre-schoolers at the preoperational stage of development use their perceptions of the environment, along with bits of information gathered during their past experiences, to understand their world. They base their understanding on what they see rather than on logic. They need to go through many illogical thinking processes before they can even begin to make logical sense of their world.
Early childhood education, with its focus on these essential elements, provides a holistic and comprehensive approach to nurturing young minds. It sets the stage for a lifelong love of learning and the development of essential life skills. By investing in early childhood education, we are investing in the future, giving children the best possible start in life and the tools they need to thrive. These early years are a time of incredible potential, and with the right environment and support, we can help every child reach their full potential and build a brighter future for us all.