GREETINGS FROM DELHI PUBLIC SCHOOL, RAJNANDAON!
Marching towards excellence, we the DPS Rajnandgaon have taken the initiative to cope up with the COVID-19 disaster. We all know that lockdown is disrupting a generations education the last few months and have finally seen a flurry of new ideas / activities. In a matter of weeks, corona virus (COVID-19) has changed how students are educated around the country. It gave new solutions for education, could bring much needed innovation. We have given the digital platform in new shifts in education approaches to the students. However, COVID-19 has become a catalyst for educational institutions worldwide to search for innovative solutions in a relatively short period of time. We got the stop-gap solutions to continue teaching, in which quality of learning is heavily dependent on the level and quality of digital access.
It was little tough in the beginning to incorporate all of a sudden class-room teaching to online teaching. First came up with the challenge of providing training immediately as soon as the lockdown was declared, IT experts were called to do so. Time table / academic calendar for 4 weeks of home-based activities for different subjects categorizing objects including erasers, pencils, clothes, pulses, etc. to teach the concept of colour, shapes and sizes have been suggested for the students of class I to IV, above Vth students, Teachers are conducting classes through internet-based platforms, in absence of which SMS and voice recording can be sent. We have launched high quality ed-tech applications along with using e-resources.
Our school considering the challenge as an opportunity to shift focus from schooling only at Schools to School-home collaboration for learning. Head centric role learning converted into experiential learning. Now is the time to re-introduce learning by doing.Our Teachers prepare lectures and videos enthusiastically which is supervised once by the expertise team before sending finally. Apart from the main subjects we concentrated successfully even on the co-curricular activities such as : Vocal, Dance, Art & Craft, Best out of waste, Spoken English / Personality development, Phy. Education, Yoga, Music, etc. I personally feel that during COVID-19 pandemic, the bond between Parents, Teachers and Students become stronger as they are personally connected to each other. Management provided their help in all means to make this online / virtual classes successful.
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We conducted skill based classes also for the students and even for Parents such as cooking, stitching, gardening, etc., through online classes. We emphasized more to involve students in house-hold work to learn the things / values too, such as sharing, respecting, team-work, etc.
We celebrated different occasions / special days such as Earth day, World Book day, National Pachayatiraj Day, World Malaria Day, World Intellectual Property Day, World Day for Safety and Health at Work, Aayushman Bharat Diwas, Labour Day, World Laughter Day, World Asthma Day, Mothers’ Day, Anti-Terrorism Day, etc. To make all these days more special, we told students of different categories / classes to write an article about the importance why we celebrate these days.
We organized several competitions which can be done at home and submitted to the in-charges which is later on assessed as per different parameters (story writing, poem writing, poster making, theme based videos, slogan writing, etc.) which are uploaded in website and facebook. Assignments and projects were given to the students after completion of specific topic / chapter through which the teachers assess the understanding level of the students. Online tests were also conducted in the form of MCQs.
We are also launching Digital Summer Camp for classes I to IX for 10 days to upgrade their skills and to engage themselves during the lockdown. Apart from this, we have organized counseling sessions and health and hygiene related webinar for our students.
We have fixed one hour daily for the doubts clearing session through which the students and Teachers interact on co-scholastic / scholastic areas.
If we talk about the challenges out of 100%, 4% complaints are regarding unavailability of internet connection. Rest everything is positively accepted by the Teachers, Parents and Students with full zeal and enthusiasm.
The rapid spread of COVID-19 has demonstrated the importance of building resilience to face various threats, pandemic disease to extremist violence to climate insecurity and even, yes, rapid technological changes.
The pandemic is also an opportunity to remind ourselves of the skills, students need in this unpredictable world such as informal decision making, creative problem solving and perhaps above all ADAPTABILITY.
Mrs Urmila Dixit
Mrs Urmila Dixit is seasoned educator with over 22 years of experience in the field of education. She started her career with St. Aloysius Sr. Sec. School, Jabalpur as Head of Department, English. Subsequently, she was the Senior Coordinator, Delhi Pubic School, Jabalpur, served as a Vice-Principal in Gujrati Eng. Med. Hr. Sec. School, Raipur, Vice-Principal, Delhi Public School, Dhamtari. She was the Principal of Shri Rawatpura Sarkar Intl. School, Raipur and presently the Principal, Delhi Public School, Rajnandgaon.
She is an eloquent speaker, Trainer and has been frequently invited to speak at various prominent educational conferences all over the country. She was the topper throughout her academics and won Gold medals in M Ed, B Ed and MA English. She has got National Award for her dissertation work named Trans-culturalism.
Her illustrious academic profile includes a Ist class degree in MA English, MA Political Science, M Ed and B Ed. In addition to this, she has also upgraded her education by attending various lectures and seminars from time to time. These seminars include In-Service Teacher Training Workshops for teaching English at Secondary & Senior Secondary level, Seminars on value based education, Seminars on House system, Vocational guidance, life-skills, subject enrichment, adolescent education and computer aided teaching.
Besides achieving academic excellence, she has also been a keen culturalist and she represented College and participated in Inter-College competitions.
Gifted with inborn leadership qualities, she has held positions demanding immense command, control and organization. She also has a rich teaching and administrative experience of more than 22 years in residential and non-residential Schools. She is an effective event organizer and has conducted many prestigious school events and competitions with professional expertise & excellence.
She is educationally enlightened, technologically savvy and open to pedagogical changes to create a positive and challenging learning environment. She has a dynamic and versatile personality and is an ebullient source of energy to the people around her.
She is well equipped with managerial skills on the one hand and leadership qualities on the other. With her convincing conversation, striking persona and enchanting presence, she truly endears and endures because as a person she is without artifices.