New Way of Learning needs to be adapted to live a New Normal Life : Nalini Arora


Ms. Nalini Arora, Principal of Shirdi Sai Public School, Moradabad  shared her experience regarding online classes and how the teachers handled the situation with their selfless efforts  to manage the situations and making knowledge and resources accessible to the students during pandemic.  Here are some highlights of her experiences as a Principal and what challenges they faced to manage the situation.  

An Interview by Chandra Ratna, Reporter EduAdvice

           ·What are the challenging situations for teachers now, as they are preparing students for a new way of learning?

The most challenging situation faced by teachers was to shift from the traditional way of learning to the technical way or new way of learning. As there are many teachers who are aged and have less knowledge of technical things. They learnt the system and mastered the standards so they could provide the education and study materials to make things easy and accessible to the students.

            ·  The new way of learning may lead students to keep distance from traditional ways of learning. What is your follow up on the same?

Not completely as the students are preparing notes, making ppts, solving the worksheets given by their teachers, getting involved in different activities which enhance their presentation skills like extempore, debate etc. The only thing that has changed is the physical presence & fun learning of the students with their peers in the class. But the learning style & pattern of learning of the students remain mostly unaffected.

The optimum use of technology was even evident in offline classes earlier, however the degree of dependence on it has increased in the current scenario.

            ·  How will learning through technology accomplish other factors of learning that are required in the academics of students?

They are hard to be accomplished as online classes lack physical presence of a child. Other skills including sports, craft, dance and music all play a vital role in the growth of students to establish a wholesome personality. Yes, unfortunately these skills are lacking somehow because students are taking advantage of online classes and using gadgets to entertain themselves instead of doing productive work. We at SSPS, have tried our best to inculcate these habits through weekly Friday competitions which range from literary, craft and cultural activities.

But now once these offline classes take place things will be balanced because it will be monitored by teachers as well as parents in a way that it should be. 

            ·  What kind of routine should be made for students so they can easily adopt to cover up the habit of online classes and maintain                                    discipline  among them?

Taking care of yourself as well as your surroundings should be the priority over anything. The process is only complete with the cooperation and understanding of parents and management. Parents should be the ideal working partners for teachers to teach them about precautions using sanitizer, wearing gloves and masks. It needs everyone’s support. Also, the children these days are quite smart and understand the situation, so if guided well, they will surely absorb the measures and follow it too.

The students should be encouraged to wake up early, perform physical activities like running, skipping or just jogging. They need to have consistent healthy eating habits and lesser screen time.

            ·  Teachers are performing multiple roles and doing their best to give access to education to the students. What are your views on the                            same?

Indeed, the sentence speaks it all. They suffered a lot when it comes to their physical and mental health as well due to lack of self-time. During pandemic, teachers were not getting 100% payment because of which they faced financial crisis also. But they knew their role and played it fabulously.  All the work regarding teaching and checking PDF’S of the exams was done virtually. Excess use of laptops and screen contact caused eye problems. The teachers worked tirelessly managing their personal chores and health so students could get the privilege of education during these unprecedented times.

            ·  What should be the role of administration towards its staff/teachers to motivate them so they can perform their job better?

Performing some heartwarming gestures that would make them feel joyful and energetic such as a small get together surprise party, a small thank you note to appreciate their hardwork or even a word of appreciation in staff meeting etc. Most of all letting them free from Performance pressure. This is something that needs to be done to motivate teachers so it will encourage them to perform better even in hard times. They need to feel that whatever they are doing is valued and counted. That they are important and are doing the best they could.

            ·  How does it affect the mental and physical health of students and is it necessary that classes need to be cut off?

              They are of course in the middle of many “masters” like parents, teachers and friends. Satisfying all of them in the same meter was a                          serious challenge for them.

There is a huge difference when it comes to the analytics of social media usage and productive work done by students. Yes, it affects students health mentally and physically both ways but if we see the analytics result, students are using more social media spending time on Facebook, YouTube and other online social media platforms that means they are capable of managing the screen  time or more than scheduled times during online classes.Just by, we cutting off online hours, doesn’t really help their adapted habits of excess screen time.

              Further adding Ms. Nalini Arora said it’s not an individual’s duty. It is a Team work. Starting from the Management to the Helping staff. It’s all                possible because one is supporting the other. And that is the key to a successful process of learning.