For our young students, the adult world in which they will make their careers is going to be very different from the world of today and that is what we must prepare them for.
The challenges we face today as adults in a school are, that we do not know what skill sets our students will require 10 to 15 years from today.
What is it that we should prepare them for – Hence we have to make sure that they have an all-around development and acquire every skill possible to not only make this world a better place, but to be able to do the best they can for themselves.
From the time I started my career at St Thomas’ College, Dehradun, to moving overseas and teaching and working with both the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Cambridge Examinations, to moving back to Dehradun, this journey has shown me the diverse approaches to Teaching & Learning, and the cultural differences of our Learners.
During this journey, I also joined Kasiga School as the Academic Coordinator and then moved on to Genesis Global School, Noida as the Head-International Curriculum, and later Principal – International Curriculum.
It is a pleasure to be back to my hometown again, as the Principal of Doon Global School, starting from the 2020-21 academic year.
I believe in student-centered education where teachers make every effort to ensure that every child reaches their maximum potential in every field. Every child grows up with certain capabilities and skills that are what we should hone and enhance. It is the school that has to evolve according to the requirements of the students, rather than vice-versa. Good relationships and continuous interaction between Students, Teachers and Parents are very important to create a conducive learning environment. We endeavor to create young minds ready to face the challenges of the world with honesty, hard work and integrity. We support the individual well-being of every student and provide an environment that allows students to learn best, and perform best.
All this will only be possible with the efforts of our Teachers. To assist them in continuously evolving as Educators, we will be investing in Professional Development Programs which will bring about the best Pedagogy and Teaching – Learning practices.
It is important to inspire the staff, students, and the community to work together to promote student achievement and well-being. The ability to innovate and create is very important. The school is working towards challenging and inspiring students and teachers to be imaginative, creative and innovative.
The information input is no longer required as a learning process, it is already a given process on the internet. Hence as teachers, we need to make sure that our students understand the value and the validity of the information available on the internet, how to use the information available to them and to always validate the information that they get on the internet. Critical thinking must therefore be, at the core of their learning.
Communication skills are developed by having regular ESL lessons and giving students the adequate opportunity in the Performing Arts. Fostering Leadership and Collaborative skills through everyday interaction and engagement is an essential part of a learner’s training. While we must learn to succeed, we must equally, learn to accept failure as a learning process and with dignity.
There is no perfect School. However, in the words of John Hattie “Teachers should build classroom climates where errors are welcome, student engagement is the norm, questioning is high, and students gain reputations as effective learners.”