Director's Message

Director, Academics

Archana Neginihal Director Jyotirmay International School
What do I look at when I walk into a classroom?

Is the classroom lively? Even if it appears to be quiet, are the children engaged in their work?
Do they find it meaningful? Is there story, art, music, life, movement? integrated studies?
Children learn best when they are active and when their feelings can engage with the subject matter in appropriate and meaningful ways.

Does the teacher influence the students at a deeper level than that of memorizing facts?
Has the teacher invested in the lesson? Is it planned well? Has he done his research?
Is he observing, measuring, documenting the learning outcomes? Is she inclusive in her approach yet equipped to attempt differentiation based on learner needs and learning styles?

What is the nature of the tasks being set?
Yes, what I would definitely expect is to see our teachers claiming the freedom to work in their own way, drawing on the wisdom of their communities and blending their knowledge received through training with new and different insights.

How will they be able to achieve this?
It is our responsibility to research sensitively and with great energy for the right means. I am certain, that now we have a group of people in the school for whom a sense of deep affection for the children is the primary reason for being here. There are people in the school who are perhaps willing to examine themselves and their motives and to work hard at the “essentials”.

Everyone in viewing the school brings to his perceptions his own anxieties, fears and apprehensions and as a result clouds the possibility of clear seeing. If one could put aside one’s prejudices, the “pet theories” and ideals which have taken root in one, and just look at the school clearly, one might actually be able to see what is happening with the children here, not merely in terms of achievements,
but in terms of their “inner lives”. And with that we may see what is happening to our own inner lives as well.

Often what appears disturbing, is the first stage of something “creative” that could in fact begin to happen. When we are timid and afraid as educators, and rely on imposed, external discipline to bring about order, we come up against the major danger of making the “system” far more significant than the “human beings” within it.

The child brings with her a rich source of information from her own day-to-day experience. Is the teacher using these effectively to channelize the child, to develop a great range of ideas? As Gunning says, this is the source which provides them with the very "concrete" pegs on which to hang important concepts. I am in awe of this statement~ "providing concrete pegs on which to hang important
concepts" ~ as a teacher, this is my religion and this is my ritual~

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