A result-oriented professional, Vice Principal Bhavna Chibber has nearly 23 years of experience in the areas of teaching, administration, content development, curriculum designing, training, client interfacing and student/parent counselling.
In this episode of Education Plus, we talk to Vice Principal Bhavna Chibber on various issues related to education. From her journey as a student to becoming a versatile teacher to getting into the role of an administrator, Bhavna Chibber gives invaluable insights into the education sector.
Bhavna Chibber is actively involved in supervising, managing operational planning & development, directing the day-to-day academic and associated operations. Her experience of facilitating/coaching students and trainers by using interactive discussions & “hands-on” approaches to help students learn and apply concepts in subjects is unmatched.
Following is an excerpt from the interview Wonderpublish conducted with Bhavna Chibber recently:
Q. 1: How are you coping up with the second wave of COVID-19?
Ans: It’s quite unfortunate that we are again in this situation. But now our teachers are well trained. They have enough training and experience to conduct the online classes smoothly. Our students are more comfortable. They know how to attend the sessions. So now I’d ask the parents of the students to support the schools, institutions where their kids are enrolled in. This is a tough time for each and every stakeholder. Once we will join our hands in support then only we will be able to sail through this situation in an effective manner.
Q. 2: Speaking of new admission, what’s the process like nowadays?
Ans: Now that we are living in a digital world there are no boundaries. So yes, admissions are too taking place online. There is now the option of having a virtual tour of the school. We also give the option of showing the classrooms virtually. So everything is on digital nowadays whether it is learning or business or even admission.
Q. 3: Do you think due to the lack of actual physical environment of a school there’s going to be developmental issues with small kids later?
Ans: Yes, absolutely! And that is the main concern of each and every educationist. With kids who are just starting with schools, IQ is not the only concern. We send our kids to schools for the development of their social quotient as well as the emotional quotient. We send them to school to learn the adversity quotient. There are so many life skills that kids learn on school campuses.
But when the things are not in your hands, you need to work as per that what is available to you. And that’s exactly the idea behind our action plan.
Q. 4: Is your school providing any kind of counselling to the parents?
Ans: Yes, we do provide parent counselling. We had umpteen sessions on mental wellness, cybercrime, cybersecurity last academic year. And we’ll continue to add more and more topics. I believe these are the issues which we need to talk about. Speaking of other topics which we have covered, ‘How to do the parenting when you are at home?’, ‘Maintaining balance between work-family life-and your kid’s classes’.
Q. 5: How is the role of traditional teachers transforming into new age educators?
Ans: This transition already started when CCE (Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation) was there. At that time, the teachers build a bit of understanding as to how to work on project-based learning, activity-based learning. Although we were able to implement it in a proper manner. Also, we also need to consider our huge population. Changes take time to implement.
Traditional teaching basically follows the philosophy of Chalk n’ Talk. And have a discussion right on the board. But nowadays the classrooms are more blended learning-oriented. We are talking about the flip classroom. We are talking about incorporating more 21st-century skills. While the teacher is transacting a lesson she needs to focus on how to enhance the critical thinking or the creativity of the child.
Earlier the teacher was teaching on the concept that the evaluation has to take place at one time and they need to work for the assessment like this. But now the strategy is a holistic progress card wherein each and every point needs to be taken care of. Earlier it was a teacher wherein they will be teaching each and every child in one way. Now we focus on differentiated learning where a teacher needs to recognise the level of a child. So I always say, at that time she was a teacher now she is called a curator.
Q. 6: How did you make that transition from being a teacher to an administrator? Please tell us about your journey.
Ans: I started my journey in 1997 as a teacher. And that too in my own school. Coming to your own school as a teacher is like a blessing from God. I taught Computer Science, and since then it’s my 24th year in the field of education. And I am blessed to witness the sea-sized change in the curriculum. And that made me a life long learner.
I started teaching C, Logo that time. We used to have floppy disks to boot the system. And I was teaching Python, PHP, ASP, Oracle in my last school. I have learnt every possible computer language in my career. I have made so many softwares also. Apart from that, I have done web designing as well. Photoshop I know. So that is my journey as a teacher. And I have taught all the three subjects: Computer Science, Multimedia, and Informatic Practices. So it has enhanced my teaching capabilities.
Secondly, being an international coordinator, project head and British Council Incharge, I have planned and executed ISA, a British Council award. I have also been involved in international teacher exchange programs. So it was all an opportunity for me to witness how the classrooms were functioning on the other side of the world. This is how I got initiated into the world of administration. But still, I would say I am a teacher only.
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