Dr Raavee Tripathi is the Principal at Sumitra Modern School, Sitapur. Here, she talks about the importance of keeping a positive outlook and touches upon the various aspects of online schooling.
An Educationist, Writer, Resource Person at CBSE, Deputy District Training Coordinator at CBSE, Social Activist, Speaker and Panelists in National and International Edu Summits, Dr Raavee capitalizes on every opportunity and creates a cycle of positive change that renders no challenge insurmountable. With over 26 years of invaluable experience in designing, planning, monitoring and delivering, measuring and evaluating education programs both in progressive and development settings, Dr Raavee has received many prestigious awards.
Dr Raavee Tripathi has also been the Vice President – Women Empowerment and Global Goodwill Ambassador for Human Rights and Peace. She has been a part of the Advisory Board of Sports Academy Association of India.
Following is an excerpt from the interview Wonderpublish recently conducted with Dr Raavee Tripathi:
Q. 1: How is your school coping up during this second wave of COVID?
Ans: COVID-19 has taught has various lessons of life. And we all somewhere down the line accept our carelessness towards mother nature and our lives too. Although this hasn’t been a good experience, yet we can say we are no more new to the “new normal.” Hence, [we are] confident, and a little more outcome-based or outcome-oriented as far as teaching and learning are concerned. Our students have become responsible and have definitely inculcated self-learning habit. Parents are more supportive [than even], and have accepted online teaching also. And I am glad to share that the parents have also started participating and giving their bit in the educational journey of their children.
Q. 2: From designing to evaluating education programs, you have over 26 years of experience. What kind of education programs did you implement during the lockdown?
Ans: This period has widened our horizon. We have started customising the educational program as per the scenario and requirement. In fact, it has given us an opportunity to think more, design better and achieve the targeted outcome. And I’m glad we are able to do it efficiently. We have left no stones unturned to explore the hidden potential of our students as an orator, presenter, researcher and what not.
Q. 3: And if I take you back 26 years in time, how did you get into teaching? Tell us about your formative years.
Ans: Being a daughter of an educationist, the passion for teaching was inbuilt. So before narrating my journey as a teacher, I would first express my heartfelt gratitude to my parents for being my gurus.
When I started my journey back in 1995, each day I used to challenge myself to win over the trust of students. Once you win the trust of students then only you can give the best. Being a better performer than yesterday used to be my target which is in fact continuing to date. Since the beginning I was known for being a strict teacher, yet compassionate and considerate. So students loved me and approached me to share their problems. And within no time I used to become their mentor. This 26 years of career has made me an innovative teacher, mentor, guide and of course a good human being. And yes, I love my profession.
Q. 4: Do you see technology as the mainstay of education in the future?
Ans: Definitely, we can not deny [the importance of it] because today teacher with technology trend has come. And it’s better to equip ourselves with all the 21st-century educational [technology] trends.
Q. 5: You are a CBSE certified leader. How are you keeping up the morale of your teachers and other people in your organisation?
Ans: I am a participative and demonstrative leader. I ensure to involve team members in the design, making process. [This way] the team members feel included and involved. And when they are involved and engaged, automatically they are curious to contribute.
And I must tell you, we have developed a culture at our school, called Challenge Yourself where we ensure that learners in my team are curious to learn all the time. I’m glad that my team has earned various certificates of training organised by CBSE and some other organisations. I have also conducted an in-house workshop on NEP 2020 which more of a dialogue than a monologue. We have discussed the feasibility of the NEP-2020 in length.
Q. 6: You are a part of the Advisory Board of Sports Academy Association of India. And now that education is taking place online, how do you plan to continue physical education?
Ans: We have started a tradition of starting our day with Yoga. I feel that a happy mind can only stay in a happy body. Realising the importance of Yoga and Aerobics in our day-to-day lives, we are starting our days with Yoga. We have conducted various sessions on how to boost our immunity as well. We conducted online sessions for these activities for the entire week. Even on Sunday, we have some special aerobics sessions, some dance classes as well. Like this throughout the week, the students are connected with us. We also organise the mission School Fit Week every month wherein we try our level best to encourage the participation of the entire family.
And the most beautiful part of the entire show is that the parents also join these sessions. This has resulted in a beautiful bond between the stakeholders because we had a lot of issues across the globe like School Fees and all. This way the parents come to understand that the school is giving its best to the children.
Q. 7: How do you keep a positive outlook? What’s your process?
Ans: I begin my day with meditation and brisk walking. Also, there is one thing that is very important which is positive manifestations that: yes I am cheerful, yes I am happy, yes I am healthy, and I have got a lot of good energy to work on. So when you think something good with positivity, automatically positive energy spreads all around you. And that is what you can transmit [to others] as well.
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