Vibha Khosla is the Principal at Shri Ram Global School, Delhi. She is a very observant and perceptive educationist and has a distinguished career of 20 years.
In this episode of Education Plus, Vibha Khosla talks about her belief in the Happiness curriculum & focus on the emotional well-being of children, by including the same in her instructional approach.
Vibha Khosla is an accomplished educational planner, administrator and neoteric educationist. With her career experience she has acquired both knowledge and skills to deal with children and groom them to become the best of in their future with the help of unconventional teaching methods, along with a complete approach aimed at including all the fields of the students’ healthy development.
She has polished skills in planning, development, execution of exploring activities both academic and extra-curricular, for the enhancement of children’s comprehensive development. Vibha Khosla specialises in training teachers, coordinators and school heads to boost the academic development and create enthusiasm for innovative teaching, she is also a certified CBSE resource person for imparting trainings.
Following is an excerpt from the interview Wonderpublish recently conducted with Principal Vibha Khosla:
Q. 1: How is your school doing during the second wave of COVID-19?
Ans: This is a time of adversity, I strongly believe in positivity, if we keep thinking about the negative thoughts then we are just manifesting the same, so me and my team are trying to manifest positivity. We want our teachers, children and parents whoever is associated with us to be slightly away from the news, because it is nice to be aware about the ongoing things as adults, but our hearts sinks when we get to know what is the state of the situation, so for the children we are continuing our classes.
They have activity based classes with a lot of collaborative learning, experiential learning and confidence building. It is a very challenging situation at this point of time, but the word impossible itself says “ I am possible” so I’m sure the world is going to heal and things are going to be well again.
Q. 2: Can you tell us what CBSE trainings are going on in your school? Also, how does one become a CBSE trainer?
Ans: CBSE has taken a lovely initiative of introducing various trainings, me being a CBSE trainer I go ahead and impart the same sessions for other people who are associated with CBSE schools and we do the same in our school as well. So there are trainings on strengthening the values, gratitude, mindfulness, experiential learning, art integrated learning, and we also allow our teachers to give the trainings as well.
At this point it’s very easy to become a trainer, because CBSE is inviting even freelancers and anybody who has the potential to give the trainings. They give them an opportunity, once the opportunity is given they see the person and their feedback, if the feedbacks of the participants are good they keep giving trainings to that person. Otherwise to be a CBSE Master Trainer, there is also an online form on the CBSE trainings portal that you have to fill and submit, then you can be a trainer.
Q. 3: What is the Neoteric Approach to education?
Ans: Neoteric approach is a modern approach, I remember when I was a learner we had the chalk and talk method, the classroom revolved around the teacher, they would come, deliver the lecture and leave, then we had the idea of making children centric classrooms. But now what I personally believe is that it’s not only the teacher or the child, the environment needs to be learning centric, so it’s very important that we practice the approaches wherein learning is being facilitated.
Now when we talk about practices people say that they’ve taken trainings from different countries, I would just like to pause here and would tell them that can we just have look in our mythology, instead of looking out of the window, there are so many activities that we were taught by the Gurukul system, we speak about eye and hand coordination, experiential learning, peer tutoring, collaborative and adaptive learning. For example, instead of having different classes to teach children about the colours and numbers, we could just take out the game of Snakes & Ladders or Ludo and play with children, so they learn the number and colour association, these are the kind of practices where children are getting involved while learning. Teachers are the guiding light so their planning has to be apt.
Q. 4: Do you believe that online teaching is favourable for healthy intellectual development?
Ans: With the change, the teachers who were technologically not equipped are now well equipped and there are a lot of methods that we have applied, so we can go ahead and make lesson plans in the Google classroom, we are having quizzes for the children on Kahoot, so there are different strategies that we are using online but at the same time children are getting glued to the screens and laptops, so we try to put in some more strategies where experiential learning is coming like we include meditation, relaxation and happiness techniques.
We get the children involved with things from the house, like if we ask for plants the child will show us the plants in their garden. So we are using a blend of screen time, experiential learning as well as some spiritual learning for the children’s mind.
Q. 5: What extracurricular activities are you conducting online?
Ans: Extracurricular activities is something I really love because I always tell my teachers let’s not teach the way we have been taught because I remember I would always sit in my class get bored. So let’s say that we are conducting an activity for saving water in the school we would ask the children to go around the school but now we can’t do that, so instead we ask them to go around their house and see how many taps are dripping, how much water is dripping.
This way we have celebrated almost everything now we are going to be celebrating Mother’s Day, we used to teach children to grow different plants in school, now we ask them to use a pot and plant the seeds, let’s say tomato so they have to borrow the tomato seeds from their house, so they don’t have to go out and buy them, we have been conducting a lot of activities where they have been sensitised towards the environment, reducing pollution, so there is so much to do. So anything that can be incorporated in the values, the school has taken initiative to conduct it.