Dr Shelly Bhutani is mentoring 7 reputed schools in Delhi. Apart from that, Dr Bhutani has 15 years of experience as the Head of Maharaja Agarsain Public School, Delhi.
In this episode of Education Plus, Dr. Shelly shares her experience as an educator and the knowledge she has gained throughout her career.
Dr Shelly Bhutani has over 23 years of experience in education. She is a passionate leader, author, mentor, advisor, motivational speaker and International relationship counsellor.
Dr Shelly Bhutani has supervised a diverse staff and more than 2,500 plus students. And has coordinated ‘Classrooms for the Future’ and has utilised Standards Aligned Systems, Measures of Academic Progress and Value-Added Assessment to improve the effectiveness of instruction. She has written computer books for Grade 1 to 10.
Following is an excerpt from the interview Wonderpublish recently conducted with Dr Shelly Bhutani:
Q. 1: What is the force behind you that keeps you going, what diversifies you as you grow in your career?
Ans: Since childhood I’ve been very ambitious, so I’ve convinced myself to believe that I can do anything and that anything is possible in the world. I have been blessed with a lot of capabilities that can change the world, so I decided that I won’t let my ambitions and capabilities die for the want of secured and routined life. Initially I was not interested in the teaching line, I was interested in fashion designing, but my destiny had some other plans for me.
I decided that I will try to work for different establishments, and with my experience till now I’ve seen that every teacher, every educator has their own driving force for the learning of the students. It was my mistake to focus all my attention in controlling the students, but the real learning takes place when students tumble around a bit for their own learning.
Q. 2: You are also a mentor for some of the biggest schools in Delhi, so what is the exact role of mentors like you?
Ans: When your goals start to take their own shape, then the responsibilities on your shoulder also increases. There is no single formula for good mentoring, mentoring is a very important part of how we engage in education. Whether we serve as mentors, teachers or students, sometimes we seek a mentor to help us with our challenges, simply to have a system of support in our own personal and professional lives. So there were people who impacted my life, not because they were assigned as my mentor but because they took time to listen and support, to keep pushing me towards the good, which made me realise the significance of listening and being listened too.
Every mentor helps achieve a variety of outcomes such as the understanding of competition, learning to commit working in partnership with parents and opportunities to lead with examples. So I become your go to person for advice, I am entitled to get benefits in the form of individualised goal setting, relationship based on trust, and I serve as a thought partner in the students’ academic journey. A significant part of my mentorship is helping students and teachers develop habits of success.
Q. 3: To quote you “Realigning curriculum to the common core and modifying instructions to the best prepare students for the keystone exams” can you please elaborate.
Ans: Change is good, but it can also be difficult, it is difficult to adjust to new demands and create habits that support the change. According to the scenario we may be working to change our own curriculum, to align with the common home stage standards, it simply means that the learning goals in the technology reflect the goals in various standards. Curriculum alignment is a process in which educators at all levels formally evaluate among different goals.
It is an educational programme to address their changing needs, so once the collaboration takes place among the teachers and students, they have found it to be teamwork. I would also recommend students to utilise the online resources that are available, there are various platforms for students to learn from, this common core is accessible to all and even teachers are benefiting through these. Teachers also try to find the correlation in the material provided by the publisher or the school and the material available outside of this to teach the students.
Q. 4: You have been heading Maharaja Agarsain Public School for 15 years now, how have you impacted the school?
Ans: The school is a great part of my life and we all have our views on what would make our workplace better. There are many ways to analyse the knowledgeable and motivated teachers with their teaching methods and the state of art, but we all play a role in our institutions from educators to students and their parents, it is a shared responsibility.
So one of the major concern is bullying, I believe in saying no to bullying because it can bring consequences like anger issues, depression, traumas, so when you witness another student being bullied you must inform the teachers is what I teach my students. It is not easy to take actions, but you can remain anonymous and report the situation and the teacher will respect your decision, so be positive and friendly towards others.
Q. 5: You are also a CBSE Trainer, how many trainings have you conducted? What makes an educator stand out?
Ans: The one who influenced me is the most exceptional, they brought out the best in me. A teacher who takes on the role of the facilitator, rather than authority will be able to help the learners, a person who is not a keeper of knowledge but a vessel to pass it on, they are not here to dictate but to encourage. I became a CBSE Trainer as a challenge, I dedicated myself to not only train others but myself also in order to help others, because I believe a great teacher has incredible knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject matter they are teaching and not just the curriculum.