REPORT ON THE WEBINAR SESSION ON THE TOPIC
‘ACADEMIC RESTRUCTURING #2020’
A webinar session was organised by Action Committee, Unaided Recognised Private Schools (Regd.) in continuation to the series of webinar sessions for school leaders and educators of private schools to empower them in their endeavour to impart quality education. The topic of the session held on 14 June 2020 was ‘ACADEMIC RESTRUCTURING #2020’. The session began at 12 noon with the virtual lighting of the lamp, the moderator Ms Prachi Grover invited Mr S K Bhatacharya, President, Action Committee to give a brief introduction of the Key Speaker Dr Hrushikesh Senapaty, Director, NCERT. The respected Guest Speaker enlightened the audience with a profound understanding of ‘learning’ and the need for ‘Academic Restructuring’. He posed a few thought- provoking questions that made the participants introspect whether meaningful learning is taking place in students. What are they really learning? Is learning helping them to face challenges in life? Is learning helping them to become good citizens, good human beings or is the focus only on scoring marks?
Our Principal Dr Neeru Suman attended this enriching session and procured valuable insights while Dr Hrushikesh Senapaty continued to speak on the importance of learning and Academic Restructuring. He set before us a wider perspective and a clear understanding of what ‘real learning’ is and why we need to restructure the entire system of the teaching learning process. He said that the National Achievement Survey shows that performances of students decrease as their grade or level increase and students were unable to tackle competency-based questions. Thus, he emphasised that our education system should help develop critical, logical and creative thinking skills in our children. Research shows that we are still focussed on content-based learning rather than competency-based learning. Considering this, the NCERT has come out with the Alternative Academic Calendar and he stressed on the need for a democratic approach in the education system, with the involvement of school leaders, teachers, students and parents. It should be more of a community approach towards education giving importance to Rules, Roles and Relationship. In the present scenario, the role of teachers is to develop potentiality in students and the ‘process’ is important than the product. Dr Senapaty then went on to talk about Assessment and said that it is an integral part of learning. Assessment should include ‘Assessment of learning’, ‘Assessment for learning’ and ‘Assessment as learning’. Teachers should find different ways to assess the students. Involving students in the process of assessment is a good strategy wherein students can have peer assessment, self- assessment while the teacher keenly observes the students process of learning. He iterated that we must believe in the ‘strength model’ and not the ‘deficit model’ and as educators ,we must observe what the student is good at, what are his strengths rather than focussing on what the students do not know or what he is weak in. The focus should be on understanding the psychology of the learner and help them master their competency and skills.
Speaking about technology, he said that technology is just a means and not the end. We may have the impression that our students are ‘empty- minded’ and we need to fill them with information and knowledge but all we have to do is expose our children to technology, to the different web tools and they will learn with the help of technology. ‘Learning with Technology’ is the new pedagogy and it is the pedagogy that dominates technology. It is the need of the hour that teachers should be the facilitators and guide students towards self learning, explore, get them exposed to different kinds of learning, verify, examine, come out with solutions, observe formulate their own hypothesis, share their experiences thereby leading to real learning. Our focus is to provide quality education, develop their skills and competencies which will help our students to face challenges in life and confidently compete with students at an international level. Thus, he concluded saying that Academic Restructuring will help us attain the goal of learning and it is all in our mindset to bring about the real change.
The session was then open for questions from the audience side and Dr Hrushikesh Senapaty promptly and patiently responded to all the queries, doubts with relevant and apt answers and solutions.
Our respected Principal Dr Neeru Suman is very thankful to Dr Hrushikesh Senapaty, Director, NCERT for delivering such informative and enlightening thoughts. She is appreciative of the commendable efforts taken by the Action Committee, Unaided Recognised Private Schools (Regd.) for initiating such a knowledgeable and informative session.
Our Principal Ma’am is grateful to the Management of the School for their support and encouragement to attend such enriching sessions. She further expressed her gratitude for their constant efforts to motivate and inspire us to achieve excellence and perfection.
KEY SPEAKER : DR HRUSHIKESH SENAPATY, DIRECTOR, NCERT
Glimpses of the Webinar Session