Dear Parents, It is always astonishing when the first week of April arrives – an indication of how far we have come in the school year! As Ms. Deepa and I have visited classrooms these past several weeks, the progression in students has been amazing to see! We have had the opportunity to see how far students have developed as readers and writers, their aptitude to work with simple and complex math problems, and their ideas as scientists and engineers as they explore new concepts and solve problems! We also continue to see progress in their social-emotional skills and their ability to use these skills in many different environments. Recently I had participated in the International ‘Shadow a Student’ programme, where I spent an entire school day being attached as a shadow to a student of Year 5. It was an amazing experience! I lived the life of a student and the challenges they face daily certainly startled me. Looking through the students’ eyes taught me a lot of things and gave me many significant points to ponder with regards to school improvement. What amazed me most was that students so ably adapt to different teaching styles, expectations and a variety of tasks with great enthusiasm. They are energetic even until home time whereas I was totally exhausted. In general, they show respect, make good decisions, and solve problems collaboratively. I’m most impressed by the way they show empathy and concern towards their peers especially students with determination. It also brought about very sharply in focus the fact that better student engagement led to improved progress and teachers need to ensure that through effectively planning.
I look forward to repeating this exercise in distinct phases of the school to get a clearer idea about various student experiences and using the feedback for further school improvement actions.