PLC at DPSG International
Fear brings out the best in some people and the worst in others. It’s a test of character, for individuals and nations. -David Ignatius
All over the globe today, people are sharing the same sentiment and that is that the world has probably never seen a time like this, and on this scale too. Early 2020 and the world came to a standstill. An invisible enemy had taken over all our lives. Business houses were shut, organisations were closed and the schools were empty and desolate. The playground was quite, the library books untouched and the computer labs devoid of the familiar beeps and sound of machines. The chatter was lost.
The passion, the determination and the promise to keep the learning going however was never lost nor forgotten! No sooner had the students been asked to remain at homes than the Management, the Principal and the teachers of DPSGI got to work.
The online mode of teaching proved to be a silver lining during these turbulent times. The classes have gone on, the learning has continued and the support and guidance always available to the students.
The ‘learning’ however did not happen for the students alone; the DPSGS faculty also went through their own trainings and professional development sessions.
The DPSG Society arranged for the teachers to go through a PLDP of 12 days. The extremely well-organised programme aimed at empowering and enabling the teachers to take on their role of facilitators and guides with much more confidence and aplomb. It aimed at making the learning experience more relevant, engaging and creative.
The leaders at the DPSGS believe that when teachers are inspired by colleagues and motivated by their own learning, they make a difference in the classroom. Equipping the teachers with information about the variety of ways in which students learn, prepares them to help each and every student improve and meet their own potential.
The programme allowed the teachers to develop new skills while also honing and refining old skills. It helped both new and veteran teachers alike to endeavour toward subject-matter mastery. Through these PLDPs the teachers could meet, discuss their experiences with curriculum, develop new strategies, work collaboratively and celebrate successes.
An integral part of the programme was the reflection component. The various PLDP assignments guided the teachers through self-reflection on various aspects of their personalities and to foster personal development.
There is a saying, that “nothing is consistent but change.” Just as the pandemic changed the dynamics of learning for students, it also impacted methods of teaching. Changes will always happen, both planned and unexpected. However, how we deal with changes that come our way reveals a lot about who we are as a person, and the inner strength and courage that we have.
The staff members of DPSGI with the blessings of its Principal and the Management have come a long way. But they know … ‘there are miles to go, before I sleep.’
Dr. Shivapriya Sharma