We the teachers at The Gaudium School, have been experiencing thoroughly enriching virtual professional development sessions for the past few days. These sessions have created a platform for teachers to gain insight into the entire school system – the school vision, mission, philosophy, core values, 5 pillars – Gaudium Happy Mind model, school policies and an overview of the different curricula offered here – PYP, MYP, DP, CBSE and CI.
Amongst all, the school policy building was the most noteworthy, it gave the teachers an opportunity to voice out their opinion. I was part of the Assessment Policy development team and would like to share my experience. I loved the way the whole team collaborated to finish the task on time, under the able guidance of our coordinator who made quick decisions based on the belief ‘Begin with the end in mind’. I also had an opportunity to get acquainted with the new members of the team. This would not have been possible in a conventional way of conducting a session that primarily involves presentations. On several occasions during the session l was pleasantly surprised by the team’s critical thinking abilities in amending the policy to meet the ongoing needs of the virtual learning platform.
Teachers playing an integral role in designing the school policy is one of its kind experiences and I feel proud to be a part of it.
By-Ramadevi Nunna, Gaudium High School Teacher