|Teachers and Mentors|
Teachers are the pillars of Manzil. All of our 40 teachers adapted in the best possible ways during the pandemic to educate their students. Our Teachers' Meeting became one place to share such learnings and challenges, be together every month.
Before COVID-19, Manzil used to have face to face meetings during which teachers would come and share their learnings and challenges. These meetings were all about sharing new learnings and practices in the classroom. COVID-19 forced us to shift to an online platform that came to us as a blessing, in disguise.
The first meeting, which was moderated brilliantly by Ravi Bhaiya, our founder, went well. Since it is quite hard to listen to 40 teachers at the same time, he used the ‘Zoom’s Breakout room’ feature through which it became easier to listen to each teacher.
Manzil has a pre-primary school too in Kotla, whose Teachers have also been attending these meetings and have got to know other teachers as well as their learnings. In a way, these virtual teacher meetings have brought everyone closer.
Given below are a few testimonies to our resourceful workshops:
Teachers were educated about Covid-19, what precautions to take and how to deal with the pandemic in a better way.
There was a session on resilience and all the teachers loved it.The teachers learnt what resilience meant, how to become resilient and how resilience can be practiced in the classroom.
Our Theatre team also arranged a session on mime which mainly involves hand and facial expressions. Through this, we learnt that sometimes we have to explain things by using expressions and by acting so that our students’ learning becomes more effective.
|Ankit-a mime artist|
Jyoti Shivlal, one of our teachers, shares her learnings from the teachers meetings, “First of all, I would like to thank Manzil and Himanshu Bhaiya (Mathematics and Science Coordinator) for giving me the opportunity to become a teacher and inviting me to the Teachers Meeting. I have learnt a lot of valuable things from these meetings and my teaching skills have also improved a lot.
|Teachers Doing Mime|
One of our Kotla teachers, Uma ji, shares, “After coming to these meetings, I met and learnt with new people which helped me not to procrastinate, but prioritize my work. Laughing or making someone laugh without saying anything, is what I learnt through the mime activity which further helped me teach my students. I learnt how to balance my life through these meetings. While learning through these classes, I also managed to take out time for my learning. My confidence has also increased which motivates me to learn something new which I can share with my students.
Some other teachers also shared their experiences on how they implemented their learnings with their students here:
|Megha, taking session on Resilience|
|A screenshot of Zoom Chat|
Earlier some teachers were not able to attend our face to face meetings, but virtual meetings have made it possible for everyone to attend these meetings. Also we virtually celebrated our teachers day this year with a special guest professor Anil Gupta (IIM Ahmedabad) which you can read more about in the next article of this edition.
As Ravi Bhaiya says, “You teach who you are''. Teacher meetings are an opportunity to learn and unlearn from teachers, cross pollination of ideas and learning from each other.
Written by Vandana Arya and Aman Raj Singh (Manzil Teachers and Newsletter Members)
Edited by Devina Singh and Vaibhav Sharma (Manzil Volunteers)