In the Pre- University section (Stds. 11 and 12) at Aditi we strive to make our students confident, self-reliant and independent individuals. The pandemic presented new challenges for all of us, but we adapted quickly to move our classes online. Google Meet is being used for online classes, and Google Classroom is being used as a depository. The teachers and students in the section communicate on a common platform, which allows for seamless teaching-learning experiences. Online classes are conducted between 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday to Friday. Students start each day with the first 10 minutes as Class Teacher time, which is essential for their interaction with their teachers and socialization with their classmates. Each teaching block is for 40 minutes with a 10-minute break between classes. Online classes are supplemented by material posted on Google Classroom for independent study. Academic stay back classes continue online every Monday.
We have also been conducting Science practicals online, using demo videos, home kits and live sessions. When it was allowed, we brought in small groups of students on campus last year for in school practical sessions for all the Science subjects.
Continuous assessments, teacher meetings, and sending narrative reports have continued in spite of the online format. Parent-Teacher Conferences are conducted online as have examinations for both- the ISC and AICE sections. This term we are also using an online proctoring service for our examinations.
Student Council elections were held online and class representatives meet the Section Head weekly to discuss student issues and ways to move forward.
College Counselling has continued in an online format. Zoom is used as the platform for College Counselling. Parents and students are sent regular invites for college webinars and interactive sessions, which are also held online. The college admission process is on-going and all student deadlines are met as per individual requirements. A ‘Statement of Purpose’ writing workshop was conducted as part of college preparations.
Our class of 2020 had an online but memorable Graduation Ceremony as well. An important milestone as this needed to be celebrated.
With the Government recently giving the go ahead to open schools, we have begun in-person classes from September 2021. Each class comes to school once a week and we are running hybrid classes for students who are not yet comfortable to come back to school. Standard Operating Procedures with specific reference to COVID- 19 are being followed at all times. These past few months have made our students more independent and resilient, which are two important skills required for university. We as a community have risen to the occasion, learned new ways of doing things in a very short time and have tried to make a difference to every child in our charge.