School Connect: BMC school teacher takes us through her journey of teaching online amid the pandemic

I had the privilege to contribute and provide guidance as a teacher under the ‘Shala Band Pan Shikshan Suru’ campaign started by BMC. The campaign was started with the aim of helping students continue with their education amid the pandemic and the lockdown. I was roped in to teach mathematics as a part of the programme from August 2020 till April 2021. Initially, teaching online proved to be a difficult task. But with self-study and practice, I was able to use different online tools for teaching the subject. And the positive feedback that I received from the students, parents and other teachers from all over the state gave me confidence and motivation to carry on with the work. This was made possible by our Beat Officer, Mrs Priti Patil, whose encouragement gave me a much-needed confidence boost.

Along with the campaign, I was also teaching maths and science to my regular class students through WhatsApp Meet, Zoom, Google Meet, etc. I used study materials like PPTs, charts, videos, etc., which I made, to explain concepts. Various science experiments were carried out by me during online classes. Worksheets were given to students and were completed through rigorous follow up with each student. Our headmistress, Mrs Mansee Waje's, guidance helped me achieve mu goals. I also conducted follow-ups with all my students and their parents on a regular basis.

A class in progress before the lockdown
A class in progress before the lockdown

During the academic year, I actively participated in different online activities carried out by my school. These included Rajya Bhasha Din, Mahila Din, Bal Chitrakala Spardha, Bal Suraksha Hakka Karyakrama, etc.

In addition, I was included in ‘Expert Teachers’ Group’ for scholarship exam preparation. I conducted classes in maths for which I received a lot of appreciation. While online teaching may not be a substitute for in-person teaching, I put in a lot of efforts to teach the students in all possible ways during these testing times.

Mrs Manasi Mohan Gawade

Pratiksha Nagar Municipal Marathi School No.1, Sion Koliwada

Ward – F/N

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