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An Enlightenment of a Sort

As the world is facing the COVID crisis, a pandemic that has changed life for millions of people and has proved to be the greatest test of emotional balance. In times like these, 'Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless we believe that the future can be better, we are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.'

It was an honour for the school to have Dr. S. Venkataraman, a senior consultant, UNESCO and a member of WHO-TAG, who indeed added life to these thoughts by throwing light on the precautionary safety measures and the emotional quotient during these unprecedented situations. The students of grades 9 and 11 had the privilege to be a part of this session which was held on 16th of February 2021.

During the session, he made the students understand the reality of recent times and described the global crisis and emerging educational challenges. He emphasized on the importance and the need of vaccination, immunization, good health and hygiene and proper sanitization as well. He further briefed the gathering on topics such as Epidemic, Endemic and Pandemic. He also stressed on making the students realize the importance of hands-on experience and learning new skills which will ultimately help them overcome adversities and brighten their future. Towards the end, he patiently answered the queries raised by the students.

Summing it up, it was an informative and a thought provoking session.

These so-called bleak times are necessary to go through in order to get to a much, much better place!

An Enlightenment of a Sort An Enlightenment of a Sort
An Enlightenment of a Sort An Enlightenment of a Sort

Special Education - An Awareness Workshop

An awareness workshop on Special Education was conducted on 6-2-21 at the school auditorium following all safety precautions. The workshop was conducted by Madras Dyslexia Association for all teachers of the school.

The following points were discussed:

  • The most undetected and easily misjudged special needs are learning disorders. Students with learning disorders appear to be average students with nothing unusual. This is why learning disabilities are referred to as 'hidden disabilities'. Some of these common learning disorders (LD) are:
    Dyslexia - Person's reading fluency, decoding, reading comprehension, recall, writing, spelling etc is affected by this LD.
    Dyscalculia - Person's ability to understand numbers, math symbols, count, remember order of numbers, difficulty in reading time etc. is hindered by LD called Dyscalculia.
    Dysgraphia - Problems of this LD include illegible handwriting, inconsistent spacing, poor spatial planning on paper, poor spelling, and difficulty composing writing as well as thinking and writing at the same time.
    Dyspraxia - Problems in muscle control, which effects body movement, coordination, language and speech.
    Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities - Person has trouble interpreting non-verbal cues like facial expressions, body language, and may have poor coordination.
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) - Problems of hearing and recognizing sounds and words. Also, the person may be unable to block out background sounds and confuse the order of sounds.
    Language Processing Disorder (LPD) – Problems of processing of language: expressive language and/or receptive language.
    ADHD - Problems in concentration and paying attention. It results in difficulty controlling behavior and hyperactivity.
    Visual Motor Deficit - Problems in seeing the information and replicating it. Poor hand/eye coordination.
    Memory - Short-term or Long-term memory problems effects the learning process.
  • The signs of these Learning disabilities will be recognized in school going children and need to be recognized and identified either by parents or teachers. Mostly, the teachers who are responsible for imparting quality education to students should be trained and qualified to identify these LDs and take appropriate measures.
  • SNE (Special needs education) can either be provided in mainstream schools or special schools. Mainstreaming special education means educating special needs students along with non-disabled students for certain period of time depending upon their competency. This is a method where the student feels included. The student periodically attends special sessions and classes in a 'resource room' where he receives personalized and customized education and even counseling. However, this method is suitable for students with mild to moderate special needs.
  • It is the duty of every teacher to identify students with disabilities and provide them with the appropriate support and attention. And it is our duty as responsible citizens to socially include all those special needs people, either with physical facilities, equal opportunities or just a friendly interaction.