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Monthly Newsletter: April 2020
Education · Research · Arts
Dear readers, 

As we spend another month in quarantine, we bring to you stories from our teachers, students, and parents. We are all learning new ways of teaching and learning. The journey is as challenging as it is exciting! 
Lavanya, hosting a tea party for her friends in her safe zone. 
There's been a sharp turn in favour of online classes as the COVID-19 crisis extends across months. Our director, Nita Kumar, wrote a piece about our first experiences teaching online. 

Here's an except from the blog. You can read the entire blog post here.
"...In school, and I am talking concretely about our school, the child is part of a world constructed deliberately by the teacher. This is a society in which there is equality and brother/sisterhood. Critical thinking is taught. Children both practice democracy and learn about democracy. In online classes, children may read and do exercises about democracy, but they can never practice it. Nor can they critically, practically, engage with gender equality, or social justice, or anti-communalism. Each of our families is rooted in its own traditions, most of which are exclusionary. A child studying online is subjected to the family’s influence rather than the physical school’s liberating one.

Yet we are continuing our online classes, and are planning more. Mostly because we have no choice, and if a job has to be done, it should be done very well. We are planning to make richer curricula to use online. This curricula should talk directly about our changed social surrounding and our new responsibilities; teach critical thinking about new facts and figures; stimulate children’s imaginations in new directions. The classical information they must still learn has to be recast for use in new technologies. Videos, image and sound recordings, links to other material, instructions for individual work…. the list goes on..."

      Riya ma'am introducing new forms of                            Shalvi Ma'am, an external faculty,                               writing through her video.                           introducing recycling activities to try at home

Students Speak: Experiences with Online Classes
"I enjoyed online classes. I think this is different from going to school but it is also good. I have some difficulties- we are two, me and my younger brother and we both have to do the classes. Mostly our classes were at the same time. First I checked our time table and I saw which timings were the same. When my brother's teacher was teaching something important, I tried to do my work later, and when my teacher was teaching some important topics, my brother adjusted to do that work later. We told our teachers and they said, "Okay, but if you have any problems you can ask me any time." I tried to adjust while giving my work after all the classes. Really it was very enjoyable. We all friends were talking also like in class."                    - Vaishnavi, Class 10
Khushi and Astha pen down their online learning experiences. 
Hear from our partners in teachers, our parents!
                     Varun and his mother                                                    Abhisht with his father after                      doing Yoga class together                                           completing his classes for the day!
The Southpoint School continues its learning and teaching sessions for students online and almost no snoozing of academic activities  even during the lockdown. Teachers of the Southpoint have meticulously planned the academic calendar for each class and created an online ecosystem of imparting training to the students.  My son is a pre-school student and gets his desk work every day and he returns them back to his teachers after working out. Each lesson and exercise has been made easy and interesting with the support of drawings, videos and audios. So, without relenting the Southpoint School is catering the educational needs of its students.  As a parent, I'll appreciate their dedication to holistic development of my child.

- Prof. Sanjay Srivastava
Father of Abhisht Shankar, studying in Nursery
As we began the lockdown period I was very apprehensive about being in charge of teaching my son. He has had a lot of resistance to learning from me in the past, and without the teachers support, I was nervous about beginning distance learning. We decided to use this opportunity to help our son learn more, since I've been free from work, and the results have been fantastic. Our child has shown big development with our attention, combined with the lessons South Point is providing. The mixed learning and keeping subjects to the days schedule has given us something to look forward to each day. The curriculum is also balanced with what we may offer from home, without too much pressure on parents or students. Our child looks forward to receiving the lessons each day, and seeing his teachers and classmates in our chat group. To do this continuity is so important. I'm truly grateful to continue being able to help our son learn with the schools support, so he doesn't fall behind this year. Thank you so much!

- Uschi Gibson
Mother of Varun, studying in K.G. Class
Read more parent experiences on our blog, here.
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