Towards meaningful relationships…

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Hello educators!

Hope all of you are keeping safe and fine! Indeed, the entire teaching community has been facing some stressful times as they had to cope with curricula in new packages, newer delivery models, newer pedagogies and modes of assessment. With all these challenges, the fraternity has, in general, done an exceedingly good job by responding to the call of the day – by upgrading their own skills both with technology and outside. It has largely been a learning on the job, as there has been no adequate resources and time to learn these skills elsewhere. All these resulted in more engagements with their clients, with the parents and with the curricula managers in the system. They also had to develop new relationships with their peers and technology enablers. Thus, there is strong evidence of new styles and concerns emerging in the area of Relationship Management.

Relationship in educational platforms could be both personal and professional. It calls for a high degree of sensitivity to deal with the stakeholders and in many cases, they do carry a high emotional content. Hence educators had to reposition themselves in the emerging context, especially with online delivery systems – to remain both personal and professional. Use of appropriate language during communication, use of articulated body language to convey the correct meaning for the context, use of sophisticated technology to create and sustain learner engagement are all the recent necessities of changing situations. Such changes demand transformation in the relationship styles to keep them, more vibrant, more intense and more productive.

The last couple of months did create a sense of fear, anxiety and uncertainty in the minds of all stakeholders, especially with parents. In a large number of cases, parents carried on their shoulders several other challenges due to job securities, depleted income, loss of business, loss of growth, social and economic gloom. Hence, many transferred their anxieties to other avenues including with school engagements. Educators had to exercise a lot of patience, extend understanding, appreciate their concerns with reassurance of their faith in the stakeholders, keeping a larger perspective in the interest of the student community.

This issue of ‘The Progressive School’ reflects some of these issues in relationship management in the given context. I am confident that the spectrum of view expressed could be useful to the readers to contextualize them to their own situations and environment; if it could help them to take their own decisions in their institutions, I think the purpose will be achieved. In a world that is extensively facilitating co-construction of knowledge, such views in the magazine could be of immense use.

I take this opportunity to thank Sonal Khurana, the editor of the magazine and his team for carefully selecting and articulating the topics for the readers. I also thank Himanshu Gupta, Managing Director of the S. Chand group for his immense commitment to empower the learning community through such endeavours. The efforts made by all the authors of the articles deserve a special mention and commendation. Thank you!

Looking forward to your constructive comments for serving the cause of education.

Stay Safe! Stay Healthy!
G. Balasubramanian