Where is the book in which the teacher can read about what teaching is? The children themselves are this book. We should not learn to teach out of any book other than the one lying open before us and consisting of the children themselves.
— Rudolf Steiner, Human Values in Education
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Balsam Family welcomes you to the academic year 2020-21 with renewed zeal to face unprecedented challenges. Due to closure of schools, the teaching-learning process has witnessed paradigm shift: E-LEARNING. E-learning doesn’t simply happen. It requires careful planning and implementation.
Some parents may be little unsure of e-learning. We were too. The relentless effort of every Balsam employee, to adapt to the emerging demands, has created confidence and we are absolutely convinced that academic year 2020-21 will be the BEST year. Trust us. We have explored every possibility and chosen the best. Despite the very understandable and very human reaction to want to go back to life’s we know it, our main focus point for our teachers and students during the lockdown has been having a ‘growth mindset’. A growth mindset unlocks our ability to learn and grow especially during challenging times. Little did we know how important this growth mindset would be for all of us this year! It is because of this experience and our growth mindset, we believe we will be stronger when we come out on the side of the COVID-19 pandemic
We believe that combination of parental support, self-paced learning through pre- recorded videos, interaction with parents, live online sessions, and project based assignments make our children truly the 21st century learners. We have solid plans in place to engage children fruitfully until the day they will walk into their classes. All members of Scholastic and Co-Scholastic teams have prepared meticulous plans for our children to emerge as problem solvers.
We are sure that you agree with the fact that, parenting also has witnessed a paradigm shift. We extend our support to listen to your concerns and address them to the best possible extent. We thank parents who have supported us financially despite challenges, who have cooperated in at-home learning, and have patiently worked through online mode of learning.
We are extremely appreciative of our students, parents, staﬀ and administrators for their positivity, flexibility and resilience during these trying times. A huge debt of gratitude also goes to all our frontline workers and leaders for all they are doing to keep us safe and healthy.
Thank you. Team Balsam