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Overcoming 10 Challenges That Every School Principals Face

Overcoming 10 Challenges That Every School Principals Face

 

If I look back to my school days, one person who comes to my mind is my school principal. If you count school as a family, the Principal would be the head of the family with all the primary responsibilities. It is said,

“With great power, comes great responsibility”

It is same for the Principals. A principal has to maintain the discipline of the school as well as he/she has to look up if the study process and outcome of the students are being active enough.

Principals are facing challenges each day towards improving student achievement on the campus. Every principal face some of the biggest frustrations to control student behavior, recruiting teachers and staff, promote personalized learning, improve teaching effectiveness, student retention, parent support, and more.

 

In most of the schools, Principals are the decision makers of the school, so they have some major responsibilities and some pain areas, those are:

  • Paperwork:  Paperwork and forms are one of the biggest frustrations of principals, but that is also an integrated part of Principal’s work.

Solution: Eliminate paperwork and introduce automated data collection system through online forms and online applications for admission, evaluate course details to reach out to more students in a positive manner.

  • Decision-making:  Principal’s decisions and strategies are critically important to institutional performance. They are accountable for high levels of student achievement.

Solution: To accomplish the high expectations, administrators can analyze the data through dashboards and reports to identify factors related to student enrollment, retention, and success. The attributes of the institution such as admission, registration, attendance, discipline, grades, fee collections, etc. determined those outcomes.

  • Scheduling:  Classroom teachers, staff, and students report scheduling problems with principals.

Solution: The cognitive reframing of scheduling with an automated timetable system can manage class schedules across multiple courses, faculty, and rooms for different time periods. Innovative scheduling can help reduce the conflicts take place in manual scheduling and place substitutes for teachers in order to maintain continuity of instruction.

  • Recruitment:  Recruiting competent teachers who are capable of teaching all student population is at the core of a problem.

Solution: In this case introducing an advanced student admission system with real-time application tracking, online assessments, and the automated ranking system always identified the talented and sensitive teachers who demonstrated competency, commitment to implement innovative and high-quality education programs and deliver excellence for all learners.

  • Faculty Evaluation:  Teachers are vulnerable individuals who are struggling to align instruction and assessments to the learning context of a diverse student population.

Solution: Principal can go for a faculty evaluation system software which creates faculty peer evaluation reviews through online surveys, it will add the benchmark to their teaching effectiveness. Based on the evaluation feedback score, training and improvement action plan for the benefit of faculty can be chalked out to improve their future teaching performance.

  • Attendance & Discipline:  Principals perceive student absenteeism and misconduct are a major concern.

Solution: Educational institutions can improve class attendance and improve student’s poor academic record using RFID (radio frequency identification) and Biometric based attendance tracking system to monitor student movements in real-time. Also, they can appoint class teachers to focus on students’ behavior and discipline.

  • Curriculum Design:  Principals often face critical task of teaching a curriculum that is comprehensive and more encompassing.

Solution: Curriculum mapping software provides the technology tools for executing changes in the curriculum design and syllabus. Principals and teachers can create customized outcome-based education that will map competencies, and standards to improve learning outcomes.

  • Student outcomes: One of the most significant factors that stood out is related to student achievement. Principals want to promote learning and see better student outcomes.

Solution: With cutting-edge academic planning tools, school administrators can create a personalized learning plan with goals and tasks linked to lessons to meet the precise requirement of students, which can improve learning outcomes and ensure student success.

  • Parental Involvement:  One of the biggest frustration faced by principals, is that parental involvement is lacking to support the institution’s effort towards improving student achievement.

Solution: Using real-time status notifications for events, meetings, grades, fee collection, attendance, and discipline via web and mobile devices can improve interactions between teachers and parents and closes the gap.

  • Communication & Collaboration:  Principals and staff spend so much energy on building relationships with students, teachers, and other staffs.

Solution: Powerful communication tools like some discussion forum, chat, messaging, and social media will have a positive impact within the Institute community and promote collaborative learning.

Vawsum app provides alternative to pool car ban in city schools, Allows parents to track bus live on map

Recently there have been several incidences of children, typically those in Play Schools or primary classes, being abused by their teachers and other staff at the school, tuitions or sporting institutions. Needless to say, these incidents have done considerable damage to the hitherto untarnished reputation of these institutions. While a single isolated incident would not have garnered much attention, the frequency of such unfortunate events has been growing alarmingly of late, leading to an increased public outcry and a growing concern over the safety and security of young kids in educational and other institutions. In a recent episode of a similar tragedy in a reputed private school in a posh Kolkata locality, agitated parents gheraoed the campus and held the teachers and staff hostage for several hours, till the police came to the rescue.

Several mitigation measures have been suggested; installing CCTVs inside school campuses, strict regulation of pool cabs and school buses ferrying students to and from school, not allowing laborers and maintenance staff not associated with the school inside the campus within school hours etc. In what is being seen as a rather harsh but desperate bid at ensuring the safety of its students as well as its reputation, a prominent girls’ school in the same city went a step ahead and banned pool cars for nursery kids. It has now made it compulsory for nursery students to be dropped off and picked up by a parent or guardian only.

The following questions arise: Are these measures sufficient at preventing the recurrence of such untoward incidences? Also, how will already over-stressed working parents cope with the added burden of accompanying their kids to and from school? Is there an alternative that can achieve the desired objective of ensuring student safety while simultaneously preventing any additional burden on the child? Will that alternative be as effective as the physical presence in ensuring the child’s safety and peace of mind for the parent?

Vawsum’s School bus tracking is a unique cost-effective solution to all the above questions. Vawsum is a simple and intuitive mobile app that lets people stay informed about their child’s whereabouts. Vawsum works using available cellular network infrastructure and GPS technology and seamlessly integrates both to deliver real-time location tracking and updates in the form of notifications (push, toast, SMS etc.)

Vawsum is highly customizable and just as flexible. An array of features is available on the platform- such as adding bus stops at user-defined locations. Parents using Vawsum can make use of location preferences feature in the “School bus tracking” and they get an update whenever their wards’ school bus enters a proximity radius defined by the user, say 500m from home. This is in addition to the live GPS-based school bus tracking that already lets parents track their child’s school bus throughout the duration of the journey from home to school and back. Location is captured using GPS and transmitted using cellular data (internet), which, if unavailable temporarily, automatically syncs all tracking data once the connection is re-established.

Vawsum’s school bus tracking feature can greatly help both working parents as well as homemakers. In addition to the obvious security benefits, this feature also enhances productivity by saving both the parent’s as well as the child’s time. They do not have to wait at the bus stop for long and can plan their journey as the bus’s location is tracked in real-time. Parents get SMS and in-app updates all the time, so they can rest assured and concentrate on their jobs without the slightest fear or apprehension about their ward’s safety. Vawsum also sends updates if the vehicle over-speeds and reduces critical response time in the unfortunate incident of any mishap. As a product designed with paramount importance on user safety, Vawsum continually strives to deliver the finest of solutions in the best possible manner.
Why ban pool cars when you can use a free utility to keep track of ’em and ensure safety?

Teacher reducing stress

Ways teachers can reduce stress

Teaching kids’ day in and day out is a rewarding career, and many teachers will tell you that they love their job. Teaching is essentially a multitasking job with several requirements of being a parent, a mentor, a guide and what not! It is one of the noblest professions with the onus of developing an individual. The students’ personality, character, attitude, thinking approach and much more is shaped by a teacher. A teacher definitely is an “all-rounder”.

On the other hand, teaching a classroom of kids every day can be quite stressful as it is an iterative process. A teacher needs to teach the same set of chapters and subjects every year. Hence, it might feel very stressful at times. But here are some easy stress busters for teachers to handle stress!

  1. Add laughter to the classroom.

Laughing is the best way to relieve stress. It makes your body feel better by releasing all those toxins and gives you a rejuvenated mood with alacrity. Cracking jokes with the students at times decrease the student-teacher barrier and create a friendly atmosphere. But remember to get them back to their studies soon!

  1. Provide effective discipline measures.

Depending on the age of the student, teachers should customize their approach such that he/she can cater to the need of the student. Being too harsh or too easy is not recommended. A perfect blend will create a strict environment during class with a friendly atmosphere which will help in holistic development of the students.

  1. Add creative expression in the classroom.

When it feels like the classroom is running out of control, an easy movement exercise will help them refocus again. Movement exercises can include standing-sitting, quick-slow breathing, inhale, exhale with eyes closed, or even pin drop silence for a minute or two. These exercises will help them concentrate again.

  1. Keep paperwork organized.

When students submit their classroom assignments, assessment tests scripts, homework and any other such documents, then its highly recommended to organize them accordingly with roll numbers and keep them in separate stacks. Maintaining a separate sheet when the number is large also helps. All these small small things will save time, increase efficiency and reduce stress.

  1. Use hand signals.

Nothing distracts teachers more than interruptions. The use of hand signals is a popular method among teachers to communicate with students without interrupting the class. Simply have students raise their hands to answer a question as usual. If a student needs to use the bathroom, they can raise their forefinger in the air. Teachers can also come up with their own system, but it works well.

  1. Make an attitude adjustment.

When you feel yourself becoming stressed in the classroom, try to think of the situation as a challenge. Keep a positive attitude and realize that you cannot control everything that happens in your classroom, but you can react to situations proactively. Students will eventually follow your lead when they are in your room.

The future of our world lies in the hands of kids and students of the new generation. Their upbringing hence plays a very crucial role which will define our World and its citizens in the future years to come. Teachers are the pillars of strength upon which their students would build up the future world. So, for all the teachers shaping the tomorrow of Planet Earth, Live life stress-free!

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cashier using vawsum

I am a cashier, can I count those golden moments of my kids ?

Mrs.Roy recently started a new job as a cashier.  It was her second week on the job and she had some screw-ups, funny stories, weird dilemmas and some unbelievable customers. This was her first customer service job- not that she hasn’t had to deal and work with customers before, just not this much or at this level.

Mrs. Roy is a  hardworking and cheerful lady. She has a loving family, caring husband and a beautiful daughter Ananya. Mrs.Roy loves spending time with Ananya and enjoys her little-little mischiefs.

Mrs.Roy started remaining busy, now she had lots of work to handle. She was unable to spend time with his family. One day while she was at work, a father came with his daughter to get her a new toy, seeing that she started missing Ananya and what followed was something amazing. Her hands crept into her purse and she took out her phone. She then started gazing at the pictures that were sent to her from Ananya’s school. Actually, the School had recently started sending updates using Vawsum. It was a neat application, very easy to use. Through Vawsum she got the pictures of Ananya which, always, makes her day.

There are millions of Mrs.Roy out there, working day and night, unknown to the activities of her daughter/son. But you all don’t need to worry anymore. All thanks to VAWSUM, the unknown becomes known with the click of a button.

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vawsum-for-airhostess

I am an air hostess , I see the world, now I see what my child did at school today

Rajni finished making the announcements and settled in her seat. The lights gradually went dim and the rumble grew louder. She had been an air hostess for nearly four years now but still felt uncomfortable whenever the flight made these turns and noises. However, she never let any of her inhibitions show on her face.
Life had been good to her. She had an amazing family and a husband, who listened. A smile spread across her lips as she remembered how he had surprised her by landing up at the airport with balloons to pick her up last week. Having him by his side made her stressful life a little more manageable.
Rajni noticed the mother in the third row trying to put her child to sleep. The kid would be of roughly the same age as Amit, Rajni mused. Amit had Rajesh’s eyes. He was turning out to be naughtier every day. She wished she could spend more time seeing him grow. Thankfully the School had recently started sending updates using Vawsum. It was a neat application, very easy to use. She looked forward to getting off the flight now and get real-time updates. The picture of Amit playing with colours was just adorable! Her colleagues had all fussed about how fast Amit was growing up.

Vawsum! Making Learning Awesome… Yes, very awesome indeed, she pondered.

Parental involvement to Parental Engagement: a Continuum

The researchers make the following points:-

  1. Difference between Involvement and Engagement
    • INVOLVEMENT may be defined as “the act of taking part in an activity or event, or situation”, whereas, ENGAGEMENT can be defined as “the feeling of being involved in a particular activity”.
    • The main difference is the feeling of ownership of the activity.
  2. Importance of Engagement
    • Boosts children’s self-esteem, increase motivation and engagement with learning and can lead to positive outcomes.
    • It really does take a village to raise a child.
  3. Three points in the Journey
    • First: Parental involvement with the school: One-way communication of information
    • Second: Parental involvement with schooling: Two-way communication of information
    • Third: Parental engagement with children’s learning: Joint decision taking

The journey is a continuum where different cohorts can be at different points at the same time. It is a continuous process which has to be tailored basis different schools.

In the final stage, Parents are no longer passive recipients of information but are partners in the construction of a fuller portrait of the student, and acknowledged contributors to the student’s academic future.

This is a long way from where our schools are currently. The main reason is not lack of intent or point of view but lack of support in terms of infrastructure and technologic. Most schools still depend on age-old methods of communication which are costly, unidirectional and not robust enough. The challenge to initiate engagement seems so big that most schools don’t even evaluate this.

With the advent of new technologies, now we have simple, reliable and easy ways where teachers can get quick feedback from parents. With the new tool like Vawsum, teachers can communicate with parents at a touch of a button. Multi-stakeholder communication becomes a breeze.

Now schools have an option to decide where they want to play in the continuum between Parent-teacher Involvement and Engagement. Technology is no longer an impediment; it is an enabling partner in the journey.