The Sangam School of Excellence was established in 2004 in the rural town of Bhilwara, Rajasthan. In a matter of just 14 years, it has established itself as one of the leading schools of the country. The school which started with 55 students has gone from strength to strength over the years. The school has grown into a residential institution with CBSE and IB affiliation, which welcomes students from different parts of the country.
On a Progressive Mission
The school works on a mission to offer the best practices in education so that students are better enabled for their future. Through this common goal which is resonated by the school management, principal and teachers, innovative techniques like ICT, V-SAT, EBSCO have been incorporated to aid student and teacher learning.
What started out under the able leadership of the founding principal Ms. Mamta Bhargava has been taken forward by her successor Ms. Madhu Nagpal.
The true mark of a progressive leader is a progressive vision. Ms. Madhu Nagpal has been leading Sangam School into the future and has embodied the spirit of an educator who believes in building a novel education system.
She finds the “one size fits all” approach of the Indian education system as passe and firmly believes that each child:
- Has his or her own learning style
- Adapts differently to their immediate environment
- Has their unique identity which dictates their future paths
Thus, she has been consciously working on implementing newer techniques for student and teacher development over the years.
What’s the Secret for their Success?
The school has enabled its teachers so that they can trigger their students’ interests in taking the right career choices for themselves. By introducing the following initiatives, the school has been able to make a mark for itself as one of the best in the country:
- Bringing in a Structured approach towards career guidance: The school has partnered with UCLA Extension’s Global Career Catalyst (GCC) program for teacher development. Through this program, the teachers are sensitized about the world of career options available for students and how they can trigger their interest in the classroom. By incorporating the GCC program, the teachers have been able to adopt novel methods in the classroom.
For example, Ms. Ankita Sharma, a teacher at Sangam School, has been introducing the corporate connect while discussing subjects. By linking chemistry with ONGC, she was able to trigger students’ interest in domains like Chemical Engineering.
- Inviting Professionals for Career sessions: The school has been conducting sessions between students and professionals over the years. Students are given an opportunity to interact with CAs, engineers, etc. and get to know about their careers.
The school also plans to invite parents who can give an insight into their careers and interact with students.
Building on the Student Connect: The school has introduced techniques like the Anecdotal register. Through this method, teachers are able to maintain a record of students year on year so as to better identify a student’s:
- Behaviour patterns,
- Unique problems faced, and
- Progress made.
This helps the teachers write LORs for students after observing them over the years and helps in effectively mapping out personal counselling requirements for students.
Sangam School has been the torch bearer for Indian schools and aims to incorporate innovative techniques for developing teacher and student learning.
Do you want to incorporate such Career Guidance Techniques for your students?