Bandana Jha, an educationist, has 11 years of experience in the field of education. She strongly believes in learning new techniques and implementing it in her classroom teaching. She is CTET & NET qualified teacher and currently associated with Xavier School, Gamharia, Jamshedpur. Being a teacher with a creative mind she has gained popularity amongst her students and fellow colleagues.
Question 1. Please let us know more about your journey, how and from where you started?
I had started as a TGT, Play School teacher, PGT.
Question 2. Being a Change-maker, how can you contribute towards the betterment of the community of Teachers and Principals?
By guiding them how they can touch the inner core of students and make them valuable for the society.
Question 3. What kind of support would you like to provide to teachers and fellow educators?
Answering their queries related to career advancement on Forum., Mentoring and guiding fellow educators., Organising webinars or workshop for community., Sharing your thoughts through blog or write-ups.
Question 4. Please mention some of your skills that can help community members.
Leadership, good orator, psychological grip on the children.
Question 5. The transition from an individual contributor to a leadership role must have required specific skills, what skills do you think are critical for teachers for such transition? Were there any challenges as well, If yes then how did you overcome those challenges?
For me the challenge was to teach the children online...where they keep their videos off and you are just not able to catch them...I talk to them individually and in small groups also as a mentor and friend...it really helped a lot.
Question 6. How would you describe your leadership style?
I respect my team mates, give them opportunities to work as their wish and at the same time I keep an eye also on them...sort out their problems also.
Question 7. What advice would you give to a new teacher?
Be calm , have patience, be a good listener, don't judge any child on their previous behavior .
Question 8. What would be your ideal school environment, and how would you encourage that kind of culture?
Where you are getting opportunities to show case your skills without any nagging.
Question 9. How would you develop an inclusive environment in your school?
To support each and every student without any discrimination.
Question 10. As the position of a Principal requires intense time management, how do you organize your day to meet the plethora of requirements and commitments required as the School Principal?
Day before planning.
Question 11. What is your opinion on the use of technology in classrooms? Were there any challenges that you faced in integrating technology?
It should be...but I feel enough materials are not available.
Question 12. Do you feel there are any gaps in the present education system? If so, how do you feel one can fill those gaps?
The gap is normal it can be reduced by conducting various seminars, workshops and small group trainings. Technology will also help us in this.
Question 13. Would you like to share any specific message to the community of teachers and principals?
We are superb...admire yourself..believe on your inner voice and move ahead with good motive. All the best.