Mumbai manager to receive national award from President Draupadi Murmu
Mumbai: Kavita Sanghvi, Principal of Chatrabhuj Narsee Memorial (CNM) School of Shree Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal, will be the sole representative from Mumbai at the National Awards for Teachers 2022 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on Monday. She joins 45 other educators from across the country in the honors list.
Kavita chose teaching because of her early experiences
“With my mother being a teacher and me being the eldest of three sisters, the idea of teaching came naturally,” Sanghvi told the Free Press Journal. “I helped my sisters throughout their education to learn different concepts, which eventually snowballed into a passion for education.”
She started her journey at CNM school as a teacher and then became a coordinator until her own child was admitted to the institute, after which she dropped out for a few years.
Sanghvi joined CNM in 2018 as deputy director and was later promoted to director.
Passion for STEM-based learning
“I have been a strong ambassador for STEM-based learning and in 2018, with the support of management, introduced the concept of ‘global perspective’ to our students,” she said. “We implemented an action plan in 2019, in which students learn everyday things through STEM apps.
“For example, students conduct a study of the flooring in their area and have to redesign it using environmentally friendly materials, or design clothing while experimenting with different textiles. As a result, they develop the ability to assess, look for viability and explain it to us teachers,” explained Sanghvi, who designed the lessons herself.
“Students also receive a skills-based report card, which has also been well received by parents,” she added.
Subjects taught in silos are a problem
The teacher added that the current problems with STEM are the result of many subjects being taught in silos. According to her, because subjects such as science and mathematics are taught separately, students are unable to grasp the connections between them.
“As a student works with different materials in hands-on work and science applications, they also need to be aware of perimeter, area, and other mathematical concepts,” she said.
This is one of the reasons Sanghvi appreciated the 2022 National Education Policy (NEP) approach towards STEM.
Meeting with President Murmu and Prime Minister Modi
The national awards are going to be a unique moment for Sanghvi as President Draupadi Murmu will present the awards while Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the winners.
“It will be a very special event for me as it is recognition of my hard work,” she said. “This moment will also bring more attention to STEM and in a way help others connect with me to understand how it can be brought into classrooms at an early age.
Sanghvi with her fellow teachers at CNM School, Ville Parle
Kavita aims to work on artificial intelligence next
“We need more bright minds in teaching and I hope my picture tomorrow with the President will inspire many such people to enter the profession,” she said.
Looking ahead, Kavita Sanghvi has her sights set on artificial intelligence and expects teachers at her school to excel in spreading the concept to students, just as they did with the big picture and the coding. “Teachers should be lifelong learners and always progressive in adapting to new developments,” she said.
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