“Be positive, be passionate, be planned.” – Soma Singh, India
Like her grandfather and both of her parents before her, Soma Singh considers herself a born teacher. And with over 17 years of teaching experience, as well as 10 years of administrative experience, she’s clearly made the most of her calling.
This Innovative Educator Expert, who will be joining us in Redmond next week for the E2 Global Educator Exchange, loves helping students overcome educational obstacles. She applies the same problem-solving approach to tackling bigger issues – like sustainability.
“Sustainable development is the need of the hour for the entire human race,” Singh says. Her recent project, Sustainable Development, had students researching and analyzing the environmental impact of various household staples (lights, fans and computers, to name a few), and then presenting their results.
The latest evolution of the project, Class of the Future Designing the Township of the Future, goes even deeper, adding interviews with community members and the use of Windows 8.1 tablets.
Singh is a technology leader, managing her school’s blog and driving a commitment to innovation that earned Delhi Public School Ghaziabad a 2015 Microsoft Showcase School designation. Her students make use of a wide array of technology tools, and most recently have embraced Sway. (This one, created by a student, examines the effectiveness of technology in learning.)
Thanks to this “born teacher,” students at Soma Singh’s school are leaving well prepared for the challenges of the future. As a bonus, teachers at surrounding schools are also being trained by Singh, learning to implement 21st century learning and Office 365. Enjoy today’s Daily Edventure.
Why is education important to you?
Education not only makes a person more knowledgeable, it also helps to establish the true meaning of living, a mature outlook, self-awareness and above all, a positive attitude toward all experiences one may have throughout life.
Can you describe the teacher who most influenced you?
My class teacher in primary school, Mr. Om Prakash, who believed in the abilities of his students and helped each one blossom.
Describe the most inspiring day you’ve experienced as an educator.
My most inspiring day as an educator was the day I received the Wipro Applying Thoughts in Schools award for being the most active participant. The awards were conferred by Professor Yashpal, an internationally acclaimed scientist from India.
What is your proudest professional achievement?
The presentation of my research paper under the theme, “Nurture nature for a better future” at a national seminar. The other experience is of winning first prize in an interschool self-composed poetry competition.
How can other educators facing similar challenges implement what you’ve learned?
By expanding their horizons, by attending online courses, joining forums and discussion rooms, and reading books, etc.
If you could change one thing about today’s “system” of education, what would it be?
I would eliminate the clutter created by the adoption of too much unnecessary stuff into school. I would also change the emphasis on rote memory, which results in the lack of a skilled workforce.
What is the best opportunity for innovation in education?
In education, you innovate at every moment, both inside and outside the classroom. The best opportunity is developing a customized plan for the purpose of supporting the leaders of tomorrow with strategies suiting each one’s needs.
What advice would you give a new teacher (or to anyone wanting to make a difference in education)?
Be positive, be passionate, be planned.
What is your greatest hope for the future of education in your country?
Technology has changed the world of communication and it will surely transform the future of education.
About Soma Singh, School Leader, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert
Delhi Public School Ghaziabad
- Birthplace: Meerut, India
- Current residence: Modinagar, District Ghaziabad, India
- Education: M.Sc. and Bachelor of Education
- Website I check every day: Microsoft Educator Network, Board of Education website, and British Council Schools Online.
- Person who inspires me most: (Former Indian President)Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
- Favorite childhood memory: Playing in the mango orchard with the cousins.
- Next travel destination (work or pleasure): Washington state, USA
- Favorite book: Ignited Minds by Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam