"I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion."- Billie Jean King
Mr. Naresh Kandpal, Mr. Rajiv and Mr. Pawan, the physical education teachers attended the National Conference on Anti-Doping where all the famous sports personalities were present. The emphasis was laid on the sports condition in India and how the sports persons can protect themselves from drugs. The sports faculties from 26 states participated in this workshop.
Ms. Ashima Hooda, Ms. Farah Deeba, Ms. Gunjan Bisht, Ms. Rupali Gambhir and Ms. Khushboo Bhambay attended a workshop organized by Salvation Tree School. The workshop was conducted by Mr. Urs Wolf- Founder and Managing Partner of the Institute Life Success. The workshop focussed on the distinct learning techniques which are important for success of students, teachers and parents. In today’s world where there are so many distractions for a student it becomes all the more important for teachers to motivate the students by incorporating various strategies. It is also very important for the teachers to incorporate effective memorising techniques (mnemonics) for the students to make the learning easier for them. The workshop was made interactive by various creative and interesting games. The Pareto Principle or the 80/20 rule was explained in the academic context.
"Challenge your assumptions and think creatively...."
Ms. Ashima Hooda, Ms. Chhavi Swarup and Ms. Pooja Bajaj witnessed the programme of collaboration and communication based on leadership strategies which was well conducted by Dr. Jesudoss Jeyapaul, teacher trainer and ELT Researcher. The workshop was organised at Pragyan School, Greater Noida by The Oxford University Press. The program apprised with the fresh perspective on leadership challenges and introduced a good range of new ideologies, experiences and a way of thinking, before the anger turns into action.
"Develop a passion for learning;if you do so, you will never cease to grow"
Ms. Chhavi Swroop and Ms. Adeeti Peter attended a workshop organised by Cambridge Assessment English at Ramjas School, RK Puram New Delhi which was conducted by Mr. Kalpesh Amin who harped on the subject of learners motivation and facilitated in building the confidence and overall development of the students. The workshop focused on practical insight of the students by helping them to comprehend communication in a better way. Cambridge English lays a concrete foundation to strengthen the LSWR skills among the students.
Ms. Smita Kumar and Ms. Smita Sona Dass from Pre-Primary department attended a workshop on "Early Childhood Learning" organised by Rachna Sagar. The workshop was conducted by Mrs. Satinder Kaur, an educationist and trainer. The workshop focused on developing clearer understanding of the notion of teaching with purpose, the role of the teacher in an environment of intentional teaching and how their decisions and actions might support improved outcomes for children.
Mrs. Sonia Myrtle Gerald and Ms. Rajni Negi attended the librarian meet at India International Centre, Lodhi Estate, 40 Max Mueller Marg. The workshop was organised by Penguin Random House India. The talk was conducted by Mrs. Madh Bhargava who explained the upkeep and maintenance of library. She elucidated that the duty of the librarian is to maintain the books and keep updating the library with new books. The ratio of books per student should be appropriate.
Mrs. Pooja Bajaj and Mrs. Pankaja Mallick attended a workshop on Multiple Intelligence. The workshop was conducted by Ms. Avneet Kaur, a clinical psychologist and career counselor. The workshop empowered educators to help individual learners comprehend, examine, and respond to different types of content. The teachers were also articulated about the importance of assessing the multiple intelligence in all the students in the classroom through simple observation, school records and interaction with parents.
Dr Sapna Shepherd attended a workshop on ‘The Art of Teaching English’ organised by Orient Black Swan. The workshop was conducted by Ms. Anita Bahadur, a renowned teacher/trainer for the last 25 years, who highlighted effective reading techniques like collaborative reading and suggested various innovative ways of writing a poem and importance of English to integrate the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing for Communicative Language Teaching in the class.
Ms. ChhaviSwarup, Ms. Zunnoor and Ms. Pankaja Mallick attended a workshop conducted by Dr. Ananya Chaudhary and Dr. RushiNaazon identifying signs and symptoms of ADHD in children and adults. The session involved the topics like adolescent problems, classroom situations and learning disorders. It was an eye opening session where different issues were addressed and teachers were made aware of different treatments which are available. The essential treatment for ADHD is only, awareness in parents and teachers.
To bring a difference in the teaching, two teachers from Hindi Department Mrs.Lalita Sharma and Dr.Priyanka Sharma attended a workshop conducted by Prof. P. R Jagannath, organised by Viva Education, who laid emphasis on teaching Hindi Language. The aim of the workshop was to find ways to reinforce and improve the knowledge of Hindi amongst school children. Prof.Jagannath presented ideas that how teachers can motivate children about Hindi and suggested methods of improving their language skills. He said that writing and speaking skills develop early and therefore extra care should be taken to rectify mistakes made by children at the primary level itself so that they do not repeat these mistakes in higher classes. He focused on correct pronunciation and letter formation during the early years. He also spoke about how words are pronounced and written differently, based on rules.
A kick off workshop for Food safety and Nutrition was organised by FSSAI, a government of India body in collaboration with Macmillan Education on Safe and Nutritious food in schools.
Session started with the Introduction by Ms. Namrata Sharma which include the steps to be followed by schools to be a part of this programme. Under this programme, a number of activities related to healthy food habits will be conducted in school which are mentioned in yellow book provided by fssai. School will receive certification on the successful completion of the programme, which will be valid for a year. The workshop was very interactive and informative.
A workshop on Classroom Management and Child Development was organised at the Manthan School.Resource person Dr.SapnaZarwal, a renowned psychologist and counsellordiscussed the strategies for effective classroom management. She emphasised on the importance of classroom rules, procedures, consequences and relationships.Teachers participated in group activities.The workshop focused on various ways for enriching the execution of academic sessions.
In a very interesting and interactive way the ideas of the best of parenting were put forward. The emphasis was laid on the fact that how in today’s world where parents don’t have time for their children can just by changing their outlook and attitude can bring a lot of difference in the child’s life. The children of today require parents’ time and not materialistic things. It is the responsibility for teachers to ensure that parents can devote ample time to their children. This workshop was on Effective Parenting taken by Prof. S.C Arora on 25th February’ 2017.
Dr. Charu Jhoshi (Educationist) took a workshop on 18th November 2017 on English Language Teaching in India present day challenges.English if taught as a language will always help the students and it can be taught in very innovative way. This was very nicely explained in an interactive session, with small videos where the students could be engaged without being passive listeners. The 21st century methodology should be used for making the students understand the principles in a very interactive way. Meaningful opportunities should be created and learner centered instructions should be provided. English not being the native language if taught as a second language will enhance students’ acceptability and interest to learn it.
The workshop was organized to look at transformation in our world today that have made it necessary for us to rethink our educational system and the relationships that form this system.It was to show how educators need to gear up to tackle new challenges in learning, development and security of the child. The need of 21st century is to bring back Guru – Shishya parampara.The 9th Annual Itihaas Summit was conducted by Dr. Poonam Batra (Professor of Education) & Dr. Prachi (Psychologist)
A session was conducted by Dr. Sapna Zarwal a child psychologist, special education expert and educationist on 28th June 2018. Dr. Sapna explained that a class can be divided into three categories i.e. average, below average and above average. It is the responsibility of the teacher to work more on these 30% students in the class. Academics is only one aspect of the child’s development but when we talk about holistic development it comprises of behavior, physical, social, general well being emotional, values and skills. It is very important for the teacher to create the bridge and to connect with the students. It is very important to impart skill based knowledge as working on the child’s skills will ultimately lead to improvement in his/her academics. Repetition of the concepts is required as this will only help to imbibe the knowledge not mere imparting.
A session was conducted by school counsellor on Inclusive Education by Ms. Zunoor Mir on 27th June 2018. The meaning of inclusion was very well explained where it is the responsibility of all the teachers that without discrimination and prejudice involve all the students from different arenas of society. The early signs of any kind of disability were discussed where it became easy for the teachers to know if there is any problem with the child and early detection may help the child as well as parents. The teachers, counsellor and the parents have to go hand in hand in order to help the child achieve heights.
The policies of CBSE were discussed and how the system is changing to help these kinds of students by changing their subjects in senior classes and what changes it could bring in their lives. The teachers were informed about different types of learning disabilities like dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia.
A little empathy towards such children can change their whole life and that is what is needed today.
Dr. Samir Parikh a renowned Child psychiatrist spoke on School safety and Healthy Minds. The talk was aimed and linked between a healthy mind (students who feel good and function well), academic attainment in school and psychological strength in terms of resilience and good character.
Mr. S.C Arora an Educationist shared his experience and enlighten the gathering by emphasising on the type of question paper a teacher should prepare and shared beautiful lines ‘ Children of today, Studying in schools of yesterday. Being taught by the teachers of the past, preparing for the Future.’
Ms. Ansari spoke on the Generation Z (today’s generation) and explained how we need to handle the new generation. This was held on 20th January 2018
Excellence is the result of uncontaminated understanding of the vision for the teacher as well as for the student held in the mind of teacher with utmost care and dedication. Leaders are epitomes of excellence.
The workshop’s main aim was to foster inspiring discussions amongst the heads of the institutions and senior teachers from schools across NCR region. The emphasis was on how by adding a special ingredient called sewa bhao at our workplace can take out the fragrance of excellence thereby affecting a non-stop progress to bloom into a full fledged personality. A clean mind, a pure heart, an indomitable will, iron discrimination, awareness of purpose, patience with optimism, timely agility, unchallengeable conscience and all these when soaked in love for children leads you to the portals of excellence. And the main purpose of education is to Make human humane.The workshop was taken by Swami Chidrupanandaji ( Acharya Chinmaya Mission Noida ) on 06th May, 2017.
Today, the principal of a school is not only meant to be an educator, but he or she is also expected to play the role of a visionary, an efficient administrator, a role model for students, a mentor for teaching and non-teaching staff and a brand ambassador for parents. A principal is expected to foster a positive climate for institutional development. After all, the leadership challenges that principals face in a school are fairly complex and challenging.
It is therefore only essential that principals are introduced to strategic thinking and leadership skills to enable him or her to choose a roadmap for the school, develop relations among all members of the school community (teachers, students, parents, and local community) and to make good use of the resources at hand.
In order to address this critical need, and based on our internal research and expertise,Tata Class Edge developed Conclave - Principals’ Leadership Programme keeping in mind the school eco system taken by Mr. Sanjay Radhakrishnan on 09th December, 2017.The focus of this programme was to build leadership and a culture of excellence in educational institutions.
Objectives of the Programme were to examine the contemporary challenges in the educational landscape and strengthening abilities to respond to the expectations of a wide variety of stakeholders, increasing managerial competencies of planning and prioritizing, Building synergistic teams and adopting a leadership style to create a conducive and enabling work climate.
The purpose of the workshop was to create awareness among teachers and parents about the behavioral patterns in children and to train them to handle such situations by working as a team for the holistic development of the child.
The workshop began with defining the importance of life skills and value education in school curriculum. The workshop was headed by Dr. Jitendra Nagpal, Dr. Jyoti and Dr. Runjhun on 10th February, 2018.It was discussed that most of the disabilities are acquired disabilities; by parents either owing to their love for their child/lack of time or lack of awareness. So as teachers we need to trace down the root cause of a child’s behavior and deal with it accordingly/ in a customized way as there are no unified rules to treat behavioral issues.
Parental denial of exposing the child to experiential learning and physical activities at home leads to many disabilities in students, like lack of concentration, proper development of motor skills etc. So schools must have parenting workshops on such issues regularly. An issue not addressed timely manifests later in a different way. We as teachers and parents must develop problem solving skills in students to empower them.