A one day workshop on Innovative Pathshala – innovative methods of teaching was organised on 22 October 2019 by CBSE at G. D. Salwan Public School, Delhi.The aim of the workshop was to train teachers to introduce a topic in an innovative way and to connect it with different subjects (inter-disciplinary connect). Two staff members – Ms.Shalini Srivastava and Ms.Niharika Kalra attended the workshop. The facilitators, Mr.Manas Tripathi and Mr Ankit Suryavanshi’s primary focus was to introduce the idea of creativity in classrooms and ensure experiential learning as opposed to conventional teaching methodologies such as instructional teaching. The forum ‘zero-investment innovations for educational initiatives’ under the guidance of Sri Aurobindo Society has proven through research and extensive work that such teaching strategies yield better learning outcomes and more student participation in classrooms. Integrated and cross-disciplinary learning was emphasised. The workshop was full of new insights and provided a fresh perspective on the teaching-learning process.
The school counsellors, Ms Niharika and Mr Amit attended the first ‘ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ) Conclave’ at India Habitat Centre on 4th Oct’ 19. The ADHD conclave was organized by the Centre for Child and Adolescent Well-being (CCAW) and the founder, Dr Deepak Gupta focused on causes, clinical picture and treatment/intervention for children with ADHD. Their team provided meaningful inputs on how supportive work could be done by schools in order to create a more congenial environment for children with special needs.
Senior counselor Mr. Amit Mendiratta attended The National Conventional Of School Counselors On 25th September’19 At India International Centre, New Delhi. The convention had a panel of eminent speakers Like Dr. Saraswat, Dr. Ravindran, Mr. Yusuf Abdul, Dr. Giridhar, Mr. Keshav Singh and many others. The topic for discussion in this year’s convention of school counselors was “prevention and management of mental health problems in school children”. One of the many relevant things that were discussed by the speakers was the importance of detecting children’s predisposition of a mental illness at an early stage and how a counsellor’s work towards it should be seen as developmental and preventive rather remedial. Importance of choosing suitable careers for one was also spoken about it, as it has a direct relation the well-being of the student and their parent. Closing points to retain ones mental fitness, like realizing one’s potential, doing fruitful work, contributing towards betterment of the community and testing yourself again and again, were shared to all the counsellors who came from various schools. Hence it was a very valuable and informative convention which addressed so many topics which are overlooked by even the educated people and are not addressed with the right level of sensitivity. Due to such reluctance to accept and misconceptions regarding mental illness, it was very vital session for all the attendees to spread the messages of the convention.
Ms.Poonam Mehta HOD (Computer Science) attended a three day workshop IBM-CBSE AI K-12 CURRICULUM by CBSE from 19 to 21 Sept 2019 on Artificial Intelligence at Bal Bharti Public School Noida. Sixty teachers from Noida, Gr Noida and various parts of north India attended the workshop. It was an initiative by the CBSE in association with IBM for the introduction of new curriculum of AI at various levels in School. It was a good learning experience where Machine Learning was introduced for students using Scratch Software and training on IBM Watson (an IBM AI Engine) was given .Various hands on activities like conversion of speech to text, text to speech and visual recognition were conducted. Teachers were made aware of the AI Revolution and Big Data technology.
Lotus Valley International School, Noida organised a workshop on Story Telling- Once Upon A Time, with participants from various schools on September 14, 2019. It commenced with the launch of a story book ‘Bubbles’ and its series ‘Sea of Stories’ written by the principal of Lotus valley International School, Noida, Ms. Ruchi Seth. An interesting session on playing with stories was conducted by Ms. Nupur Aggarwal. It focused on how to spark imagination, build vocabulary, ingrain values and build a connection with the children through stories. The session gave a valuable insight on how a story comes alive through sounds, actions, voice modulation, props and repetition of phrases. It was further followed by an engaging session on puppetry by Ms. Sanghya Ojha which emphasized on the minute techniques of using a puppet. The facilitator introduced the participants to various kinds of puppets like shadow puppets, hand puppets, glorified sock puppets, leather puppets etc. Ms. Ojha’s performance with the puppets was a treat to the eyes.
Mrs.Vandana Datta, HOD Fine Arts attended a two days’ workshop in Mumbai from13th September to 14th September, organized by ITM Institute of Media and Design. The participants were taught Shibori Japanese tie, die and batik print techniques in different styles. They were taken to Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai. This workshop was very innovative and very fruitful.
Mr. Nand Lal Tiwari and Mrs. Sutapa Roy attended a CBSE Capacity building workshop on Gender Sensitivity at Delhi Public School, Sector 132, Noida on 8 September 2019. Dr. J.C. Pant was the resource person.
The programme was divided into six sessions, covering topics like – Gender sensitive pedagogy and teaching learning materials, how to create gender sensitive classroom environment and interactions. The resource person shared his own experiences with the attendees in a very informal way. Different topics for role play were assigned to different groups of six people each.It was a very fruitful informative and effective workshop.
On 23 August 2019, Ms.Anjana Vashishtha PGT(Comp) attended a one day workshop for teachers at Dronacharya Engineering College, Greater Noida on Linux organized by Teaching Learning Centre (ICT), IIT Bombay under ‘Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching’ (PMMMNMTT), an initiative by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. It was a good learning experience where teachers could upgrade themselves to learn Operating Systems like Linux and Ubuntu. It was an online training and face to face synchronous interaction through video conferencing where we had interacted with the resource person of IIT Bombay directly. By Online tutorials and forums the teachers were made aware of the Linux commands and their advantages.
On 3rd August 2019, a workshop on Capacity Building Programme on Life Skills was organized by CBSE at K.C. International School, Greater Noida. Teachers from a number of reputed schools participated in this workshop including Ms Shabina Saifi & Ms Bharti Kumar from The Khaitan School. The workshop was aimed to train the teachers to identify the basic life skills that are involved in day to day life and how the teachers can include them in their teaching-learning process to enhance the understanding and learning of the students. The resource person, Ms Anita Dutta, mentioned that life skills were the most important necessity for everyone’s happy & integrated life. She added that it was the ability that facilitated the physical, mental and emotional well being of an individual. She further reiterated 10 (Ten) core Life Skills, laid down by WHO, i.e Self-awareness, Empathy, Critical thinking, Creative thinking, Decision making, Problem Solving, Effective communication, Interpersonal relationship, Coping with stress & Coping with emotions. She also restated the importance of three Life Skills (Social, Emotional and Thinking skills) emphasized by CBSE in the CCE process. Various techniques and activities, like stories, role plays, games, individual and group activities etc., could be used to enhance the life skills of the students. These techniques and activities were described and acted upon, during the workshop by the teachers. The session concluded with the distribution of participation certificates to all the participants (teachers).
A training Programmes for teachers on Information Technology was conducted on 12th July 2019 at ASN Senior Secondary School Delhi by Ms. Komal, CBSE Resource Person. It was attended by Ms. Anjana Vashishtha PGT(Comp). The training highlighted about the advantages of Skill Education for the students. They have briefed about the changed Marking Scheme and the syllabus of Information Technology(402) for class IX and X. The resource person has introduced two new softwares : SWAY and MINDMUP for the students for effective presentation of the document.
Ms. Anu Walia, Ms. Geeta and Ms. Surbhi Chaudhary attended the workshop on 28th June 2019. It was organised at DPS Noida Sector 30 from 8:30 A.M. 5:00 P.M. There were more than 75 teachers from different schools who attended the workshop. It was conducted by Dr. Amitabh Sharma, CEO, Stem Academy of USA and his team Ms. Dipti, Ms.Yatika, Ms. Shelly and Ms. Shubhangi Verma. It was an interactive session in which teachers were divided into groups and were asked to do on the spot activities.
The Stem Academy offered to start the STEM club in each school as an activity for the students. They are ready to give the demo class-wise (I to X) for the introduction to the STEM concept. It was an interesting and a great learning opportunity.
A workshop on ‘Changes in EVS pedagogy’ was conducted for primary wing teachers on 13th May, 2019 in the ASL Lab. The resource person for the workshop was Ms Gita Duggal renowned author, editor, textbook writer and skit presenter. The topic of the workshop was- Changes in EVS Pedagogy, The four different types of learning styles (Visual, Auditory, Tactile and Kinethetic) and learning objectives (concepts, skills, attitude and values). The EVS workshop started with the Welcome address and formal welcome of the Resource Person Ms. Gita Duggal by the EVS HOD Ms. Preeti Singh. Ms. Gita initiated the session by sharing her experience with an interaction on topics like latest CBSE Pedagogy to teach EVS, What is EVS, Why to study EVS and innovative ways to teach EVS. EVS teachers of TKS, Ms Swati, Ms Agnes, Ms Deepti and Ms Rubia gave a presentation on the student initiated teaching methodology followed in our school with the help of audio-visual aids and activities. The session was made interactive with the incorporation of entertaining games/ activities such as- making expressions on face, thumb painting, mapping, mnemonics etc. The workshop was informative, constructive and interactive.
The school counselors, Ms Pooja and Ms Niharika attended a workshop named ‘The Dive Within: Counsellor’s fulcrum to introspection’ at ‘Parwarish Care Foundation’ on 4th May’19. The session focused on self-reflection and development of empathy through stipulated activities. Sensitization towards need to avoid pre-conceived notions and subjectivity during practice was conducted. The workshop offered insight and reinforced counselling skills for the participants.
The primary school counsellor, Ms. Pooja Ahuja attended a workshop on “Acceptance and Inclusion” of Special Needs people on 26th April, 2019 (Sunrise Learning Noida, Center for Autism and Special Needs) by Dr. Sonali Kataria. The workshop highlighted the Red flags of early detection of common neurological symptoms, creating a world that accepts and respects uniqueness of all. Case studies specific to certain patterns of behavior were shared and group discussions based on the same were conducted.
An awareness workshop on “How to prevent Cancer” was organized for the senior staff in the school premises on 11th August 2018 by Dharamshila Cancer Foundation and Research centre in collaboration with The Cancer Foundation of Rotary International Districts 3011 & 3012.Speaker Dr. Suversha Khanna (President, Founder Dharamshila Hospital). In her address apprised the audience of the magnitude of the spread of cancer, common cancers found in India amongst men and women, the warning signs that reveal cancer and causes of cancer.In her power point presentation she also suggested steps for prevention of cancer and how to look for signs for early detection.
Senior faculty attended a seminar, organized by Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) on Create, Connect, Respect at the Claridges, New Delhi on 8th August 2018.The forum that was set up to explore diverse perspectives and various strategies to ensure a safer online environment for our children, gave an insight on the risks, perils and threats to our children on the digital platform.The opening remarks were given by Mr. Javier Aguilar, Chief of child protection, UNICEF on the need to protect our children at home and in school from online predators and create a safer digital space for them.The introductory address was given by Mr. Vedant Khaitan, Trustee, The Khaitan School & Co Chair North-FICCI Arise. He informed the forum that only 18% of the time of a child is spent at school. He urged the members of the forum to empower the children and enhance their life skills. In continuation to this seminar, a workshop was conducted in the school by Mr. Rakshit Tandon, Cyber Security expert for students of class VIII, XI and XII on 26th Sept.’18.It was well received by the students.
A training programme on “ Behaviour Problems” was conducted on 6th June’ 2018 at the Indian Social Institute by Dr. V. S. Ravindran, an eminent psychologist. It was attended by the school counsellor Ms. Neha Dutt.
The training highlighted the types of behavior problems, prevention and management of different types of behavior. Case studies specific to certain patterns of behavior were shared and group discussions based on the same was conducted.
The Khaitan School hosted a capacity building workshop organised by COE Dehradun Region on 21 July 2018 Ms. Jaishree Joshi, former Principal Jaypee Public School, Greater Noida and Ms. Gitanjali Kumar, renowned psychologist and counsellor were the resource persons. 65 teachers from NCR attended the programme. The whole programme was divided into six sessions and an Open House. The theme of the workshop was gender sensitivity and a number of activities such as role play were conducted. Ms. Gitanjali Kumar also discussed the salient point of the POCSO Act.
On May 18, 2018, a workshop on First Aid and CPR Training was held for Primary and Pre Primary Department.The resource person, Ms Nisha, Head Educator of Training Department at Fortis Hospital explained in detail with practical demonstration of various steps to provide immediate first aid in case of medical emergencies. The first aid training gave the information and the skills one needed to help adults and children during emergency situations.
On May 17, 2018, a workshop on English communication and soft skills was held for the teachers of Primary Department. The guest speaker for the day was Ms. Samridhi Sagar, a renowned face in the field of education. Ms. Sagar insisted on the importance of ‘ME’ time in everybody’ s life and encouraged the teachers to follow it effectively. She discussed the need to be Self Aware and to do a SWOT analysis [ Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats] to be able to communicate better. She stressed on discussing instead of debating to be able to resolve any problem.
New Maths Ahead “Publisher, “Orient Blackswan” organized a Maths workshop on Activity based methodologies for effective teaching of Mathematics. Different teaching strategies were shared by Ms. Sumanjeet Kaur with excellent delivery, engaging activities, brilliant pace and outstanding outcomes. Activities based on mathematical concepts including Formation of a number by using Place values, Multiple of a number, Decimals and Angles were conducted by involving all the teachers in order to make maths interesting for our students.
Ms. Shailaja and Ms. Kashika Dabra participated in a workshop on “The Awakened Citizen Programme”, conducted by Ramakrishna Mission at Ramakrishna Ashram, New Delhi on 11 and 12 May 2018. The 2 day intensive programme stressed on developing faith in students’ infinite universal possibilities and how to improve themselves continuously by facing challenges positively.