The Counselling Department of The Khaitan School attended a workshop organized by ICTRC on ‘behavioral problems in children’, hosted by Dr V.S. Ravindran on 11th August’21. Dr. Ravindran addressed queries raised by educators from various educational institutes across India, providing a great insight into the myriad dimensions of child development.
Dr. V.S. Ravindran stressed the importance of inculcating discipline in middle and high school children. He suggested that parents and teachers should work as a team to create a healthy bond with children and also establish boundaries at the same time. He insisted that the need to identify the uniqueness of each child is pivotal for caretakers to value and respect. Likewise, they should also ensure teaching them moral values by role modelling. The session ended with sensitizing the importance of identifying, diagnosing and understanding the needs of differently-abled students and eliminating any comparison or differential treatment towards them.
The counselling department i.e Dr. Neha, Ms. Niharika, Ms Pooja and Mr. Amit mendiratta had attended a career guidance session by Ms. Pooja bakshi jaitly on 23rd July 2021.
The session systematically broke down the process of building a career cell and the various factors to consider to counsel for their careers to the senior school students.
The session focussed on every step’s advantage from not only the student’s perspective but as well as the school/management position as well.
Ms pooja shared the various steps that the department can undertake to educate/inform or increase student awareness at different stages of their school graph.
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The second half of the session focussed on the importance of having a good letter of recommendations, college resume and statement of purposes, and how that would benefit the students.
In the end, the session was very effective through which the counselling department gained insight into setting up a career counselling cell.
The Computer Department conducted a Professional development training for Senior School teachers on 2nd July, 2021. The aim of this training was to equip teachers with the competency needed to make use of the G-Suit features. The session focussed on different tools of G-Suite like G- Mail, Google Classroom, Google Drive Management,Google Slides,Google Sheets,Google Forms & Chrome extension – Voice Comments& feedback were discussed and demonstrated online. These are some of the great options for teachers to work collaboratively using interactive and easy-to-manage tools for improving their learning process. The session ended with some hands-on activities and active discussion with the teachers.
Ms.Anjana Vashishtha (PGT) attended a three day online workshop on Capacity Building Programme for teachers teaching Artificial Intelligence in Class XI. It was hosted in collaboration with IBM from 11th to 13th January 2021 on AI.
It was a CBSE initiative for the introduction of the new curriculum of AI in Class XI. 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. The overall experience was a wholesome one and the take-away from the sessions, incredibly worthy.
Deepa Thomas, TGT , attended an online training session on ‘ Teaching Strategies and Methodologies in Social Science’ hosted by CBSE COE-Chandigarh on 14th October, 2020. At the very outset, the Resource Person Mr. Ajay Khosla highlighted the various methodologies used i.e. conceptual learning, problem solving , cooperative learning etc. in order to bring in the element of inquisitiveness among the students. He pointed out that if the various strategies could be modified and correlated with our present times /current affairs it is sure to expand the horizon of social science . It was reiterated that it is high time that we should shift our focus from text-based learning to conceptual learning. To sum up, the training was very useful and all the strategies discussed can be easily adopted in any classroom situation.
School Counsellor, Dr. Neha Dutt attended an online training session on assessment in Psychology hosted by CBSE- COE Noida on 12th October’2020. Resource person Dr. Khusrow Chaudhry highlighted the difference between psychological assessment, psychological testing and diagnosis. Different techniques of psychological assessment along with the ideal assessment tools were addressed. The session also highlighted the importance of clinical interviews and various behavioural and cognitive, neurobiological, psychophysiological assessment. Problems related with testing were also discussed. The session ended with the interpretation and discussion of certain types of responses of personality tests.
Senior school counsellor Mr Amit Mendiratta attended a session on 18th September’2020 with ‘Foreign College Placement’, an initiative of FICCI ARISE, who this time were host to some other universities from across the globe namely Colgate University, Bates College and Wesleyan University.
Scott Alexander, Senior associate Dean of Admission and Director of International Enrolment, along with student Mamta (from Kolkata) presented for Bates College. Colgate University was discussed by Mari Prauer, Senior associate Dean of Admission with alumnus Shivika, and finally Wesleyan university, presented by Chandra Joss Dekoven, Director of Admission.
All three presenters gave an all-inclusive description of their campuses, where they are situated, size of campus, kind of courses offered, different clubs and activities, placement percentage, grounds of reputation etc.
The session had Indian students (from either their current batch or pass outs) to present, along with their respective Deans. Those students provided insight into how their transition from India to a foreign country proved to be, how long it took to adjust to the weather, the culture, the residential life of their respective colleges, while sharing their experiences of a semester-abroad programme offered by their institutes, their experiences with the courses they were able to study etc.
The common thing which was shared by all the presenters was the importance of liberal art education which allows students to spread their reach across multiple disciplines which serves to build various skill sets such as those of critical, creative, inquiry and team building.
The school counsellor, Ms. Niharika attended a workshop organized by Centre of excellence (CBSE) on ‘Happy Classrooms- Exploring happiness’ on 13th September, 20. The session primarily focused on the importance of the happiness quotient of teachers and educators in order to enhance the teaching-learning process. Self-awareness and practicing mindfulness were some of the techniques that were emphasized. The workshop involved active discussion with the participants in order to build on their already existing ideas towards over all wellness.
School Counsellors Ms. Neha Dutt and Mr Amit Mendiratta recently attended a COE webinar on the Role and Responsibilities of Counsellors – Demands and Challenges on 11th September ’20, conducted by Ms. Ruupa Sharma.
The session began with the listing of the attributes required to be an effective school counsellor. They are those of empathy, listening skills, self-awareness, problem-solving competency, flexibility, patience, communication expertise etc. Hence, what was established was the clearly defined role of the counsellor, vis a vis either the home-room teacher, or for that matter, the parents, focussing on how important it is for the former to build the desired rapport with the children besides having an unbiased and non-judgemental approach in the workspace.
The areas of emphasis included the many issues children face throughout their school life ranging from academics to family to peer groups. The speaker also shed light on how a counsellor should be equipped with a multicultural competency in order to deal with students with diverse backgrounds, socio-cultural and economic.
Ms Ruupa also discussed the myriad roles a counsellor plays besides that of a behavioural guidance provider or a therapeutic assistant. They also often act as career guides who provide relevant information to their students who are either at the threshold, gearing up to choose a stream for themselves or are finishing school and looking for help in choosing the right college or a suitable career-path. A counsellor also acts as a special educator who assists children with learning difficulties or disabilities to be able to cope with academics. The session did hold up several impediments that counsellors have to counter and also the possible means and ways of overcoming the formidable odds in order to reach out to those who need help.
A Webinar on Teaching Mathematics Online was organised by Orient Blackswan. Four key components of Core of Online teaching – Visualizing abstract concepts in primary mathematics, Experiential learning, differentiated teaching and Assessments ‘for’ and ‘of’ learning were discussed during the session. Importance of Visualization was discussed with various examples. It was suggested to adapt the picturizing concept as it helps in building connections, understanding and leads to conversations. Visualization helps in proving a concept like Addition, Multiplication, Fractions, Number pattern for Prime numbers, Addition facts and Order property.
MindBox conducted a four days’ workshop for ICT teachers addressing some of the routine challenges incurred due to transition from conventional to online learning environment. The primary agenda of the workshop was on 5 E’s of constructivism namely Engage , Explore , Explain ,Elaborate , Evaluate. Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge was stated as best practice for improving effectiveness of ICT.Technologies like whiteboard , sketch.io , padlet , google jamboard , keep , kiddle ,photopea , google suite , scratch , makecode , pocket code were introduced.
The Primary teachers of The Khaitan Schools attended a webinar series- Schools Post Lockdown organised by FICCI ARISE and Cambridge University Press on 30th May 2020 and 3rd June 2020 respectively. The esteemed panellists reflected on the what, why and how of schools post lockdown. They talked in detail on how students are the main focus of school, teachers and parents. They unanimously said that virtual learning should be conducted in such a way which helps to maximise the inherent potential and imbibe values to make them compassionate, responsible and global citizens. They also offered insights on innovative practices to rebuild equity and inclusive programmes for effective education.
Teachers from Primary and Senior wing of the English department of The Khaitan School Noida attended a webinar organised by Mahattattva on using the G Suite tools. The workshop aimed at equipping the teachers with the easy and interactive tools available to make the pedagogy more engaging and interesting for the students. They helped the teachers explore the options of Google Slides, Jamboard, Flippity and Google Sheets.
The teachers at The Khaitan School Noida attended webinar series for Primary as well as Secondary classes. It was organised by FICCI Arise along with knowledge partner HIGHR. The sessions focussed on strategies teachers can use to design effective lesson plans for online teaching. They discussed how content can be sequenced and what teachers should consider while planning for online teaching. Focusing on key classroom practices, the sessions featured classroom ideas that work, bringing together teacher-innovators from India and abroad.
A webinar on Manifestation and Law of attraction was conducted for the staff of the Khaitan fraternity. Mr Anshuman was the speaker. He highlighted the concept of Mindfulness-which is the practice of self-awareness without judgement. It showed everyone that analytical and judgement aspects are unhealthy and perpetuate the problems faced by us. He guided the audience to change their anxieties and fears to signals of love and compassion as negative emotions are overpowering and limiting. He urged the audience to find a feeling of compassion within them and let it radiate to others. Be intentional with your thoughts, feelings and actions as Intention focuses on brain activity and uses every resource to perform an action.
A Webinar on Emergency Remote Teaching was conducted for teachers of Primary wing by Oxford Education Division. The webinar was divided under three broad categories-
Teachers were taught how to distinguished between Online Teaching and Emergency Remote Teaching. Few strategies that were discussed were- RULER, Adapting Online communication, Life-cycle of remote lessons. The webinar was made interesting by conducting online polls on questions like – Online Teaching Synchronous Vs Asynchronous, Nature of consolidated learning, What do you think is the biggest challenge in online learning? The webinar was concluded with a reflection by Kolb on teaching learning experience where abstract conceptualization, active experimentation, concrete experience and reflective observation go in a cycle.
A few minutes of Yoga during the day can be a great way to get rid of stress that accumulates daily, in both, body and the mind. Yoga postures, Pranayama and meditation are effective techniques to release stress. The yoga instructor, Ms.Sunita Chauhan, took yoga session for Primary Teachers. The staff participated with full interest, enthusiasm and eagerness. Exercises for relieving stress, reducing joint pain and enhancing the flexibility of the back were also done for the benefit of the teachers. It was very refreshing, reviving and relaxing.
A Maths workshop on “Learning STEAM Integrated activities, Connecting 21st Century skills” was conducted through online platform. The resource person for the workshop was Mr. Ranjit, a mathematics Post graduate from Indian Institute of Technology (Madras). Workshop focussed on guiding the teachers in planning and visualizing lessons through e-book, lesson plans, worksheets, Question bank and sample papers. The Importance of Art Integration activities were discussed. The facilitator had a brilliant technical and pedagogical knowledge. He shared his ideas through activities which were simple and easy to incorporate.
A Webinar on ‘the experiential education’ was organized by the Management of The Heritage Experiential School, Gurgaon. This school stands apart as perhaps the only example of a progressive school that offers alternate education in the mainstream, disproving the perception that experiential education can only take place on a small scale. The panellists discussed the project-based education and its benefits unlike the conventional education which has been going on for years.
The workshop concluded with the quote/ belief – in the future it will be ‘The Survival of the Humanest’.
“Learning is synthesizing seemingly divergent ideas and datas.” On 28th of April 2020, the teachers of The Khaitan School attended a webinar on ‘Skill Enhancement Through Online Teacher Training’ which was organized by Oxford University Press. The webinar was conducted by Dr. Sonali Bhattacharya, consultant and trainer for English language. The webinar specifically focussed on classroom teaching techniques. The resources person discussed different modules which could be used during online teaching to help teachers to be conversant with more than just domain expertise.
A webinar on ELT (English Language Teaching) was organized by Ratna Sagar Publications for the teachers of the Primary Department. It was an online workshop conducted by Ms. Samridhi Sagar. During the workshop, the teachers were introduced to different ice breaking activities to begin their classes. Using multiple real-life examples and games, the resource person laid stress upon the importance of having a literary bent of mind and better communication skills as English is the passport to the world. The power of listening and visual impetus in real-life as well as online teaching of English as a language were thoroughly discussed in the session.
A workshop on emotional intelligence for teachers was organized by Indus Training and Research Institute, Bangalore. The same was attended by all the Primary Teachers. It was aimed at creating awareness about the importance of emotional intelligence in an individual’s life. The session started with a detailed discussion about David Goleman’s Theory of Emotional Intelligence. The resource person, Ms. Mala Palani emphasized on the importance of a teacher’s abilities to manage relationships and build rapport to be an effective facilitator. An in-depth discussion about educating the heart and not just the mind was conducted in view of the changing world dynamics to facilitate the development of each child into a well-adjusted, socially adaptable human resource.
The sudden and unplanned closure of schools across the world due to COVID – 19 has necessitated the need of online delivery of education. And while there have been the inevitable teething problems, the education professional community has been collaborating and are working hard to identify key practices for successful online learning. Keeping this in mind a EduTECH Asia Webinar on “Using Technology to deliver lessons in a crisis “was attended by Mrs. Seema Khurana, Headmistress and Mrs. Sagun Nath, Coordinator 1 and 2 . The Panellists emphasised that the social and emotional wellbeing of the students’ needs to be the first priority. Teachers should use this platform to reiterate the importance of proper diet, schedule and adequate sleep and not just focus on academics. FUN needs to be a big part of these sessions where teachers need to be creative.
A webinar on “Top tips for teaching from home” by the International Professional Development Association was organized by Oxford University Press on the 7th of April 2020. This was a global online training, hosting participants from across all continents. Ms. Seema Khurana, Headmistress, Ms Sagun Nath, Coordinator and 36 teachers from the Primary Wing attended this webinar. The top tip that she gave was to monitor the well-being and connect with students. She also suggested that, for e-Learning, it is important to have the video camera on to bring the human connection. The key takeaway was to be patient and kind if technological glitches occur. Another tip given by her was to talk in 8-12-minute blocks to keep the interest alive among students.
The counsellor Ms Niharika attended a CBSE Capacity Building Programme on ‘Health and Wellness’ on 27th December’19 at Hansraj Model School, Punjabibagh. Doctors and experts from AIIMS facilitated the workshop and imparted information on various issues like medical emergencies, their symptomology, causes and management. The facilitators also worked around challenging the currently existing myths surrounding certain medical emergencies in order to highlight the DOs and DON’Ts for each condition. It involved a demonstration session where participants were made to practice interventions like CPR and seizure recovery positions for experiential learning.
The NIIT Nguru organized a comprehensive workshop for teachers on AI and ICT along with its new Book set Launch of Alpha and Ace Series (Solution for Schools) on 7th December 2019.Ms.Bhavna Bhatnagar and Ms.Ruchi Batla attended the workshop on behalf of The Khaitan School.The workshop enlightened participants about how AI has interfaced all spheres in our daily lives with good real-time situations and illustrations. It gave good insight on usage of AI in Microsoft & Google applications, social media, online services, education.ICT was also introduced as Enabler in Education for students. Stress was laid on how to protect oneself from cybercrime.It was an interactive session with activities and open questions. Around 40 teacher representatives from different schools from Delhi-NCR attended the workshop.
Microsoft Education India organized the EDU Days event for Innovative Educators, experts, School Leaders and education stakeholders on 19th and 20th November 2019 at hotel Westin, Gurugram. Mr. Vedant Khaitan, Trustee, Mrs D.Kaur, Principal, Mr Sajeev Philip, HOD English and Mrs Anjana Vashishtha PGT(Computer) attended the meet. The objective of the meet was to build exposure for School Leaders on Education Transformation Framework and expose the educators to state of art Learning and innovation practices in education. Experts from Microsoft and Other |IT giants shared futuristic technologies that would drive the change and demonstrate excellence in practice by bringing in voices from the field. The session was beneficial for educators who were responsible for bringing technology in the classroom and schools. The main mission of this event was to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more and technology could be used as a tool to empower students and teachers to create the world of tomorrow.
Ms Bhawna Vij and Ms Reeta S. Tyagi attended a CBSE Capacity Building Programme on Mathematics Class X on 14 and 15 November 2019 at DAVPS, NTPC, Dadri. The resource person for the empowerment session was Dr Rahul Chawla, a worthy veteran in the domain of teaching Maths. The workshop aimed at enhancing the understanding of the curriculum of Maths (class X) and giving fruitful guidance to teachers of Mathematics especially class X to update their pedagogical skills.
The inaugural session focused on the errors made by students and the ways of remedial teaching for these errors. A thorough discussion of Teaching Diverse Learners equipped teachers with new perspective to deal with diverse learners. Full-length discussion on Bloom’s Taxonomy – the format and styles gave a crystal clear picture of the latest rubrics to follow while attempting the various sections. The workshop saw a vivacious interaction on the Methods of Teaching Mathematics at length and why interdisciplinary research work related to Mathematics is to be done and the strategies to adopt while teaching. The teachers thoroughly enjoyed the lively interactions on various aspects of Mathematics syllabus and everyone gained valuable inputs of looking upon the curriculum from a new, effective perspective. The workshop indeed stimulated the professional selves of teachers making them more confident, empowered sensitive and aware facilitators of Mathematics.
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.