Our three teachers – Dr. Anupma Srivastava, Mrs. Sudha Singh and Dr. Malvika Bhattacharya from Biology Department attended a two day workshop organized at Jaipuria Institute of Management, Ghaziabad on 23rd and 24thMay, 2019.
Dr. Anil Kumar Sharma was the Resource Person for the same.
OBJECTIVE :CREATING A POSITIVE AND SUPPORTIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT IN CLASSROOMS
DAY 1 (23.5.2019):
- Chapters covered: 1. Diversity & 2. Classification
- Cells 4. Tissues
- The session was brainstorming and full of activities,which can be introduced in classrooms to make them a happy learning centre.
DAY 2 (24.5.2019):
- Chapters covered: 5. Genetics Environment 7. Pollution
- There was a detailed discussion on the topics.
- Question bank and lesson plans were made and a list of activities were planned on a few topics.
The 5 Competency Skills Of the 21st Century
The teachers of Primary and Middle School attended an invigorating workshop ‘ The 5 Competency Skills Of the 21st Century’. This was conducted with the aim of churning out leaders who will be able to cope effectively with the paradigm shift in the education scenario. To sum up the 5 day workshop, we’ll have to bifurcate it into segments conducted each day.
Day – 1
- The day began at 9:30 a.m with an introduction game that led to the screening of a short movie-‘ Education then and now’.
- We pondered overthe changes likely to happen in the next 15 yearsin the economical, educational, technological, environmental and vocational fields.
- An eye opener was presented before us, which depicted the development of a child’s brain in the initial 6 years and how the present education system is destroying the neurons which make little one critical thinkers.
- We were categorically told to be committed and dedicated to our work.
- Peer learning was highlighted by ‘THINK, PAIR AND SHARE’ and ‘LEARNING BY DOING’ .Emphasis was laid on peer learning, equal opportunity to all the students, practical learning, exploration and learning from mistakes.
- A video enlightened us to use multiple strategies for teaching –learning process.
- Post lunch session highlighted ‘Active learning’with its subskills.
- We ended the session with games inclusive of strategies involved.
- All in all it was an enriching session.
Day – 2
- Before beginning the session, ground rules were laid and they were to be followed strictly, which gave us an idea that similar rules have to be set in the class as well.
- Collaborative Learning Strategies were given for Primary Classes with lots of examples, videos and activities.
- Active Listening procedure was described.
- Techniques of Conflict Resolution were stated with ‘I’ technique.
- ‘PIGS FACE’ was described as means of learning.
- We were told to use terms like – summerize, paraphrase and rephrase.
- For re- cap, small group strategies were defined.
- Post lunch session talked about Effective Communication, its importance and how it takes place.
- We revised- verbal and non- verbal communication, STAR method of active listening, Competency Chart and Rubrics of 2 Cs – Collaboration & Communication.
Day – 3
- The day began with warm up activities.
- Critical Thinking –Definitions, reasons and fundamentals were given.
- Sub skills of critical thinking were reviewed with examples
- A gallery walk on posters was made on sub skills
- Jigsaw strategy was explained.
- Need to encourage creativity was emphasised upon.
- Difference between jugaad and creativity was highlighted.
- The day wrapped up with rubrics on Critical Thinking and Problem Solving.
Day – 4
- We were told to have a valuable tip for ourselves every day, as a take away.
- SEL Competencieswere defined.
- Character traits for the 21st century learners wereexplained.
- We read Process Based Approaches and deliberated on them.
- We noted down takeaways from the workshop.
- Blooms Taxanomy in its verb form ie doing words was reflected upon.
- Finally ‘Rubrics’ were taken up.
- Our home assignment was to format a lesson plan keeping in mind the 5 Competency skills.
Day – 5
- Began with a re- cap.
- The lesson plan was scrutinised to assess the inclusion of 5 Competency skills.
- Remarks and criteria for Students’ assessment was framed.
- We understood Comprehension skills and ‘I’ factor in communication.
- Action Plan was designed on – What the leaders attending the workshop know and how they will impart this knowledge in the workshop for their team mates.
- It ended with an activity and clicking of memorable pictures.
An English Workshop was conducted on 20 and 21 May, 2019, at Jaipuria Institute of Management – Ghaziabad, the resource person for the same was Mrs. Neroo Anand. The topics taken up were Creative Writing, Story Writing, Poster designing, Advertisement designing, Notice Writing Format, she also emphasized on the concept of Pre –Reading in the class room before beginning the chapter along with formulation of MCQ’s and Short Questions, at the Class level of IX-XII. It was an enriching and a fruitful session.
A theme based Tactile Activity was conducted by Dr. Anupma Srivastava (HOD Biology)for the teachers of Biology Department on 10th May in the Biology Lab. Nine teachers from Primary, Secondary and Senior Secondary sections participated in it.
Teachers learnt to make a very low cost Medical instrument – STETHOSCOPE, to measure Heartbeats. It was exciting to hear heartbeats during various phases such as resting, sitting, and exercising etc.
It makes the understanding of Circulatory System, Cardiac cycle, Heart Sounds very easy.
Dr. Anupma Srivastava attended a training on Experiential Learning, conducted by Think Tac lab in collaboration with collaboration with Raman Research Institute and ISPF on 25th April to 27th April, 2019. The resource persons were Mr. Vishal Bhatt, Mr. Procheta, Miss Vindhya Rai, and Mr. Suhail Ahanger.
The workshop included the following topics:-
- Preparing STETHOSCOPE and STRAW PROPELLER , Measuring LUNG CAPACITY
- Preparing battery holder, cell, testing conductivity and acid base nature of various solutions, preparation of vermilion from turmeric.
- Prepared our own Microscope, centrifuge, Density –sink and float experiment.