Teachers Enrichment Programme
Make a mistake to Experience….. Experience to Learn. 'Learning has brought me Far from what I was once but not what I want to be'. When teachers grow….so do learners…. The job of a teacher is not to impart but preach the practiced. A teacher herself is a learner and ‘Life’ is a teacher of a teacher. There’s always a room for add and increase. An initiative was taken on the part of the school to glisten the polished, an effort to motivate the teachers to change the world and break the boundary of monotonies and take a dive in the pool of unfound extremities and ‘Show the World We Make the World’. With the very thought in the mind began with the Caravan of Fathom and Enlightenment.
Work Culture and Crisis Management-20 May2015
Resource Person: Ms. Ragini Kaul
Engagement requires choice, choice requires freedom, and freedom requires a good enterprise. A session on Work Culture and Crisis Management was conducted by the Principal of the school, Ms. Ragini Kaul, on 20 May 2015, which emphasized on a positive working culture in an organization. The term EMPLOYEE itself is self-explanatory….I AM A PLOYEE…. A team leader is the one who is responsible to teach the team how to play the ploy. The employees are expected to act responsible and deliver their best and this is the leader’s calling. Concept of work culture is based on belief, thought process and attitude of the employees. A Good team leader is the one who treats all equally. A word of appreciation is a must on the part of a team leader. Further, the spokesperson emphasized on the importance of Crisis Management. Evacuation plan, different types of crisis and the way out were discussed. She further elaborated, “Motivation to experiment life is a must for realization of the importance of success. Be happy with what you are. Contentment lies within and realization of which delivers the unrivaled.” The speaker left everyone with the thought, “As a determined team leader, to nurture a progressive mind is my motto and not an obligation. I will give you wings to explore the untried….move ahead and tour the journey of wisdom.”
Psychology Workshop-20May 2015
Resource Person- Dr. Jagmeet and Ms. Pallavi
"Try and teach all about life….they will teach you what life is all about." A workshop was organized by the councilors of the school to offer a better understanding of child psychology. A child's mind is prone to experiment. It is the sole duty of a teacher to cater to the inquest of a learner. Every child is special but some are gifted. A teacher must be efficient enough to distinguish between both and minister to their individual needs. The speakers concluded by saying, "It takes a lifetime to forget the precious minutes of a childhood. Make the most out of it and turn this time into an unforgettable one."
Keep Calm and Teach On-Yogasutra by Sandhya Goel - 21 May 2015
'A Healthy Mind leads to a Healthy Body'. With the same thought kept in mind, a Yoga session was organized for the facilitators of the school. The workshop began with a discussion on the meaning and universal relevance of the term Yoga and how it is accepted worldwide. The session began with the much forgotten stretch and let lose, that is usually overtook by the day to day bustles. The facilitators were further guided on Asanas like Suryanamaskar and Pranayaam, a simple yet effective way to keep themselves calm. This effortless effort ended leaving the teachers with a much fresh and new YOU.
Let’s Get Tech Savi – IT Workshop-21 May2015
Resource Person- Ms. Meenakshi Kuchhal Verma and Ms. Aditi Paliwal
Technology deprived man is a No Man. A workshop was conducted on how significant Information Technology is. Technology to man is like a reader to a book. The more you read, the more you gain. The speakers delivered on “The Top Ten Rules to Inspire a Room”, “Use of Google Drive” and “Designing of a Power Point Presentation”. They further voiced on the designing of a PPT. The session was concluded with the following words, “Leave an impact by designing and not decorating.”
Shape the future….I am a Teacher…..Teaching in 21st Century
Resource Person Ms. Rachna Kathpalia
The speaker started with the discussion on ‘Role of a Teacher Today’ in handling a 21st century kid who is already equipped with many resources of knowledge. Knowledge is no more subjective to a today’s learner. A teacher need to focus on the use of these recourses. A teacher’s task is to validate, synthesize, communicate and collaborate. A learner must be taught what his right to do is and what is right to do. “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I Learn.” Students need not be entertained but engaged. Involving the students is a priority which will take learning a step ahead. The speaker further focused on the paramount concept of classroom environment. A teacher must give way to a child’s biggest emotional need of being appreciated. In continuation laid stress on psycho social environment. A teacher should be readily available for the students, lend an ear to them, be a medium and see the difference. The spokesperson wrapped up by unfurling her thoughts into these words, “Not just WHAT….HOW is to be taught.”
Mathematics- Laying the Foundation-22 May 2015
Resource Person- Ms. Shikha Dhameja
The workshop commenced with a prayer to revoke, revive and elicit the Almighty. The session began with an emphasis on the development approach bringing in the concrete and paving way through generalization to the ultimate abstract. An interesting activity was used to convey the relevance of the concept. Mathematics being a human endeavor is an approach to help the learner become an independent critical thinker. A teacher is the biggest contributor in a child’s learning experience. Learning being an irreversible change ought to be imbibed by the learner for life. The aim of the activities conducted in the class is to lay a strong foundation for classification. Discrete and continuous materials should be put in use to explore the attributes. A teacher must be efficient enough to create space for both. A teacher should cater to the inquisition of the child by inviting them to figure out solutions. Mathematics is like beautiful beads stringed together. The role of a teacher is to open the knots and give way to a smooth sail. The speaker consummated by quoting, “Life is a word problem….simplify, organize and solve.”
Rendezvous with the Hidden – a Theatre Expedition-23 May 2015
Resource Person-Mudra Creative Gestures
Got a chance to move beyond the cliché that theatre is all about dramatizing life. Theatre is something that brings us face to face with the art that lies within us. The Goenkan facilitators got an opportunity to bring out the child within them at a reposing theatre workshop conducted by theatre artist Mr. Sumit. It started with a tricky activity that was a step out off the workaholic soul. The workshop was more of a direction towards realization of the shine beneath dust. A line of activities were conducted that paved way for the release of the child within. Why to hide what is meant to be freed? The session became a medium to set free inner self and live the moment being you. Another motive was to propagate the idea of team spirit amongst the teachers. Work one….half the battle won. The 1 12 hour session came to an end leaving the teachers rejuvenated and in a euphoric state of mind.
Science of Society-Social Science-23 May 2015
Resource Person-Shweta Mehra
The session focused on the difference between Social Science and Social Studies. The subject is a window to understand the society in which we live. There’s a need to learn to respect difference of opinions, lifestyle and cultural practices, the aim being to build today’s youth into tomorrow’s intelligent democratic citizen. The learners must be motivated towards the ‘Don’t cram….objectify facts’ theory. The sole purpose of the subject is to develop values like freedom, trust and mutual respect amongst them. The speaker further laid stress on Effective Pedagogy in Social Science which revolves around Alignment, Connectivity and Interest, the outcome of which is delivered on the basis of participation, cognitive development identity skills. The speaker called it off for the day by marking, “The workshop wasn’t’ only subject restricted but had a common universal approach, i.e. - welfare of the learner.”
Workshop at American Centre on Active Learning in Literacy Classrooms
GD Goenka is the ace in the race when it comes to grabbing of opportunities. Ms. Jaya Bharti
(PGT English) was awarded a wonderful chance by the school to attend a three day workshop on Active Learning in Literacy Classrooms organized by Regional English Language Office, at the American Centre, U. S. Embassy, and New Delhi. The resource person for the workshop was Professor Spencer Sallas, Ph. D., and The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The workshop aimed at providing hands on experience to teachers for introducing reading, writing and vocabulary to students. The workshop helped teachers explore various activities like gallery walk, surveys, inter-active student notebooks etc. The focus was on choosing activities which help motivate adolescent learners. The topics covered during the three days were as follows:
- Motivating an adolescent learner.
- Flexible Formats for classroom discussion and participatory vocabulary instructions.
- Exploratory free writing and improvisational theatre techniques.
The workshop was enriching and provided various tools and techniques which can be introduced in classrooms at various levels. She is obliged and proud of the organization and the leader for recognizing the urge to learn. This definitely is an add-on step to the march of success.
The END marked the beginning of the NEW. The efforts taken by the school are surely a getup-and-go for the Goenkan facilitators. The workshops and efficacious sessions were enriching and a peek in the vast world of expertise. Let the learner breathe the air of knowledge. Actual basic of the sessions was to create awareness that learning is a never ending process. There’s always something to learn every minute as said before ‘Life is a Teacher of a Teacher’…. Explore it…. The set of workshops were a trigger to the tedious soul and moistened the dried. The principal left everyone with a thoughtful thought, “Never underestimate the power of a talent galore. Freedom is a big skill in itself. Develop a mind to question. Be their wings to thought. Let the learner breathe the air of knowledge….. Let them fly high and witness the Gargantuan”.