WORKSHOP ON “STORY TELLING AS THE BEST TOOL FOR PARENTING”
Date : 06th October 2018
Resource Person : Mrs. Simi Srivastava
Venue : D.P.S. Aligarh, Junior Wing
“Fill your child’s life with experience, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.”
Story telling is a universal and traditional art form that has featured strongly in Indian culture as an effective communication tool. It can be used to inform, entertain and educate. It is often used as a medium to ingrain values, improving reading skills and opening the minds of children to worlds beyond imagination.
A workshop for story-telling was thus organized for the mothers of Pre-K to Class III of Delhi Public School Aligarh, Junior Wing, on 6th October 2018 in the school’s Basement Hall. Around fifty mothers had attended the workshop.
The resource person for the programme was a renowned personality Mrs. Simi Srivastava, who was formally welcomed with a sapling. Headmistress Madam Ms. Bhavana Bhardwaj welcomed all the mothers attending the workshop. She briefed the gathering on the importance of Storytelling and introduced the Guest Speaker who is the founder director of Kathashala, a storytelling studio for children.
Mrs. Simi Srivastava has been awarded with the international Education Innovator Award in December 2013. She is soft skills, life skills and a performing artist. She is famous around the world as a master of story-telling and a great thinker on patterns of parenting.
During the course of the workshop, the resource person Mrs. Simi Srivastava shared her valuable and distinct insights such as establishing a bond with the child, teaching the child to handle different situations, to enable them to learn about the world, facilitating imagination and creativity etc., through story telling. She also focused on many other of aspects of storytelling. She engaged the gathering to participate in an interactive story entitled ‘Geet ka kamaal’ a folktale and ‘Gajapati Khulpati….the story about an elephant’, to set an example of how a story should be narrated in order to grasp the attention of the children. Some of the students who had accompanied their mothers were also invited to join for the story telling session and had a great time being a part of the story. The appropriate use of voice modulation and body language infused passion, enhanced imagination, expression and introduced the mothers and the teachers to new horizons of storytelling.
It was a great learning opportunity for the mother as well as teachers as it provided them with exposure to the techniques used for storytelling. It was indeed an enriching workshop. Mrs. Aanchal Jain and Mrs. Sheena Mehra shared their views about the workshop. Mrs. Megha Agarwal presented a painting and a momento to the speaker on behalf of Delhi Public School Aligarh, Junior Wing. A vote of thanks to the resource person Mrs. Simi Srivastava was rendered by Ms. Rashmi Upadhyaya. She also thanked Headmistress Ma’am fororganising such a purposeful and uplifting workshop.
WORKSHOP ON BEHAVIOUR MODIFICATION
Date : 15th September 2018
Resource Person : Mr. Vivek Kumar
Venue : D.P.S. Aligarh, Junior Wing
“Teachers job is to ensure learning not teaching”.
Change is the only way to move forward and learning first happens only with the change in the classroom, abilities, behaviour and attitude of students, teachers and parents. In order to empower teachers with latest means and methodology of teaching, the management of D.P.S. Aligarh invited Mr. Vivek Kumar, Post Graduate in Social Work, Net (Social work), PGD in Child Psychology and Mass Communication to take an extensive workshop on “Behaviour Modification” which included “dealing with Rumours in class room situation”.
He stressed on making the learning experience comprehensive and contemporary. The topics which were covered in the workshop are:
- Teachers as flexible thinkers.
- Evident permanent change in the knowledge of students.
- Equal importance being given to all the students.
- Activities promoting good behavior of students which would reflect behaviour modification.
This workshop has aided continuous professional development and academic enrichment by acquainting teachers with the latest educational reforms, practices and best pedagogical tools. Principal D.P.S. Hathras was also present during the session to motivate teachers from D.P.S. Aligarh Senior Wing, D.P.S. Aligarh Junior Wing and D.P.S. Hathras. Overall, it was an enriching session as many innovative ideas to make learning more interesting were discussed. It will definitely help the teachers in their class room teaching methodology.
WORKSHOP ON OFFICE ERGONOMICS
Date : 28th August 2018
Resource Person : Dr Rajiv Jain
Venue : D.P.S Aligarh, Junior Wing
With a view to make teachers aware of the office ergonomics our school management invited Dr. Rajiv Jain, Senior consultant orthopedic and joint from Max Super Specialty Hospital Delhi. The workshop dealt with the problems teachers face due to wrong posture and long standing and sitting hours.
The topics which were highlighted are as follows:
- Discussed about correct postures while working.
- How important Vitamin D3 is for our body.
- If we have to sit for long duration, we shall take a break for a couple of minutes and stretch our body.
- Stress was laid on how important it is, to do certain postural exercises.
- Diseases caused due to deficiency of different vitamins and minerals.
Teachers were fully satisfied with the workshop as it helped them to solve their queries and various problems they faced in their day to day work. It was an interesting and informative session.
WORKSHOP ON EFFICIENT CLASSROOM COMMUNICATION THROUGH CLASSROOM LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
Date : 4th August 2018
Resource Person : Ms. Sapna Lal
Venue : D.P.S Aligarh, Junior Wing
The teachers of D. P. S. Aligarh, Junior Wing were given the opportunity to attend a very interesting and informative workshop which focused on Efficient Classroom Communication through Classroom Language Acquisition. The workshop was conducted by Ms. Sapna Lal from English Department, D.P.S. Aligarh, Junior Wing.
The workshop emphasized on:
- The meaning of Classroom Communication.
- Meaning and importance of Classroom Language.
- Challenges faced during Classroom Language acquisition.
- Techniques to teach Classroom Language to the students.
Overall, it was an enriching session as many innovative ideas to make communication in the classroom more interactive were discussed.The message was put across to the teachers, with the help of presentation and a number of videos. It will definitely help the teachers to interact and deliver the best quality education in a classroom situation. Headmistress Ma’am Ms. Bhavana Bhardwaj also expressed her valuable insights on the importance of developing communication skills both for the students as well as the teachers.
WORKSHOP ON MATHEMATICS- A WORLD OF WONDER
Date : 9th January 2018
Resource Person : Ms. Charu Paliwal and Ms. Neema Saraswat
Venue : D. P. S. Dwarka
For the professional growth and development of teachers, two of our colleagues-Ms. Charu Paliwal and Ms. Neema Saraswat attended a three day workshop at DPS Dwarka and came back enriched with expert and innovative ideas of teaching mathematics. The two teachers gave a presentation of the same for the teachers of DPS Junior Wing on 9th January 2018 on the given topic.
The aim of the workshop was to enlighten teachers on how to remove the general fear among students of Mathematics as a subject. The idea was to help teachers to make students love the subject. For the same they guided the teachers on how to connect maths with everyday life and integrate it with the other subjects taught in school.
To make classroom teaching effective they suggested a number of activities which were simple, practical, easy to make and implement, at the same time making them interesting.
The teachers learned a lot from the workshop and gained practical knowledge of the teaching of Mathematics in an interesting and interactive way.
WORKSHOP ON TEACHING ENGLISH EFFECTIVELY
Date : 7th October 2017
Resource Person : Mrs. Gayatri Khanna
Venue : D. P. S. Aligarh, Senior Wing
The teachers of English Department were given the opportunity to attend a very interesting and informative workshop which focused on teaching of English Language at different levels i.e., elementary, primary and secondary levels. The workshop was conducted by Oxford University Press. Ms. Ankur Pathak, Ms. Manisha Sharma and Ms. Sapna Lal from English Department, Junior Wing attended the workshop.
It was an activity based session and a number of handouts were given to the teachers as samples of worksheets that the teachers can incorporate in their teaching methodology. The resource person threw light on the techniques of activity based teaching, taking dictation in different ways, various writing skills, and ways to make the students understand the format of writing skills. Selection and methodology of using worksheets in simpler ways and guidelines on assessing the students in a more positive way were also discussed. She also emphasized on helping the students develop silent reading habits.
Overall, it was an enriching session as many innovative ideas to make English teaching more interesting were discussed. It will definitely help the teachers by adding on to their class room teaching methodology.
WORKSHOP ON “NURTURING YOUNG MINDS” ORGANISED BY DELHI PUBLIC SCHOOL SOCIETY
“Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.” —– Japanese Proverb
Delhi Public School Society had organised a three day workshop titled ‘Nurturing Young Minds’ for teacher of Elementary Classes VI – VIII from 22nd-24th August 2017 under the expert leadership of Dr. Zeenat Khader, Joint Secretary, DPS Society at the HRD Centre Dwarka. Ms. Sapna Lal from Delhi Public School Aligarh, Junior Wing accompanied by Mr. Neelesh Jain from DPS Aligarh Senior Wing attended the workshop along with 45 other teachers from Delhi Public Schools across India.
The workshop aimed at sensitising the teachers to enhance their effectiveness as facilitators by adopting basic techniques of counseling and subsequently providing guidance to children more so these days, as the society is undergoing immense transformation. The workshop commenced on 22nd of August 2017 soon after the registration of all the participants. Ice breaking Ceremony and Program Overview was initiated by the Joint Secretary, DPS Society Dr. Zeenat Khader followed by Lamp lighting ceremony by the Resource Person Ms. Arpita Dixit from Expressions India, who also took up the first session on “E-Addiction”. The Session emphasised the huge impact of Internet Addiction on children. Interactive discussions, videos and case studies with Role Plays by the participating teachers made the session very informative and realistic. Dr. Zeenat Khader, Jt. Secy., DPSS had taken up the second session on the topic “Child Psychology-Behaviour Management on Parenting” which emphasized on the role of teachers to remind and educate the parents about the importance of quality time to be spent with the children. A presentation highlighting the importance of sense of belongingness and security was shown. An interactive session on “Nurturing Young Minds” was taken up by all the participants attending the workshop. This session focused on the problems faced by adolescents due E-Addiction and the probable intervention to support the young minds to overcome it. Dr. Avneet Kahai, Consultant Psychologist through innovative techniques such as presentations, group activities and self assessments, introduced the concept of “Multiple Intelligence” which has become a very important these days. Various aspects of Multiple intelligence such as Verbal Linguistic, Musical Rhythmic, Logical Mathematical, Visual Spatial etc. were discussed in this session. Thus the first day ended with lots of learning outcomes for the participants.
The second day began with the topic “Building Attitude for Resilience” by Dr. Anjana Sen, Member CREIO. The teachers were made to understand that equipping the new generations with life skills is important, but the need for resilience is repeatedly underscored with each young life snuffed out due to suicide, alcoholism, drug abuse. Dr. Anjana Sen also took up the second session “Changing Brain of Adolescents”. In this session the teachers were informed how the different parts of the adolescent brain processes various external inputs and their reaction to the external factors influencing them. The last session for second day was “Universal Design of Learning while handling heterogeneous class” by the resource expert Ms. Shubha Chandrashekhar, Special Educator, DPS Rohini. In this session examples of how learning could be beneficial for all the students, as all classes these days posed the eminent problem of heterogeneity was discussed. These were the topic for the second day after which the participants retired to their abode to take rest and be rejuvenated for the next day.
Two sessions were scheduled for the last day of the workshop. The first session was on “Behavioural Issues” by Dr. Avantika Arora, Senior Counsellor, DPS Noida who highlighted the behavioural issues among the adolescents. Transition from childhood to adulthood was explained highlighting the adolescent period, physiological changes which take place in the body, brain and its impact on the behaviour of the adolescent, and such as teenage anxiety and depression were discussed. Another important topic was taken up by resource expert Ms. Shubha Chandrashekhar, Special Educator, DPS Rohini on “Sexuality and Adolescence” wherein Adolescence education programme, Sex education and sexual awareness, Stages of adolescence, Characteristics of early, mid and late adolescent age and ways to empower our adolescents were discussed.
Post lunch the participants huddled to summarise all the sessions that were taken up which was followed by Presentation of the Certificates by Dr. Zeenat Khader. Overall the sessions were very interactive, useful and informative. The knowledge and information exchanged and obtained was immense and can be used to nurture young minds in our respective schools.
COMPUTER WORKSHOP SESSION 2017-18
With a view to train teachers on making excel worksheets for filling up data, a workshop for the same was conducted on 22 July 2017 at DPS Aligarh, Junior Wing by the computer teachers- Mr. Aditya Gupta and Ms. Sneh Lata. The workshop dealt with the problems teachers face while working on MS-Excel 2007. The topics which were covered in the workshop were-
- Brief introduction about Excel
- Inserting Cell, rows and columns
- Merging cells
- Text Alignment
- Applying formulas
- Borders outside the cell
- Setting of page for printing
- Applying Border
Teachers were fully satisfied with the workshop as it helped them to solve their queries and various problems which they faced in their day to day work with the computer. It was an interesting and interactive session which teachers thoroughly enjoyed.
Session and Presentation on “My School”
“Every child has a different learning style and pace. Each child is unique, not only capable of learning but also capable of succeeding.” —– Robert John Meehan
The whole world will proclaim and confess the endless potential of a child towards development and learning if guided and led by a positive force that is – A Teacher. To foster the same school of thought, the Headmistress of Delhi Public School Aligarh, Junior Wing Ms. Bhavana Bhardwaj prepared an interesting session for the teachers with a very inspiring presentation on 30th June 2017. All the teachers attending the session were positively motivated to outperform their own performance to nurture growth and learning in the tender minds of the children.
The presentation turned out to promote determination amongst the teacher as it was presented from the point of view of a child and the aspects in which a child expects the teacher to understand him/her, provide knowledge as well as cater to his/her physical and emotional needs.
Overall, those attending the session felt a new zeal of energy to do better than they are already doing and make a change in the children’s life.
A one day robotics workshop was organized for students of Classes III-VI at Delhi Public School Junior Wing, Aligarh on 27 April, 2017.
During this workshop children were trained in building and programming robotics. Approximately 65 students participated in the workshop organized by LEGO MINDSTROMS EDUCATION NXT. Students worked with enthusiasm and displayed their creativity in hands – on building of robots. They were also privileged to participate in the next level of robotics. Students enjoyed their workshop by making their own robots.
Our Headmistress Ms. Bhavana Bhardwaj thanked the organization for giving our students an opportunity to do some productive yet enjoyable activity.
WORKSHOP “HOW TO IDENTIFY CHILDREN WITH LEARNING DISABILITIY”
A workshop on “HOW TO IDENTIFY CHILDREN WITH LEARNING DISABILITIY” Was conducted by Dr. Mustafa Nadeem Kirmani and Dr. Zeenat Zahur on 22nd April 2017. The workshop discussed the various aspects of learning disabilities, autism and ADHD.
The problems were discussed in detail about how to identify and overcome such problems among children situations.
Dr. Zeenat Zahur discussed about learning disabilities like memory problems, phonological deficits, motor issues, hyperactive and attention problem , problems in reading, comprehension, spellings, writing and arithmetic. It presented the reasons and conclusions of various aspects of these learning disabilities.
Another session was conducted by Dr. Mustafa Nadeem Kirmani an associate professor in clinical psychology, who raised issues regarding Autism and ADHD and various aspects to identify the child with such problems and overcome such situations in classroom.
He classified the major difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist and also suggested that for children having such problems could be sent to the clinical psychologist.
He focused on the joint attention to care for any special child because everyone in his/her life is important to give a support like teachers, parents, special educators, friends and society for better and quick results. For the same counselling of the parent is also very important.
Special educators are required in every school to discuss such behavioral issues among students and help out the teachers and parents to understand the requirements towards child to develop his / her potential.
He specified that we should give individual and special attention to every special child so that problems can be solved and the child can develop his/her life skills properly and efficiently because there is no connection between IQ and Learning Disabilities or autism Only thing required is proper attention and care of the child.
This workshop was enthusiastically attended by all mother teachers (approximately fifty) along with their heads Ms. Pallavi Upadhyay (Principal DPS Aligarh), Ms. Neena Newar (Principal DPS Civil Lines), Ms. Bhavana Bharadwaj (Headmistress DPS JW) and Ms. Shalini Jain (S. M. DPS JW) to get benefitted from this wonderful workshop.