WORKSHOP ON CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT BY MS. GEETA DUGGAL
A one day workshop on effective classroom management was held on Saturday 25th March 2017 at Delhi Public School Aligarh, Junior Wing, an endeavour on the part of our school authorities to keep the teachers abreast with the latest strategies to manage the 21st century classroom environment effectively.
The workshop was conducted by Mrs. Geeta Duggal from Pearson Publication, an highly experienced educationist associated with the Delhi Public School Society-a former Principal and founder of two Delhi Public Schools in Haryana. Also present was the Principal of Delhi Public School Civil Lines Aligarh, Mrs. Neena Newar. Teachers from the same school attended the workshop along with teachers from the Senior Wing, Delhi Public School Aligarh.
The day began at around 10:00am with the lighting of the lamp by the eminent guests of the day. Ms. Manisha Sharma our English teacher ably handled the compering. The Headmistress of the school, Ms. Bhavana Bhardwaj formally welcomed the guest.
Right in the beginning, through discussion, Mrs. Duggal established that with changing times, the challenges faced by teachers in the classroom have also changed and the need to develop and implement rules and procedures to tackle the same is of utmost importance.
The workshop focussed on the key concern of classroom management with the use of effective teaching strategies and delivering practical approaches with eye-opening strategies which can be used for managing students effectively in a classroom. The resource persons discussed and shared the best methods adopted for classroom management and how the best potential of students could be extracted by giving them a congenial and friendly environment.
Ms. Duggal highly emphasized the importance of the personality and character of the teacher in managing classroom focusing on the in-depth knowledge of subject matter, behaviour and presence of mind in dealing with day to day dealing of classroom situations. With her own example in conducting the workshop, she strengthened the need for a lively and interactive lesson planning to keep the interest of the students alive.
The workshop concluded with an activity where teachers were asked to blow up balloons and burst the balloons of others. Each had to safeguard their balloons it was an activity to show that teachers need not play safe while working in a school. After all it is rightly said-no risks, no gains.
It was indeed a very effective workshop where the dynamic personality of Mrs. Geeta Duggal inspired teachers to improve their teaching strategies in class with the effective tips given by her. She was presented with a memento and a painting. Ms. Sapna Lal delivered the vote of thanks.
WORKSHOP ON LIFE SKILLS
Date: 7th January 2017
Venue: Delhi Public School Aligarh, Senior Wing
On 7th January 2017, the teachers of Delhi Public School Aligarh, Junior Wing attended a very informative workshop based on the topic “Life Skills”. The session was taken up by Mr. Sarvesh Kumar Sharma, the Academic Coordinator and Mr. Sudhir Sharma, the English Teacher at Delhi Public School Aligarh, Senior Wing. The workshop was an initiative of the CBSE to dispense the knowledge of Life Skills to the teachers who in turn would have to educate their students about the same. Approximately 45 to 60 teachers attended the workshop coming from all the branches of Delhi Public School.
The workshop was conducted in a very orderly manner and the resource person very interestingly conveyed the message to the teachers. The workshop was primarily conducted in two sessions. First being a Power Point Presentation and the second, a group activity for the teachers. The objective of the workshop was to generate the awareness amongst the students of their abilities that will help them to be successful in living a productive life. They would help the students to improve their personal and social life.
As per the workshop, Life Skills have been divided into three main skills namely Thinking Skills, Social Skills and Emotional Skills. Each of these topics was further divided into subtopics as follows:
- Self Awareness
- Problem Solving
- Decision Making
- Critical Thinking
- Creative Thinking
- Interpersonal Skills
- Effective Communication
- Managing Emotions
- Coping with stress
Furthermore, the other topics discussed were the Importance of Life Skills and the Techniques of Developing these Life Skills. Towards the end of the workshop, a group activity was conducted where the teachers formed groups and each group was given a story to read and comprehend the situations where the different Life Skills were used in the story. It was an interesting, stimulating workshop and one that the students need to be taught at this point of their life. All the teachers felt that the workshop had been extremely instrumental in conveying the knowledge of Life Skills to the teachers.The teachers consented to share the information acquired during this workshop with the students in return.
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WORKSHOP ON TEACHING MATHS
On 3rd of September 2016, the Department of Maths of Delhi Public School Aligarh, Junior Wing had attended a workshop on “Teaching Maths”. The workshop was based on interesting topics for more effective and interesting teaching was held by the teachers of DPS Aligarh. At the end the Principal and the Vice Principal gave their views regarding the workshop and shared their ideas of making teaching more effective and innovative. It was very fruitful as it refreshed .
WORKSHOP ON TEACHING OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE
On 13th of August 2016, the Department of English of Delhi Public School Aligarh, Junior Wing had attended a workshop on “Teaching English Language”. It was a workshop conducted by the English Department of Delhi Public School, Senior Wing Aligarh. The Principal of Delhi Public School, Aligarh and Civil Lines were also present to share their insights and expertise with respect to the topic. It was a good platform to address some academic issues, challenges, problems and doubts that interrupts the students from acquiring a deeper understanding of the subjects and concepts. The workshop was based on the topics such as:
Overall, it was an enriching and interactive session with a number of suggestions, practical activities and worksheets for the enhancement of understanding amongst the students.
WORKSHOP CUM INTERACTION FOR PARENTS ON COGNITIVE & LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
A workshop cum interaction session for parents of students from Nursery to Class I was held at Delhi Public School(Junior Wing) Aligarh on 12th of July 2016. The workshop was conducted by the Headmistress of the school, Ms. Bhavana Bhardwaj . She explained to the parents about the various stages of cognitive and language development of a child from 0 to 7 years as recognized by the famous psychologist, Jean Piaget.
The workshop helped the parents to have real knowledge of what to expect from their child and not go overboard with them. It was also a lesson in proper parenting of children. Ms. Bhardwaj was glad to see that the parents listened attentively and interacted with her for a long time thus making the workshop serve its true purpose.
A BRAIN STORMING SESSION
On the opening day for the staff on July 2, 2016 a brain storming session for teachers was held in Delhi Public School (Junior Wing). It was conducted by the Headmistress of the school, Ms. Bhavana Bhardwaj and attended by all the teaching staff. It was primarily meant to overview the general education system in the school and how to improve upon them. She welcomed the suggestions by teachers and also guided them for the betterment and improvement of their teaching methods in the classroom. Following were the suggestions brought about as a result of the interaction between the teachers and the Headmistress-
- Strong academic achievement should be the priority of the school and teachers
- Lesson Plan should have more creative and innovative activities which should be implemented by teachers in their class. Level of the students should be taken care of and lessons should be planned accordingly.
- Effort should be made by teachers to develop inquisitiveness among students.
- Correction of copies should be done properly.
- There should be proper communication between teachers and parents.
- Language teachers should use more of comprehension to improve language skills. Good communication skills should be developed among students. Use of dictionary and newspapers should be encouraged in class.
- Teachers should avoid comparison among students. It should be replaced with self comparison.
- Corporal punishments in any form should be avoided.
- School environment should be more lively and bubbly.
- Class cleanliness should be taken care of.
- Overall personality development of students should be the aim of the school.
- Teachers should maintain proper behavior and serve as role models for students.
- Sports and other co-curricular activities should not be neglected.
- Library should be maintained with updated books, maps and other informative material.
- Feedback from students should be taken regularly by the class teachers.
- Emphasis should be laid on value based teaching.
- Weak students should be taken special care of by holding remedial classes and follow up with parents. Hostel students should be given extra attention.
- Teachers should give quality time to their students and give positive vibes.
- Private tuitions by teachers are strictly forbidden.
- Mark lists of all FA’s should be entered in the Lesson Plan.
- All official documents should be deposited at the reception.
- List of weak, slow and special students should be submitted to the Examination Departmentby 10th July 2016.
- Worksheets for lessons should be prepared with varied levels of questions-easy, average and difficult.
The session ended with an enjoyable activity called ‘Knowing Yourself’. In this activity, teachers had to first note down all their qualities on a piece of paper which was attached on their back. Thereafter all the teachers had to stand in a circle and go around and write down the qualities of the other teachers on the papers. The teachers were afterwards handed back the paper. In this way they realized how others perceived them were more or less similar to their perception about themselves.
SEMINAR ON MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCIES
A seminar on the above topic was held at Delhi Public School (Junior Wing) on 28th May 2016. It was conducted by the Headmistress of the school, Ms. Bhavana Bhardwaj and attended by all the teaching staff of the wing. In her engaging and informative session, Ms. Bhardwaj first of all dealt with the importance of the current method of judging intelligence not just by measuring one’s IQ but by categorizing intelligence into eight fields-interpersonal, intrapersonal, linguistic, kinesthetic, logical, analytical, musical and aesthetic. She went on to say that each individual possesses all of these intelligences in varying amounts and specialize in any one of these. It is up to the teachers to use Multi-Intelligence strategies and understand how each student is different from each other and bring out the best from each one of them. She also emphasized the importance of character over intellect in shaping the personality of the child.
WORKSHOP – COMMUNICATION SKILL DEVELOPMENT
A workshop on “Communication Skill Development” was conducted on 27th May 2016 at Delhi Public School Aligarh (Junior Wing) by Our English teachers – Ms. Manisha Sharma and Ms. Sapna Lal. It was attended by all the teachers of the wing,the Senior Mistresses- Ms. Ankur Pathak and Ms. Shalini Jain and our Headmistress – Ms. Bhavana Bhardwaj The workshop dealt with the problem areas, development, types of communication skills at a personal and professional level. The communication skills developed in a class was like a icing on a cake for the teachers. The teachers learnt ways in which they can enhance their communication with others especially in the classroom. The workshop included a presentation, activities, quotes and some stories to make the best use of the opportunities. The speakers dealt with the topic elaborately thus doing justice to the topic.Ms. Bhavana Bhardwaj concluded the workshop with her encouraging words and her insight on the topic. She encouraged all the teachers to inculcate reading habits and to benefit from such workshops which are designed to cater to their needs and groom the teachers to be good communicators at a personal and professional forefront.
WORKSHOP ON PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF MENTORING TEACHERS
Resource Person:- Ms. Neema Saraswat Venue: – DPS JUNIOR WING AligarhDate: – 24th May 2016 and 26th May 2016Members Attended: – Teachers from Nursery to Class IIWe as teachers many times have to face problems on teaching correct pronunciation and spellings of different words. The main objective of this workshop was to explain teachers “the effective ways of giving reading instructions”. The title of this workshop was reading, writing and spelling programme. It was a part of teacher monitoring session collaborated with Ambience Public School, Delhi.In the first introductory session definition of reading and principles of reading instruction were dealt through different activities. Teachers were also made aware of different skills like auditory, visual and kinesthetic which play important role in effective reading.In the next session, different elements of reading instruction like phonemic awareness, sound symbol association, syllable, syntax and morphology were explained. The difference between phonemic awareness and phonics was made clear to teachers. New ways to make reading practice easy were told. The role of sound of vowels in pronunciation of different words was described effectively and in an easy manner. Different activities were conducted to make concepts clear.This session was quite interactive and fruitful and a wonderful session for both teachers and resource person.
A workshop on MS – Word 2007 and MS – Excel 2007 was conducted on 24th and 26th May 2016 at DPS Junior Wing Aligarh, by Mr. Aditya Gupta and Ms. Sneh Lata. The workshop dealt with the problems teachers face while working in Word and Excel. The topics which were covered in the workshop were:MS – Word 2007
- Header and Footer
- Page Border
- Inserting DPS Logo
- Text Alignments
- Arranging text with the pictures
MS – Excel 2007
- Brief introduction about Excel
- Cell, Rows and columns
- Merging cells
- Text Alignments
- Putting formulas
- Borders outside the cell
Teachers were fully satisfied with the workshop as it helped them to solve their queries and solve 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.
Workshop – ‘Teachers – as leaders in class’
With a view to improve and enhance the quality of teaching and learning a workshop on the topic – ‘ Teachers As Leaders In Class ’ was held in Delhi Public School Aligarh (Junior Wing) on 23rd May 2016 by Ms. Monisha Gupta from Scholastic India. She first dealt on the goals of education and the various intelligences recognized by educators. Ms. Monisha not only highlighted the qualities of a teacher in the classroom but also the various emotional and social skills that one needs to become teachers who could bring about a change in the education system. Ms. Bhavana Bhardwaj thanked her for the enriching session and Ms. Ankur Pathak (Senior Mistress) presented her with a memento and a sapling.