Workshop on DNA Sequencing & Personal Genomic Profiling Applied Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics
A workshop for Biology Stream teachers was organised on DNA Sequencing & Personal Genomic Profiling Applied Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics bySoftvision Research Institute, GSB Campus, Nipania Bypass, Indore on January 7, 2023 and was attended by Ms.Anshu Chopra, HOD Science Department. Dr Ravi Kumar Head R&D , Softvision Research Institute, and Dr.AnurajNayarisseri, Scientist at Eminent Biosciences were the resource persons .Training was given on whole-genome analysis gene finding gene sequence alignment identification of snp / snv / indel mutation identification of gene involved in cancer bioinformatics tools >> emboss / blast clustal w t coffee. This furnished new knowledge about next generation genome sequencing amongst the attendees.
Workshop on ‘Enhancing LSRW Skills’
January 7, 2023
A workshop on ‘Enhancing LSRW Skills’organized by Orient Black Swan at Choithram School, North Campus, Indore was attended by 80 teachers of 18 schools of the city. Ms. Swati Manjrekar, Ms. MeenuPanditfrom the English Department, Senior School as well as Ms. PayelChatterji, Ms. ArtiManghani from the Junior School attended the workshop. Mr. DeepeshChandrashekharan, associated with Shiv Nadar University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu was the resource person for the workshop. He explained about sounds of the letters and how they should be pronounced to put more focus on fluency in speaking rather than accuracy.To improve the listening skills, he suggested that children should be made to listen to audio clips / English songs and later on asked to comprehend it. To enhance the writing skills of students, he asked to follow the formula of CODER: Collect,Organise, Draft, Edit and Revise. He also discussed about various reading strategies to be incorporated in the class.
Workshop on ‘Provision Art in NEP 2020’
January 4, 2023
A workshop on ‘Provision of Art in NEP 2020’ organized by District Administration and Department of Education, District Indore in collaboration with Sanskar Bharati at University Auditorium, Khandwa Road, Indore on January 4, 2023 was attended by Ms. Chitralekha Kulkarni, HOD, English Department (Senior School) and Ms. Nidhi Jain, HOD, Visual Arts. Mr. Shankar Lalwani, Member, Lok Sabha lit the lamp and inaugurated the programme. Education Minister, M.P. Dr. Mohan Yadav, Vice Chancellor, DAVV, Ms. Renu Jain, Mr. Somkant Sharma, Ms. Shobha Paithankar, Mr. Sanjay Taranekar and other members of Sanskar Bharati were also present on the occasion.
The workshop was organized in three sessions. The first session focused on the similarity between the traditional method of teaching in India and NEP 2020, also the importance of mother tongue and the necessity for every child to learn to speak, write and read his/ her mother tongue. Second session threw light on the technical aspect of NEP.
The role of Art teachers in the new venture was discussed in the third session. Ms. Shobha Choudhary, vocal artist stressed on the importance of music teacher in every school; Sanskar Bharati would provide a faculty if a school is unable to find one. Ms. Shobha Vaidya from Lalit Kala Academy suggested that children should be allowed to display their creativity freely. The third speaker Pooja Saxena from the field of Literature sang a song which depicted that God visits artists. Mr. Shashikant Tambe, Sangeet Guru, encouraged the artists to always remain cheerful as it impresses the children. Mr. Rajan Deshmukh, the dramatist stressed on the importance of removing hesitation from the minds of the children so that they rule the stage. Additional Collector Mr. Abhay Bedekar, threw light on the need of inclusion of Art in NEP; how it is helpful in enhancing coordination, cooperation and bonding between the children. Ms. Manjusha Johri, Kathak artist suggested to introduce an Art Lab in every school. Padmashri, Dr. Puru Dadheech in his address said that all forms of art are inter-related; without painting, sculpting is not possible; for dance, music is required; for lyrics, you need poetry, instruments go with singing and so on. He also emphasized that art should be considered as important as the other subjects and should not be considered secondary.
All speakers accentuated the need to preserve our heritage and culture; the best way to do the same is pass on the learning to the next generation.
Global Teachers’ Meet 6.0
December 30, 2022
Ms. Yashashri Lole, Ms. Palak Mehta, Ms. Mithilesh Shukla from the Junior School and Ms. Varsha Khamgoankar, Ms. Sugandha Nannore, Ms. KiranVyas from the Senior School attended the Global Teachers’ Meet organized on December 29 and 30, 2022, by Nidaan and Oriental Group of Institutes, Bhopal. The Meet was attended by 300 teachers from different schools of the state.
On December 29, 2022, Ms. Chitra Ravi, Founder & CEO, Chrysalis in her session based on ‘Resilience’ explained the need for being a resilient teacher and highlighted the five pillars of resilience namely, self-awareness, purpose, relationships, adaptability and communication. In the second session Ms. Sapna Agrawal, Founder I Big Wonder on You Tube, National Head T & D Saarthi Pedagogy discussed the main inclusions of NEP likeearly childhood care, teaching through play way method, storytelling vocational training and competency-based learning.Ms.Suvarna from Nidaan Foundation in the third session explained how to make the process of teaching-learning enjoyable with minimum resources in the classroom.
On December 30, 2022 the first session was taken by Mr. G. Bala subramanian, Former Director (Academics), CBSE on ‘Transition to Transformation’. While talking about NEP implementation and the need of teacher to be equipped according to present scenario he deliberated about three factors challenging learning like skills, scale and speed, machine learning Vshuman learning. During the second session, Choithram School Principal Mr. Rajesh Awasthi elucidated the importance of Bloom’s Taxonomy, its inclusion in lesson plans as well as different learning skills and their sub-skills. He reiterated that teaching should be intentional and reasoned; the teacher must know about the learning outcomes while teaching a topic in class and should focus on the learning of a child and not syllabus completion. At the end, Ms. Kala Mohan, Director, Nidaan enlightened about good teaching practices, mindfulness, avoiding judging and tagging a child and instead lending support to the child wherever required.
CBSE Session on Financial Literacy and Use of Digital Tools
November 22, 2022
CBSE has taken an initiative to sensitize teachers across the country on the basics of Financial Literacy and use of Digital Tools. In this context, CBSE organized session in the offline mode for eight schools of Indore wherein Choithram School, Indore was the HUB for the same. The eight members of Hubs of learning – MP 0168 are:Choithram School, ShriAgrasenVidyalaya, Indore Public School (Eastern Campus), ShriBalVinayMandir, Ryan Interational, Sharon International School,St. Mary Champion Higher Secondary School and Anusuiya School, Sanwer.
Mr. Swarnim Gupta,Chartered Accountant and Chairman of Indore branch of ICAI was the resource person.The session was useful for teachers as they learnt about the following aspects:
• Importance of SIPs/ shares/ mutual funds
• Investment and importance of life insurance and term plans
• How to deal with funds and finances
• Where and where not to invest
• Cyber Fraud and phishing
Webinar on Employability Skills by CBSE
June 2022 – November 2022
Ms. Ankita Jain and Ms. Shashi Upadhyay of Commerce Department attended CBSE webinarson ‘Employability Skills’. The webinars were conducted for teachers taking vocational subjects. The resource persons shared the information regarding the registration on PSSCIVE (PSS Central Institute of Vocational Education). They provided the information regarding the teachers and students login on PSSCIVE so that they can access the e-material uploaded on the CBSE website. Wadhwani Foundation under the guidance of PSS Central Institute of Vocational Education facilitates the digital study material to deliver learning experience through a blended approach of text and video-based interactive e-learning lessons.
Workshop on Art Integration
December 4, 2022
Ms. Nidhi Jain, HOD Visual Arts, Ms.TarvinderKaurGhai, Co-ordinator Class 1 along with Ms. Shakti Joshi and Ms.Alisha Navlani of the Junior School and Ms. AbedaRaotiwala of the Senior School attended CBSE workshop on ‘Art Integration’by resource persons Ms.Anu Bhatia and Ms. Anjali Rajdev.The workshop helped the 48 attendees from different schools of Indore and nearby towns understand the importance of combining and applying art with teaching of different curricular areas.Art makes learning alive and interesting, from the traditional monotonous teaching style. It unlocks the door to learning and engages learners in new ways. Keeping this in mind, the resource persons involved all the attendees in various activities and conducted an MCQ test at the end of the session.
Skill Expo cum Awareness Workshop
October 22, 2022
To develop awareness for skills along with recognizing the importance of skills in one’s daily life, a workshop on Skill Expo cum awareness was organized for the Principals and teachers on Skill Courses by CBSE on October 21, 2022 at G. D. Goenka Public School, Agra.
Mr. Santosh Mishra, Vice Principal of the school attended the workshop.The resource person Dr. Biswajit Saha Director, Trainings & Skill Education, CBSE briefed about the goals of NEP 2020 to be envisaged by 2025 and emphasized that every child should learn one vocation and be exposed to several more based on NEP 2020 statement of ‘no hard separation’ between the ‘vocational and academic streams.’ The first-of-its-kind workshop laid special emphasis on Beauty and Wellness, Apparel, Fashion Studies, Computer applications and Typography. The skill education fair stalls displayed exhibits based on concepts and processes of skills prepared by different schools. The workshop benefitted the participants to gain knowledge for implementing skill education in schools to make children better informed and productive members of society.
Exposure to Coding Curriculum
September 14, 2022
Ms. Madhurima Puranik, Mr. Mayank Godbole, Ms. Pardeep Arora, Ms. Priyanka Narela and Ms. Diksha Santwani of Computer Department attended webinars on ‘Exposure to Coding Curriculum for Teachers’ by CBSE and MICROSOFT from September 6 to 14, 2022. The webinars covered Introduction to Coding & Minecraft & Make Code, Algorithms and Variables using Block Coding, Loops using Block Coding; Get Creative with Loops, Sequencing with Block Coding and Advanced Sequencing. Practical activities were also conducted for these topics.
Exposure On Data Science Curriculum
September 13, 2022
The webinar on ‘Exposure to Coding Curriculum for Teachers’ conducted by CBSE and MICROSOFT was attended by Ms. Madhurima Puranik, Head of Computer Department from September 6 to 13, 2022. The webinar covered introduction to Data and Data Science; Ethics in Data Science and Data Governance, Arranging and Collecting Data; Data Visualisation; Use of Statistics in Data Science; Distributions in Data Science, Identify Patterns; Data Merging; Assessing Data; Forecasting on Data; Data Randomisation, Introduction to R Studio and all algorithms related to AI such as Classification, Clustering, Regression and dimensionality Reduction. Projects in Data Sciences for students were also discussed.
School Innovation Ambassador Training Program
August 6, 2022
New Education Policy lays huge emphasis on promoting out of the box thinking amongst students. To achieve this goal, the role of a teacher is highly significant. The teachers should become mentors and guide these young minds in their pursuit of innovation and entrepreneurship. Thus, it is equally crucial for mentors to have adequate mentoring skills. With this aim, School Innovation Ambassador programme has been conceptualised by Ministry of Education Innovation Cell and All India Council for Technical Education to train the school teachers across country who will nurture the young school students on Ideation, IPR, product development, design thinking, problem solving and critical thinking. Mr. Vishal Sanwatsar of Physics Department and Convener of School Innovation Council received Certificate of Completion Innovation Ambassador Certificate under School Innovation Ambassador Training Program of 72 Hours by Ministry of Education’s Innovation Cell, AICTE and CBSE. He completed a total of five courses viz. Design Thinking & Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Prototype/ Product Development, Finance/Sales/HR, Idea Generation & Idea Hand-Holding and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
Prospective Resource Person Programme on the topic ‘Joyful Mathematics’
June 19, 2022
Mr. S. K. Mishra, Vice Principal attended the Prospective Resource Person Programme on the topic ‘Joyful Mathematics’ conducted by CBSE, Central of Excellence Bhopal at Sagar Public School, Bhopal from June 17, 2022 to June 18, 2022. The training programme was attended by Principals/Vice Principals/HODs from different states of India. The resource persons of the workshop were Ms. Rashmi Kathuria, Supervisory Head 7-8, Kalachi Hansraj Model School, New Delhi and Dr. Priyadarshini, Director Academics and Principal, Achievers School, Nagpur. The resource persons through interesting activities made the attendees learn various strategies to make teaching of Mathematics joyful in classes I to 8.
School Leaders’ Conclave – Madhya Pradesh
April 2, 2022
Matific, Math platform of India honoured Ms. Smita Bhargava, Primary Incharge for Progressive School leadership in an event for School Leaders’ Conclave – Madhya Pradesh, at Indore on April 2, 2022. Esteemed speakers for the event and the topics covered by them are given below:
• Importance of Cyber Security in the Education Sector
Dr. Varun Kapoor, IPS, Additional Director General of Police, Madhya Pradesh
• Reinventing Educational Leadership in Digital Era
Prof. M. M. Pant, Former Pro Vice Chancellor, IGNOU & Evangelist, AI in Education
• Using Mobile Devices to Transform Early Age Education
Mr. Rajeev Krishnan, VP Matific India
• Panel Discussion Digital Mathematics Vs Traditional Classroom Mathematics
Moderated by Ms. Sapna Sukul, Founder Edustart Solutions
• Panel Discussion Scrutinizing Hybrid Education and its Future
Moderated by Ms. Sapna Sukul, Founder Edustart Solutions
• Importance of Leadership in the Education Sector
Mr. Prabal Sepaha, IAS, Secretary, Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission
Technology for Blended Learning
March 24, 2022
To equip the teachers to face the challenges of virtual mode of learning, CBSE organized a five day online training programme on Educational Technology and Learning in collaboration with Google from March 19 to 24, 2022. Ms. Deepti Sawhney, CEO, Founder, Mahattattva was the resource person for the workshops. The session was attended by teachers of the school who learnt about various online tools and strategies to improve the involvement of the students in the learning process and develop their interest in the subject.
Workshop on Hybrid Learning Curriculum and Content
March 14, 2022
ICSL (International Council for School Leadership) conducted an online workshop on Hybrid Learning Curriculum and Content on March 12 and March 13, 2022. The resource persons of the workshop were Dr. Atul Nischal, Founder-Director, ICSL and Mr. G. Balasubramaniam, Former Director Academic, CBSE. The workshop was attended by Mr. Santosh Mishra, Vice Principal, Ms. Smita Bhargava, Primary Incharge, Ms. Deepali Ahirrao, HOD Social Science Department, Senior School, Ms. Navneet Kaur Bhatia, HOD Science Department, Junior School, Ms. Tarvinder Kaur Ghai, Co-ordinator Class II, Ms. Ravindra Chouhan as well as Ms. Dipti Telang, Mr. Neeraj Motwani, Mr. Vishal Sanwatsar Ms. Abhilasha Purusshothaman of the Senior School.
The session aimed at the contextualization of curriculum and designing of hybrid learning curriculum thereby defining curriculum as the plan to implement the aims of education. The speakers focused on the NEP aims and CBSE aims, learning outcomes and kind of content. As hybrid learning is the tool for the future, the resource persons stressed on the inclusion of social consciousness and human values in the content. They emphasized on designing own curriculum based on the needs and the interest of the students. Hybrid classrooms, experiential learning and multidisciplinary approach were elaborately explained by them. The question answer session helped the teachers to understand the varied views and the ideas of the other participants.
Training of Trainers Program by BOSCH Group and CBSE – Bridge Course of Soft Skills and Life Skills
February 5, 2022
Mr. Mayank Godbole of Computer Department of Senior School and Mrs. Heena Sharma of English Department of Senior School attended the virtual Training of Trainers Program aorganised by BOSCH Group and CBSE from January 31, 2022 to February 4, 2022. Mr. Hiren Panchal, founder of ‘MAHABODHI’ was the master trainer of this program. As vocationalization is important for the current education system, the main motto of this Skill Development Program was development of teachers and trainers for the society that will add value to the nation by adding value to the students. The main focus was on the Bridge course which is a short term Job Oriented Vocational Training Program through Bosch Vocational Training Expertise for drop out students, adult learners and youth to bring them back to the main stream. The teachers attending the Bridge course of Soft Skills and Life Skills were trained to help and guide these people in enhancing their employability skills as well as developing a competent skilled workforce for various jobs available in the country. The training included life skills, communication skills, counselling skills, interviewing skills, customer service, interviews, difference between responsibility, accountability and ownership, invest, productivity, punctuality and attitude of gratitude. The sessions would begin with ice breaking activities, motivational songs and videos. Virtual rooms were created for the groups formed by the trainer to discuss before the presentation. An Online Assessment for the teachers was conducted on February 5, 2022.
Workshop on Environmental Sustainability
December 12, 2021
To develop eco-sensitivity among the students and residents of Indore, a workshop was organized by the Indore Municipal Corporation for EVS and Social Science teachers on December 12, 2021. The chief guests of the event were Mr. Shankar Lalwani, Member of Parliament and Ms. Pratibha Pal, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation. Ms. Richa Saxena and Ms. Abhilasha Malviya of Junior School attended the workshop. The workshop focused on how to reuse single use plastic bottles and wrappers to save the environment by filling the wrappers tightly inside the bottles. Further such bottles can be processed to become hard which are known as ‘Eco Bricks’. These Eco Bricks can be used to make beautiful things like sofas and tables.
Hybrid Learning Education 3.0 Workshop Initiated by CBSE
November 19, 2021
Central Board of Secondary Education, Microsoft Education and Tech Avant-Garde, Global Training Partner of Microsoft, took the initiative to educate schools on how to manage teaching learning transaction in post Covid era by training teachers on ‘Hybrid Learning’. Mrs. Kuldeep Kaur Chhabra, of English Department, Senior School and Mrs. Meghna Kaitwade of Science Department, Senior School got the opportunity to be the part of the workshop conducted online from November 15, 2021 to November 19, 2021. The course included training on Introduction to Hybrid Learning Education 3.0, Hybrid Learning Concept and Tool Kit, Implementation of Hybrid Learning in the Live Classroom, Elements of Hybrid Learning & Workflow and Hybrid Learning Setup – Hardware and Software components. The teachers successfully completed the course and received certificates for the same.
Cyber Security Awareness Traning Programme (CYCOPS)
October 23, 2021
A cyber security training programme was organized at RAPTC, MOG lines Indore on October 22 and 23, 2021 which was attended by Ms. Madhurima Puranik and Ms. Amita Lalwani of the Computer Department and Mr. Neeraj Motwani of the Math Department. 42 teachers from 10 schools were trained for creating awareness for students related to cyber safety, security and various applications and precautions to be used during accessing internet and social media. Ms. Madhurima Puranik was presented the ‘GOLDEN BATCH of PROJECT CYCOPS’ for active participation.
Technology Use in Mathematics and Resources for Online Teaching
March 13, 2021
Ms. Annie Resin of Maths Department, Senior School attended online workshops on ‘Technology Use in Mathematics and Integrational Settings and Teaching and Learning’ as well as ‘Resources for Online Teaching’ organised by TD Educational & Charitable Trust, Bangalore on February 20, 2021 and March 13, 2021 respectively. The moderator, Dr. G. Thangadurai, renowned educationist and director, Presidency group of schools, Bangalore along with other eminent speakers shared their experience of integrating technology in teaching Mathematics. They focused on bringing conceptual change in subject teaching and learning. They also discussed about various tools and apps for teaching mathematics.
Session on Gender Sensitive Pedagogy – Mathematics
September 14, 2020
Ms. Raji Pillai, Activities Incharge, Junior School attended an online training session on ‘Gender Sensitive Pedagogy – Mathematics’ organised by CBSE, Centre of Excellence Bhopal on September 14, 2020. About 80 participants from the country attended the session taken by Mr. Aashish Tiwari, Principal, Poddar International School. Mr. Tiwari emphasized on the fact that Mathematics is no longer a male dominant subject; it simply needs logical thinking which anyone can be blessed with. In order to incorporate gender sensitiveness in the teaching practices, the teachers need to first prepare lesson plans including activities, learning styles and learning opportunities. The resource person also gave examples of Mathematicians and shared a gender sensitive lesson plan on Volume and Capacity.
Principles of Item Writing
July 31, 2020
Ms. Smita Bhargava, Primary Incharge attended an online workshop on ‘Principles of Item Writing’ conducted by The Australian Council for Educational Research (India) and Indore Sahodaya Schools Complex (ISSC) on July 31, 2020. The workshop focused on advanced assessment methods and instruments that can help teachers to measure learning achievements of students accurately. Robust assessment data can be used to target teaching and learning with the ultimate goal of improving the learning levels of pupils. The workshop helped teachers to understand the key principles and good practices that underpin assessment questions. It covered topics such as formative and summative assessment, learning progression, validity, reliability, and fairness in assessment and test item writing. It provided hands-on experience in the construction of test items based on the scientific principles of test item writing.
Session on Enhancing Life Skills – Effective Communication
September 10, 2020
Ms Yashashri Lole of Junior School attended a workshop on Enhancing Life Skills – Effective Communication organized by CBSE, Centre of Excellence, Bhopal on September 10, 2020 of which Mr. G. K. Udgata was the resource person. The session encompassed various topics viz. what are life skills and their types (social, emotional and thinking), role of effective communication – the way to communicate to the students for better understanding, techniques to improve effective communication and communication model, barriers of effective communication and how to overcome them as well as 7 C’s of effective communication.
Online Orientation Program on (Code optimization using Python)
September 3, 2020
Ms. Madhurima Puranik, Head of Computer Department attended a webinar organized by CBSE, Centre of Excellence Bhopal regarding code optimization using Python on September 3, 2020. The webinar dealt with various methods and sorting methods for optimizing the code of python and different methods for increasing the efficiency of the code.
Session on Concept of Inclusive Education
August 11, 2020
Ms. Smita Bhargava, Primary Incharge attended an online session on ‘Concept of Inclusive Education’ conducted by CBSE, Centre of Excellence Bhopal on August 11, 2020. The resource person Ms. Seema Dubey, Principal D.P.S. Katni was the resource person of this session which was attended by more than 60 participants. Importance of Inclusive Education was shared, mentioning that all young learners, who have any kind of disability, have the right to learn with regular pre-schools and schools with an appropriate network of support services. Principles of Inclusive Education were emphasized stating that as per the guidelines none of the differently able children should be rejected by the schools. All the disabled children have the equal right to learn and benefit from academic and co-curricular activities. Aims and objectives of Inclusive Education were also discussed viz. education for all,protection of rights, identification of skills, development of social consciousness, to prepare for new challenges, development of brotherhood and to improve quality of education.
Online Orientation Webinar on Introduction to Cyber Security and Safety
August 8, 2020
Ms. Madhurima Puranik and Ms. Amita Lalwani of the Computer Department attended a webinar organized by CBSE, Centre of Excellence Bhopal regarding cyber security and safety on August 8, 2020. Safety tips regarding social media and mailing systems as well as different precautions to be taken by people while using internet were discussed during the webinar.
Sessions Taken by Mr. Anand Ingle of A. V. M Infotech (India) Pvt. Ltd. For School Teachers
June 8 & 9, 2020
Sessions were conducted by Mr. Anand Ingle of A. V. M Infotech (India) Pvt. Ltd. to explain the working of G-suite for conduction of online classes. He began with the introduction of the new platform followed by the demonstration of Google Classroom, Google Meet. The demonstration also included creating Google forms, assignments and assessments. He also apprised teachers about Jamboard, Onboard, how to set up a Google Meet. There were innumerable queries of the teachers related to the conduction of virtual classes on the new platform. The expert in a simple way satisfied the queries of the teachers.
Webinar on Capacity Building For Artificial Intelligence – Class X
May 13, 2020
Ms. Madhurima Puranik and Ms. Priyanka Narela of Computer Department attended a webinar on Artificial Intelligence from May 6 to 13, 2020. The webinar was organized by CBSE in collaboration with INTEL for AI readiness of class X students. The content introduced in class X was discussed topic- wise along with its applications and delivery of content. It included theory topics and Python programming introduced in class X.
Session on ‘Psychology of Colours’
June 5, 2020
The first session focusing on ‘Psychology of Colours to Transform our Life’ was conducted by Ms. Nidhi Jain, Head of Visual Arts Department. Colours reflect one’s personality and define the character trait of a person. She explained four colour personality types – red, yellow, green, blue and elaborately discussed and described the characteristics of every colour with the market brands, social sites and temperament of a person. She also talked about the blending of colours and unhealthy emotions. The session also witnessed the scientific and spiritual views of colours put forth by other teachers. The queries pertaining to the psychology of colours were well dealt by her.
The second session was conducted by School Principal Mr. Rajesh Awasthi on the schedule of orientation for parents and the schedule for reopening of online school from Montessori to class XII. He also discussed the role and responsibility of the stakeholders along with the assessment, assignment, resource material in online and offline classes. The teachers were informed about the Google Classroom, new official email address and the feedback system for the parents. To lend the technical support to the parents for communication with the teachers, computer department was assigned the responsibility. He suggested few measures to deal with the pitfalls, criticisms cropping up due to situational issues during online classes. He emphasized to ensure effective communication with the parents and to focus on the qualitative content for the smooth transaction.
Sessions on Synchronization of Mind, Body and Spirit
June 4, 2020
Mr. Vinay Sharma, Physics teacher of Senior School conducted a session on ‘Meditation, Yoga and Pranayam’ to develop a connection between mind and body which in turn leads to a peaceful and stable life. He explained the importance of all three practices and their effects on mind and body. He also demonstrated the exercises ‘anulom-vilom’ and ‘kapalbhati’ along with the technique and the required time period. The demonstration was followed by the practice session of both the exercises by the teachers. The queries related to breathing techniques were clarified by him.
The second session by Principal Mr. Rajesh Awasthi witnessed the discussion on synchronization of mind, body and spirit. Citing examples from Mahabharata, he distinctly defined the thought process in terms of Science, Philosophy and Mythology. To understand the teaching learning process, one needs to train brain by strengthening neuropathways. Connecting to neuropathways, he referred to Bloom’s Taxonomy, PBL, Vision Statement of school and many more. One needs to identify his weaknesses, share knowledge to be productive and enhance abilities to become a better person. The session ended on a positive note of self-awareness and self-realisation.
Who Kidnapped Excellence? Session Taken by Head of English Department
June 3, 2020
Ms. Chitralekha Kulkarni, Head of English Department conducted the session based on the book ‘Who Kidnapped Excellence?’ by Harry Paul, John Britt and Ed Jent. She briefed all the teachers about the characters of the book stating two important questions for everyone to ponder about – What stops us from giving our best? What stops us from being our best?
Contrasting and comparing the five core team members or qualities of Excellence with the team members or qualities of Average, she step by step explained the importance and the role of every member of the team. The presentation was thorough, clear and actionable. The device of Personification for Excellence and Average added weight and relevance to the story as these kinds of characters exist in the society. The unskilled rules and the skilled ones suffer due to the callous attitude of the top authorities. The realization dawns in when the company gets a major setback because of these unskilled and poser people. The enriching session ended with a question answer session as the questions are the most effective method of eliciting knowledge.
What is the New Normal? Session by School Principal Mr. Rajesh Awasthi
June 2, 2020
The session commenced with the discussion on the role of a teacher in context with the psychological side of the pandemic. With the help of a power point presentation, School Principal Mr. Rajesh Awasthi explained at length the ‘New Normal’ addressing the concerns and the problems during the pandemic period. He stressed on identification of the emotional and academic needs of the students and consequently developing the connectedness with the students. To strengthen relationships and well-being of the students, he suggested conducting activities like asking students about tough moment and hopeful moment, new learning during lockdown etc. Further elaborating the role of a teacher as a facilitator, he urged to create readiness for learning by fostering sense of connectedness, sense of safety and encouraging sense of hope in students. As teachers are the best predictors, the way they are going to model will be followed by the students. So teachers should work with mindfulness to overcome various issues pertaining to different situations. The session ended with clarification of queries put forward by some teachers.
New Session 2020-2021 Begins for Teachers
June 1, 2020
The new session 2020-2021 commenced with the welcoming of the entire staff by Principal Mr Rajesh Awasthi on the virtual Zoom platform due to COVID-19 followed by the schedule for nine days. On an inspiring note, the Principal appreciated the efforts of the teachers for the smooth conduction of online classes of X, XI & XII for two months. As there is uncertainty regarding reopening of schools due to COVID-19, he discussed about the challenges teachers will have to face during online teaching and urged the teachers to equip themselves mentally for the challenges. The online time table would soon be shared with the teachers. He also appreciated the online attendance of students of classes X, XI & XII and parents on online PTM.
As the role of the teacher is very important and calls for accountability and commitment towards teaching learning process, the teacher should act as a facilitator for students on online mode to create independent learners so as to reach the top level of the Bloom’s Taxonomy. The Principal also informed that the school is going to have G-Suite platform of Google for teaching learning process and for the entire communication with parents, students and teachers. He suggested to send the resource material to the students two days in advance and to prepare audio/video /ppt with explanation addressing the learning of the students. To apprise the parents about the online classes, the introductory online PTM and Orientation programme for junior school parents would be conducted in a short period of time. He also informed about the Art Integration, AI and ICL to be incorporated into the syllabus as instructed by CBSE in the coming session. The session also witnessed the discussion on the planning of including school club activities, parents’ email in Google classroom and Business version of Whatsapp.
Thereafter the teachers had departmental meetings with their Department Heads to continue their planning for the forthcoming session.
‘UNBOX TINKERING – Atal Tinkering Lab Teachers’ Training Programme
December 14, 2019
A training programme for ATL teachers under the aegis of AIM, NITI AYOG and with collaboration of VASCSC was organised at Choithram School Manik Bagh, Indore from December 11 to 14, 2019. It was attended by 50 teachers of various private and government schools. The resource persons were Mr. Sudhir Kumar Sharma (Project officer), Harsh Bhatt (Programme officer Scientist ‘B’), Mohit Ahuja (Innovation Lab & Fablab incharge) from Vikram A Sarabhai Community Science Centre, Ahmedabad.
The focus was on awareness of philosophy of ATL and latest technology tools. The training programme included a series of discussions and hands on sessions which allow interactive and open learning, and exchange of new ideas.
On day one, ‘Introduction to ATL program, Ideation activity and Design Thinking Activity’ was conducted in which teachers designed models with innovative ideas for solving various problems identified by them in their regions. Discussion on ATL safety and ATL calendar was also conducted. Day two started with a recap of previous day and was continued with introduction to algorithms, flowcharts and programming methods. Sensors and actuators were introduced. Operating system and hardware of Arduino was introduced using which teachers designed programs for LED blinking using braid board and circuits. Working of 3D printer was taught and 3D modelling software’s like Sketchup and Cura were introduced. Teachers designed 3D models. Various mechanical power tools were introduced with their usage.
Day three started with teachers discussing the problems they face while working with ATL and solutions were provided by mentors. Attendees were made to learn Raspberry Pi basics followed by discussion on hardware and software compatibility. Teachers were mentored for basic implementation of Raspberry Pi. Day four witnessed designing and showcasing the prototype for Hackathon using concepts taught on previous three days. ATL projects designed by students were showcased.
The four day training programme proved beneficial and enhanced the competencies of ATL lab teachers.
Workshop to Make Curriculum of Hindi Language More Interesting
December 7, 2019
Ms. Meeta Pandit , Ms. Mithlesh Shukla of Junior School along with Ms. Shilpa Khargonkar and Ms. Priyanka Shrivastava of Senior School attended a workshop at Sayaji Hotel on December 7, 2019 organised by Madhuban Publishers to make the curriculum of Hindi language more interesting. The resource person Dr. Manju Sharma, a national award recipient apprised the participants with innovative techniques to enhance Hindi language through audio-visual means and group discussion. She focused on all the language skills i.e. Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Vocabulary Enrichment through writing skills i.e. Dialogue Writing, Picture Composition and Paragraph Writing was dealt in an exceptional manner by the resource person.
Capacity Building Workshop on Artificial Intelligence (CBSE)
December 6, 2019
Mrs. Madhurima Puranik (HOD Computer Science) and Mrs. Priyanka Narela, faculty Computer Science attended Capacity Building Workshop on Artificial Intelligence organized by CBSE and Intel at Choithram School, North Campus from December 3 to 5, 2019.
Day one was a session of awareness on Artificial Intelligence which started with the Kahoot Quiz and demonstration of two games for AI domains – Mystery Animal and Emoji Scavenger Hunt as well as Rock Paper and Scissor. Letter writing to future self and dream floor plans were designed. UN Sustainable Development Goals were discussed and a board game was played by designing tokens and dice.
Day two covered the AI Project cycle pertaining to research on the given theme and designing a future job advertisement. A balloon debate was organized on AI applications and AI Ethics.
Day three covered designing of system maps using loopy and designing graphs using Sketchy software. Different modeling techniques were done with rule based approach and learning based approach. Decision Trees were designed. Neural networks and hidden layer concept was explained using a human chain game.
Capacity Building Workshop For Teachers Teaching Mathematics
August 7, 2019
A Capacity Building Workshop was organised for class X teachers teaching Mathematics on August 6 and August 7, 2019 at Prestige Public School, Indore which was attended by Ms. AbedaRaotiwala, Math teacher of the school. Around 72 teachers in and around the city participated in the workshop. The workshop was structured into 7 learning sessions and conducted by the resource persons Mr. Vijay Malviya and Ms. Seema Dubey.
In the first session, Ms. Seema Dubey discussed the skills enhanced by teaching Math. The skills like logical thinking, estimation, problem solving, arithmetic calculation, creativity, spatial thinking were elaborately explained by the expert. The second session by Mr. Vijay Malviya was on Constructivism Theory about Learning. To make students learn the concept, an activity was conducted for the participants in groups and each group was named on the topics of Math like mensuration, algebraic, number system etc. Each group performed the activity based on the topic given.
The third session by Ms. Seema Dubey focused on the Planning of Objectives for Lesson Plan. The speaker guided to plan the objectives on the basis of SMART i.e. S-Specific, M-Measurable, A-Attainable, R-Realistic, T-Time bound and suggested to include Bloom’s Taxonomy in the lesson plan. The importance of writing learning objectives, aligning objectives to assessment techniques and standards along with developing higher order thinking skills were discussed by the expert.
In the fourth session, Mr Vijay Malviya conducted a role play in groups to explain Gender Sensitivity. To gain hands-on experience, the resource person Ms. Seema Dubey conducted an activity like paper folding, model making for the participants in the fifth session. Though Math is the king of all subjects yet students have phobia for the same. In the sixth session, Ms. Seema Dubey focused on Challenge areas in Mathematics and Common Areas. The expert guided on the common errors committed by the students.
In the seventh session, Mr. Vijay Malviya enlightened on Teaching Diverse Learners in which he explained the theory of multiple intelligence, ways of getting feedback of learning-diagnostic test, vertical learning, cooperative learning and concept of mapping etc. Session eight by Mr. Vijay Malviya was based on the Assessment pattern of exam. The participants and the expert discussed the introduction of standard and basic Math level, blue prints and marks weightage for each unit.
Capacity Building Programme on Life Skills
August 5, 2019
Mrs. Anshu Chopra, HOD, Science Department of Senior School and Mrs.Kusum Wadhwa, English teacher of Junior School attended a workshop organized by CBSE, Ajmer on ‘Capacity Building Programme on Life Skills’ on August5,2019 at Vidya sagar School. The workshop aimed to hone the life skills teaching amongst the teachers. The resource persons Dr.D. C. Sharma, Principal, Vidyasagar School and Mr.Aashish Tiwari, Principal, Podar International School enlightened the participants about various ways and techniques of developing and enhancing life skills among students across all age groups. The teachers were guided to include different life skills like empathy, problem solving, critical thinking, creative thinking, interpersonal relationships, self-awareness, managing stress and emotions, coping with stress through various activities effectively. The discussion adequately had the tone set for a healthy interaction of inputs and views from the teachers.
Workshop on Innovative Pedagogy with Active Learning – English XII
August 2 and 3, 2019
A workshop for English teachers teaching class XII organized by COE Ajmer, was conducted at Choithram School North Campus, Nipania on August 2 and 3, 2019. The resource persons were Dr. Shampa Das, Principal, Ekayana Public School, Indore and Ms. Krishna Niyogi from Jabalpur. The two day workshop was attended by Ms. Chitralekha Kulkarni, HOD, English Department. The focus was on Active and Experiential Learning. Various teaching learning techniques and pedagogies were used to make the attendees aware of the right way of teaching the language skills – Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. In groups, the teachers wrote letters, articles, framed comprehension questions according to Bloom’s Taxonomy, designed posters, drafted invitations and classifieds, and discussed debatable topics. The content was then exchanged and assessed by the other group, sharing critical appreciation of the same. This gave the teachers an insight into what all points are to be kept in mind while evaluating an answer, all the same, what all points need to be told to the students to make them learn and score better.
Teaching Literature was taken up on day two with some interesting warm up activities. The handouts had crossword puzzles, rearranging the story in sequence, fill ups etc. The best part was the idea that one must explore the settings in which the story or poem had been written. That highlights the issues which were prevalent in those times and help children understand better. All the advertisements that were popular in the era when the poem ‘Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers’ was written, showed male dominance. Showing those ads before teaching the poem would surely help in ‘indepth’ study of the same. New marking scheme and different ways of conducting assessment of speaking and listening skills were also discussed. Though all the skills and activities were already known to the teachers, the workshop refreshed the teaching learning process.
‘Knowledge Sharing Meet’ for Teachers Teaching Accountancy
July 28, 2019
Sultan Chand & Sons, Delhi organised a ‘Knowledge Sharing Meet’ at Columbia Convent School, Indore on July 28, 2019.The resource persons Dr. G.S Grewal and Mr. R.K. Khosla structured the work shop into two sessions. Mr. VipinWagh and Ms. ShaliniSarafof Commerce department attended the workshop. After a brief introduction, the resource persons discussed and explained the following topics with the help of a power point presentation:
• Changes in the question paper design for 2019-2020 in Accountancy ( classes XI &XII)
• Cash Flow Statement- Treatment of proposed dividend.
• Not for Profit Organizations.
• Writing off Discount on issue of debentures
• Goodwill treatment
The experts also discussed MCQ’s and Accountancy projects for class XII with various examples. The session helped in motivating and guiding the teachers to hone their professional excellence.
Session on ‘Mysticism and Spirituality’ by Mrs. Reena Khurana, Principal, Golden International School
June 20, 2019
Mrs. Reena Khurana, Principal, Golden International School, Indore conducted an awakening session on ‘Mysticism and Spirituality’ for all staff members on June 20, 2019. The session commenced with the mythological references of ‘yagna’, ‘devas’, ‘asuras’, ‘siddhas’, ‘yogis’ followed by the 16 levels of ‘tapasya.’ The concept of kindling fire inside and outside by ‘devas’ and ‘asuras’ was well explained by her. To reach the highest level, various ways of doing ‘tapasya’ was explained in detail – Raaj yog, Kriya yog, Herbs, Tantric, Shaktipath, Mantra and Sacrifice. Mrs. Khurana also quoted instances from the lives of Ramkrishna Paramhansa and Swami Vivekanand to explain spirituality. The relation between Science and Spirituality was explained with reference to the theories of the great scientists. To handle students in school, she elaborated four major mind parts, viz., Intellect, Ego, Manas and Chitta and to understand these mind parts, one has to transform oneself in different ways. Man has an unlimited power inside but the need is to awaken that power with awareness leading to discovery and finally to creation. The enlightening session ended with the clarification of queries related to spiritual existence as ‘We all are spiritual beings having a human experience.’
Session on ‘Discipline and Behavioural Issues of Students’ by CCA Outdoor Teachers
June 19, 2019
Mr. Devendra Singh Raghuvanshi; HOD, Outdoor CCA Department along with his department faculty Mr. Durgesh Yadav and Ms. Neeta Pathak shared their observations related to discipline, behaviour and medical emergencies on ground and in the classroom. The teachers shared their experiences during Athletic Meet, Farewell, Teachers’ Day and other cultural events. The problems and solutions related to self-discipline, respect and counselling were dealt at length. They stressed on to have a collective effort in dealing with the discipline issues in school.
Session on ‘Discipline’ by Ms. Tanvi Kekre of Montessori Department
June 18, 2019
Ms. Tanvi Kekre of Montessori Department conducted a session on ‘Discipline’ for all staff members on June 18, 2019. The interactive session commenced with the differentiation between symptom and disease followed by identifying various ways to treat symptoms of discipline and avoid turning it into a disease. The speaker compared the ancient education (Gurukul system) with the present education system and shared a few activities to channelize the physical energy of the students. The emotional imbalance and behavioural problems along with the solutions were discussed in the session. The concept of ‘Dream Classroom’ was well expounded by her.
Mock Drill – Fire Safety Session For Teachers, Drivers and Conductors of the School
June 17, 2019
An informative fire awareness session was conducted by Mr. Kanchan Darkunde, fire fighter from Safety Enterprises, Indore on June 17, 2019 for teachers, drivers and conductors of the school. Defining fire as the combination of oxygen, heat and all sorts of combustible material, the resource person explained A, B, C types of fire extinguishers and their operation. He also suggested do’s and don’ts while using LPG, electric circuits and vehicles. To ensure safety and security of the students, various preventive measures like emergency exit, assembly points etc. were shared by the resource person to be followed during the fire breakout scenario. The mock drill of fire alarm, foam extinguishers and hydrant extinguishers was well explained by the fire fighter inviting teachers, drivers and conductors to demonstrate the same.
Session on ‘Effect of Meditation in Stressful Life’ by Mr. Vinay Sharma of Senior School
June 17, 2019
Mr. Vinay Sharma, Physics teacher of Senior School conducted a session on ‘Effect of Meditation in Stressful Life’ focusing on the causes and cure of stress. To live a stress-free life, the speaker suggested ignoring thoughts and establishing a mind-body connection. The session covered two types of meditation techniques viz. ‘Active’ and ‘Passive’ along with ways to achieve a calm and stable state. With the help of a video, the four stages of ‘Kundalini Meditation’ (which is very useful for working ladies) were explained by Mr. Vinay. The last leg of the session witnessed demonstration of ‘Gibberish meditation technique’ which can assist people to throw out all garbage from their mind.
Session on ‘Discipline and Student-Teacher Behaviour’ by School Vice Principal
June 11, 2019
Vice Principal Mr. S. K. Mishra conducted a session on certain issues pertaining to discipline and behaviour of students and teachers for staff members of Senior School on June 11, 2019. The session witnessed in-depth discussions on punishment, defaulters, use of language, discipline on ground and in class and PTM etc. Teachers shared their problems and suggested remedies to solve the issues.
Watching the Movie ‘Rough Book’
June 11, 2019
All staff members watched the movie ‘Rough Book’ on June 11, 2019. The story revolves around the present day education system in India with the protagonist Santoshi Kumari, a Physics teacher rebelling against the system. She tackles the system to set her own terms for her students. After watching the movie, School Principal Mr. Rajesh Awasthi encouraged teachers to share their observations by asking thought-provoking questions. Various issues that the movie raised were discussed by the teachers. At the end, he asked teachers to relate different instances of transactional analysis; the three ego states – parent, teacher and child from the movie.
Session on Behavioural Issues of Students by School Counsellors
June 10, 2019
School Counsellors Ms. Abhilasha Purushothaman and Ms. Surbhi Shastri conducted a session with staff members of Senior School on June 10, 2019 pertaining to the problems of adolescents. Acting as facilitators, they encouraged teachers of grade IX to XII to share various behavioural problems of students of these classes with each other for common action. Teachers discussed what they deemed was ‘acceptable’ and what was ‘not acceptable’ student behaviour and urged everyone to take action at the particular instant rather than wait for someone else to intervene.
Session on ‘Technology’ by Ms. Madhurima Puranik of Senior School
June 8, 2019
Ms. Madhurima Puranik, HOD Computer Department conducted a session on ‘Technology’ for staff members of the Senior School on June 8, 2019. She explained the formatting of question paper, MS Excel sheet and google form. She clarified the queries of the teachers related to technical glitches faced by them.
Session on ‘Tongue Management’ by Brahmakumari Neela Didi
June 8, 2019
Brahmakumari Neela Didi in her session on ‘Tongue Management’ for all staff members on June 8, 2019 enumerated that if we are able to control our tongue we can control our life. Citing inspirational stories, she made everyone understand that a controlled tongue is a positive power. To manage our tongue, Didi suggested four basic paths viz. speak less, speak softly, speak in a sweet tone and speak appropriately. At the end, she advised for meditation exercise to connect with God as He is omni present to solve our problems.
Session on ‘Classroom Management’ by Mr. Vipin Wagh of Senior School
June 7, 2019
Mr. Vipin Wagh, Head of Commerce Department and part of the School Discipline Committee commenced the session on ‘Classroom Management’ for teachers of the Senior School on June 7, 2019 by showing a video. He questioned the teachers about their observations after seeing the video and what they felt the teacher in the video should have done to improve her classroom management. He set the ball rolling for the teachers to discuss openly the problems they faced in their respective classes. Through an interactive session, he explained the different strategies for better classroom control. Different kinds of behaviour-attention seeking, power seeking, off task and misbehaviour were also discussed.
Session on ‘Integrating UNSDG Within the Curriculum’ by Ms. Raminder Mac of Senior School
June 7, 2019
Ms. Raminder Mac , Dean – International Affairs conducted the session on ‘Integrating UNSDG Within the Curriculum’ for all staff members on June 7, 2019. The session began with the objective of introducing these goals by the UN followed by the need of incorporating these in the school curriculum. To integrate UNSDG within the curriculum, Ms. Mac suggested taking one goal and targeting the sub-goals with extensive research along with activities showing solutions, challenges and action. Around nine UN goals were explained at length covering different subjects. The activities like role play, street play, talk shows, panel discussion, letter writing, PPT, poems, campaigns, rallies etc. were suggested to achieve the target of UNSDG.
Session on ‘Communication Skills’ by Ms. Surya Nair of Junior School
June 6, 2019
Ms. Surya Nair of Junior School conducted the session on ‘Communication Skills’ for all the staff members on June 6, 2019. She commenced the session with pronunciation of common words pronounced wrongly followed by certain exercises like correcting errors. To improve vocabulary, she suggested reading books and magazines as well as watching cartoons, movies with subtitles, TV Shows and interviews. She emphasized on improving the accent and maintaining a diary to record happenings throughout the day. To improve speaking skills, she demonstrated two activities viz. Just a Minute (JAM Technique) wherein the teachers were called to speak continuously for 2 minutes on the topic given. The second activity pertaining to ‘Dictionary navigation’ was conducted in which teachers were called in pairs to look up for the word in dictionary addressed by her in a sentence. Various topics like punctuation, words and idioms were discussed along with the exercises based on silent letters and anagrams.
Session on ‘Teacher Effectiveness’ by School Principal
June 4, 2019
In his session on ‘Teacher Effectiveness’ on June 4, 2019 for all staff members, School Principal Mr. Rajesh Awasthi enumerated why a teacher is regarded as a ‘knowledge giver’ and the two dimensions of a teacher’s personality viz. subjective and behavioural. The subjective domain comprises of the teaching style, teacher-student interactions, teaching outcomes while behavioural domain comprises teacher personality, behaviour, competencies, values and abilities. Subjective domain can easily be developed while Behavioural domain is intrinsic. Speaking on ‘Purposeful Communication’, Mr. Awasthi discussed on listening to learn, expressing to explore, establishing empathy and demonstrating credibility. He also stressed to enhance the quality of communication. The contents of ‘Inspired Thinking’ comprising of reasoning, problem solving, pattern recognition and decision making were also discussed. Quoting happiness as instrumental and cheerfulness as terminal, he discussed on ‘Happy Self.’ The key areas comprising of personal development, self-management, risk taking, courage, integrity, compassion, team work and many more were dealt at length. Under the ‘Work Talent’ area, he guided teachers to understand the profession with professional expertise thereby bringing unique and valued skills to job.
Session on SOLO Taxonomy by School Principal Mr. Rajesh Awasthi
June 3, 2019
School Principal Mr. Rajesh Awasthi commenced the session on June 3, 2019 for all staff members with discussion on Bloom’s Taxonomy wherein the various levels of taxonomy were discussed. This was followed by the introduction of John Gibbs’ SOLO Taxonomy (Structure of Observed Learning Outcomes) along with comparison of Bloom’s and Solo as both aim to make students independent learners. Mr. Awasthi dealt with the five levels of SOLO Taxonomy beginning with ‘Prestructural’ followed by ‘Unistructural’, ‘Multistructural’, ‘Relational’ and ending with ‘Extended Abstract’. Student definition and icons pertaining to these Solo stages were well explained with the help of examples. Highlighting SOLO Taxonomy as being student-centric, he elucidated how this taxonomy brings out the difference between surface and deep understanding, helping students understand where they are on that spectrum and what they need to do to progress. He also suggested that teachers should include the levels of this taxonomy while redesigning the lesson plans.
Enhancing Leadership Skills – Leadership Workshop For Incharges and HODs by School Principal Mr. Rajesh Awasthi
May 28 to May 31, 2019.
Commitment and Accountability
Mr. Awasthi stressed on the need to create a strong support system to bring in Commitment and Accountability in the teachers. The biggest enemy of commitment is fear. Leaders ought to follow a ‘No Hierarchy- Round Table’ approach and establish a rapport with the team. One should not be stingy in praising the efforts put in by anyone.
The Change Process
Discussion on John Kotter’s book ‘Our Iceberg is Melting’ highlighting the steps required to bring in a change followed by brainstorming sessions helped everyone identify himself/ herself with the different characters in the fable in different situations. The task of a leader is to identify the NoNo first and set him/her right (never avoid NoNo), and that would help in the progress of the change process. The school was taken up as a metaphor for ‘Iceberg’, and the cracks and caves for minor and major issues that the school is facing were identified. The issues related to four major areas viz. students, teachers, infrastructure and policies were listed out in groups.
Mr. Awasthi advised the leaders to analyse the way they communicate. The five Ws and one H, the importance of expression, the three ego states were discussed. Examples were shared how a person behaved when he/she was in a particular ego state. The need to be in Adult mode while resolving a conflict is a must. The ‘Barriers in Communication’ and the ‘Thinking Errors’ were discussed, which one should be aware of, and avoid. One should be Assertive and work towards ‘Organizational Assertiveness’.
Enhancing Team Building
The leaders were divided into four teams and interesting tasks were given including games which required involvement from every member of the team. It was followed by discussion on the strategy, planning and execution of the same which could have given successful results. Mr. Awasthi also explained the importance of SWOT Analysis and Johari window, followed by a ‘Feedback Game’ where everyone had to give positive feedback to everyone. After the game was the sharing of blind spots of every member’s personality.
National Seminar on ICT Integration in Education and Learning Analytics
March 18, 2019
To encourage the mentors, scholars and practitioners to evolve strategies for the ICT-pedagogy integration as well as to analyse the learning progressions, a three day National Seminar was organised at RIE, Bhopal from March 15, 2019 to March 17, 2019. Ms. Navneet Bhatia of Junior School attended seminar. The seminar was structured into different sessions. The first day session began with the introducion of Chief Guest Prof. H. K. Senapaty, Director NCERT, New Delhi by Prof. N. Pradhan, Principal, RIE, Bhopal followed by brief about the importance of ICT. The eminent educationists from renowned institutions and universities shared their views on different learning patterns in the students.
Prof I.B. Chughtai dealt with the three levels of ICT integration involving Emerging to Applying, Applying to Infusing and Infusing to Transforming. Prof H.K. Senapaty highlighted the purpose of e-learning to identify the learning patterns in the students. Speaking on ‘Pedagogy Dominates Technology’, the speaker encouraged the teachers to shift from content mastery to competency mastery. He stressed on enhancing life skills to make children independent learners using their potential. For this, the teachers and educators need to make changes in TLP. Prof. D. N. Sansanwal addressed on ICT Integration in Education and explained at length the process of integrating ICT in admissions, teaching processes involving reasoning and thinking, diagnostics tests, remedial teaching, internal assessment and psychological testing. The resource person elaborated ICT Tutoring to simplify the concepts in Math, Physics, Chemistry, Accountancy and English. He encouraged developing Industrial Material – e content using different subjects.
The second day witnessed paper presentations by research scholars from different universities. The presentations included the following topics – Effectiveness of ICT Integration in Science Education at Secondary Level, Effectiveness of Multimedia Approach on Achievement in Science at Upper Primary Level, Use of ICT in Teaching Mathematics, Effectiveness of Mathematics Teaching Through Technology, Cloud Classroom Environment, Challenges in Teaching Science in Schools, Integrating ICT in Science Teaching and Learning, Teaching Biology in Higher Classes using ICT,Flip Classrooms etc. The e-resources like Geogebra, Logo and Robo Compass etc. were shared by the experts. To enhance learning in Science, Mathematics, Physics, Astrology and Zoology, the experts informed about the utility of PhET –Physics education Technology. PINDICS a self-assessment learning tool for teachers consisting of performance standards (PS), specific standards and performance indicators was also explained by the speakers.
Math Skill Meet
January 12, 2019
Ms. Raji Pillai and Ms. Jaya Makhija of Mathematics Department of Junior School attended Math Skill Meet organised by Macmillan Education at Hotel Sayaji on January 12, 2019. The meet was based on Singapore Approach to Mathematics Teaching which incorporates the Mastery Method allowing children to develop mathematical understanding without resorting to rote learning and solve non- routine Math problems without memorising procedures.
The resource person Mr. Syed F. Sattar, an educator with more than a decade of close involvement in school education focused on Jerome Bruner’s Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract (CPA) approach. In the concrete step students engage in hands on learning experiences using concrete objects such as chips, dice or paper clips which is followed by drawing pictorial representations of mathematical problems and abstract way using numbers and symbols. Mr. Syed explained how Jodo cubes can be used to explain various Math topics like area and perimeter. The concept of percentage was explained through an activity using rectangular strips. Questions based on reasoning using pictorial representation were also discussed. The session concluded with the briefing of digital features of CPA Math – A Singapore Approach.
Workshop on English Language Teaching (ELT)
January 05, 2019
Orient Blackswan Publication organised a workshop on English Language Teaching (ELT) at Advanced Academy, Indore on January 5, 2019 which was attended by Ms. Santosh Joshi, Ms. Parul Agrawal, Ms. Ruchi Chaturvedi and Ms. Misha Sachdev of the English Department. The resource person Dr. Deepesh Chandrasekharan, Executive Director, CLIL, Udupi, Karnataka emphasized to focus on fluency rather than accuracy and guided on teaching of punctuation and euphemism. Certain listening and spell check related activities were conducted to emphasise on listening skills and use of correct spelling.
Global Teachers’ Meet
December 31, 2019
Global Teachers’ Meet ‘MAHAKUMBH 2018’ Chapter II was organized on the theme ‘Happy School and Safe School’ at Indore Public School on December 29 & 30, 2018. With a strong belief in the idea of creating the World of Happy Children and the World for Happy Children, the founders Dr. Rajesh Sharma, Fr. Maria Stephen and Ms. Kala Mohan invited the guest speakers from different fields to share their expertise in the field of education. Educators from various institutions across the country witnessed the event of this magnitude for two days.
The inaugural session was conducted by Bishop Chacko who emphasized upon imparting values as happiness in the present generation lies in listening to ‘YES’ and so values are of prime importance. Mr. Gurvinder Singh and Dr. D.S. Ahluwalia were felicitated with Late Shri Sadhu Singh awards for their selfless contribution in creating a well-educated society.
Mr. G. Balasubramaniam, former Director CBSE, Academics, addressed the gathering on ‘Happiness’ which according to him means feeling good and is born out of sorrow. He defined happiness as a path and a process and not a product. Stating cultural diversity, literacy and good governance to be the indicators of happiness index, he mentioned the key role of a teacher to bring happiness in students with self-esteem and self-acceptance. He also recommended making the school zone as ‘Positive Energy Vibe Zone’ where teachers should have unconditional love, selfless service to generate wealth in terms of knowledge and health.
The second session was dealt at length by Ms. Anuradha Sinha, Education Consultant and Curriculum Designer on Emotional Intelligence (E.I.) who suggested using emotions to create a happy environment. Referring to Bhagwad Gita’s teachings in Goleman’s book on E.I. published in 1995, the speaker cited examples to show the advantages of E.I. in building rapport with children to develop a sense of achievement and self-esteem.
In the plenary session, teachers interacted subject wise in different groups to share their teaching methodologies and strategies. The sharing of ideas helped in the enhancement in teaching learning process. Ms. Jaya Chakraborty from Queen’s College presented her paper on ‘Creating a Foundation of Moral Education’ which dealt with the beauty of forgiveness and integrity into the classroom culture. Ms. Khushboo a aper presented on the topic ‘Teacher’s Engineering in the Classroom’ and explained Johari’s Window. Ms. Kala Mohan addressed on ‘Gratification and Delayed Gratification.’
The concluding session of the first day was conducted by Padamshri Ms. Janak Palta, Director, Jimmy McGilligan, Centre for Sustainable Environmental Development wherein Ms. Palta recommended to make use of library to update knowledge and stressed on ‘Think Globally and Act Locally.’ The mentors were advised to teach boys too on ‘Good Touch and Bad Touch.’
In the first session, Mr. Rajesh Awasthi, Principal, Choithram School, elaborated his views on philosophy of happiness. He emphasized to create an environment for happy learning and to provide the opportunity to students to grow on their own. Differentiating happiness and cheerfulness, he encouraged to inculcate cheerfulness among children. He further explained that teachers as a facilitator, should influence students’ life and not control their life and to be happy one should be free from fear, boredom and confusion.
The second session was conducted by Dr. A. Senthil Kumaran, Chief Confluencer & Co-Founder, who addressed on ‘Try to Rediscover Yourself’, followed by a movie ‘Mawa Cake.’ A video on learning from environment was also witnessed by the educators followed by the introduction of the four mantras for happy classroom:
1. Man – We all are unique and never alone.
2. Material – Develop learning material which is worthwhile.
3. Methods – Apply strategies to settle children
4. Environment – Making learning visible with art work.
The third session witnessed the paper presentation by the following experts:
1. Ms. Inderpal Kaur, Principal, Sanskruti School, Ashok Nagar presented her paper on ‘Happy school makes happy children.’
2. Ms. Jyoti Kamle, Student Psychologist, Bhopal gave presentation on ‘Internet Addiction’