23. Chrysalis-Focused Professional Development Session : Saturday, 21st Sepetember, 2019
A Focused Professional Development Workshop was conducted at The Modern School, Raj Nagar Extension on the 21st of September, 2019, for the teachers of both the branches Vasundhara and RNE. The topic was “21st Century Skills”, conducted by Mr. Bala (Head Learning Transformation) and Ms. Harpreet (Learning Transformation Partner).The interactive session started with a warm-up exercise, wherein a team of two teachers had to tell one thing about themselves. The discussion began with the 21st century skills that are required to be developed in the students and which can be classified in three categories-
- Life and Career Skills
- Information and Media Skills
- Learning and Innovation Skills
In the next activity, several skills were given to the different teams of teachers and they had to explain them in their own words.These were as follows-
- Initiative and Self-direction
- Leadership and Responsibility
- Creativity and Innovation
- Social and Cross Cultural Skills
- Productivity and Accountability
- Flexibility and Adaptability
- Critical thinking and Problem Solving
The next big question was- How to build 21st century skills effectively in our students. The teachers had to take a lesson of any class/subject and discuss the skills that are being achieved by that particular chapter- the most important skills being the four Cs- Communication, Creativity, Collaboration and Critical Thinking. The workshop ended with the discussion on the usage of tabs to maintain the personal record of the students and on the assessment pattern to be adopted and followed.
22. Teacher Training Workshop : Active Learning Strategies on Friday, 28th June, 2019 by Ms.Swapna Soni
A Workshop on Active Learning Strategies was conducted by Lead Innovation, for the Teaching Fraternity of The Modern School, Gzb (Vasundhara and Raj Nagar Ext.) on Friday, 28th June, 2019.
The Session began with an ice breaker called Bull’s Eye, followed by framing the ground rules for the day:
- 100% Active Participation
- 100% listening
- Following time lines
- Respecting each other’s points of view
The main focus of the training was on 21st century education, curious learners, active learning strategies and how to bring about the desired & required changes in the classroom.
Various engaging group activities had been planned supported by handouts, offering a clear understanding of active learning. Multiple questions were thrashed in the three hour brainstorming session. The principles of learning and learning outcomes were explained at length to the teachers. Small clips/videos on the ‘Education-Then & Now’ provided food for thought.
As a part of the final activity, class-wise groups were formed and each group was given a topic wherein they had to devise an interesting game for the learners in the classrooms. Each group presented a unique game , making the session very beneficial for their fellow teachers.
In conclusion ,teachers stood in a circle and each one spoke about what she had learnt from the workshop.
21. Teacher Training Workshop by Chrysalis: Thursday, 27th June, 2019
Team Chrysalis organised a Pre-term Workshop for the teachers of the Modern School, Gzb. ( Vasundhara and Raj Nagar Ext.) at The Modern School, Raj Nagar Ext., on Thursday, 27th June, 2019.
The new Chrysalis Curriculum emphasises on integrated learning and caters to the physical, cognitive, social, emotional and metacognitive domain of students.
The primary objective of the Session was to provide clarity on the steps required to effectively facilitate the Thinkrooms. The session began with a ‘Circle Time’ wherein the teachers had to express their thoughts on the following :I am, I feel, I expect. They were advised to implement this exercise in the class on a regular basis for creating an environment of emotional security for their students. The endeavour of the Chrysalis Program -to awaken human potential in every child was reinforced.
The focus was to discuss activities that had gone off well ever since the introduction of the Chrysalis programme and also to enumerate activities which the teachers had found challenging. This was followed by a brainstorming discussion on how to overcome these challenges.
The teachers were introduced to the Chrysalis Tabs – ‘Mitra’, featuring how they could keep a record of students’ performances for each lesson and also provided them with tools for their professional growth.
They were also introduced to the ‘Thinkroom for Parents’ App, by which they could share the activities being conducted by them in the class with the parents.
All benefitted immensely via this engaging problem solving session!
20. Teacher Training Workshop : Saturday, 11th May,2019
Teaching is only demonstrating, that it is possible. Learning is making it possible for yourself.
A Teacher Training Workshop-JUMPSTART, for the Teaching Fraternity of Modern Early Years, Vasundhara was conducted on Saturday, 11th May,2019 in the Vasundhara School Hall by the Resource Person – Ms. Alka Patankar, Senior retired teacher, Sanskriti School.
At the onset of the Session the Branch Head Ms. Mehra , briefly introduced Ms.Patankar to all the teachers with emphasis on her teaching skills, exuberance & versatility. Speaking about the Workshop she elaborated ,
‘Children must be motivated to communicate intelligently and confidently. Debating, discussing and seeking their opinion on any topic is a must, no matter how young the child may be. The need to make a choice and the ability to make the right choice are imperative in every sphere and throughout life. In order to make these choices a child has to discover his/ her own creativity and talent. Just as we give our children paint, pencils, clay and paste so that they may express themselves through handwork, this workshop – JUMPSTART – will give them words and inculcate a sense of freedom to enable them to express themselves. The workshop will use storytelling and drama techniques to enhance listening, speaking, critical thinking and collaborative skills.’
Salient Features of the Workshop:
Ms.Patankar commenced the session with the Activity ‘Circle time’ to break the ice, showing teachers how they could conduct the same activity with their children to enable them to understand each other better.
Ms.Patankar focussed on the advantages of Storytelling such as arousal of curiosity, increasing the power of imagination, vocabulary enrichment, improving voice modulation, working towards emotional development etc.
Teachers were involved in many hands-on activities to understand the importance of
• Voice Projection
• Mind mapping
• Building good observational skills
• Brain gym exercises
• Use of props
• Thought tap
• Hot seat
Ms.Mehra wrapped up the Session by thanking Ms. Patankar for sparing her invaluable time as she presented her with a small token of appreciation with the assurance that teachers would surely carry their learning into their Think rooms !
with her emphatic statement ‘Who dares to teach must never cease to Grow’ & ‘ Don’t let your learning lead to knowledge, let your learning lead to action’.
It was indeed an interactive, engaging, enriching & a beneficial session!
19. Teacher Training Workshop: ‘English Language Learning For 21st Century Learners’ on Thursday, 20th December, 2018
Who dares to teach, must never cease to learn.
– John Cotton Dana
On 20th December, 2018, two teachers of Modern Early Years, Vasundhara, Gzb, Ms. Ankita Chaudhary and Ms. Shashi Singh attended a teacher training workshop on the topic ‘English Language Learning For 21st Century Learners’ conducted by Madhuban Educational Books at St.Teresa School, Indirapuram.
The Resource person for the workshop was Mr. G. Balasubramanian, Ex Director, CBSE, India is known for his innovation in curriculum development and interactive pedagogy. Mr. Balasubramanian explained the role of language teachers in facilitating learning. He was of the opinion that, a teacher should reach the child to teach the child. A language teacher should be equipped to create an emotional connect with children
The workshop concluded with a message that ‘A good teacher is like a good chef’- creating a variety of learning for all three types of learners, viz., visual, auditory and kinesthetic.
There was a launch of a new series of English books titled ‘Vision’ by the Madhuban team. The books emphasised on the four C’s of the 21st century learning – Collaboration, Communication, Critical thinking and Creativity. The trainers were provided with sample books of the new series.
Teachers felt highly empowered by the end of the workshop. It was an enriching experience indeed!