BEST PRACTICES IN ART INTEGRATION – MATH
Date :- 23rd Nov, 2020
Time :- 2:15 p.m – 5:00 p.m
Platform :- ZOOM
A webinar based on Best Practices in Art Integration -Math was conducted by The DPSS-HRDC Online Training Session. The session was taken by different teachers from various DPS. Arts integration provides an engaging and effective way to achieve standards in both math/geometry and visual arts. Visual representations greatly help children’s understanding of quantity, shape, measures, and a host of other mathematical concepts.
The teachers used to explain the square properties using songs, rhyme, charts. Songs and chants not only aid the children’s core music skills, but they stick in the memory and can help children remember maths facts. The times tables are often taught in this way, we can change the words to any song to incorporate other maths facts, or methods of solving maths problems. Singing also helps build a group dynamic. Ms.Aafia Mehmood teacher from DPS Dhuri touched the topic of Area and Perimeter using treasure hunt and a song to remember Perimeter. Topic Congruence of shapes was explained by Vaibhav Prakash Sharma from DPS Etah. Mandala Art using Geometry was also done. Linear equations using curve stitching was done. Angle sum property as explained through PPT. Mondrian Fraction was also one. Patterns using various geometrical shapes were done. Everyday protractor which we already have in our school was shown.
IINTERDISCIPLINARY LEARNING AND INTEGRATING MUSIC AND MOVEMENT IN THE TEACHING PROCESS
Date : 10th Nov, 2020
Resource Person : Ms. Anjli Mata( Honorary member of Trinity College)
Ms. Priya Chaturvedi(Academic Consultant in Music for Trinity College London)
Host :- DPSS-HRDC
Member Attended:-Neeru Gupta
Time:-3:00 p.m- 5:00p.m
The workshop conducted by DPSS-HRDC on “Integrating Music and Movement in the Teaching Process” was informative and can be a great way to teach content. Music not only strengthens emotional and cognitive development, but also allows a new outlet of expression and a new means of learning through listening and making sound. Music is one tool to engage each student and provide a pathway for connections and deeper understanding. Music and Movement help to develop social skills, develops creativity and imagination .For example if we are teaching topic Festival Diwali, Children can learn about art(Rangoli), mythology, geography( location of birth place of Shri ram on the Map), EVS ( importance of Eco friendly Diwali), performing arts ( traditional dances and folk songs) through interlinked activities.
INTEGRATING ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION IN THE CURRICULUM
Date : 16th Oct, 2020
Resource Person : Ms. Neha Raghav (WWF – India)
- To create awareness for the environment among the school childen.
- To connect students with the nature.
- To spark curiosity in children about the nature.
- To make them environment conscious citizens.
- To build a sustainable school.
Minutes of the Webinar :–
- Session was started with discussions on the various threats to the environment.
- The speaker talked about the various plans and strategies for creating maximum awareness among children and their participation in preserving the environment.
- She also gave a brief introduction of the work strategy and achievements of WWF in regard to environmental protection.
- She took two online surveys to know about the views of the participants regarding environment consciousness.
- Discussion was done on ‘The Living Planet Report 2020’,- The level of the damage and also the measures we can take to restore nature.
- She also talked about the expectations from the future citizens and how to sensitize students on environmental issues.
- Emphasis was given on the important role of an educator towards a better world by 2030.
- The speaker also laid stress on the areas for environmental education infusion in schools for a sustainable future. Also discussed the activities which can be done in the schools with a view of children carrying the message to the whole community.
The speaker concluded by suggesting plans and activities to build a sustainable school. She suggested a few changes in the school buildings and premises as well as suggested a number of activities where the teachers as environment educator can sensitize the students on environmental issues.
CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM -VALUE EDUCATION BY CBSE
Date : 15th Feb, 2020
Venue : Rajni Public School, Dibai, BSR
Resource Person : Mrs Neeta Rastogi
Attended by : Manisha Sharma
The workshop commenced at 9:30 a.m. with the formal welcome of the resource person, followed by the conventional lamp lighting and chanting of Gaytri Mantra. Thereafter, teachers introduced themselves mentioning one value they stand for or hold dear in life. This insightful activity provided a cheerful initiation to the workshop. Teachers not only explored their knowledge about the contemporary social world- be it religious fundamentalism, environmental degradation, multicultural conflicts, misuse of science and technology, ill-effects of mass media, globalization, commercialization and so on; but were also able to learn about the importance of their role in shaping the future generations.
Mrs. Rastogi elucidated five building blocks of values, the first being individual, second family, then community, society and finally the nation; spreading throughout the land and ultimately embracing the planet as a whole she explained the need of education for values, its aims and challenges before teachers and schools.
The post lunch session took up a range of pedagogies that included introducing a conflict situation, identifying the challenges, proposing suggestions, using reasoning for analyzing arguments and finally deriving conclusion and evaluation. It further covered the methods of integrating values in the lessons taught.
The teachers also shared their class room experiences and effective teaching methods for values education. Different activities and group discussions conjointly opened new doors of learning for the teachers and made the session all the more encouraging. The teachers were given handouts to have an in depth knowledge and clarity about the subject. Power Point presentations, anecdotes and sharing experiences helped the teachers learn better.
More than 5 hour long workshop culminated at 4 p.m. with discussion of ways of values inculcation through sharing of stories, poems, and examples of great and noble persons leaving the teachers with a firm conviction that it is the teachers only who can build good humans. Overall it was a wonderful experience to be a part of this workshop.
WORKSHOP ON COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Date : 16th January, 2020
Venue : Multi-Purpose Hall, DPS Aligarh, Junior Wing
Resource Person : Ms. Sheena Arora and Ms. Sapna Lal
A workshop was taken by Ms. Sheena Arora and Ms. Sapna Lal on communication skills on 16th January 2020. The workshop was conducted for the teachers of Delhi Public School Aligarh, Junior Wing in the presence of the esteemed Headmistress Madam Ms. Bhavana Bhardwaj. The workshop comprised of different techniques, to make communication in English comprehensive and easy for teachers. It was reiterated that reading is the main tool to make our communication effective and efficient.
Some of the tools discussed during the workshop were :-
- Using of Idioms.
- Using tongue twisters.
- Listening to English music.
- Inculcating the habit of reading.
- Working on Vocabulary.
- Learning language in a fun filled way.
- Enhancing listening skills.
In the end, an activity was conducted for the teachers wherein they were asked to frame a story using clues and in doing so they were asked to be imaginative in their composition. All the teachers came up with interesting stories. It was highlighted that this activity was one such fun way of learning language. And teachers can use all such techniques with kids to make learning enjoyable and easy for them.
The workshop was very interactive and fruitful. All the teachers were surprised with the techniques shared and benefited by the workshop.
WORKSHOP FOR MEANINGFUL PEDAGOGICAL PRACTICES IN MATHEMATICS
Date : 15th January to 19th January 2020
Venue : Jodo Gyan Resource Centre, New Delhi
Resource Person : Mr. E.K. Shah, Ms. Gurleen, Ms. Komal, Ms. Sheela Menon
“Life as a teacher begins the day you realize that you are always a learner”.
To begin with, the key point that was shared was: ‘before teaching a child, we need to think like a child‘. Keeping this in mind, different kinds of activity based teaching was told using various products of Jodo Gyan.
The objective of the workshop was to change abstract mathematical learning to concrete learning. As the children learn better with what they touch, feel and observe, hands on experience was emphasized upon. Illuminating pedagogical ways to teach Mathematics at the Primary level were discussed and pondered upon. Numerous activities were carried out by the resource team using Jodo Gyan material Beads, Rangometry, Blocks, Dice etc.
They taught innovative ways to reach out to the students and transform the way they learn with the designed curriculum and tools of Jodo Gyan. New ways to teach Mathematics like juggling of numbers for addition and subtraction using fractions kit , digit cards game, beads for counting, half and skip counting, games for multiplication, taming the table, jodo straws game for 2 D and 3 D geometry, decimals and many more.
The workshop was not only educative but thought provoking. It provided an insight into innovative teaching methodologies and led everyone to introspect and adopt the new and better ways to reach out to the children. The teachers were asked to adopt methods to teach the students in ways that not only enhance their learning but enable them to retain the concepts forever. The traditional way of rote learning was advised to be replaced by teaching by experimenting, to suit the changing times and abide by the need of the hour.
Teachers never stop learning. This workshop provided yet another opportunity to the teachers to learn something new and implement the same while teaching their young children. It was a great learning experience which would not only be beneficial for the teachers but the students as well.
WORKSHOP ON THE TOPIC ‘LIFE SKILLS’ BY CBSE
Date : 30th November, 2019
Venue : Al-Barkaat School, Aligarh
Resource Person : Anand Swaroop Saraswat & Mr. Mausam Sinha
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) organised a two-day Capacity Building Programme on Life Skills. The workshop was organized for teachers and was conducted at Al-Barkaat School Anoopshahar Road, Aligarh. It was conducted by Mr. Anand Swaroop Saraswat and Mr. Mausam Sinha and was attended by around 50 teachers from the city. Ms. Poonam Chaturvedi represented Delhi Public School Aligarh at the workshop.
The one day session began with an interesting activity, in which each group was asked to take out any three things from their bags and assemble them in such a way that it will form a Logo, and thenthe participants were told to explain the logo. The activity was followed by an introduction and a discussion on importance of Life Skills in the classrooms today.
The workshop related the abilities that help learners to be successful in living a productive life. They also help students improve their personal and social qualities.
Many research studies have demonstrated that Life Skills Education is very effective.Life skills fall into three basic categories which compliment, supplement and reinforce each other. They are emotional skills, social or interpersonal skills, cognitive or thinking skills :-
- Promoting positive attitude and behaviour among the young adolescents.
- Improving communication abilities.
- Promoting healthy decision making.
- Preventing negative and high risk behaviours.
- Teaching anger control.
- Promoting greater sociability.
- Increasing self-esteem and self-confidence.
- Improving academic performance.
- All the skills are interrelated and are responsible for psychosocial competence, build our self-efficacy and nurture holistic development.
It was a great learning experience, as it helped the teachers to adopt various techniques to make the teaching and learning process more effective.The workshop concluded with a lingering thought that teachers should take responsibility of inculcating values in the present generation as life skills are the backbone of our nation.
THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE CAPACITY BUILDING FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS
Date : 20th – 22th November, 2019
Venue : DPSS – HRD Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
A three day workshop on ‘English Capacity Building for Primary School Teachers’ was organised by The Delhi Public School Society – Human Resource Development Centre (DPSS-HRDC) from Wednesday, 20 –Friday, to 22 November, 2019 at the DPSS-HRD Center, Lodhi Road. 39 Participants from all over India participated in the workshop. Ms. Sapna Lal and Ms. Neeru Gupta from Delhi Public School Aligarh, Junior Wing attended the workshop.
The workshop was organised and conducted in12 sessions over a period of 3 days, under the flagship of a dynamic and versatile leader Ms. Sandhya Awasthi, Director, The DPS Society.The delegates got the opportunity to hear and learn from some of the finest resource personnel such as Dr. Anjana NeiraDev, Associate Professor, Gargi College at Delhi University, who enlightened the delegates with the concept of creative writing by means of numerous exciting activities and Mrs. ReenuAnand, Author, Trainer, CBSE Resource Person who explained with the help of activities, the major reading sub-skills like skimming, scanning, extensive and intensive reading. Ms. Manjima and Mr. Kapil Pandey took upTheatre Techniques in the English Classroom. Furthermore, Dr. KirtiKapur, Assistant Professor – NCERT stressed on the fact that vocabulary and grammar are the two main aspects of language and it needs to be ‘competency based’, Dr. Saumya Kulshrestha, Poet, Blogger, Editor, Translator and Teacher’s Trainer took up the thought provoking session on Teaching Poetry Effectively.Ms. Sonia Arora, Editor, Writer, Story-Teller- Katha, the resource person took all the trainee teachers to different levels of creative and critical thinking in storytelling. Ms. Asllesha Thakur, CEO, Lead Innovation, ELT Expert,conducted a comprehensive session onEffective Listening Skills. In the session taken up by the resource person Ms. Nalini Asthana, ELT Expert, the steps in a speaking skills lesson plan were accurately and meticulously pointed out. Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, ELT Trainer, Author and Theatre Exponent stressed upon the components that a good material for Public speaking should have.
The teacher delegates were awarded certificates of participation for attending the three-day workshop post the Chief Guest’s address. Many teachers were also invited to speak about their experience and to share the learning that they will be carrying back to their school.All the sessions were lively, informative, and pragmatic. DPS Aligarh, Junior Wing has always encouraged its teachersto always their teaching methods in the light of modern day advances in the teaching techniques. The workshop has indeed stimulated the participants of DPS Aligarh, Junior Wing to be more confident, empowered and aware as facilitators of English language.
WORKSHOP ON REMOLDED STRUCTURE OF ASSESSMENT
Date : 19th October, 2019
Resource Person : Mr. Vikram Singh, Ms. Dipti Sharma
Venue : Krishna International School, Aligarh
Ms. Puja Bhargava, Examination In-charge at Delhi Public School Aligarh, Junior Wing, attended a workshop on the topic ‘Remolded Structure of Assessment’ at Krishna International School, Aligarh on 19th October 2019.
Mr. Vikram Singh and Ms. Dipti Sharma shared the key elements of Senior Secondary Assessment. They elucidated the concept of Physical Training (PT) as part of assessment in detail. ‘Revised Blooms Taxonomy’ and how to co-relate it with the question paperwas explained. The attendees were also briefed about the type of questions that should be there in question paper. The resource person familiarized the delegation with Co-Scholastic Activities. In the end, extracts from NCF 2005 were discussed and the new format of Report Card was explained. It was an informative session.
WORKSHOP ON GENDER SENSITIVITY
Date : 03rd August, 2019
Resource Person : Ms. Deepti Sharma (Principal, Gyan Public School, Jewar),Mr. Ved Kumar (Principal, Delhi Public School, Bareilly)
Venue : Krishna International School, Aligarh
A capacity building program on gender sensitivity in schools was organized by CBSE (Centre of Excellence, Allahabad) wherein teachers from different schools participated. Ms. Chitra Gupta from Delhi Public School Aligarh, Junior Wing attended the workshop.
The Gender Construct- The session started with points related to awareness about gender. Attributes of boys and girls, gender based violence, difference between gender equality and gender equity was explained.
Interactive group activity of role-play, based on gender based themes (eg. Gender gap, Eve teasing, dowry system) was done. The participants joined in role-play activity based on theme – dowry system.
A Gender Sensitive School- The highlights of this session were related to maximum use of gender sensitive words to give importance to all the individuals of the school.
Gender Sensitive Pedagogy- The session was based on teaching-learning methods with the help of gender sensitive books, worksheets and the language. Books, worksheets and question paper should be selected or framed keeping gender sensitivity as an important point.
Gender Sensitive Classroom Environment and Interaction- Importance of gender sensitive charts, pictures and display boards were discussed. Boys and girls should work in mixed groups, not in separate groups of boys or girls during classroom activities.
Gender Sensitive Methodologies and Gender Cards- Sample lesson plans and the use of Gender Cards in teaching were discussed. Teachers were asked to share their views according to their teaching subject, based on sample lesson plans provided in the module.
Entire program was supported by a large number of suitable and relevant audio-visual media in the form of videos, pictures, charts, comparison tables and graphical representations. Various points discussed, especially Gender Sensitive Classroom Environment can be assimilated in regular teaching.
Participation certificates were given to the teachers who attended the workshop.
The principal, Krishna International School Aligarh, rendered the vote of thanks after the workshop. The delegates were thankful to the resource persons for the opportunity to attend such enriching and interactive workshop.
WORKSHOP ON COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Date : 06th July, 2019
Resource Person : Ms Sheena Arora
Venue : D.P.S Aligarh, Junior Wing
“Communication is a skill that you can learn. It’s like riding a bicycle or typing. If you are willing to work at it, you can rapidly increase the quality of every part of your life”.
A very interesting and effective workshop on “communication” was conducted by Ms. Sheena Arora, Activity Room In charge. The points covered are as follows:
- Play in English
- Using of Idioms
- Using of tongue twisters
- Listening English music
- Inculcating the habit of reading
- Working on Vocabulary
- Learning language in a fun filled way
Teachers were benefited with the workshop as many doubts and inhibitions of teachers related to English language were cleared.
CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM ON CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT BY CBSE
Date : 24th & 25th June, 2019
Resource Person : Manisha Sharma
Venue : D.P.S Aligarh, Junior Wing
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) organised a two-day Capacity Building Programme on Classroom Management. The workshop was organized for teachers and was conducted at Doon Public School, Hathras. It was conducted by Mr.Anil Yaduvanshi and Mr. Mausam Sinha and wasattended by around 60 teachers from and around the city.
Ms. Manisha Sharma represented the school at the workshop. The two day session began with an interesting activity, in which each group was asked to illustrate and present their ideal classroom on a chart paper. It was then followed by an introduction and a discussion on Classroom Management.The session mainly focused on the three components of Effective Classroom Management:
- Content Management
- Conduct Management
- Covenant Management
It was a great learning experience, as it helped the teachers to adopt various techniques to make the teaching and learning process more effective. There were many topics which were covered in the two-day programme such as – Understanding Classroom Management, Physical Arrangement in Classroom,Components of Effective Classroom, Teaching Styles, Learning Styles, Managing Classes with Large Number of Student and Management of Inter-Personal Relationships. The workshop revolved around active discussions between the teachers and the resource persons. Teachers were introduced to various innovative methods for managing classrooms. The experienced resource persons beautifully explained that management of the student-teacher relationship is the cornerstone of classroom management. If a teacher has a good relationship with students, then students readily accept the rules and procedures and the disciplinary action that follows their violation. The importance of building a rapport with the children was also discussed. The workshop concluded with the thought that teachers should comprehend the child’s mind and try various ways to reach their level to enlighten and assess their knowledge and the topics discussed were not only required for the evaluation of child’s ability but it is important to foster quality learning to make the school child- friendly.
On 28th June 2019 Ms. Manisha Sharma took up a workshop for the teachers of Delhi Public School Aligarh, Junior Wing on the topic “Classroom Management” in the school premises. She highlighted that a teacher’s planning and teaching of a lesson should always be student cantered and should involve activity based learning. It was an informative workshop where the focus was placed on management of students in the class in order to promote healthy and interactive atmosphere to the students to help them grow academically, emotionally and socially.
Workshop on Synthetic Phonics
Date : 28th June, 2019
Resource Person : Ms. Shalini Singh and Ms. Akanksha Jain
Venue : D.P.S Aligarh, Junior Wing
The teachers of D. P. S. Aligarh, Junior Wing were given the opportunity to attend a very interesting and informative workshop which focused on Synthetic Phonics. The workshop was conducted by the teachers of pre primary Ms. Shalini Singh and Ms. Akanksha Jain. They main aim of the workshop was to make teachers aware with all the 42 phonic sounds and the technique of blending them.
The few skills sharedwere: learning the letter sounds (42 main letter sounds) which included letter sounds as well as digraphs such as sh, th, ai and ue. Secondly, blending in which the teacherswere trained how to blend the sounds together to read and write new words.
The seven groups used are as follows:
- s, a, t, i, p, n
- ck, e, h, r, m, d
- g, o, u, l, f, b
- ai, j, oa, ie, ee, or
- z, w, ng, v, oo
- y, x, ch, sh, th
- qu, ou, oi, ue, er, ar, ur, ir
It was a fruitful workshop for teachers, as the workshop helped them to solve queries related to English language.
Workshop on “Upholding Integrity and Work Ethics”
Date : 27th June, 2019
Resource Person : Ms. Anjali Singh
Venue : D.P.S Aligarh, Junior Wing
Good teaching cannot be reduced to technique; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher.
After a fruitful summer break and a chance to unwind, the teachers of DPS Aligarh and DPS Hathras were given the privilege to attend a workshop on the topic “Upholding Integrity and WorkEthics” by Resource Person Ms. Anjali Singh. Ms. Anjali Singh is an excellent Educator, Motivational Trainer and is currently working with Ratna Sagar P. Ltd. Ms. Aarti Nigam, Principal DPS Aligarh, Ms. Neena Chako, Principal DPS Hathras, Mr. Sharad Agrawal, Vice-Principal DPS Aligarh and Ms. Bhavana Bhardwaj, Headmistress DPS Aligarh were also present during the workshop. Ms. Poonam Chaturvedi extended a warm welcome to Ms. Anjali Singh and her team, the heads of the school and the teachers.
The workshop primarily focused on points outlined below:
- Role of teachers and their potential to touch the lives of their students
- Intelligence Quotient
- Being happy with ones profession
- Integrity – what it means for a teacher
- Things that people with integrity do
- Ethics and it’s virtues
- Impediments to responsibility
It was a captivating and interactive workshop. The teachers were able to reflect and assess themselves and their inner being. It is gratifying to see that Delhi Public School Aligarh not only helps the students to pursue their dreams in the long run but also facilitates the professional development of its teachers by means of such beneficial workshops.
Mr. Sharad Agrawal, Vice-Principal DPS Aligarh presented the Resource Person with a memento and a sapling for a wonderful and uplifting presentation. Vote of thanks was presented by Ms. Sapna Lal.
Workshop on Classroom Management
Date : 28th June, 2019
Resource Person : Mrs Manisha Sharma
Venue : D.P.S Aligarh, Junior Wing
A Great Teacher inspires! Be a role model.
With a view to train teachers on “Classroom Management” a workshop was conducted on 28 June, 2019 at DPS Aligarh, Junior Wing. A lot many ways and techniques of managing classroom effectively were shared. The workshop focused on:
- Holistic development of a child.
- Developing an emotional connect with the child.
- Allowing a child to imagine, create and explore.
- Making classroom routines and procedures mutually.
- Delegating different responsibilities to different students.
- Increasing student centered learning time.
- Positively reacting to students query.
It was a great learning opportunity for the teachers as it provided them with exposure to the techniques used for classroom management. It was indeed an enriching workshop.