Teachers’ Workshop; June 25-27, 2018
“Education means making creators…You have to make inventors, innovators, not conformists.”
The three-day workshop organized by G.D. Goenka Public School, Vasant Kunj and attended by school faculty motivated, re-energized and equipped the teachers with novel strategies of teaching-learning process. The resource person, Mr. G. Balasubramanian, Ex- Director of CBSE, apprised the teachers of various pedagogical tools and techniques for effective classroom management. Besides sharing his life experiences, he discussed about the teacher congruence, neuro-linguistic programming and the ways in which learning takes place.
The Day 2 commenced with an informative session by Ms. Manjeet who emphasized on whole brain development, different learning styles, multiple intelligences and effective ways to inculcate all in day-to-day teaching through a model lesson plan. It was followed by another interactive session on ‘Project based learning’ conducted by Ms. Bharti Sharma. She focused on the seven essentials of a good project while stressing that a project should always instill critical thinking, collaboration and creativity in a child. The final session was conducted by Mr. Kamalneet Singh with a focus on professional and personal development of the teachers. He empowered the teachers with a multitude of techniques to create the right impression in classroom. A plethora of activities like ‘Reversing the pattern’, ‘On the spot thinking’ and ‘Extempore’ organized in succession enabled better learning of the concept.
The session on Day 3 conducted by Ms. Reema Mithwani focused on conceptual learning, discouraging rote learning, development of critical thinking skills and performance based assessment. Activities like ‘Save your egg’, ‘Preparing a plan based on critical thinking’ were the highlights of the session. Ms. Tina Balachandran from ‘Design for change’ highlighted the importance of inculcating “I CAN” attitude among the students. She concluded the workshop by asserting that through four steps- Feel, Imagine, Do and Share, the students can learn to challenge themselves and find solutions to the problems around them.
The entire Teachers’ Development Programme provided wide scope for qualitative pedagogical empowerment as the teachers got themselves oriented and re-oriented to various skills and practices in demand. It was a highly enriching experience for all the participants as it gave them a common platform to exchange ideas and views with other mentors of Goenkan fraternity.