Workshops

Workshop on ‘Promoting Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS)’ by Ms. Indu Yadav

“Learning from a teacher who has stopped learning is like drinking water from a stagnant pond.”

A workshop on Promoting Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) was conducted by Ms. Indu Yadav on 27th June 2018. According to NCF 2005, promoting HOTS in education is indispensible part of modern education system. We are living in a world where information is easily accessible. In order to apply the knowledge by analyzing, evaluating and synthesizing all this information, a teacher must encourage creative and critical thinking among students. The speaker emphasized the relevance of Blooms Taxonomy as it focuses on the holistic development of a child and nurture all three aspects of learning, namely Cognitive, Affective and Psychomotor. Teachers were asked to prepare lesson plans and questions that involved creative and critical thinking on a given theme. The workshop was a great learning experience for all the teachers.

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Workshop on ‘Differentiated Learning and Critical And Creative Thinking’ by Ms. Suhasini Kanwar

An absorbing and informative workshop on Differentiated Learning and Critical & Creative Thinking, was conducted by Ms. Suhasini Kanwar, on 29th June, 2018. Ms. Suhasini shared the need to enhance critical and creative thinking in children in the world today. The world has seen iconic changes in the infrastructure, technology etc. but education is progressing at a snail’s pace. Therefore pitching questions or problems at exactly the right level to stretch students’ thinking and providing just enough support is the mark of a good teacher. According to Edward de Bono ‘Creative thinking is not a talent, it is a skill that can be learned. Therefore, the resource person, laid out an extensive range of activities that would assist in developing creative as well as critical thinking in children. She also emphasised why differentiated classroom is important and how through providing scaffolding along with group task, open ended questions and constant feedback, it can be achieved. At the end of the workshop she assisted the teachers in reviewing the lesson plans and how these learnings can be incorporated. The workshop equipped teachers with valuable information and useful tools that they can implement not only in their classes but also in their lives.

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Workshop on ‘Mathematics Enrichment Program’ by Ms. Sarita Mathur

A workshop on Mathematics Enrichment Program was conducted by Ms. Sarita Mathur, Mathematics resource person with Scholastic India on 28.06.18, for the teachers of classes I till IV. The focus of the workshop was to enrich student’s understanding of mathematical concepts and strengthening of skills with concrete objects. Teachers discussed the problems faced by them while teaching mathematics. Ms Sarita discussed the approach to be followed to make concepts easier by first identifying the areas of enrichment, then creating a plan and using strategies for it. According to her this approach should be substantiated with variety of experiences, concrete and pictorial. Fun-filled activities which included colouring, playing with blocks and various paper manipulative - to teach number bonds and place value were discussed. This workshop educated the teachers with different activities that can be used to strengthen the mathematical concepts. It was an enriching experience and everyone felt motivated to start this program with the students.

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Workshop on ‘To Strengthen and Bolster the Read Program’ by Ms. Dalbir Kaur

An interactive session was conducted by Ms. Dalbir Kaur on 21st May 2018. Ms Kaur gave her valuable insights and tips to improve students’ reading abilities. She discussed the concept of Words Per Minute (WPM). Her emphasis was on keeping a record of the reader’s stamina, speed and comprehension. She also emphasized the importance of illustrating what they read. Techniques like peer reading, loud reading engage the students in a better way. One of her important suggestions was to organize a Book Talk with selected students in front of the class. This would motivate other children to upgrade their reading habits as well. The session with Ms. Dalbir Kaur was significant as it paved way to develop a reading community in the school.

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Workshop on ‘Effective Learning’ by Mr. Kulpreet Yadav

Mr. Kulpreet Yadav, a well known motivational speaker, took a workshop covering a wide array of themes, such as Art for Effective Learning, Creative Thinking and Team Building, Classroom Management and Creative Writing. Mr Kuldeep Yadav shared his valuable insights on how to enhance creative thinking skills of the learners, the relevance of thinking out of box and use of technology for teaching-learning process. His workshop also threw light on the power of reading, and how it encompasses what we see, hear and experience. His workshop inspired the teachers to build trust, be open minded, being happy and most importantly to define realistic goals for the learners.

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Workshop on ‘Big Book/ Class Library’ by Ms Dalbir’s

One is under the notion that telling a story and reading a book to children is one and the same with Ms Dalbir’s session on Big Book Read (Grade pre nur- II) finer nuances of storytelling and read along were brought to light. The teachers were exposed to the idea of introducing different parts of the book like the front cover, the back cover, the spine, the beginning, and the end to the children. The importance of using new vocabulary every time we read a book in classrooms was emphasized. For classes III-VII she talked about THE READ PROGRAM. A set of forty books would be provided to every class which would be classified as per their genre, lexile and level of comprehension. Through these programs, we intend to gift our children the power of reading.

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Workshop on ‘Treasuring Happiness’ by Ms. Samriddhi Sagar

“Happiness is a job. Cultivate it.” Elbert Hubbard

A workshop on Treasuring happiness was conducted by Ms Samriddhi Sagar for the teachers of Lotus Valley International School, Noida Extension on 16.03.18. It started with an energetic and a happy exercise where in we learnt different types of handshakes which can be done in the classroom to start on a positive note. She mentioned that devoting a few minutes on ourselves must be a mandatory task for each teacher as it develops a sense of achievement and satisfaction. It was an enriching experience and everyone felt motivated to maintain a healthy happy environment.

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Workshop on ‘Thematic Teaching and Integrated Learning’ by Ms. Anuradha Sinha

The workshop on Integrated Learning conducted by Ms. Anuradha Sinha of Learning First on 22.03.18, for teachers of classes Pre-Nursery to II, was very informative and interactive. The curriculum is based on thematic integrated learning and practical tips of effective teaching were given by the resource person.

Integration focuses on making connections for students allowing them to engage in relevant, meaningful activities that can be connected to real life. It aims at enhancing their creativity and thinking skills making our children independent workers

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Workshop on ‘Classroom Management and Brain Gym’ by Ms. Anuradha Sinha

An interactive workshop on ‘Classroom Management and Brain Gym’ was conducted by Ms. Anuradha Sinha on 19th May, 2018 who enlightened the teachers with tips for effective classroom management. This workshop helped the teachers devise innovative strategies to enhance child’s ability to learn, process information and respond to situations with ease. Teachers were also guided to start their day with PACE-Positive, Active, Clear, Energetic activities for children.

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