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June 2013 - Paryavaran Mitra Puraskar 2013 (Best Student Award)

Thinking is easy, acting is difficult and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world

We are glad to announce that our school is selected for Paryavaran Mitra Young Leader for Change initiative 2013 by CSE, which is a nationwide initiative to create a network of young leader from schools across the country, who have the awareness, knowledge, commitment and potential to meet the challenges of environmental sustainability in their own spheres of influence. An action plan on waste segregation was submitted by the student of class X, S. Padmashree and she is declared eligible for Paryavaran Mitra Puraskar 2013 - Best Student Award.

28th June 2013 – Introduction to the world of counseling and its relevance in school settings

A workshop for the teachers was conducted by the school counselor on 28th June 2013. The workshop began with an icebreaker called ‘Fact or fiction?’ This was done by asking everyone to write on a piece of paper three things about themselves which may not be known to the others participants. Two were supposed to be facts and one a fiction. This simple activity was fun, and helped the group get to know more about each other. Then Ms. Susanna talked about what counseling is and what it involves, which is knowledge of self, including attitudes, values, and feelings and the ability to recognize how and what factors affect oneself. She also emphasized on the fact that a prime factor of counseling was goodwill which is the desire to work on behalf of clients in a constructive way that ethically promotes independence. Then she introduced the concept of school counseling and how it encompasses working with students individually or in groups, working with teachers and administrators, and also with education agencies, social services, and businesses; and partnering with parents to address unique needs of specific children.

The next aspect the counselor introduced was the vital role of ethics in counseling. Firstly, she talked about confidentiality and privacy of the personal life of a child/parent/client that must be kept at all costs. The counselor and teachers in a school must inculcate a culture of mutual respect, where an individual is respected for his/her uniqueness. This was followed by interactive sessions of role plays to understand the ill effects of labeling a child. A discussion followed where the teachers who were labeled spoke about what emotions they felt. After this the counselor took the time of driving home the point of labeling, where the need to focus on the why the child behaves inappropriately is the main point rather than the child being labeled as ‘bad’, ‘undisciplined’, or ‘naughty’. She emphasized the point that tags or labels have a snow-ball effect, re-affirm the problem even more, kill self-esteem and confidence, and have life-long effects. After this intense session the counselor introduced a game for teachers where they were given a balloon and a pin. The game instruction was that they had to blow their balloon and hold it in one hand and hold the pin in the other. After everyone was ready, they had to protect their balloon and break the other participants’ balloons. The lesson behind the game was that the balloon represented one’s ego and the pin was the tiny situation or action or word that was enough to hurt another’s ego. The counselor encouraged and motivated the teachers to work as a team and to be sensitive and caring towards the feelings of their colleagues and other staff so as to increase productivity and team spirit.

Finally the counselor talked about the topic of teachers being role models and mentors. To begin this topic, she engaged the teachers in a discussion about going down the memory lane to describe about one teacher who influenced them positively in life and one negatively. A time of nostalgic revelations followed where every teacher re-lived their school days. The speaker then emphasized that it is the duty and responsibility of a teacher to maintain professionalism in his/her conduct and general demeanor. The fact that even as a teacher respect must be commanded from the students and every teacher has an audience that is always watching him/her constantly. The workshop ended on a high note where a video from the movie “To sir with love” was shown. This true story of an inspiring teacher epitomizes the role of an empathetic teacher who finally wins over his students and makes them better human beings. This workshop set the right tempo and drive to begin the new academic semester.

27th June 2013 - Classroom Management Workshop

A very interactive and influential workshop was taken by Mr. Bhavesh Suryakant on the importance of effective classroom management which is a very important aspect of teaching. He started the session by showing a cartoon clipping which emphazied on the patience the teacher should have despite the everyday challenges they face in the classroom. He then discussed the three main qualities of the educator that is Heart, Passion and Desire to succeed. He also focussed on the fact that effective teaching lies in creating basic routines among students. He provided various techniques to deal with disruptive behaviours. At the end, an inventory was given to the teachers to evaluate their own personalities. It was an enriching and enlighting in-service training for the teachers.

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24th June 2013 – Workshop on Vedic Mathematics

A three day workshop on Vedic Mathematics was organised by Sachdeva Global School, Dwarka for the in-service teachers of both S.G.S. and Queen’s Valley School, Dwarka. The resource person for the workshop was Ms. Reena Narang, who guided the teachers with superfast methods of complex calculations in fractions of seconds.

She aided the teachers with systematic, simplified and unified methodologies of calculations which are far more simpler and faster than the conventional system and help solving problems with ease and accuracy.

Topics like ‘All from 9 and last from 10’, ‘Squaring of numbers using base method, finding square and cube roots, speed division by 9, 2 and 3 digit multiplication by criss cross method proved to be a great help to the teachers in making students improve their skills in calculations. Apart from it multiplication by series of 1, 3, 6, 9 and magic squares were a great fun to learn.

It was an interactive and informative session which aided the teachers to the fullest and assisted them to acquire the intricacies of mathematical operations, which when transformed to the students, will empower them to face any challenging situation or problem.

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24th June 2013 - Feedback on Robotronics Workshop

An interesting Robotronics training workshop for teachers was organized by Mr. Krishan on 24th June, 2013. This workshop focussed on designing different types of electronic sensors and circuits and using them in making manual or autonomous robots. Mr. Krishan explained that the basics of Robotics is about designing computer controlled machines that are programmed to move, manipulate objects and work while interacting with their environment. The teachers were also informed about the functioning of gear system and levels of making robots using different methods. It was an informative workshop and covered all the aspects of wired controlled robotics and wireless robotics using Robo Grammer Software.

The teachers who attended this training programme were Mrs. Geetika Pandey, Ms. Jaity Kautilya, Mrs. Nidhi Sharma and Mrs. Seema Solanki.

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22nd June 2013 - Life Skills Workshop

Sachdeva Global School has entered into a partnership with the PROMISE group who gave an inspiring life skills workshop conducted by Mr. Lokesh N. Darira and Mr. Kamaljeet Singh for all the teachers. The topic they brought alive in this interactive workshop was how to develop, “Innovative Teaching Techniques”. Their main aim was to enable the teachers to empower their students with their acquired life skills. Mr. Lokesh, the main speaker started with an important fact that seventy-five percent of a child’s personality is formed by 13-14 years. Many techniques were influenced by what the author ‘Dale Carnegie’ has followed in his books. The speaker said that the teachers who smile at the beginning of their classes tend to teach, manage and sell better. He practically asked teachers to motivate shy students to smile more to help them overcome their anxiety in public. He also emphasized upon the fact that for a speaker, the first seven seconds are crucial in connecting to any audience as a speaker in front of a group. Mr. Lokesh encouraged the teachers to create a class culture, where techniques like ‘one more time’, ‘double clap’, and ‘left arm’, etc. could be inculcated. The speaker also talked about learning is a social activity where 40% of the matter can be assimilated by the students if teachers are innovative with the layout of their lesson plans and they are more physically agile in the classroom.

The speaker challenged the teachers to move out of their comfort zones and be more creative in the way they teach their students. He brought out the concept of ‘charisma triangle’ where if a person is one who smile more, is cool, calm and contained, he/she can transform himself/herself into a charismatic leader. He also highlighted the fact that as a teacher and as a charismatic leader one must never use foul language or physically abuse another individual. Students should come to school for the right reasons he highlighted. The concept of each individual being incredible was asserted and a task was given for every teacher. The speaker motivated the teachers that after they get ready every morning to say “I am incredible and incredible things will happen to me today”. This self-motivation technique played a role in the success of the speaker’s life as per his testimony.

The other concept that Mr. Lokesh was about learn, practice, teach. The three phases in which a teacher can more than double her pupils learning capacity in class. He also gave some techniques on public speaking- ABC (audience, body language, content) and TIS (topic, importance and speaker). Using these techniques a surprise activity was conducted by Mr. Kamaljeet Singh where a few teachers who got simple topics were given the opportunity to speak about it using these techniques. Overall it was a very motivating workshop where many useful techniques and skills were imbibed. The teachers were oriented to the life skill training and made aware of the upcoming life skill workshops for classes III to XII. Thus, with an open and inspired mindset the workshop ended with renewed energy and vigor.

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21st June - 2013 - Workshop on Story Telling

With the vision of “making a positive change in society by using storytelling as a tool of culture and learning”; the Academic Head, Mrs. Sumana Dutta took an extensive session with the teachers of classes Buds to II. The workshop aimed at motivating the teachers to take up storytelling professionally as well as add entertainment value by using it as an art form.

The workshop began with the teachers revisiting their childhood memoirs of the bedtime or school story telling sessions. The sketches drawn by the teachers of their favourite story were shuffled and redistributed. Each participant had to arrive at the name of the story by looking at the illustration and taking positive help by the illustrator herself.

The importance of body language and voice modulation in story telling was drawn out by various activities. Soon, all the teachers were geared up for the final session, but, before that, Sumana Ma’am herself narrated a beautiful story, which was full of emotions, expressions and voice modulation. During this session, teachers could relate to the story emotionally. They were then made to illustrate the part of the story which appealed to them the most. Sharing of understanding was done. This session helped the teachers understand and appreciate the essentials to be a great story teller and the ingredients for an amazing story narration session.

Finally, it was time when the teachers were divided into two groups and given a task of creating a story, developing it and enacting it out. This activity saw a great deal of energy, emotions and creativity.

By the end of the day-long workshop, teachers had a sense of discovery of their own creative abilities and they were inspired to use them in their day-to-day teaching effectively.

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(21st -22nd) June 2013 – Workshop on Teachnext Software

SGS runs a smart class in every classroom in partnership with “Teachnext”. A workshop for teachers was organized on (21st -22nd) June 2013 to update the teachers about the latest changes that have been incorporated in the software and contents to make it more effective for students.

Interactive faculty-wise sessions were organized where the teachers discussed their queries and put forth suggestions for betterment. The resource person from Teachnext in turn updated the teachers about content that has been added recently.

It was one more step of SGS towards striving for excellence.

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20th June 2013 – Workshop for Teachers on Class Management

A very interesting and in-depth talk was given by Mrs. Anu Singh, on the challenges teachers have to face in a school/classroom environment. She began with a tea cup analogy where she said in order to learn new things one needs to unlearn certain things, just like a cup of tea that is full cannot be filled further. As per studies, children come with pre-recorded messages of 24,000 on an average and they tend to behave in a manner they are familiar with at home. She also mentioned that parents often unrealistically expect a teacher to have a magical wand that will transform their child into someone like “Einstein” and the likes of him. It is the duty of every teacher to remind the parent that she needs a reasonable amount of time and cooperation from the parents to bring about any transformation in children.

She also highlighted the fact kids tend to differ in the way they behave at home from the way they do in school. Many children expect the same attention they receive at home even in a classroom setting which leads to behavioral problems. The fact that parents tend to be pushy with their children in today’s competitive world was highlighted. Parents need to be encouraged to trust the teachers and their ways of teaching as a professional. She also stressed on the fact that every child has a unique personality and an in-built disposition to react to different life situations. Teachers need to be sensitive to that and try and bring out the best in the child.

A child’s IQ is always not related to his/her academic performance only. As teachers we need to be sensitive not to label children. As educationists we need to focus on the main problem/issue rather than on the symptoms. Mrs. Singh gave the example of polarized parents from the movie- “Taare Zameen Par”. Many times without us realizing children come with a lot of emotional baggage and thereby it makes the kids act those frustrations out in the class. She impressed upon the fact that respect starts at home and parents need to be role models for their children, so they can imbibe respect for their elders at an early age.

She also brought to light the fact that in today’s world “the tuition-culture” devalues the efforts of the teachers in school. School is becoming a place to have fun, making attention span of children dip lower. These parallel classes create more issues or problems in the school setting. Teachers were urged to take time to know their students. Discipline in a child needs to be inculcated. She also advocated the fact that a teacher must make clear lines with regards to a teacher-student relationship. Abusive language must be discouraged. The need to sensitize parents about the effects of media exposure on a child was emphasized. There is a great requirement to boost teaching of life skills to students these days.

Overall, she motivated all the teachers to be insightful about their own selves first and learn to be more empathetic towards their students.

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20th June 2013 - Workshop on Team Building

Sachdeva Global School, Dwarka, kick started the new session by conducting a special workshop on 20 June 2013, for teachers that focussed on Team building. The workshop also worked as an ice breaker for teachers who have joined the school in the current session. It provided a platform for teachers to interact and get to know their colleagues better.

The workshop was spearheaded by the head of our school, Mrs. Novita Chopra. It was an interactive session involving both group and individual activities. The session commenced on a light note with a fun introductory activity; what does your Ringtone say about you? The workshop consisted of various activities such as observation skills activity; this involved teachers to fill a questionnaire related to their immediate surroundings. There was another interesting activity that focussed on communication skills. It gauged the perception and understanding of teachers vis a vis what is being communicated. The Three word describer activity tested the mutual understanding of teachers and how well they know each other. In this activity each teacher wrote three words describing self and members of another group had to guess which description corresponds to whom.

The focus of these activities was not only to enhance teacher’s mutual understanding but also to bring home the importance of good team dynamics and how it impacts the work culture and overall efficiency of an organization.

In this context, certain activities also focussed on the importance of effective communication and the need to bridge the gap between information, perception and actual understanding. Good communication plays a pivotal role in the success of any organization and is essential for effective team work. To illustrate this point, an activity was conducted where few teachers were required to close their eyes and make a triangle by folding a paper as per the instructions given. In the end they were asked unfold the paper and it was discovered even though all of them were given the same instruction each one of them had folded the sheet in a different manner to make a triangle.

Mrs. Chopra also emphasised on how such activities help in establishing a stronger bond between co-workers which in turn increases collaboration among them during daily activities. It was an informative yet fun workshop that made us all realize the criticality of team efforts for individual and organizational growth.

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