CPD Training

Each teacher will be expected to participate in 50 hours of CPD opportunities every year for their own professional development, driven by their own needs and choice. – NEP 2020

The Salwan Education Trust has been involved in organizing Training Programmes since 1997 for its stakeholders. Teachers are provided with professional  support for updating their pedagogical skills to render optimum benefit to the students. These programmes help in imparting core values to meet the following objectives:-

  • Appreciation for Diversity
  • Social Responsibility and
  • Commitment
  • Holistic Development
  • Empowerment of Human Resource

Training sessions are held around the year and multiple  opportunities are provided to  the faculty and the students to participate in conferences, summits, and exchange programmes. Experts from various fields are invited and innovative pedagogies are shared to enhance the teaching learning process.

Session 2023-24

Strategic Leadership for Schools in a Changing Environment

Mrs. Priyanka Barara, Principal, of Salwan Public School, participated in a prestigious five-day leadership program at IIM Ahmedabad from June 19 to 23, 2023. The program brought together 64 principals from renowned schools across India. Its primary objective was to equip principals with essential skills to navigate the ever-changing educational landscape effectively.

The training sessions covered many topics, including improving the academic climate, promoting emotional well-being among students, integrating AI in school education, branding, and positioning, fostering innovation in school leadership, and driving change through gamification. These sessions provided valuable insights and practical strategies to the participants.

The training program emphasized the importance of implementing innovative practices to enhance the academic climate and promote student well-being. It encouraged principals to adopt these strategies in their respective schools, ultimately contributing to the growth and success of the educational institutions.

Capacity Building Programme for Leaders

The Capacity Building Programme organized by the Salwan Education Trust consisted of workshops on leadership on May 22 and 23, 2023. These workshops were specifically designed for the leaders of Salwan Schools, including Principals, Vice Principals, Heads of Departments, and Coordinators. The objective of the workshops was to address the challenges faced by educational institutions and emphasize the crucial role of leaders in effective administration and academic advancement.

The resource persons for the workshops were distinguished individuals from diverse backgrounds and professions. On Day 1, the resource persons were Ms. Abha Adams, Vice Chair and Education Advisor to the Ahvaan Trust; Mr. Mohit Sinha, Member Finance Director General (Human Resources) and Director General (Railway Health Services); Mr. J.P. Singh, Trustee at India Vision Institute; and Major General Vikram Dogra AVSM, Brand Ambassador of the Kho Kho Federation of India. On Day 2, the resource persons included Shri Radhakrishnan, Founder Director of Chanakya Institute of Public Leadership; Dr. Ameeta Mulla Wattal, Chairperson & Executive Director Education, Innovations and Training- DLF Foundation Schools and Scholarship Programmes; and Smt. Sudha Sastri, Coach-Mentor to a Diverse Set of People- CXOs.

During the workshops, the resource persons encouraged the leaders to cultivate a culture of innovation within their institutions. They emphasized the importance of enhancing critical thinking, reasoning, problem-solving, creative thinking, collaboration, and communication skills among both faculty and students. The workshops aimed to provide leaders with the tools and strategies needed to create engaging classrooms that foster academic excellence.

To achieve the goal of creating engaging classrooms, the resource persons highlighted the significance of integrated learning pedagogy. They stressed the need for leaders to empower themselves with this pedagogical approach, which integrates various subjects and disciplines to create a holistic learning experience.

Capacity Building Programme for PGTs

‘We can never stop learning as life never stops teaching’

A two-day training workshop, as part of the Capacity Building Programme, for the Post Graduate Teachers was conducted on the 26th and 27th of May 2023. Ms Priyanka Barara, Principal, Salwan Public School, Resource Person stressed the importance of emotional well-being and emotional balance of the teachers as they are the role models of the students. She also highlighted the importance of building resilience and emotional connection with the children.

Dr Punita Singh, Communication Consultant and Resource Person apprised the teachers about the importance of listening and differentiated it from hearing. As per her, one can listen better by adopting the following process: Attend – suspend – amplify – verify.

Ms. Sonia Wadhwa, Headmistress, Salwan Junior Public School pointed out how smart assessments can be devised by faculty in all subjects against predetermined criteria and acquainted the teachers with techniques and online sites that helped in checking plagiarism.

On day two, the first segment of the Workshop focused on ‘How to Make Teachers and their student’s school day full of Energy.’ The next segment of the workshop aimed to simplify health and wellness and build a mindset to remain active throughout life.

The third segment aimed at understanding well-being and how teaching strategies can be integrated with some movement in the class. The last segment stressed developing interpersonal skills among learners and the need to deal with unhealthy relationships by building skills of empathy and optimism. The various sessions equipped teachers with techniques and modern pedagogical strategies.

The objectives of the workshop were to increase knowledge, inculcate positive attitudes and enhance life skills in order to promote informed, responsible, and healthy behaviour among school-going children.

Capacity Building Programme for TGTs

‘Training is the foundation upon which successful outcomes are built.’

As part of the Capacity Building Programme, a workshop on ‘Modern Assessment Theory’ was organized for the academic and co-scholastic staff (TGTs) on 24th and 25th May 2023. The purpose of this workshop was to equip teachers with the necessary knowledge, skills, and strategies to develop effective assessments for their students.

Ms. Mansa Pandey, an eminent Soft Skills and English Trainer was the resource person. She emphasized the use of Bloom’s taxonomy in assessment designing and highlighted the importance of aligning learning outcomes with instructional strategies and assessments. This approach ensures that assessments accurately measure students’ understanding and progress.

During the workshop, Ms. Mansa Pandey also introduced various engaging activities such as KWL (Know-Want to know-Learned), Fish Bowl, 3-2-1, One Minute Problem, Jigsaw, and Gallery Walk. These activities can be implemented in the classroom to actively involve students in the learning process and enhance their overall engagement.

Overall, the training workshop provided a valuable and enriching experience for all the teachers who participated. By equipping them with the necessary tools and strategies, the workshop aimed to enhance their assessment practices and ultimately contribute to the success and growth of their students.

Session 2022-23

Progression of The Core Skills

Constant upgradation and pacing up with the dynamic environment is the need of the hour. Ms Heena Malhotra, Ms Tanya Dua and Ms Jasmeet Gulati attended a three-day training program on ‘Progression of Core Skills’ which was organised by the British Council in collaboration with CBSE from 14th-16th November 2022.
The objective of the workshop was to equip the teachers with several innovative activities to facilitate the transition from content-based or rote learning to learner-centric and skills-based learning. Ms Chandeep Marwah and Ms Suman Chawla were the resource persons.
The highlights of the session are as follows:

  • The session focused on the core skills and how they can be broken down into teachable and assessable steps, building up learners’ competence and confidence over time.
  • Skills Builders Hub website was introduced which gives access to a vast array of resources for building essential skills and it’s also an easy way to track progress. The entire process from login to accessing the site was demonstrated.
  • Various steps of Problem Solving and Creativity were discussed at length using the Skills Builders Hub. Educators were asked to give a presentation keeping in mind the skills discussed.
  • The resource persons placed greater emphasis on the formulation of learning outcomes in a lesson plan.
  • Different types of assessments and six principles focused on a successful approach to building core skills in the Skill Builder Framework were shared.
  • The Action Plan was discussed in detail and educators were encouraged to make the learning process more experiential.

    The workshop was very engaging and enlightening. It provided a meaningful learning experience through interesting and innovative strategies and activities.

Innovative Pedagogy, Assessment & Recording of Lesson Plans

“Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners; and the love of bringing the first two together.”  —   Scott Hayden

Ms Gauri Dang Chandhok and Ms Bhumika Sharma attended an enriching workshop organised by the Oxford University Press India at YMCA, Delhi on 19th November 2022. Educators from the various renowned institutions participated in it enthusiastically. The key objective of the workshop was to provide teachers with an understanding of Innovative Pedagogy, Changing Assessment Patterns, and School Accreditation. The session was presented by Ms. Gayatri Khanna, a renowned author, and an educational Consultant- CBSE and NCERT.

The highlights of the session are as follows:

  • The session focussed on acquainting the teachers with the new methodologies of teaching and assessment recommended by CBSE. The role of the teachers and principals as pedagogical leaders was also accentuated.
  • The resource person emphasised the importance of adopting different methods of assessment and a logical pedagogy with innovations. As part of the assessment process, she suggested giving equal importance to the three major pillars of learning and assessment: Diagnostics, Feedback, and Feed-forward.
  • Mrs Khanna also explained the Art Integration approach in which lessons are taught and assessed through naturally-aligned art concepts.
  • Much stress was laid on the use of Subject Enrichment activities for internal assessment in the classroom.
  • Educators were also encouraged to use Graphic Organizers to explain concepts and establish relations between the sub- concepts.
  • The resource person emphasised on the School Quality Assessment and Accreditation – SQAA which is a quality initiative proposed by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to provide global parameters of attainment as standards in schools affiliated to it.

The workshop culminated with an interactive discussion. Overall, it was an interesting and enlightening experience for the teachers who attended the session.

Self-Assessment and Reflection

Under the aegis of Salwan Education Trust, a three-day workshop on ‘Self-Assessment and Reflection’ was organised for Pre primary, Primary and Middle School faculty in the month of May. The objective of the workshop was to equip the teachers with several innovative activities to facilitate transition from content-based or rote learning to learner-centric and concept-based learning. The resource persons, Ms. Alka Rao and Ms. Kalpana Kapoor focused on the key aspects of creating a happy and lively classroom. The highlights of the session are as follows:

  • A teacher must constantly rework on the pedagogy to cater to the needs of students. Importance of teachers was shared, as a teacher is the first help that a learner looks forward to in times of need.
  • There is a dire need to foster a culture of respect, empathy, and inclusion.
  • Teachers should construct activities based on the cognitive abilities of the children and make the learning process more experiential through collaboration and integration at all levels.
  • A number of teaching strategies can be incorporated in the class to make lessons more engaging and interesting, e.g. Recall numbers, Choral response, The Last Person Standing, Human Web , Who am I, Word and sight in sync, Thinking Hats, etc.
  • N.E.P and its importance in today’s education field was discussed. Twenty recommendations made by N.E.P. were also shared and their inculcation in classrooms were stressed upon.
  • Activities such as butterfly handshake, popcorn handshake and framing questions based on Bloom’s Taxonomy were very informative.
  • Importance and advantages of Mind Maps were explained in detail and a small activity was done wherein teachers were told to prepare a sample mind map of their subject.
  • Frayer model, its features and importance in classroom teaching was explained. Strategies like – RAFT, QAXP, GIST, SQR3, OPV etc were shared to facilitate learning.
  • Modern assessment methods were discussed at length. Importance of rubrics while assessments were shared and it was further reinforced that Assessment should be related to what has been taught and learnt in class. Teachers must consider the holistic approach while assessing a student.
  • Difference between Assessment and Evaluation was deliberated upon. Assessment can be conducted after a regular interval to fill the learning gaps.

The sessions concluded with a vote of thanks by Brigadier (Dr.) A. K. Tyagi (Retd.), Director, Salwan Public School, Mayur Vihar. Ms. Kalpana Kapoor and Ms. Alka Rao were handed a token of appreciation by Ms. Priyanka Barara, Principal, Salwan Public School, Rajendra Nagar. The sessions were very enriching and enlightening and created meaningful learning experiences.

Session 2021-22

Classroom Strategies for Enhancing Learning

The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.
In a constant endeavour to keep the faculty members upskilled and upgraded, a workshop was organised for the teachers of the primary and middle wing on 27th November 2021 regarding the Classroom Strategies for Enhancing Learning. Ms Jyotsna Grover, Vice Principal and Ms Rashi Oberoi, Headmistress conducted the workshop. The session was organised to equip the teachers with a variety of strategies that can be utilised during classroom teaching.

The resource persons shared a number of strategies like Think, Pair and Share; KWL (Know, Want and learn); QAXP (Question, Answer, Extend and Paraphrase) etc. The  focus was on enhancing critical thinking skills of the students, their  interaction with their peers,  and ability to read between the lines.

Ms Priyanka Barara, Principal addressed the teachers and emphasised on making children responsible for their learning. The workshop was quite engaging and gave useful insights to make classroom teaching-learning process more interesting and effective.

 

Workshop on Artificial Intelligence

The School organised  an online session on Artificial Intelligence titled  ‘Creating a Spark for AI: An introduction to Artificial Intelligence’ for  the Salwan faculty on 27th August 2021. The session was organised by  CII-IBM, and convened by Mr Somay Kishore, AI Curriculum Head for CBSE. 

The session focused on the  need and importance of  Artificial Intelligence in the contemporary school curriculum. With the on-going digitalisation of education and increasing emphasis on hybrid learning,  it is imperative for teachers to upskill themselves by getting familiar with Artificial Intelligence. AI has become an integral part of our lives. The resource person discussed how the majority of  apps collect data through artificial intelligence and send  prompts to us as per our requirement and interests. Repositories for Artificial Intelligence like Magenta.tensorflow.org, Semiconductor, Teachable machine, etc. were shared with the participants to be used to create interesting and engaging teaching material. He also explained the working of GPS and Gmail and AI Plugs. The session was quite interesting and insightful. The session concluded with an interactive session towards the end. 

SET Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Programme - Inspire by Heartfulness

In continuation of CPD Programmes organised by Salwan Education Trust, a six-day training session – Inspire, was conducted from 4th June to 12th June, 2021 for TGTs and PGTs of all Salwan Schools.

The sessions were organised by Heartfulness Education Trust, an organisation dedicated to creating a compassionate learning environment through their heart-based approach. The experiential workshop focused on Heartfulness practices and techniques essential for self-management, heart-centred learning pedagogy, inquiry-based learning, and essential life skills.

The extensive training commenced with a two-day Orientation Programme, followed by a Yoga session every morning at 7 am, and three sessions every day till 5.30 pm. During these six days, teachers were guided to get in touch with themselves through various practices and transmit this heartful connection to their students through their evolved teaching practices. The focus was laid on the following :

  • One’s consciousness can be expanded with practical tools and techniques and synergy between Heart, Head & Hand (3H) can be established. Teachers were helped to explore how for 21st-century learners, the Affective domain (Heart) of learning needs to be at the core, integrating cognitive (Head) and psychomotor (Hand) domains. To bring this into practice, teachers were guided to teach Heartfulness Relaxation Technique to students.
  • The importance of  yoga-asanas and regular meditation for Mental & Physical health was reinforced. Meditation provides nourishment to our inner self and makes us mentally and emotionally strong. A teacher with a regulated mind is clear, positive, and creative in her approach and transmits the same qualities in her/his students.
  • Teachers were exposed to the importance of understanding and building upon the multiple types of intelligence and learning styles in the classroom setting and lesson planning.
  • Teachers can apply Heartful Communication (AEIOU) skills to mentor students to usher an environment filled with compassion and generosity. This helped teachers in understanding how they can integrate these Life Skills effectively with their curriculum and turn their classrooms into happy learning spaces.
  • They were guided to lead by example with personal principles of inspired living to teach value education. This was aided by teachers presenting their experiences and learnings from these sessions on the last day of training.

The sessions were quite engaging and a great learning experience for the school faculty. They learnt essential tips on how to bring heart-centred pedagogy into their classrooms, making the students more compassionate and thoughtful, and driving them towards interactive and inquiry-based learning.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Workshops for Teachers

Teachers will be given continuous opportunities for self-improvement and to learn the latest innovations and advances in their professions. These will be offered in multiple modes, including in the form of local, regional, state, national, and international workshops as well as online teacher development modules. – NEP 2020

Salwan Education Trust in an endeavour to hone teachers’ professional skills and help them become effective communicators organised varied Online CPD Programmes in the month of June.

The first in the series were Subject Specific Sessions which were held daily from 1st to 5th June, 2021 for TGTs and PGTs separately. The sessions focused on enhancing pedagogical competence and content knowledge that can be seamlessly blended in the classroom. The faculty got an opportunity to learn from their counterparts from other Salwan Schools. Representatives from each branch shared innovative practices and methodologies they follow to make classes in these unprecedented times more interactive and engaging. Teachers learnt how sites like linoit.com, padlet.com, nearpod.com, mentimetre.com to name a few, can be effectively used to sharpen students’ linguistic and critical thinking skills. Not only this, they also demonstrated how Visual Reality and Augmented Reality tools can be incorporated to enhance students’ imaginative and creative potential. Virtual trips to museums, historical places and laboratories can widen students’ understanding and knowledge while sitting in the comfort of home.

Apart from this, the teachers deliberated upon making quality lesson plans and question papers with the sole aim to inculcate high order thinking skills among the students. The sessions were immensely insightful and engaging. Teachers got abreast with the latest developments in the field of technology and education to groom students holistically and equip them with 21st century skills.

Primary Training

Continuing Professional Development is an important and intrinsic feature of faculty development at Salwan group of schools. It ensures that our staff continues to be competent and relevant throughout their professional career. The ultimate outcome of our well-planned and well-paced Continuing Professional Development program is that it ensures that our professional capabilities keep pace with the current standards and developments in the field of education.

CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAMMES BY CBSE 2021-22

The outbreak of Covid 19 has placed unprecedented challenges on institutions, teachers, parents and students around the world. Enhancing professional development digitally is the demand of the time, where social distancing and remote interactions are the new norms. CBSE through its Centre of Excellence (CoE) has conceptualized Technology Enabled Teacher Training Sessions to help teachers make the most of the present situation.

Teachers from all the departments have been enthusiastically attending these structured courses to gain new knowledge and skills as per the demand to keep themselves at par with the latest developments. Some of the sessions attended by the teachers so far are-

S.NO. NAME OF THE TEACHER WORKSHOPS ATTENDED
1. Ms Jaswinder Kaur
  • Setting Learning Outcomes in Teaching & Learning by Ms. Neera Chopra, Education Analyst, Master Trainer, CBSE.
  • Teaching and Learning Styles by Dr. Bhawana Malik, Principal, Lovely Public Sr. Sec. School, Delhi
2. Ms Rekha Bahl
  • Understanding Bullying by Ms. Seema, Master Trainer, CBSE
3. Ms Shruti Khullar
  • Role of Drama & Theatre in Education by Ms. Deepa Dogra, Master Trainer, CBSE
4. Ms Sangeeta Walecha
  • Integrating Values in Curriculum using Value Cards by Mr. Sanjiv Jain
  • Gender Sensitivity in Classroom Environment by Ms Pratibha Kohli

5.
Ms Sampati Sharma, Ms Neha Budhiraja, Ms Sampati Sharma
  • Myths about Stress by Mr.C.B Jadli, Principal, Gyanda Academy, Nepal
  • Values to Reckon: Need of Value Education  by Ms Ekta Bhatia
6. Ms Ruchi Vij 
  • Value Education and its Significance by Ms Padmini Sriraman
7. Ms Sarabjeet Kaur
  • Role of Theatre and Drama in Classroom by Dr. Padmalaya Choudhary
8. Ms Pallavi Thakur
  • Experiential Learning in Practice Dr. Pramod Kumar
  • Teaching and Learning Styles by Mr Niraj Kumar
9. Ms Anupam Anand
  • Importance of gratitude by Ms.Susha P.Roy
  • Role of Theatre and drama in classroom by Mr. Ankush Sharma
10. Ms Charu Oberoi
  • Role of Theatre and Drama in Classroom by  Dr Padmalaya Choudhary
  • Effective Communication Skills by Neeraj Kumar Singh, Patna
11. Ms Abha Gogia
  • Technology for Blended Learning by Deepti Sawhney, CEO Founder Mahattattva
  • Effective Communication Skills) by Mr. Rajendra S Malwal 
12. Ms Poonam Dewan
  • Role of Theatre and Drama in Classroom by Dr. Padmalaya Choudhary
13. Ms Srishti Singh
  • Importance of Gratitude by Ms.Susha .P.Roy
14.
Ms Mukta Kapoor

  • Importance of Gratitude by Ms.Susha .P.Roy
  • Bloom’s Taxonomy & its Application by Ms Jyotsna Grover, Vice Principal, Salwan Public School, Rajendra Nagar
15.
Ms Rohita Mahajan
  • Recreational Mathematics-: Joyful Learning by Ms. Kakali Bagchi
16. Mr Sandeep Khurana
  • Importance of Gratitude by Ms. Susha P Roy, Master Trainer, CBSE
17. Ms Bhavna Kohli
  • Joyful Mathematics by Mr Anurodh Chitra
  • Content & Time Management by Dr. Dinisha Bhardwaj
18. Ms Rakhi Baweja
  • Digital Learning and Management by Ms. Gurpreet Kaur 
19. Ms Saudamini Tipra
  • Bloom’s Taxonomy & its Application by Ms Jyotsna Grover, Vice Principal, Salwan Public School, Rajendra Nagar
20. Mr Anis Kumar Das, Ms Vani Ranga
  • Experiential Learning by Ms Rekha Kapoor
21. Mr A.K.Das and 
  • Mental Well-being during the Pandemic by  Dr Arvinder Singh from Ashoka University
22. Dr Shilpa Raghuvanshi
  • Mental Well-being during the Pandemic by  Dr Arvinder Singh from Ashoka University
  • Drought in South Africa: Resilience in the Face of Climate Change (Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Program) by Ms Marisa Maré
23. Dr Sunita Bansal

  • Salient Features of National Education Policy 2020 by Mr Praveen Kumar Patpatiya, Principal Bhartiya Public School, Tribune Colony, Ambala
  • Digital Learning and Management by Ms Mona Chopra, Coordinator Birla Vidya Niketan Pushp Vihar, Delhi
24. Ms Sakshi Katyal
  • Story Behind Photoelectric Effect by Smitha Fangaria, Academic Consultant at IAPT
25. Ms Vani Ranga
  • Bloom’s Taxonomy & its Application by Ms Jyotsna Grover, Vice Principal, Salwan Public School, Rajendra Nagar
26. Mr Sanjay Mishra 
  • Adolescence in Present Scenario: Social and Emotional Characteristics
  • Empowering  your Team
  • Introduction to Cyber Security and Safety
27. Ms Baneet Kaur
  • Innovative Pedagogy in Accountancy Experiential Learning by Ms. Mamta Narula 
28. Ms Tanya Saluja
  • Understanding Multiple Intelligences by Ms. Reeta Bhargav
29. Ms Namrata Gandhi
  • Stress Management Techniques by Ms Rooma Pathak, Principal, M. M. Public School
30.

Mr Prince Teotia
  • Math Whiteboard: Bringing Math to Life by Mr. Don Carney, CEO & Cofounder of Fluidity from Boston
  • CEMC Open Mathematics Courseware For Online Learning by Mr Ujjwal Joshi
  • Mercer Mettl Version 2.0 : Online Examination Portal by Mr Samarth Mathur
  • Understanding Multiple Intelligence by: Mr. Rajesh
31 Ms Ritika Malik  
  • ICT Integration in Teaching of English XI-XII by Ms Kirti Tandon, Principal, St Xavier’s School, Greater Noida   
  • Teaching of English Poetry by Dr Mosam Sinha 
32 Ms Seema Bhatia, Ms Pallvi Anand
  • Promoting Mental Health by Dr. Sandeep Kumar Sihag
33.

Mr Sumant Kumar, Mr Ashok Chauhan, Mr Y.S.Raju, Ms Narinder Jeet Makkar, Ms Heena Malhotra
  • Understanding Multiple Intelligence by Dr. Rajesh Kumar Srivastava

34. Ms NarinderJeet Makkar,  Ms Heena Malhotra, Ms Divya Dhurga, Ms Jasmeet Gulati
  • Bloom’s Taxonomy & its Application by Ms Jyotsna Grover, Vice Principal, Salwan Public School, Rajendra Nagar


35. Ms Bharti Narula
  • Salient Features of National Education Policy 2020 by Ms Manisha Sharma
  • Joyful Mathematics by Ms Ishita Mukherjee
  • Addressing Challenges in Post COVID Schooling by Dr Priyanka Mehta
36. Ms Lquna Saini Banerjee
  • Assessment of Co-Scholastic Activities by Rajni Ashat
37. Ms Anjali Aggarwal
  • Mental Health by Mr Faisal Alkazi, Theatre Director
38. Ms Neetu Bhateja
  • Accessible School for Children with Learning Disabilities by Mr Naveen Singh 
39. Mr Rohit Yadav
  • Importance of Gratitude by Ms. Susha P Roy 
40. Ms Tilak Raj Sharma Ms Rajni Piplani
  • Bloom's Taxonomy and its Application by Dr. Geeta Shukla
41. Mr Pramod Kumar Shukla
  • Understanding Multiple Intelligences by Ms Khyati Dwarkadas

Session 2020-21

INNOVATIVE PEDAGOGY FOR TEACHING ENGLISH: EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

Under the Teachers Training Programme initiated by the CBSE, English faculty attended a workshop on the topic Innovative Pedagogy for Teaching English: Experiential Learning on 22nd May, 2020. The session was conducted by Mrs. Jyotsna Grover, Officiating Principal, Salwan Public School.

The workshop focused on the effective use of Experiential Learning for maximizing learning outcomes in English classrooms. The resource-person encouraged the participants to lay emphasis on making language learning interesting, enjoyable and exciting for the learners. The highlights of the workshop are as follows:

  • Experiential Learning is of great importance in grooming both self-directed and distracted learners.
  • A beautiful story based on the significance of hands-on approach was showcased. The story clearly highlighted the difference teachers and their teaching approach can make in a child’s life and his perception towards learning.
  • David A. Kolb’s Cycle of Experiential Learning Model (ELM) was explained with the help of a variety of examples. Stress was laid on the practical application of the model. A video highlighting the practical usage of ELM was also showcased.
  • The 5Es of Experiential Learning – Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate were discussed in order to highlight the benefits of Experiential Learning.
  • Flexible classrooms can be created with the help of a broad range of teaching methodologies like guided games, field trips, films and documentaries, role-plays, art-based activities, peer tutoring, etc.
  • Hands-on activities such as creating self-composed poems, writing horoscopes with predictions and suggestions, using songs for language acquisition, etc. were also suggested by the resource-person.
  • The participants were enthralled, when a beautiful song titled ‘Hero’ by Mariah Carey was played. It was further suggested that showing famous movie clips and songs can be made a part of teaching as it will not only engage the learners, but will also help them in wholesome assimilation of the language.

PROJECT CACA - CHILDREN AGAINST CHILD ABUSE

An online workshop on Project CACA was conducted on 20th, 23rd and 24th July 2020 for all the staff members to create awareness about the evil of Child Abuse. The programme was organised by an NGO, Social Axiom Insignia. The first session apprised the teachers of the Safety Workbook series prescribed by the School under the School’s Child Safety Policy. The resource person, Mr. Pradeep, Director, Project CACA reiterated that preventing child abuse is the only way to guarantee complete safety of the child and the schools can play a significant role in addressing this issue. The second session focused on various laws to save children from mental and physical abuses of different kinds. The resource person talked at length about Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (2012) or POCSO Act. The third session was conducted by Ms.Nishtha Bakshi, Counselling Psychologist, Fortis Hospital. She sensitized the faculty about the various psychological aspects of Child Sexual Abuse. The focus was laid on how educators can handle the cases of Child Abuse and help the victims overcome the trauma.

The sessions were an eye-opener and dispelled notions about the way children are handled in a conventional set-up. Teachers’ queries related to this sensitive subject were also addressed. The School Principal exhorted the teachers to be vigilant and well informed.

WEBINAR ON VISIBLE LEARNING FOR TEACHERS

Under the aegis of Salwan Education Trust, a three-day webinar on the topic ‘Visible Learning’ was conducted from 6th – 8th January 2021. The sessions were conducted by Ms Seema Malik, Principal Salwan Public School, Mayur Vihar. The sessions encouraged the teachers to act as facilitators in the teaching learning process, as their beliefs and commitments are the greatest influence on students’ holistic development. The highlights of the sessions were –

  • A teacher who teaches visibly will make her student learn also visibly. This can be achieved by being a critical evaluator of one’s own impact on the students, by introspecting the teaching done and setting high standards for self.
  • Visible teaching and learning occurs when learning is explicit, and the goal is transparent and is set in a stimulating and safe environment.
  • Experts and experienced teachers do not differ in the amount of knowledge that they have, they differ in how they organize and use this knowledge. Experts possess knowledge that is integrated and make lessons unique by changing, combining, and adding to the resources according to the students’ needs and their own teaching goals.

Teachers’ queries were also addressed at the end of each session. The sessions were quite enriching and motivated the participants to devise strategies to make the teaching learning process a visible one

DESIGNING MULTIPLE CHOICE ITEMS

An Inhouse Training Programme on Designing Multiple Choice Items was conducted on 7th January, 2021 for the senior faculty members. The Resource Persons for the programme Ms Vandana Chopra (T.G.T English) and Ms Sakshi Batra (T.G.T. Science) delved deep on the strategies that can be used to design quality MCIs for the evaluation as per the revised CBSE examination pattern. Various sample questions were discussed to inculcate the skill of creating items catering to Higher Order Thinking Skills such as analysis and evaluation. Due emphasis was laid on grammatical accuracy to avoid any ambiguity in the language. All the teachers were given an opportunity to create, critique, edit and practice test items. The same training programme was conducted by respective departments for their faculty on 8th January 2021. The session was an eye opener as it dispelled beliefs regarding the construction of the MCIs and equipped teachers to construct quality questions.

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