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
- 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.
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.
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.
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||
|2.||Ms Rekha Bahl||
|3.||Ms Shruti Khullar||
|4.||Ms Sangeeta Walecha||
|Ms Sampati Sharma, Ms Neha Budhiraja, Ms Sampati Sharma||
|6.||Ms Ruchi Vij||
|7.||Ms Sarabjeet Kaur||
|8.||Ms Pallavi Thakur||
|9.||Ms Anupam Anand||
|10.||Ms Charu Oberoi||
|11.||Ms Abha Gogia||
|12.||Ms Poonam Dewan||
|13.||Ms Srishti Singh||
||Ms Mukta Kapoor
||Ms Rohita Mahajan
|16.||Mr Sandeep Khurana||
|17.||Ms Bhavna Kohli||
|18.||Ms Rakhi Baweja||
|19.||Ms Saudamini Tipra||
|20.||Mr Anis Kumar Das, Ms Vani Ranga||
|21.||Mr A.K.Das and
|22.||Dr Shilpa Raghuvanshi
|23.||Dr Sunita Bansal
|24.||Ms Sakshi Katyal||
|25.||Ms Vani Ranga
|26.||Mr Sanjay Mishra||
|27.||Ms Baneet Kaur||
|28.||Ms Tanya Saluja||
|29.||Ms Namrata Gandhi||
||Mr Prince Teotia||
|31||Ms Ritika Malik||
|32||Ms Seema Bhatia, Ms Pallvi Anand||
||Mr Sumant Kumar, Mr Ashok Chauhan, Mr Y.S.Raju, Ms Narinder Jeet Makkar, Ms Heena Malhotra||
|34.||Ms NarinderJeet Makkar, Ms Heena Malhotra, Ms Divya Dhurga, Ms Jasmeet Gulati|
|35.||Ms Bharti Narula||
|36.||Ms Lquna Saini Banerjee||
|37.||Ms Anjali Aggarwal||
|38.||Ms Neetu Bhateja||
|39.||Mr Rohit Yadav||
|40.||Ms Tilak Raj Sharma Ms Rajni Piplani||
|41.||Mr Pramod Kumar Shukla||
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.
Salwan Public School, Rajendra Nagar, New Delhi is a co-educational Senior Secondary School affiliated to CBSE.