Great teachers help create great students. In fact, research shows that an inspiring and informed teacher is the most important school-related factor influencing student achievement, so it is critical to pay close attention to how we train and support both new and experienced educators. Keeping this objective in the mind various workshops are being organized for the teachers of New Horizon Gurukul during the academic year 2016-2017.
WORKSHOP ON ‘LESSON PLANNING, EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES AND INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVES’
SESSION CONDUCTED ON – 23rd MAY 2017
SESSION CONDUCTED BY – MRS. SAVITA PURI
A lesson plan is a teacher’s detailed description of the course of instruction ‘learning trajectory’ for a lesson.
Mrs. Puri stressed on the importance of dividing a lesson into sub units. It is only through unit planning that the teaching – learning process can be made more effective.
The best methodology for lesson planning is the ‘5E’ method wherein students are engaged, allowed to explore and explain their observation. The teacher further assists the students to elaborate on the same, before evaluating them.
The session highlighted the role of educational objectives as an important tool for teaching. It allows the teacher to articulate her expectations from her students while writing out the lesson plans, planning instructional material or testing previous knowledge.
A good instructional objective shall always be ‘specific, measurable and clearly stated’. They serve to important functions-
- Provide course developers guidance
- Help students focus on what they are expected to learn.
WORKSHOP ON ‘USE OF TEACHING AIDS IN CLASSROOMS’
SESSION CONDUCTED ON – 22nd MAY 2017
SESSION CONDUCTED BY – MRS. SAVITHA PURI
A teaching aid is a tool used by teachers to help learners improve their reading and other skills, illustrate or reinforce a skill, fact or idea.
The session stressed on how these aids must be made use of in every classroom, irrespective of the age group of the learners.
The role of a teacher as a facilitator can only be fulfilled if he/she can arouse the curious minds and elicit the correct response from them.
Mrs. Puri elaborately demonstrated the use of audio, video and audio-video aids. She involved the teachers in an activity wherein we were asked to make puppets using newspaper to teach their respective subject content. Each teacher was asked to brain-storm and put forward their best creative ideas and demonstrates the use of their puppets too. After every demonstration Mrs.Puri provided the teachers her valuables inputs on how to improvise their techniques.
Today’s generations seeks constant excitement and have no tolerance for boredom. Teaching aids shall not only provide the students with the sense of excitement they desire, but also improve the teaching –learning process as whole.
WORKSHOP ON ‘CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT FOR EFFECTIVE TEACHING’
SESSION CONDUCTED ON : 23rd May 2017
SESSION CONDUCTED BY : DR. GANESHA BHATTA
A teacher is a facilitator of learning, who does not operate under the traditional concept of teaching, but rather is meant to guide and assist students in learning for themselves picking apart ideas, forming their own thoughts through self exploration.
Dr. Bhatta emphasized on improving the satisfaction ideas of learners by exposing them to a variety of experience. The classroom atmosphere must generate enthusiasm for learning. Appropriate materials must be used by the teachers for student’s attainment of knowledge.
Learner centered teaching encourages students to reflect on what they are learning and how they are learning. Learning skills develop faster if the students are taught explicitly along with the content.
Teaching is the only profession that shapes the character, caliber and future of an individual. Therefore, a teacher must outdo his/her role of being a friend, philosopher and guide.
Through suitable and appropriate audio visual aids Mrs. Puri thoroughly explained why the need of the hour is student centric learning. She inspired motivated and encouraged each one of us to make the best of the materials available vicinity to make learning an enjoyable process for both student and the teacher.
CARRY THE LORD IN YOUR HEART WITH GREAT ZEAL
The teachers of New Horizon Gurukul went for one day trip to the ISCKON temple, Bangalore on the 24th of May, 2017. The experience of visiting the temple was so soothing and serene that one is templed to spend few hours there. After the darshan of the deities, the teachers attended a motivating session by Prabhu Vasudev Keshava Dasa Ji, which was followed by the powerful japa meditation of “Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare, Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare”.
The teachers were treated with a sumptuous meal at ISCKON, which was indeed heart filling.
‘TEACHING IS ABOUT WEAVING A WEB OF CONNECTEDNESS BETWEEN MYSELF, MY STUDENTS, THE SUBJECT AND THE LARGER WORLD’.
SESSION CONDUCTED ON : 24th May 2017
SESSION CONDUCTED BY : Dr. Ali Khwaja
Mrs. Poornima Ganesh
Dr. Khwaja firmly asseted that connecting with one’s students allows teachers to build rapport in a classroom and enhance student engagement in their learning process. Learning is best done when a connection between the learner and the curriculum exists. The more the content is disconnected from the experience students bring, the greater the burden for the teacher who has to make the connection.
This connection can only be established through creativity and innovativeness in teaching.