WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS
WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS ON ACTIVE & PROJECT-BASED LEARNING
“One of the major advantages of project work is that it makes school more like real life. It’s an in-depth investigation of a real-world topic worthy of children’s attention and effort.”
-Education Researcher Sylvia Chard
The old-school model of passively learning facts and reciting them out of context is no longer sufficient to prepare students to survive in today’s world. Solving highly complex problems requires that students have both fundamental skills (reading, writing, and math) and 21st century skills (teamwork, problem-solving, research gathering, time management, information synthesizing, utilizing high tech tools). With this combination of skills, students become directors and managers of their learning process, who are guided and mentored by a skilled teacher.
Upgrading and enhancing the informative skills among the teachers, GGHS organized a highly informative and interactive session on active learning. Active learning involves creating learning experiences differently so that students engage in the exploration of the content and take responsibility for their learning. The session was conducted on the school campus while following all social distancing norms on October 31st,2020 by the eminent resource person Ms. Mukta Sharma, where teachers are guided and advised that how they can develop and inculcate interest, critical and problem- thinking attitude in students towards learning.
In this session, teachers learned the exploration of project-based learning and its importance these days. The session proved to be very interesting and helpful for the teachers.
Educating the Educators
“Enjoying success requires the ability to adapt. Only by being open to change will, you have a true opportunity to get the most from your talent.”
Access to computers and the internet has become a basic need for education in our society. With the same notion and an initiative taken by Gurugram Global Heights School to keep its teachers updated, a workshop on “educating the educator” was conducted on 15th January 2020 on the school premises. The workshop was organized to train the teachers in improving the use of ICT during classroom transactions. The agenda of the workshop was to facilitate educators and equip them with new ICT skills. The workshop was facilitated by the Vice Principal of the school, Ms. Bhavna Chibber who is an ICT resource person. She said that the main motive for the training session is to facilitate unlearning and relearning appropriate pedagogical skills in the exceedingly volatile 21st-century classrooms as well as among the educators. The best part of the training program was experiential learning and hands-on session. The training program was very informative and fruitful.
Phonetics and Reading
“When teachers stop learning, so do students.” – Jim Knight
Gurugram Global Heights School emphasizes on developing strong pedagogical content knowledge and raising the quality of teaching methodology to improve student learning. To target “Backdoor” social-emotional learning channels to fast-track phonics for reading, the school organized a workshop on “Backdoor to the Brain” which emphasized phonetics and reading. The workshop was conducted for all the teachers in the school premise on January 6, 2020. The resource person Ms. Sonali Bhatt, the elementary academic advisor of GGHS stressed the necessity to have a context before we start a letter and plan lessons in great detail, with activities, to engage the students and enhance effective learning. She suggested various methods such as Buddy Story Telling sessions among the different classes that would not only enhance the reading skills of the child but promote the social bonding among the students. The idea was to connect children from concrete to abstract; from the unknown to the known. Building this connection makes learning interesting as well as helps to retain the concept. The workshop proved to be beneficial for the staff members as they found it to be a great course with an abundance of ideas for active methodology.
Innovative Teaching Strategies
The needs of 21st Century learners are unique, and students are being prepared for a world that is almost variable and dynamic. At Gurugram Global Heights School we firmly believe that innovative teaching methods and approaches can significantly enhance the student learning process. Teachers at GGHS always work towards experimenting with new methods and strategies that can improve student engagement, motivation, and attainment. To provide an overview of the trending innovative teaching methods and strategies as well as a cooperative, inspirational and stimulating space to experiment and practice new tools, strategies, and approaches the school organized a workshop on “Innovative Teaching Strategies” for the teachers on 5th November 2019. The resource person Ms. Bhavna Chibber, Vice Principal of GGHS empowered and inspired the teachers to use innovative teaching methods while sharing her best practices and experiences. She focused on the crucial areas such as Individual Differences, Time management, Effective teaching, and many other important skills to focus as an innovative 21st century leader. The workshop not only polished the skills among the teachers but also prepared them to lead a successful institution for a new generation of learners.
Workshop For Teachers
A Workshop is a golden opportunity to learn new skills. We at Kamal Group of Institution believe, “To become a great teacher or a great human being one must go beyond the textbooks and attend workshops or ongoing educational courses to truly master a thing.” An initiative towards bringing a transformation in classrooms, Gurugram Global Heights School conducted a workshop on “Project-based Learning” on 28th September 2019. The workshop was attended by all the elementary teachers from GGHS, Vandana International School, Kamal Model School, Tiny Tulip & Rishikul. The resource person Ms. Deepti Sawhney, CEO of Mahattattva and Ms. Sonali Bhatt, the elementary academic advisor of GGHS, provided the materials to learn more about PBL and helped the teachers to turnkey the idea in the school. Different videos were displayed so that teachers can discuss and come out with their thoughtfulness. She brought out the concept of Design Thinking – how to provoke it among the students. The workshop focused on essential questions, planning, and assessment of children. Teachers were indulged in Design Thinking Project where they worked in teams and were continuously monitored and evaluated for their efficient thinking. Ms. Bhavna Chibber, the Vice Principal of the school gave regards to the resource person for transferring efficient learning among the teachers and promised to conduct such interactive sessions frequently. The workshop proved to be beneficial for the teachers as they found it to be a great course with an abundance of ideas for active methodology.
In the present era, it has become imperative for all the schools to provide holistic learning opportunities to give them quality education. Gurugram Global Heights School firmly believes that no tools will work unless the most important component of the education machinery, “The Teachers” is well trained and well-groomed. To empower and equip the leaders and the teachers with proactive classroom management techniques, the school organized a workshop on “Effective Classroom Management” on May 27, 2019. The workshop was facilitated by Ms. Sonali Bhatt, faculty from Mahattava. The resource person gave two Mantras for the teachers’ i.e, Equipment and Believe in self. She emphasized on the three equipment for the teachers: Learning Outcome, Strategies, and Concepts. The workshop focused on the elements of classroom management which include- content management, conduct management, and covenant management. The responsibilities and duties of teachers must be parallel to the needs and the creative minds of the children. Teachers also have the added responsibility of understanding the ever-growing and animated mind of a child.
With her real-life experiences in her teaching experience, she addressed the concerns of students and gave the teacher the remedies to combat such situations. Such re-skilling sessions go a long way in adding to the teacher’s arsenal of effective methodologies”, with these words, the Vice Principal Ms. Bhavna Chibber thanked the resource person and the teaching staff for registering their presence in the session and making it a success. Lastly, the resource person concluded by saying “Dream it, Wish it, Do it”.
To be a teacher means to cultivate the maximum potential in every child and shape a life dedicated to the betterment of humanity. Gurugram Global Heights School firmly believes that no tools will work unless the most important component of the education machinery, “The Teachers” are well trained and well groomed. A workshop on “Experiential learning” for the teachers was held on March 15, 2019. The teachers were captivated by modernized teaching aids and were given a hands-on learning experience. The workshop brought together the skills of observation, creativity and active interactions into the class. The teachers got into the shoes of a child and mastered their primary skill development.
TRAIN THE TRAINER
Examination plays an important part in a student’s educational career. It shows that the student has acquired a certain amount of knowledge and is able to express his thought and ideas in a manner others can understand. A training session on “Assessment and Evaluation “was conducted for teachers in which Ms. Bhavna Chibber, the Vice Principal of the school spoke predominantly about the strategies of assessment with reference to Blooms Taxonomy. The training primarily focused on student-centric approach. The workshop delved deep into the relevant aspects namely consistency, validity, realistic expectation, redeemable, transparency in marking, and accessibility for all the students. In addition to this, she explained how to use new age tools and techniques in assessment planning.
TEACHERS ENRICHMENT PROGRAMME
Gurugram Global Heights School believes that what teachers are taught reflects the practices that can actually make a positive difference for student learning. To equip the digital literacy among the educators the school organised a workshop on Google Apps on January 10, 2019. The workshop was facilitated by the Vice Principal of Gurugram Global Heights School, Ms. Bhavna Chibber. The Principal and the teaching faculty from Blooming Buds School, Saraswati Convent School and Nanhe Kadam were a part of the session. The main objective of this workshop was to deliberate on the need of equipping IT literacy among the teachers. The workshop put light on the interesting features of Google Apps like Google Keep, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides etc. that will help teachers and the students organize assignments, boost collaboration, and foster better communication. The session fostered the skills among the teachers to organize day-to-day tasks, communication and foster greater collaboration.
CONNECTING THE NEED OF 21st CENTURY
Education is becoming an influential force behind economic and social development in an increasingly competitive world. Thus, the need for highly trained and competent students obliges nations across the world to adopt thoughtful educational plans in order to improve teaching quality in schools. Gurugram Global Heights School has a vision of making school a positive experience for students and their families. Thus we believe in imbibing the core competencies into our teaching strategies to infuse capabilities such as complex problem solving, emotional intelligence, and cognitive flexibility among students. The school organized a workshop on Core Competencies on January 11, 2019, for the Principals and teachers of different schools. The workshop was facilitated by the Vice Principal of Gurugram Global Heights School, Ms. Bhavna Chibber. The Principal and the teaching faculty from Blooming Buds School, Saraswati Convent School, and Nanhe Kadam were a part of the session. The main objective of this workshop was to deliberate on the need for equipping the skills facilitated by Brian S. Miller.
[read more]The workshop delved deep into the relevant aspects namely Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Citizenship and Character Education.[/read]
ED-TECH SUMMIT WORKSHOP
“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy
Gurugram Global Heights School firmly believes that no tools will work unless the most important component of the education machinery, “The Teachers” are well trained and well groomed. To empower and equip the leaders and the teachers with necessary skills, Mahattattva organized a three day ED TECH SUMMIT at Ansal University, Gurugram. Mahattattva Foundation is a boutique consultancy for new as well as existing schools, empowers schools to implement sustainable solutions, to achieve leading educational transformations with new-age technology. The leaders of Gurugram Global Heights School, Ms. Yojana Raghav, and Ms. Bhawna Chibber along with their faculty Ms. Bharti Dhoundiyal and Ms. Rekha Rani felt the privilege to be the part of the session which proved to be a great learning experience for all.
[read more]The Summit included various projects and ideas related to Design thinking for social change presented by the students of various reputed schools. Workshops were organized specifically for teachers on Do more with Google Sheets, Mind Box, MIT App Inventor Introductory, and Building Nature Warriors in the Digital Age which gave a great exposure to the faculty and the students.
WORKSHOP ON SYNTHETIC PHONICS
“When teachers stop learning, so do students.” – Jim Knight
Gurugram Global Heights School emphasizes on developing strong pedagogical content knowledge and raising the quality of teaching methodology to improve the student learning.
Synthetic Phonics Workshop for Reading Readiness was conducted by Ms. Shivali Handa at Gurugram Global Heights School on January 11, 2019. The workshop was attended by 40 teachers from different schools. Primary teachers of GGHS were also a part of the session. The session on phonics was a fun and child centered approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. The teachers learnt the actions for each of the 42 letter sounds; the popular multi-sensory method was very motivating for them. The workshop proved to be beneficial for the staff members as they found it to be a great course with an abundance of ideas for active methodology.
EDUCATOR DEVELOPMENT SESSION
A school change happens only when teachers are allowed to own and drive the change. At Gurugram Global Heights School we believe that teachers embody the culture and the purpose of a school and, when properly supported and inspired, will transform school with their energy and ideas around global learning. A workshop on “Chatbots for educators: a hands-on experience” was organized on November 24, 2018, at The WOODS, Greenwood City, Sector 46. The Vice Principal of the school, Ms. Bhavna Chibber along with computer faculty, Ms. Seema Yadav attended the workshop. The educators from the various renowned institution were a part of the session. The session included a presentation on Chatbots and the Gig economy by Mr. Shashi Dhār Bhatt followed by a hands-on session by Dr. Rajeev Tyagi. The core of the workshop was on artificial intelligence (AI) and how AI can embrace machine learning and human behavior and collaborated on a common platform.
Conclusively, the workshop gave immense knowledge not only about technology but also about transformation in education using technology which will prove to be effective for a longer term.