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Series of training session for Training of Educators
  • 1. Ms. Bhupinder singh, faculty from Guru Harkishan School, Punjabi Bagh. As an introduction, she delivered a talk in TED Talk and had worked with Doordarshan as an anchor. She is also a writer and a theatre artist. She advocates “Right to Smile” and proactively involved to spread this message with slum children behind Hauz Khas village.

During training session, she initiated activities with our educators that revived their old childhood memories. She asked them to make paper boats/aeroplanes, writing messages on them and colour it with their favourite colours. Through informal interactions she touched upon the social, behavioural, psychological understanding, perceptions and receptivity part of our elderly educators and children. She interestingly suggested ways on how to create an aura in classroom. Most interesting exercise she gave was “Control Z” and mindfully doing the opposite of what you have been told to do. Undergoing the process, Educators opened up and shared their feeling with others. Session was concluded in Prayer and cheerful laughter.

  • 2. Dr. Shikha Dixit from International Inclen Trust. She is PhD is Medical geography and worked as senior program coordinator in many Government projects focussing on environmental issues and successfully accomplished them.

She discussed fundamental concepts of ecology, pollution, ecosystem degradation, bio fuels, energy etc with the help of Power point presentation. She put light on how to build scientific temper in students and how eco-culture can be integrated into education system and habits of school children and senior citizens to achieve sustainability at behavioural level.

Our Honorary Expert Dr. Pamposh Kumar, Scientist F from National Council of Science and Technology (NCSTC), Department of Science and Technology simplified the concepts and explained the practicality, need and relevance to nurture community eco-resilience.

  • 3. Dr. Anuradha, faculty for Hindi from Sardar patel school, Lodhi Road joined us. She is PhD and has 35 years of teaching experience. She is truly a soulful passionate person spirited with practical approach, experimentative mind and elevating aura.

She drew attention of trainee-educators towards mostly undervalued skill, i.e, skill of listening. She played audios, read out some stories and asked to fill worksheets based on them as Hands on activity learning method. She suggested many ways and highlighted subtle points on modes of instructions to students in classroom especially- How to correct mistakes of students without saying/proving him wrong, Ways on make learning easy and interesting through Shabad laddi, shabbad siddhi, Shabad mala, etc, making process of teaching and studying enjoyable, etc.

  • 4. Mrs. Shalini, faculty for Science from Delhi Public School, Mathura road conducted training session. She has 15 years’ experience of teaching science. She is also associated with an NGO working with economically weaker sections enrolled with Delhi Public School. In person, She is very kind, compassionate, supportive, helpful and pleasant personality.

As a master trainer she focussed on skills of observation, classification, differentiation, identification, interpretation, conclusion etc., She provided worksheets as hands on learning for these skills. She engaged educators in simplified methods of teaching science- how lunch box activity can be used to teach ingredients and importance of balance diet, how knowledge about organ systems can be given by participatory play way flow chart, taxonomically identification and classification of things by looking around in nature on simple characteristics, etc.

  • 5. Mr. Manjul Bhardwaj, an Internationally renowned thinker and philosopher of “Theatre of Relevance conducted training session on – Theatre in education and Conventional & Unconventional modes of Learning. The most extraordinary achievement of Manjul Sir is liberating more than 50,000 child labour from Mumbai slums and integrating them into education system using theatre as medium of social change. He is awarded with UNFPA Laadli Media award and recognised with many accomplishments. He had given training and conducted enormous workshops at national and international level for many organisations, multinational companies, Mini or Maharatna status govt companies, etc.

As a Master trainer, his method was unique. The way he involved and took the educators from start to conclusion of training was unconventional. Most interesting points he made was to taking into account holistic picture of societal background that shape our thoughts, build our perception and form our personality.

Without breaking the barriers of mindset and encouraging rational thinking of existing situation, it is hard to bring a sustainable change. To make a deep impact at ground level in children every involved stakeholder form parent, teachers, nature, surrounding, government etc, should be considered as contributing factor and sensitized. He asked every participant to describe procedure to make a tea and with such a simple example, he pointed out how we forget mentioning most obvious and general details when we describe or present our subject, undervaluing our own strength and uniqueness by generalising them. He stressed on how can processes of learning, expression and involvement can vary from individual to individual, how demarcated the line through practicality how conventional mode can be authoritative and unconventional mode of learning is participatory and inclusive, etc.

Through all these exercises he touched on often less attractive but vital subtle points of teaching methodologies which we know but often don’t pay attention, addressing an issue with holistic perspective and concluding with definition and understanding of convention and unconventional modes of learning as observer was not participant but practical live experimentative model undergoing churning of thoughts. Whole process was practical in which observer was the observed.

  • 6. English - a new outlook, 6th session in a series of Training of educators was conducted by Ms. Rafath Praveen from Delhi Public School (DPS), Dubai. She has good experience of teaching English in Delhi Public School, Mathura road. She is M.Phil, pursuing a research degree in History subject and had a good experience of teaching in DPS, Mathura road. Overall approach of Ms. Praveen was balanced, easy and how to make learning fun to students.

During training session, She emphasised on very interesting activities such as use of attractive and colourful children’s magazine and story books for teaching purpose, playing small subtitled video’s for students which would help them enhance their listening skills, reading skills as well as learning correct pronunciation of words, what methods could be employed to have Fun with words like identifying and filling missing words in a paragraphs, antonyms, synonyms, etc., how games can be integrated in teaching technique. Etc.

  • 7. Mathematics is a Puzzle or a solution- orientation by Mrs. Raj Sahani. She is 73 and served as a faculty in Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, Lodhi estate for 35 years. She illustrated the gaps where students majorly make mistakes in understanding maths, counting, and measurements and focused on lucid ways to teach number systems, measurements, conversion of units, etc.

Impact and Feadback- It is the first-time during training session that Elderly Educators took up the challenge of explaining a hypothetical but practical mathematical problem on board given to each of them, displaying a potential and confidence of delivering best way of teaching among each other.

  • 8. History is Mystery or reality - Training session and interactive talk by Mrs. Maninder from Delhi Public School, Mathura Road. She has been a trainer in the prestigious-Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), a premier research and training institute on public policy and public administration in India and also had experience of working with many NGOs.

She helped turning our insight of History a mystery to History of realities by weaving events into stories with timeline through acronyms, mnemonics, etc. She suggested some online media tools, website and recommended some books to know history in correct perspective. Following the set trend stories moved from Pre-historic era to modern democratic system and even touched the vistas of universe and spirituality.

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