Theatre is an overwhelming experience mostly, especially when the actors bring alive the various characters on stage. Though the experience may be unique and different for everyone - the viewers and the participants but nevertheless, it has myriad benefits for all.
A theatre workshop was conducted at MaxFort School, Parwana Road by veteran theatre personality Mr. Rajan Chawla. An engaging and rejuvenating experience, it was organized for the facilitators who participated with great zeal and enthusiasm.
The workshop gave a new dimension to the expression and creativity of the facilitators who felt inspired by the experience. Divided into groups, they participated in several activities, one of which was giving a theatrical presentation of a creative story. The facilitators enjoyed the pleasant exposure of the workshop which helped to enhance their narration skills, voice modulation and clarity of speech apart from instilling productive and positive work habits.
The workshop gave the facilitators a platform to discover a new passion and build team spirit, trust and perseverance. It helped them to appreciate theatre and develop the ability to handle success and criticism. Altogether, it helped the facilitators to become integrated personalities who could share their rich experience with the students guiding them in turn to become all-rounder.
Technology has become an indispensable tool in modern times playing a major role in education. Since the learning styles of students have changed, the teaching pedagogy has also transformed integrating technology to the learning experience of the students.
Technology assists the facilitators to communicate with the students and raise the level of student engagement. Besides, it helps them in multiple aspects of their work such as planning, instruction, student assessment and even professional learning offering resources to enhance their teaching practice. But the main challenge in adopting and incorporating technology for education is keeping the teachers updated and trained to use the latest technology and adopt and utilize it effectively to give the students a holistic experience of learning.
To meet this challenge and empower the facilitators, MaxFort School, Parwana Road collaborated with CRISP (The consortium for Research in School Pedagogy). CRISP
Education has been sending efficient resource person to enhance the skills and improving the finesse of the facilitators. Mr. Jinendra from CRISP spearheaded a workshop in the school from 23rd to 26th May 2016 and helped the facilitators to get familiar with software like Screencast-O-Matic, Picasa and Google forms. The facilitators were able to create content in the form of PPT, Quiz, videos etc. utilizing these software and learnt to share and save content online. A refresher workshop was also organized to recapitulate the topics covered after which a practical and theoretical assessment was carried out. The facilitators who cleared the test were certified by CRISP Education.
The workshop helped the facilitators to develop divergent thinking and use technology creatively to fortify their instructions and help students in learning. The Module 1 by CRISP helped to unlock the power and the potential that the facilitators can bring to their class and enhanced their professional growth. The facilitators were grateful for this opportunity. The workshop ended on a satisfactory note with the facilitators getting their queries solved and everyone looking forward to Module 2.
Effective and New Teaching Strategies Workshop
Teaching is an intricate art. The relation between a teacher or a facilitator and a student is unique and a teacher is capable of changing the life of a student forever. Hence, effective teaching is the goal of all facilitators who constantly strive to devise new methods and strategies to skillfully deliver knowledge and wisdom to the students preparing them for the future ahead.
MaxFort School, Parwana Road constantly endeavors to enhance the skills of its facilitators so that they can mentor students to realize their highest potential. Collaborating in this direction with Ratna Sagar, a renowned publishing house also engaged in promoting excellence and innovation in education, MaxFort School organized a workshop on 19th may 2016 for the facilitators. Conducted by Ms. Vinita Sareen, senior resource person from Ratna Sagar, the workshop aimed to introduce new and potent teaching strategies to the facilitators.
New skills, techniques and knowledge that best served the learning needs of students were shared in the workshop. These included soft skills, multiple intelligences, motivation, communication and leadership skills apart from classroom and behavior management.
The facilitators were also made aware about the CCE pattern and use of a range of pedagogies to engage and challenge students adequately. Empowering teachers with various skills, they were taught various strategies to encourage student responsibility as well as mastering their own teaching content with reflective teaching and learning approach. Suggestions and guidelines were also shared about building positive relations with students, providing individualized support to students since the students have varying aptitudes and abilities. The facilitators were also guided to address safety issues and take steps for providing safe environment for students to grow and learn efficiently.
Workshop on Behavioral Issues
Teaching students effectively not only involves mobilizing students to pursue the curriculum, it also means maintaining that mobilization along with facilitating learning efficiently. This, in fact, means engaging students to achieve positive academic results that include achievement as well as continuous attendance in school. Such engagement is easily achieved where there are supportive peers and facilitators, the curriculum is challenging and poses authentic tasks, the infrastructure is sufficiently adequate and the students turn up at school regularly and are responsive to the scheduled lessons.
However, on the other hand, if students have behavior and learning problems, it leads to disengagement and eventually dropping out of school. Misbehavior not only hurts the person towards whom it is directed, it may even repress others who are witness to such behavior. Therefore, discipline and management of classrooms are critical issues that facilitators need to handle. They must devise and learn strategies to engage and retain interest of students in learning in the class which is the key to enhancing good behavior.
Considering the significance of this issue, MaxFort School, Parwana Road, organized a workshop on 'Behavioral Issues of Children and how to effectively deal with those situations' on 17th May 2016. Conducted by Ms. Anu Singh, she explained complex and normal behaviors among children and the reasons behind misbehavior in some children. She then pointed out some management techniques that facilitators could use to tackle behavioral issues. Focusing on addressing such issues proactively, she suggested promoting healthy emotional and social development.
Building the self-esteem of such children with positive reinforcement, enhancing personal responsibility and integrity, promoting self-discipline, work ethics and bringing out their unique talents were some of the ways that she stressed. She also gave a briefing about class management. She pointed out that holistic growth of children is a joint effort between teachers and parents and hence teachers must seek and ensure involvement of the parents for desired results. The workshop ended with a feedback session where everyone shared their ideas and the facilitators learnt strategies to motivate and engage students effectively.
ASL Workshop by Oxford
A workshop was conducted at MaxFort School Parwana Road for the facilitators on the subject of ASL (Assessment of Speaking and Listening). Organized by the Oxford University Press, the goal of the workshop was to enrich the facilitators about the ASL program, the current addition to the curriculum.
Conducted by Ms. Alka Rai, an English teacher with 38 years of experience, the workshop focused on topics such as Phonetics and Pronunciation, Stress and Intonation and Communicative Language Teaching etc.
The facilitators were briefed about the ASL approach that focuses on the learners, enabling them to adopt and adapt to the different listening and speaking strategies using appropriate and relevant details. The facilitators were given an opportunity to practice the various ASL tasks and were introduced to new scripts to be used in the classes. They were made aware about the process of assessment, the purpose and goal behind ASL and how it was developed on the basis of CEFR(Common European Framework of Reference) used to measure language ability.
Ms. Alka, an expert in innovative and program based techniques for school level education, highlighted the need for implementing ASL right from the beginning in Class I to improve the speaking skills of students and enhance their confidence. A master trainer for ASL, Ms. Alka is actively involved with the CBSE and helped to reinforce the ASL skills along with the practice of other skills in English language during the workshop. She discussed the functions of the English language and how students could gain proficiency in it.
The facilitators shared their ideas and gave their feedback and absorbed the guidelines discussed during the workshop with great enthusiasm learning the procedure and objectives of ASL in great detail.
Code of Conduct Workshop
A code of conduct articulates the righteous standards that apply to professional skill and conduct expected from the facilitators. These standards are founded on the core values of respect, integrity, care and trust and help the facilitators in their day-to-day working by developing an awareness of professional and personal values.
MaxFort School Parwana Road organized a workshop on 17th May 2016 on this subject. Conducted by the honorable principal Ms. Mona Lakhanpal to familiarize the facilitators about the values, ethics and mission followed by the school and link them with professional practice, the workshop highlighted the standards expected from the facilitators.
The workshop was inspirational and helped the facilitators to learn how to navigate and resolve numerous professional dilemmas. It helped them to understand their professional obligations and responsibilities and included guidelines about discipline and communication principles that govern the school decorum.
The workshop aimed to ensure that the values and the principles of the school that are enforced among the students are also upheld by the facilitators themselves. It guided the facilitators about their conduct and communication with the students and made them aware of maintaining professional relations with students, parents, colleagues and community. The facilitators were guided to act with care and compassion in the best interest of the students. It was suggested that they must treat students fairly and hold their colleagues in high regard.
Since the facilitators hold a unique position of trust and influence, they were guided to always keep a professional relation with the students and their parents. They must work in collaboration with the parents for the benefit of the students and be positive role models.
Workshop on Understanding Adolescence
Adolescence is a period marked by massive change in the behavior and physical development of a child. It is a challenging time both for parents and facilitators as the teenagers undergoing a lot of social, emotional and physical change need a lot of support to understand their changed situation and navigate their life into the right direction by making the right choices.
MaxFort School, Parwana Road arranged a workshop for the facilitators on the subject, 'Understanding Adolescence' to sensitize the facilitators regarding the needs of the adolescents. Conducted by Ms. Komal Jain (Child Psychologist and Special Educator), it was organized on 16th May 2016. It was an interactive session where facilitators put forward their queries and learnt strategies to handle and deal with adolescent issues. The facilitators were made aware about the adolescent behavior and the reasons behind the way they behaved. Various aspects of adolescence such as need for independence and developing their own identity were discussed. The role of peer pressure to behave in a certain way was also dwelled upon.
The workshop helped the facilitators to understand that since adolescent children are neither children nor adults with maturity, they cannot handle their emotions and feelings. But however, there is pressure from parents and other people to act with maturity, establish balanced relations with other family members and follow a moral code of values. Apart from these factors affecting adolescent behavior, it is also a time when the child is going through insecurity, unsurety and hesitance. At this crucial time which can shape and direct the ultimate personality of a person, adolescent children need someone who is warm and kind, sensitive enough to understand their feelings.
It was suggested in the workshop that the facilitators provide acceptance along with genuine concern and understanding as well as a good listening ear to the teenager students. They must become companions to the adolescents and assist them actively as far as possible in their quest for their own identity or in other issues facing the teens.
The workshop highlighted that being present like a pillar of support is a great gift that the facilitators can give to these teens to help them answer their problems, frustrations and needs.
A Day at MaxFort
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