Ms. Charanjit Kalra (School Counselor) and Ms. Sukhnandan Kaur (Primary Wing Coordinator) attended a 3-day National School workshop on ‘Education and Spirituality' in Himalayas at Shoolini University, Solan, Himachal Pradesh.
Technical sessions on varied topics, delivered by Dr. Prem Kumar Khosla (Chancellor), Dr Atul Khosla (Vice Chancellor) and other faculty members, were attended by them. These sessions gave them an insight into the changing trends in higher education and unleashing students’ potential through coaching and counseling. Both of them participated in recreational activities like trekking, yoga and meditation sessions with other attendees and university faculty members. These power packed sessions with university professionals provided them a platform for collaboration, group discussions, opinion making and developing great understanding.
The school Principal along with 5 faculty members, Ms. Renu Grover, Ms. Neena Tiwari, Ms. Nidhi Sharma, Ms. Charanjeet Kalra and Ms. Simmi Dhiman attended a webinar on ‘Innovation and Tinkering in Schools’ held at BCM School Chd. Road. The Resource person, Dr. S.K. Rai (Vice Chairman, Hero Group), highlighted the role of teachers in cultivating curiosity in classrooms and creating opportunities to explore and experiment. He motivated the teachers to open up to innovative learning and searching for something new to know.
Teachers' Training Boot Camp was organized on Sep 13-14,2021. The first session 'The Goal Without Planning is just a Wish ' was conducted by Dr Vandna Shahi for the teachers teaching classes VI-XII. She enlightened them with various innovative pedagogical techniques and guided them to make activities an integral part of the curriculum. Teachers were motivated to keep themselves abreast with the upcoming careers in different sectors so as to guide the students. Story Telling as a pedagogy was emphasized to enable the students enjoy their learning. She concluded her session by advising the teachers to have smart goals in their mind as well the rubrics to achieve them. It was followed by a session 'Innovation- Step by Step' for the teachers of KG Wing and Primary Wing of the school. This session was conducted by the group of Innovation Ambassadors of the school i.e Ms Charanjit Kalra, Ms Neena Tiwari, Ms Simmi Dhiman, Ms Renu Grover and Ms Nidhi Sharma. It mainly focussed on the concept of Design Thinking and its relevance in education. The group members explained the five stages of the concept i.e Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype and Test to enable the teachers comprehend the concept well. On the whole the sessions were quite interactive and informative for the faculty members.
Teacher fraternity of the School underwent a power packed virtual session on “Brain Gyming” by Dr. Jasdeep Kaur, Assistant Professor, BCM College of Education, Ludhiana. The session commenced with a hearty welcome by the School Principal Dr. Vandna Shahi. She highlighted the objectives and mandate of the schools for organizing such sessions to enhance the capacity of stakeholders during these unprecedented times. The resource person shed a light on how brain fitness and cognitive skills have a deep impact on learners’ development and learning outcomes. She drew special attention towards the scientific brain based strategies which would certainly help the educators to enhance students’ behavioral and learning capabilities, mindsets, resilience and overall performance. She emphasized on the prime importance of a healthy brain as a prerequisite for a healthy individual. She insisted to take this day as an opportunity to kick start a massive scale-up in the investment of brain health. Various techniques and mechanisms discussed by Dr Jasdeep Kaur were highly appreciated by the attendees. The session ended with a round of in-depth discussion and doubt clearing session. Overall it was a fruitful and insightful virtual session which, undoubtedly, prepared the teachers for the journey ahead.
Bullying is not restricted to physical or verbal aggression, but involves any act of intentional harm to the other individual, which could be in the form of verbal harassment, manipulation, teasing, gossiping, or even isolating a single person. Keeping this in mind school conducted an Online Session on “Understanding Bully” for the teachers .The resource person, Ms. Charanjeet Kalra(School Counsellor), talked about the negative impact of bullying on students’ sense of physical, emotional and social safety which are key components of a positive school climate.
She explained that the role of educators is very crucial not only in educating youngsters about bullying, but also empowering them with the ability to identify such incidents. Teachers learnt and reflected on different types of bullying, its behaviour, causes and consequences. The resource person suggested various effective ways to address bullying in the classroom. Questions and doubts of the audience were well addressed by the speaker. Educators, realising their responsibility, vowed to change their classroom environment and make the school anti bully zone where BCMites may grow and bloom fully according to their innate capabilities.
An interactive webinar on ‘Classroom Management‘ as a part of the virtual training session series was organised by the school for the whole school faculty. The session commenced with the keynote address by the school Principal Dr Vandana Shahi on policy perspectives of Classroom Management and attributes of an effective classroom. The resource person of the day, Mrs Monica Chawla (Principal-Saint Joseph School, Chandigarh & District Training Coordinator- Chandigarh) shared a myriad of techniques for classroom management that are likely to be successful when consistently and effectively implemented in the educational environment. Concepts explained by her like 5 P’s, Maslow Hierarchy of needs, Bucket Filler Programme, Brag Bracelets, QQDP, Formula of 3-2-1, Classroom Currency, Reward Chart, managing discipline and unalike students (chatterbox, clinger, boycotter & debater) equipped the teachers to move the children from terror to trust.
This enriching and informative session aimed to examine proactive approaches to manage the classroom environment before inappropriate behaviors.
Teachers shared their insights and challenges faced during classroom management and found the appropriate solutions. The session came to a closure with the vote of thanks by School Discipline Incharge Mr. Dinesh Sharma. Overall, the workshop proved to be highly engaging, effective and enlightening for all and the attendees expressed their keen interest to participate in the follow up sessions of the series.
Learning is fundamental to teaching, thus teaching and learning are inseparable processes. Learning and acquiring knowledge leads to growth. With the same objective school organized an online webinar ‘How to Overcome Mathematics Phobia’ for its teaching faculty. The resource person for the session was Dr. Pushap Lata Sharma, Associate Professor Dept. of Mathematics, H.P. University, Shimla. The school Principal Dr. Vandna Shahi, extended her warm welcome and heartfelt thanks to the resource person for sparing time out of her busy schedule to enlighten the stakeholders. Through this webinar, the educators explored the fundamental role of mindsets in learning Mathematics. They learnt to differentiate between conceptual and procedural approaches and creatively designed activities that combine the two. The resource person gave few tips for the easy mathematical calculations. Mathematical games and activities also made the session more interactive. Participants found it very engaging and enjoyable to work together during the webinar on overcoming the Maths phobia. Queries of teachers were handled in the Question-Answer round. Ms. Suruchi Jolly, the Senior Coordinator, presented the vote of thanks to Dr. Sharma saying that it was really an enriching experience for the teachers.