FEBRUARY 2016


 

Basant Panchami Celebrations


Date: 12th February, 2016
Venue: School ground

 

Gyan Devi Salwan Public School celebrated Basant Panchami with great piety and devotion to goddess Saraswati – the goddess of knowledge. The programme commenced with a melodious Saraswati Vandana sung by the school choir.

The students of Class IV presented a poem and talk on the importance of Basant Panchami. A beautiful song was sung by the school choir dedicated to Goddess Saraswati. This was followed by ‘Hasya Kavi Sammelan’ presented by students of class VIII and IX. The melodious instrumental musical ‘Jugalbandi’ presented by junior classes was appreciated by everyone present. 

 

The musical instruments - tabla, Congo and drum – were used. Class VI showcased a beautiful dance celebrating Basant Panchami. The students of senior school presented a live musical performance. The programme created an environment of celebration and spellbound the audience.

 

 

 

 

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Webinar : ‘Improve Writing Skills with a Magic of 5 in Just Minutes a Day’


Date: 10 February, 2016
Classes: VIII,IX,X – monitored by Ms. Dolly Dhawan
Resource Person – Ms. Bonnie Terry, Learning Expert (www.howtolearn.com)

The students attended a Webinar – ‘Improve Writing Skills with a Magic of 5 in Just Minutes a Day’ on 10 February, 2016 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. The Resource Person, Ms. Bonnie Terry, welcomed the participants and presented the world-wide facts of children struggling with writing assignments. According to research 73% of eighth graders and 12th graders in the U.S. are NOT proficient in writing. The children by Grade 3 should be able to write three of the four types of simple sentences and write a five sentence paragraph. 4th - 12th grades should be capable of writing a descriptive, narrative, or compare/contrast paragraph, while 7th - 12th graders should write a descriptive, narrative, compare/contrast, argument/persuasive essay. Writing is the doing part of thinking and it does make a difference and helps us to become good at thinking.

She also discussed about the causes of learning disabilities which could be dyslexia, ADHD, comprehension problems, spelling, writing or maths problems. But such children need to work towards it and make it their strength. She shared five techniques with step-by-step process to improve writing skills.

The first step in this process is to ‘Believe in yourself’. She emphasized on the fact that one needs to change the mind-set as with negative thoughts and mindset, nothing helps. One needs to check where one is now and where one wants to be and develop positive thoughts to accomplish the desired result. Mindset is crucial to turn disadvantages into advantages.
The second step is to ‘Understand how you learn’. She made the participants perform an activity to use the 5 senses and learn from them to remain focused in any task which she termed as ‘Magic of 5’. When areas of vision, auditory or tactile/kinesthetic perception aren’t working efficiently as they should, could and can, students are working 3-4 times harder than they need to.

The third step is ‘Increase processing speed’. To make the participants feel the process of writing as hard, she performed an activity to make them write a few sentences with the other hand than they use for writing purpose. When mechanics of writing is difficult, process is slow. Such tasks could be made easier by following a proper thought process.

The fourth step in the process is ‘Increase comprehension and memory’, which she explained through the use of colour-coding which increases perception by 25%. Visualisation of the thoughts helps in improving sentence writing. Once sentence writing is improved, sentences are combined into paragraphs. She also discussed hierarchy in expanded sentences. To make the participants understand the 5 sentence paragraph, she used the Hamburger approach, which begins with a topic sentence to which details are added as ingredients and in the conclusion the topic is restated. She took the example of a fable to show the 5 ‘W’ organizer – Who, What, Where, When, How and Why. The Descriptive Paragraph Template was also discussed – Topic Sentence, Sentence formation and Key Attributes.

The last step in the process focused on ‘Writing creates learning advantage’. The Essay pattern was explained with introduction, main body paragraphs and conclusion.  The introductory para should have a general statement which includes a quote or an anecdote. The next para should cover the first topic, the second topic and transition phrase to cover compare and contrast of both the topics. The concluding para should restate the topic in different words.
It was followed by interactive session where Ms. Terry answered with explanations. It was a great exposure of an international learning experience for the students which they tremendously enjoyed.

 

 

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The International Conference on Science of Human Learning


Date:  4th February - 6th February 2016
Venue: India International Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
Topic: Science of Human Learning


‘The International Conference on Science of Human Learning’ was organized by ETMA (Educational Technology and Management Academy) a registered Trust Institution established and run by a group of distinguished educational policymakers and planners, scholars, and educational administrators from school, higher and professional educationists. It focused on methods to improve learning; enhancement of learning skills – lifelong learning and also self learning. The conference was attended by selected teachers of GDSPS to equip themselves with improved procedures of learning and benefits of experts in learning procedures. The Conference was held from 4th February to 6th February 2016 at the India International Centre in New Delhi. The theme of discussion on day 1 included Educational Reforms and the 3 Es: Equity, Excellence, Efficiency. It also highlighted the International, Comparative and National Perspectives and on Human Learning in Higher Education. On the second day the focus was on integrating NLP in delivering Education Excellence by Bidyarthi Dutta. Social networking: a new media for lifelong learning as viewed through Bloom’s Taxonomy was presented by Aman Singh, Online education - A blessing to the education system of India by  Madhura Kesarkar and Jerry Varghese presented his views on - A Study of Relationship between Attitude Towards e-Learning and Selected Demographic Variables


The guest speakers on third day talked on the topics like Cost - Effective Pedagogies for implementing Efficient Inclusive Schooling, Sayantan Mandal Managing Teaching Learning in Higher Education: A first Step towards evidence based policy making, Ramaa Subbiah talked about Inter and Intra Individual Differences in Cognitive Processes among Children with Dyscalculia.

The third day also included Panel Discussion on  Technology Enabled Learning by  Anuraj Soni, Rajaram Sharma and  Ashok Chandravarkar Lokesh Mehra and  Skills Education by  Karen Adams, Marmar Mukhopadhyay and Wanwisa Suebnusorn.

 The teachers who attended the three days conference along with Principal Ms. Mukul Jha were Ms. Meenu Taneja, Ms. Pratima Chawla, Ms. Harmeet Singh, Ms. Vibha Mongia, Ms. Aarti Sharma, Ms. Sangita Sharma, Ms. Priyanka, Ms. Dolly Dhawan, Mr. Ganesh and Ms. Rekha Sharma.

 

 

 

 

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Workshop on "Grammar and Pronunciation" - Exploring New Skills through Dictionary and Course Book

 

Date: 1st February, 2016
Venue: SPS, Rajendra Nagar, Multipurpose Hall
Resource Person: Ms. Elaine Higgleton, Collins
Attended by Ms. Pratima Chawla
A workshop on "Grammar and Pronunciation" - Exploring New Skills through Dictionary, was conducted by Ms. Elaine Higgleton from Collins India and was carried out in two sessions.

The first session was based on the nuances of grammar which were wonderfully explained through usage of dictionary at each step. The resource person also emphasised on the use of Dictionary to check menaings. The recapitulation of the content of the first session was done through a game of noughts and crosses.

The second session was based on the correct pronunciation of words. Ms. Higgleton stressed upon the usage of articulation of words. She described the function of different parts of mouth while pronouncing the words. A couple of sentences were flashed on the screen for the participants to read out with correct pronunciation.

THe workshop concluded with an interesting session on ‘Intonation’ to speak a sentence with different intonations with the effect of each sentence revealing a different meaning and the speaker’s feelings: anger, willingness or boredom.

 

 

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K.G. Activities


Performance Day: Dance
Students benefit from age appropriate instructions that enhance their physical, emotional, and social skills. Young children experience the love of learning through dance and music. There is a feeling of accomplishment for students when they learn a new step, stretch their body, and work together with their class.
The Dance Performance Day was organised on Thursday, 04 February 2016 wherein the students of each class presented a dance performance under the guidance of their dance teachers Mr. Nishant Gupta and Ms. Rosy Bisht. The aim was to promote the importance of teamwork and develop an ability to work successfully in a group. 

 

 

Intra-Class Calligraphy Competition
To explore creativity amongst the students and to improve their handwriting, Gyan Devi Salwan Public School, organized a Calligraphy Competition in English and Hindi for the students on Monday, 08 February, 2016 and Tuesday, 09 February, 2016. Students participated with much enthusiasm in the competition and showed excellent creativity through their writing in both the languages. The winners of the competition are:

 

 

English Calligraphy

Hindi Calligraphy

Prize

KG-A

KG-B

KG-A

KG-B

I Prize

Vedant Singh Mina

Mohd. Adnan

Vivaan Khatri

Akshansh Dadwal

II Prize

Vivaan Khatri

Suhana Mehta

Vedant Singh Mina

Aryan

III Prize

Rafat Parveen

Akshansh Dadwal

Aarav Mittal

Prajwal Rao

 

 

Basant Panchami Celebrations
Invoking the Goddess of Learning and celebrating the onset of spring, a special assembly on the occasion of Basant Panchami was organized on Friday, 12 February, 2016. The students were excited to dress up in yellow colour outfits that added up to the festivities. During the special assembly Goddess Saraswati was worshipped to remove the ignorance and enlighten the path of children with wisdom. Discourses were recited and prasad was distributed. They also lstened to group recitals and watched a classical dance performance. Students were served with yellow coloured dishes to mark the festival.

 

 

Movie Show
The students of classes Nursery and KG attended the screening of Chhota Bheem Himalayan Adventure, the much acclaimed animated movie for children on Tuesday, 16 February, 2016. The students  enjoyed the movie thoroughly.

 

 

Inter-Class Skating Competition
A skating competition was organized for students of class KG on Thursday, 18 February, 2016. The aim of the activity was to inspire students to practice and hone their skills. The demonstration by the talented students not only provided great entertainment for other students, but also set good examples of positive behaviours for them. The winners are as follows:

 

Prize

Boys

Girls

I Prize

Dhruv Khandelwal (KG A)

Adyani Roy (KG B)

II Prize

Aryan (KG B)

Pavneet Kaur (KG A)

III Prize

Sidak Singh (KG B)

Ajooni Kaur (KG A)

 

 

Inter-Class English Story Dramatization Competition
Dramatization is a very important as it has a very positive effect on language development and confidence building in a child. Inter-Class English Dramatization Competition was conducted on Friday, 26 February, 2016 for KG students in which they participated with full enthusiasm. The plays were based on moral stories. The event witnessed the students' confidence, expressions and vocal skills.  The performances were highly appreciated by the judges- Ms. Rosy Bisht, Mr. David and Ms. Poornima Madan. The First Prize was bagged by Class KG-B.