The meeting started with a green welcome to the resource persons Ms. Alka Rao and Ms. Kalpana Kapoor. It was an interactive session which started on a discussion on several classroom concerns like behavioural issues, parental interference, time management, emotional well-being, and changing paradigms of post COVID learning.
The workshop focussed on the types of rewards that a teacher can introduce in her class, which could be materialistic or non-materialistic rewards. The problems with giving rewards were also discussed. Spiraling expectations and extrinsic motivation instead of intrinsic were some of the concerns that were discussed.
The key point of the session was the strategy for teachers’ continuous development as self-assessment and self-reflection. Self-assessment and reflection mean critically evaluating one’s knowledge, performance, belief, and output so that they can be improved and refined. Thereafter techniques of self-assessment and reflections were also highlighted such as Interactive and collaborative work, Acceptance of others’ points of view, Sharing of knowledge and information, Learning from each other, Positive attitude and Learn, unlearn and relearn.
The resource persons also shared their views on the positive effect of professional development of the teachers on teaching and learning. Self-assessing teachers are likely to value and encourage students’ self-reflection.
The session started with a reflection on ‘When making a change it should be a positive and growth change’.
The participants discussed the creativity in making the lesson plans and thinking out of the box to encourage critical thinking in learners. The resource person also emphasised on provision for e space for slow learners. Learning objectives of values and life skills should also be mentioned in the lesson planning. Learning should be made fun, joyful, and engaging for learners.
The participants were introduced with a lot of activities joyful and engaging learning. For eg. Hands-on activities, age-appropriate/correlation with real-life situations, gamification, storytelling, body language, freedom to explore and experience, positive environment, energisers, non-threatening environment, adding theatre to education, voice modulation.
Other activities and methodologies discussed were:
●Kolb’s experiential learning model.
●Collaborative learning wherein group effort is required.
●Emphasis on process and product and not just product alone.
List of activities conducted-
2)Think, Pair and Share
3)3 Stay, 1 stray
6)Odd one Out
7)Give me 5
8)Tell me more! -64
9)What could be ask
12)Vote with your feet
15)What’s in the box
The day started with a video, “ put on your mask first”. The idea behind it was that teachers should be self-reliant before becoming a facilitator. Teachers prepared mind maps and lesson plans and were guided to ensure that learning objectives and learning outcomes are in sync. Every classroom activity should:
●Joy of learning
●Have strategies that are challenging yet doable
Modern Assessment practice was taken next wherein various assessment tasks were discussed. Development Continuum should be kept in mind while planning the assessments. Learning objectives should always take children from known to unknown or from simple to complex.
The workshop was an enriching 3 days program wherein teachers learnt the art of creating an effective lesson plan in alignment with the learning objectives.