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26Jun

Capacity Building Programme for educators
Continuous professional development through structured pathways   

It was an engaging webinar by Ms. Sonali Bhattacharyya. She highlighted the role of CPD in making our academic journey smooth as an Educator & in making PD seamless as it heps us to grow exponentially.

    24Jun

    Capacity Building Programme for Educators
    Play, discovery and activity based pedagogy   

    Ms.Mansa Pandey emphasized on using discovering learning methods in the classroom for effective learning. She explained, how educators can use stratigies like "3-2-1 Bridge", 4C's etc. to activate the prior learning of the learners & actively involve them.

      23Jun

      Capacity Building Programme for Educators
      Storytelling integration in the classroom   

      What are stories? It can be anecdotes, accounts, reports, sagas , legends, stories, ballads, biographies and autobiographies .No matter what its form is, A story always remains a medium to arouse curiosity and also never fails to fascinate us.
      A story helps us to relate with any topic, it connects us to a different realm, it not only helps to build imagination but also helps in developing creative thinking. Stories are vessels to pass on culture and wisdom to the next generation. It is an enjoyable method of gaining knowledge and makes learning memorable. Stories help kids to relate with the outside world. The process of narration accompanied with voice modulation and intermittent questioning creates an environment for developing higher order thinking skills.
      Ms.Ray narrated a very touching story and showed how it can be used for not only language development but also critical thinking and improving tacit knowledge. All the educators enjoyed the session immensely.

        22Jun

        Capacity Building Programme for Educators
        Using Boardgames in the classroom   


        Salient points put forth by NEP 2020, is to inculcate active learning among learners. Board the activities should involve collaborative learning, problem based learning and cooperative learning. Boardgames holds the capacity to fulfill all these. Board games deals with experiential learning, where the players immerse in the whole process through which they can analyse , understand and then come up with ideas/solutions to the problem in hand. They develop the competence to identify where they could have gone wrong and where they could have done something different to achieve a different result.
        Use of narratives to introduce a game and then leading the learners through the whole process of rules and the game itself is an enriching experience.
        The esteemed speaker also emphasized on the various types of board games and how they can be used to induce both passive and active learning. Dr. Bhattacharya shared the knowledge of various boardgames which can be categorised as game of chance,game of skill and mind sport. She also highlighted the competence areas which these games may help to develop along with how to use them optimally.
        At the end she shared various board and online games ideas with the attendees.
        Overall it was an enriching session.

          21Jun

          Capacity Building Programme for Educators
          Foundational skills of literacy and Numeracy   

          Miss Sonia Relia explained us that through manipulatives, resources, and stick puppets we can teach children the different concepts. She made us understand that kids can easily learn numbers but how we can make them understand the number sense by household resources and stories. She told us that we can use different ideas from day to day to life and make kids understand literacy and numeracy.

            The session highlighted how the mind is never at rest and is always  in need of some food to process the thoughts. 

            A child at an early age starts thinking and reacting to the actions and situations around him. It is very important to make a child empathize with the situation around them. They need to assess their surroundings and open up to the thoughts which encourage them to think or question, 'why', 'who' and 'how'. That's where they make a connect to their surroundings which triggers the 4 C's of critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication. 
            The session emphasised that when education is integrated with design thinking, the learnings become learner - oriented and all learners succeed in the project. They visualize the surroundings with their prospective, identify the need for the society and come up with their innovations to fill in the gaps. Thinking and empathizing helps a child realize "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.'

              BGS Vijnatham School, celebrated World Music Day on Monday, 21st June’21 This day is observed across the world to encourage amateur musicians to showcase their talent to the world. The Vijnathamese enjoyed this day thoroughly and it was indeed a great treat to the eyes to see the vibrations of soulful and blissful music surrounding the environment with love. 
              The charming musicians and singers from Step I – VIII lightened the environment with their enthusiasm and energy. During this challenging time when we all are dealing with the mental issues, the lively and vibrant music comes as a therapy which does great wonders on people, especially those with health issues. The cheerful and pure souls rejuvenated the energies in the virtual environment.

                17Jun

                Capacity Building programme for Educators
                "Summer School: Art and Story Telling"   

                Ms. Shefali Ray beautifully explained that how teachers can intergrate stories in classrooms to develop critical and logical thinking of learners. It is a great tool for a language teacher to teach language as discourse and can also be used to link between subjects.

                  Stories are an ancient tools with enduring power. Use of music and voice modulation makes stories intresting. The session emphasiszed children participation by giving them chance to express thier feelings and they should be encouraged to narrate stories through pictures.

                    05Jun

                    Capacity Building Programme for Educators
                    Back to future- nurturing love and fostering responsibility   

                    Nature has given us a lot and will keep on giving and nurturing our lives. We teach our children about what we get from nature, i.e. the fruits, vegetables, animals and their habitat, but, our teachings are not limited to this. We must understand the importance and effects of nature and the life present on Earth. Being empathetic towards our planet is the need of the hour which has to pass from us to the next generation. The learners of tomorrow learn from our actions, lead them by example and not by lecture. Enlighten them with the importance of waste management in our everyday life. Encourage the curiosity within a child to ask ‘why’ and to understand the environment around them through music and other engaging fun activities.

                      05Jun

                      Capacity Building Programme for Educators
                      Role of environment in mental health and healing   

                      The time may be tough but our environment has the power to heal. We may be forced to adopt the new normal which has in some way reflected in our ways of life. The pandemic has challenged many people to fight through the difficult times of anxiety or to keep up with mental health. With times leading to change in the lifestyle, many people have adopted yoga or meditation to relax their minds. Another way to keep our mind healthy is to get back to nature, as it embraces us with love and affection. It does not demand much but can give healing in some time. Give yourself a priority, a connection with our environment heals our mind and body.

                        05Jun

                        Capacity Building Programme for Educators
                        The how of developing environmental sensibilities: past and present   

                        A force that leads the people to awaken their spirits of life and energy is through our environment. The scriptures like our Vedas and Purans spread awareness about the importance and the elements of nature. The hymns of shlokas spread positivity in the environment and enchant the message of taking care of our surroundings brings us closer to the heavenly beauty we are blessed with. It is important to Inculcate the connection with nature among the children, give them the freedom to think and analyze the present situation and come up with different ideas to save the environment. Nature holds our past, it has been helping us sustain life till date. It’s time to play our part and preserve it for the future.

                          05Jun

                          Capacity Building Programme for Educators
                          Learners With Special needs: Walking Hand in Hand with Reading Eggs   

                          Education is not limited to a classroom or to a specific group of children. A learner is hidden somewhere in each one of us, we only need to assess the learning needs. Every child is blessed with different learning ability and a different skill set. As an educator, it becomes our responsibility to give the learners a suitable and conducive environment to satisfy their learning needs. We need to focus on developing the skills of every child to foster their strengths. Learning doesn’t confide to academics, it spreads its wings to developing physical and social skills in a child. It has become imperative to have differentiated instructions for children with different skill set and capabilities.

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