MATHS CAPACITY BUILDING WORKSHOP
Ratna Sagar organized a workshop on 01 December 2018 at St. Columbo School, Rani Bagh, Pitam Pura Delhi on the topic “Empowering Maths Learning” from 10:00 am to 02:00 pm.The resource person was Ms. Aditi Singhal. She is the next generation educationist who develops innovative teaching techniques for making learning interesting and easy to relatewith real life situations. Teachers from various schools actively participated in the workshop.Ms. Aditi started the workshop by stating the causes of underachievement in the subject of Mathematics these days and they were:
- Lack of clarity of concepts
- One dimensional approach instead of multi-dimensional
- Lack of practice
- Beliefs associated with the subject
With these the resource person told the objectives of the workshop:
- Designing and planning activities
- Rejuvenating interest in Maths
- Empowering their learning
With this Ms. Singhal moved to next segment where she told motivational strategies which can be used by the teachers in their classrooms.
- Ms. Aditi gave an interesting worksheet to the teachers ‘An Old English Rhyme’ wherein the word must be obtained from the sum and was to beplaced in the rhyme that matched the problem number. This activity engaged the teachers and she told that such effective techniques can make the classroom an interesting place to learn.
- To attract the learners, new techniques are needed by the teacher to open their thinking skills.
For example, she told the story of King Henry which can be used by the teachers to teach metric conversion. She shared this mnemonic:
- KING- Kilometre
- HENRY- Hectometre
- The teachers should give the learners the challenges that they will enjoy, and which will help them to ignite their brains. In this she also addressed that it is important to deconstruct their old beliefs and help them think in anew and innovative way.
- Ms. Aditi also told the importance of Maths Lab and how it can be effectively used to explain the concepts to the students. Manipulatives are physical concrete thing which help the students to develop mathematical thinking.Manipulatives such as tangrams, pattern blocks, geo boards base 10 blocks etc. To explain it well, she gave the example how geo boards can be used to explain the concept of areas of irregular shapes.
- Ms. Aditi explained that there is need to move from black board approach to recreational approach wherein teacher could help the students with smart calculation tips of Vedic Maths. She also gave some innovative techniques to derive the tables of 12-19 from tables2-9.
- Last but not the least she concluded that an empowerment can be done through spirituality. The teachers should spot virtue instead of their vice.
It was an interactive and informative session.
Business Studies Workshop
A Business Studies workshop was conducted by Ecovisionnaire Knowledge Infinity Private Limited on
31 July 2018 at Andhra Education Society School, ITO. The workshop was attended by Ms. Shalini Baluja.
It began with an introduction session taken up by Mr. Amit Arora, the Resource Person from
Ecovissionnare, in which he acquainted the teaching faculty about the organisation, their aim and
vision and the Olympiads conducted by them. Later on, an interactive session was taken up by Mr.
G.S Alag, the writer of one of the reference books of Business Studies, in which he clarified
the doubts of the teachers on various topics namely Organisational Structure, Decentralisation
and Delegation, etc. Various case studies were discussed in the session on various topics. The
changes in the curriculum of class XI was also referred to. Later Mr. Amit Arora presented a
few Case Studies based on the success stories and failure of a few oraganisations and the reasons
behind it, through a short Power Point Presentations. Mr. Kunal Dua discussed the innovative ways
of learning Business Studies by using acronyms. Overall it was a good and interesting learning
experience for the teachers.
Capacity Building Programme of Business Studies
CBSE organised a two day Capacity Building Programme of Business Studies on 24 and 25 August
2018 at M.M Public School, Vasudha Enclave, which was attended by Ms. Shalini Baluja. The programme was conducted by the CBSE Resource Person Ms. Shivani Nagrath. The session included the discussion on the many topics namely the introduction of the various topics in Business Studies class XI such as History of Commerce, Entrepreneurship, etc; how to make teaching learning of business studies more interesting by using activity methods such as role play, etc. and the typology of the question
paper and how to make case studies more understandable to the students.
The teachers from around 25 schools attended the workshop and shared their valuable experiences. The workshop was very informative and a source of experience for all.
Two Days Capacity Building Programme
A two day Capacity Building Program for Economics was conducted by CBSE on 16 and 17
August 2018 at the Centre of Excellence, Regional Office. The workshop was attended by Ms.Rachna Garg Jain and Ms. Kanika Marwaha.
As major changes have come up in the CBSE syllabus of Economics for classes XI and XII so
the programme focused on the subject matter in the light of the National Curriculum Framework.
The resource persons were Dr. K.S.Randhawa and Dr. Saurabh Malhotra, both associated with
CBSE as a resource person and Content Developers in NCERT. They stressed upon the
significance of the changes in the syllabus, importance of Economics in relation to other subjects
and the real world and role of a teacher as a facilitator in effective teaching learning process etc.
Question Paper Design was discussed with various handout activities wherein the participant
teachers were required to frame the blue print of the question paper, to identify the relevance of
the questions as per the allotted marks, etc. Different classroom activities were also highlighted
upon in the workshop which would help the teachers to make classroom teaching more interactive and effective.
This was followed by an Open House Session in which queries of teachers were answered through discussion with all the participants.
The two day programme was highly informative and educative.
Website Report of participation in TDMUNC 2018
The students of Queen's Convent, Delhi participated in TDMUNC 2018 on 18 and 19 August 2018 at DU Conference Centre, North Campus.TDMUNC 2018 was a two day conference in which the student delegates discussed the policies and ideologies of different nations.
Draft resolution was submitted by the committees such as United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), United Nations Security Council (UNSC), All India Political Party Meet (AIPPM) and United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC). Suggestions were given by the delegates regarding the agenda of the respective committees.
700 delegates from various schools and colleges participated in the event. Twenty eight students of Queen's Convent, Delhi participated from classes X, XI& XII in the TDMUN conference. They were accompanied by Ms. Shweta Srivastava and Ms. K. Dipika.
Our students constituted three committees of the MUN namely AIPPM, UNGA and UNHRC with their agendas as “ Autonomy of Educational Institutions with Special Emphasis on higher Education” , “ Promotion of Sustainable Economic Growth and Sustainable Development Goals in Accordance with Recent General Assembly Resolutions” and “Protecting the Human Rights of Women and Children Stuck in Conflict Areas’’ respectively. Mahika Bisht of class X received special recognition as the delegate of Burkina Faso by the Members of Executive Board in the formal session of the committee of UNGA.
All the participants received participation certificates. Moreover the Executive Board Members of AIPPM applauded and made a special mention about our students for their commendable performance in the informal session of the conference.
The conference provided an insight to the students into the political system of the world. It was an enriching experience for all the student participants as they received a platform to assess their verbal and linguistic skills along with a broader perspective of the world politics.
REPORT ON STUDENTS’ WORKSHOP
Indian School of Business and Finance ( ISBF) haD organised a workshop for the Economics students of class XII. It was held on Wednesday, 01.08.18 in the school premises. Ms. Navni Kothari, Assistant Professor at ISBF was the resource person. The workshop was named as ‘PLAYNOMICS’ i.e. play way method of teaching Economics. It focussed on students involvement by engaging them in an economic activity.
Name of the activity conducted was ‘bake-off’ wherein the students were to play a producers and the resource person was the consumer. As a producer of a given product ‘ biscuit’ , they were required to convince the buyer to buy their products by using their promotional skills. At regular intervals After regular intervals certain economic changes were introduced like lack of rainfall leading to reduction in availability of wheat. This enhanced their analytical thinking as they were able to relate with the economic concepts taught in classes.
The activity was followed by an interactive session with the students wherein they were encouraged to specify the topics in their textbooks through which they are able to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and its practical applicability.
REPORT ON WORKSHOP
A one day workshop on ‘Country Mosquito Training (CMT) Program’ was conducted at DAV Public School, Pushpanjali Enclave on 08 August 2018 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm by GLOBE program India, Department of Environment, GNCTD and Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. Ms. Shilpy Tyagi, member of Save Club, attended the workshop from our school.
Teachers from 23 schools took part in the training program, where the experts expressed their concern about the issue of rise in cases of Dengue, Malaria and Zika fever. The workshop was chaired by Dr. B.C. Sabata, Senior Scientific Officer, Department of Environment; Dr. Hitesh Joshi, Senior Scientist from Ministry of Environment along with Dr. Vidyasagar. The main objectives of the workshop were to make the teachers recognize mosquito breeding sites and be able to collect water samples for mosquito larvae so that the data can be uploaded on the mobile app “Mosquito Habitat”. This app provides the platform to each school to upload the pictures of water samples of larvae Aedes mosquito. A microscopic lens of high resolution was given to the participating teachers in the workshop, which can be attached with the mobile phone to take the pictures of the larvae of mosquitoes. The training provided further can be disseminated to the students which will, therefore, help Delhi to become Dengue free.
The participants were also given handouts on the Dengue and Chikungunya diseases. The workshop was a successful endeavor of the Department of environment to spread awareness about the causes and prevention of epidemic like Dengue.
REPORT ON CAREER COUNSELLING WORKSHOP
A workshop based on providing career guidance to the class 10 students was conducted on 25 July 2018 in the school premises by the renowned Educationist and Career Counsellor Mr Ish Gera . Mr Gera is the Founder Director of Teachwell Professional Studies Institute Pvt Ltd .
Students were first guided about how they should make choices about their streams which they will be choosing after clearing their Matriculation .
Students should always choose a stream which is most suited to them and not just be crowd followers . They can take up aptitude testing to find what is best suited for them .
Mr Gera informed the students about the three main streams Science , Commerce and Humanities and the various choices that are available under each stream,for example in medical , students can go for bio technical field , forensic , physiotherapy and such other apart from becoming a doctor .
Talking on the same lines , he discussed about multiple fields open for commerce and Humanities streams which are other than the most conventional ones like CA or IAS .
Students participated enthusiastically and asked their querries .
The resource person also told them about the brain exercises that can be done to enhance retention and concentration .
Overall it was a very informative interaction which can prove to be very useful for the students .
Report on Awakened Citizen Programme
"Education is the manifestation of perfection already in man.”
The Awakened Citizen Programme is a unique value education programme for children of the
secondary level which aims to manifest moral values in each and every citizen of the country.
The programme is a powerful media to harness the infinite potential within an individual. The
aim of the Programme is to empower students, make them think and take independent
decisions and develop as enlightened citizens. The two days workshop to this new approach to
value education under the ‘Awakened Citizen Program’ conducted by Ramakrishna Mission was
attended by Ms. Y.S. Neetu and Ms. Mamta Sharma at Ramakrishna Mission Asharam, Karol
Bagh on 11 and 12 May 2018. They were trained to impart the programme at the school level
as facilitators and guide the students to explore the power within.
Day One began with an introduction to the ‘Awakened Citizen Program’. The central theme of
the Awakened Citizen Program was possibilities with three-fold vision – Universal Possibilities,
Knowledge Possibilities and Physical Possibilities that are at the disposal of every child but need
to be tapped. During the training session, the resource persons, with the help of Power Point
Presentation, emphasized on the infinite potential in every individual which can be manifested
as excellence in every walk of life. The content and teaching methodology of the Programme
were based on extensive research and explained very well by the Resource Persons. The session
was very interactive and inspiring and gave an insight into effective facilitation practices.
On Day Two, teachers were divided into groups of three and four and were given various topics.
Ample time was given for discussion within the group, mock presentation and then the final
presentation with the help of a Power Point Presentation. It turned out to be very interesting as
it evoked a wonderful response from the teachers. Discussions, counter questions, all these
helped the teachers to have a better understanding of the programme and also how to conduct
the sessions effectively in their own classes and to make such sessions fruitful for students.