Effective Communication Skills

Utilizing their time wisely, our teachers attended an interesting and informative workshop on ‘Effective Communication Skills’. The CBSE teachers beautifully explained the three levels of communication that are important at professional, leadership and executive levels. A message or conversation becomes effective by following a recipe including 5 essential ingredients such as Clarity, Brevity, Context, Impact and Value. If any one of them is missing or found inappropriate, the communication fails to make an impact on the listener. Short videos complemented with explanation through a dialogue conversation made the session more informative and knowledgeable.

Experiential Learning in Practice

With the aim of keeping themselves updated, the Mauryan teachers attended a CBSE workshop ‘Experiential Learning in Practice’. The webinar focussed on the different methods of experiential learning such as team building activities, outdoor learning activities, creative activities, mystery games, etc. Using various theories, the presenters explained the methods and guided the participants about ways to incorporate effective, active and learner centric methodology by including interesting content like virtual tours in the lesson plan.

It was indeed an excellent learning experience for the participants, re-iterating that such practices give learners an opportunity to implement the knowledge and skills learnt in a meaningful and relevant fashion. 

Adopting Inclusive Practices in Classrooms

The Mauryan facilitators attended a webinar, ‘Adopting Inclusive Practices in Classrooms’ conducted by CBSE which focussed on practices or methods of teaching-learning for students with special needs. It emphasized on the necessity of creating an adapted curriculum or UDL (Universal Design for Learning) suitable for all types of learners. A wide range of teaching approaches such as thematic, cross curricular, to name a few, were also discussed during the workshop.

The session gave the participants an insight of how to cater to students with special needs by way of inclusive classrooms. It was indeed an enriching experience!

Bloom’s Taxonomy

An online workshop on ‘Bloom’s Taxonomy’ was conducted by renowned CBSE teachers. A number of teachers from The Maurya School participated in this workshop wherein six levels of learning were discussed in a very interesting manner. The session highlighted the basic concept of Bloom’s Taxonomy, the different domains in the taxonomy and how the different categories in cognitive domain can be used to develop attainable, measurable and concrete learning outcomes.

The informative session gave the teachers an opportunity to engage in a meaningful discussion and explore the possible applications of Bloom’s Taxonomy in the teaching and learning context.

Role of Drama and Theatre in Classroom

It is the responsibility of every teacher to use various innovative teaching methods and make their lessons interesting. With this in mind, some of our facilitators attended an online webinar ‘Role of Drama and Theatre in Classroom’. 

The workshop highlighted the usage of theatre and drama in the classroom in order to enhance the teaching-learning process. This effective teaching tool also encourages students to unlock their creativity. The session further explained that theatre and drama can mediate between mind and body, between us and the world as students get involved in many ways, be it intellectually, physically, socially or emotionally.

The key pointers of the workshop included -  

1. Creation of Big Bang Classrooms wherein students can act as dramatic models.

2. Incorporating such teaching methods helps students to enhance their communication and literacy skills, thus, achieving the educational objectives of TIE (Theatre in Education).

3. Relevant key comprehension strategies like infer, create images, ask questions, make connections etc. can be used while using these tools in the curriculum.

4. Different drama-based games and techniques in the right context can also be introduced.   

Important Skills to Cope Up with Emotions

Children experience a vast array of feelings. They can be anxious, angry, sad, disappointed and scared, to name a few. Though most of us experience a number of emotions in a single day, we are not necessarily taught how to cope up or deal with them. It is indeed very essential to teach students the skills to manage their emotions in a healthy way. Acquiring knowledge of such skills helps them face their fears, calm themselves down, and cheer up. 

With this motive in mind, a workshop on ‘Important Skills to Cope Up with Emotions’ was conducted for the students of Class V and IV  by the school counselor. During the interactive session, students were taught simple and useful strategies along with emotion-focused skills which offer a temporary distraction so that they can return to the issue and handle it feeling more level-headed.

Students actively participated in the workshop by sharing their ways of coping up with emotions and in turn carried back with them some new strategies and skills to manage and express feelings in a better fashion.      

Risky behaviour in Adolescents and how to cope up with it

Peer bullying is an aggressive behaviour that affects all students - the students who bully, those who are victims as well as the witnesses. So, it is very essential to educate students about the consequences of this unacceptable behaviour. 

A workshop on “Risky behaviour in Adolescents and how to cope up with it” was conducted for the students of Classes VI-IX in April 2021 by the school counsellor. The highlights of the workshop included training on assertiveness that leads to adoption of positive attitude and thus preventing students from indulging in peer bullying. Such training programs are also effective in helping them build effective social communication, enhancing their personal and academic growth.

It was truly an enriching learning experience for students!   

Manners and Etiquettes in Online Classes

The pandemic situation forced educators all over the world to transfer the education system online while maintaining a social distancing formula which is the only cure for this virus. Students and teachers had to adopt online schooling and learn its technicalities overnight. As physical monitoring of students is not possible, it is necessary to educate students about following proper etiquettes while attending online classes. 

The Maurya School conducted a workshop ‘Manners and Etiquettes in Online Classes’ for the students of Grade II in April. The interactive session gave the students an opportunity to voice out their views and share their prior knowledge about the topic.

The workshop was helpful in educating students and instilling in them manners required to maintain a proper decorum in online classrooms, thus, ensuring an effective teaching-learning process.  

Importance of reducing screen time for children and eye exercise

n today’s scenario, students are practically living in a virtual world. Technology can be beneficial when used correctly and consumed in moderation. However, at times, children have a difficult time getting away from technology, especially gadgets. So, The Maurya School conducted a workshop on “Importance of reducing screen time for children and eye exercise” in the month of April 2021 for the students of Nursery and KG. 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, students are exposed to an increased screen time during the hybrid and distance learning models in schools. Thus, it is more important than ever to teach students the ways and importance of reducing screen time. The interactive workshop included various activities a child could do after their online classes and stay away from electronic gadgets. This was followed by simple eye exercises which would help in reducing eye strain and improve eyesight.

The students actively participated in the interesting and enlightening workshop.  

Social Skills Students Need to Succeed

Social skills play an important role in shaping the personality of students, assisting them to succeed socially, emotionally, personally, and even academically. These skills help children participate in conversations confidently, collaborate with peers and develop lasting friendships. 

To enhance the social skills of the students of Class III, a workshop on ‘Social Skills Students Need to Succeed’ was conducted by The Maurya School in the month of April. Ensuring an interaction with every student, the school counsellor enlightened them with ways to develop the required skills. In addition, the key points of the workshop included discussion on good manners and etiquettes they should follow in the classroom and at home.

The session witnessed an enthusiastic participation by the students and was a great success. 

Importance of a Happy and Positive Mind

School life is tough these days. Students have to juggle between homework, activities, sports and more. In the midst of all this, it is easy to get stuck in a rut rather quickly or to feel like you are not succeeding. So, a positive ambience is an essential element of a classroom. A positive mindset towards learning has the potential to boost memory and other vital functions of the mind as well as physical health. 

oreinforce the benefits of happiness in life, an interactive workshop on ‘Importance of a Happy and Positive Mind’ was conducted by The Maurya School for the students of Class I in the month of April. In addition to educating the young minds about the topic, the session also included activities that they could incorporate in their daily routine to embrace a positive attitude, especially during this stressful time.

The big smile on every student's face at the end of the workshop proved the success of the session. 

Practising Blended Learning

With the prime motive of taking the teaching-learning process to the next level, some of our teachers attended a CBSE workshop ‘Practising Blended Learning’. 

The webinar session discussed Blended Learning, a learning strategy that comes with great benefits. The participants were educated about the various teaching methods that can be used in this approach to education that combines online educational material and traditional classroom teaching.

Talking about the different models of blended learning including an array of online games and apps available for effective online teaching, the session was successful in helping everyone present understand the innovative teaching technique, a perfect recipe for a rich learning experience! 

Gamification in Learning

It has been a constant endeavour of the Mauryan teachers to complement their lessons with interesting and knowledgeable activities. As a step toward the same, our teachers attended a workshop ‘Gamification in Learning’. The workshop discussed the necessity of including gaming elements in the learning environment so as to maximize enjoyment and engagement by capturing the interest of learners and inspiring them to continue learning.

Few gaming apps like - Kahoot, Mentimeter, Quizziz and Hot Potatoes were shared by the resource person during the session. The webinar also talked about Playablo, a gamified assessment platform, consisting of quizzes, assignments and data tabulation which help in tracking the progress of students.

Space Workshops

Three interesting space workshops were conducted for the aspiring astronauts of various classes on Saturday, January 18, 2020. The workshop ‘Space Satellites’ was conducted for the students of Grades 1 and 2 where they were introduced to the concept of ‘satellites’ in a very innovative manner. They discovered that just like the different parts of their body perform different functions, a satellite also has parts which have different functions to make the satellite operational. They explored how satellites unfold a new page of the universe including our own planet. Students investigated how they make our lives simpler as they have a wide range of applications from ship navigation to watching TV at home. Children acted as ‘chief engineers’ on a space mission and assembled mini satellites with defined parts! The workshop ‘Rocket - A Space Vehicle’, conducted for the students of Grades 3 -5, helped them realize that even a simple and omnipresent thing like air can be used as a fuel to launch rockets. They learnt about the power and magic of air pressure through hands-on activities. Later, they constructed their own stomp rockets and launched them in a friendly competition on the same concept of air pressure. The workshop titled ‘Solar Observation with Safe Methods’, conducted for the students of Grades 6-8, helped them learn about the Sun and the reasons to study it. They also learnt about different solar features along with the ways to observe the Sun safely and realize the importance of using safe methods for solar observation.

Workshop on 'Making Lesson Plan' by Ms. Monisha Gupta

An extremely informative and engaging workshop on the topic 'Making Lesson Plan' was organised for all the teachers on 14th January, 2020. The spokesperson was Ms. Monisha Gupta, an eloquent and experienced speaker from Orient BlackSwan publication. She commenced the workshop by giving her valuable insight on the objectives of classroom teaching, the need for lesson planning and the parameters that have to be kept in mind while framing a lesson plan. The session included an interactive discussion along with interesting activities like energisers, framing and presenting lesson plans by all the departments. The active participation of the teachers was applauded by the speaker. The workshop concluded on a symbiotic note as it involved exchange of ideas and information from both the sides.

Workshop (Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning)

The Maurya School believes in upskilling its teachers with the help of workshops that are held regularly. One such workshop was conducted by KIPS on 'Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning' at the Surya Hotel, New Delhi on 10th December, 2019 and it was attended by two of our facilitators Ms. Amita Barse and Ms. Monika Bajaj. KIPS, a School Computer Education Company has been conducting such workshops in different states to upgrade the knowledge of teachers on Artificial Intelligence and how it can be used as a tool to improve the quality of education in future. The resource person, Ms. Gurpreet Kaur, explained the basics of the underlying techniques of AI and cited apt examples for further clarity of the concepts. It was indeed an enriching experience for the teachers who attended it.

Workshop (Class X and XII)

A session on Careers in Management and Hospitality was conducted at The Maurya School by Ms. Prashanti Jaykumar from Vedatya Institute on 9th December 2019 for the students of Grades X to XII. Through this workshop, the students understood about the journey of a management and hospitality professional. They also got to know about the key skills required to be successful in respective areas. After the session, students asked their queries regarding job prospects in hospitality industry. It was an interesting and informative session for all the students.

Content and Time Management

A workshop on ‘Content and Time Management’ was attended by some facilitators of The Maurya School. The session shared useful information on classroom management consisting of a set of plans and actions that a teacher should use to ensure an effective and efficient learning in the classroom. The following were the key points of the session:

  • There are three main components of classroom management - content, conduct and covenant management.
  • Curriculum planning should be done in advance as it helps in addressing the full range of learning needs of students.
  • It helps the teachers to organize their instructional aids and assessment in direct support of learning objectives.
  • Using Multiple Intelligences through different activities like storytelling, brain teasers, role play, etc. in the classroom with differentiated instructions helps to meet the individual needs.
  • Time management grid and different strategies can be used to improve the classroom transitions.
  • The enriching session concluded with some valuable tips on the topic like - set goals…make a schedule…revise and revisit your plan. 

Essential Components of a Lesson Plan

The Maurya teachers participated in a training session ‘Essential Components of a Lesson Plan’ conducted by CBSE in the month of May 2021. The resource person was Ms Pallavi Sethi.

The workshop enlightened the participants about how the learning objectives, that define the learning outcomes, are based on three areas of learning: knowledge, skills and attitudes. Thereafter, the presenter discussed the focal point of teaching – the instructional objectives which are specific, measurable, short-term and indicate the desirable knowledge, skills or attitudes to be gained. Emphasizing that a lesson plan is like a road map which is essential to carry out the teaching-learning process in a classroom, the trainer shared the details of Bloom's Taxonomy.

The session indeed gave the participants an insight to incorporate important components to design more effective and interesting lesson plans.    

Importance of Gratitude  

The workshop encouraged all present to ponder over the different precious things life has offered us so far, which assets are we proud of, what should we be grateful for, what is the most enjoyable part in our life, what do we love the most, etc.

The workshop enlightened the participants about how the learning objectives, that define the learning outcomes, are based on three areas of learning: knowledge, skills and attitudes. Thereafter, the presenter discussed the focal point of teaching – the instructional objectives which are specific, measurable, short-term and indicate the desirable knowledge, skills or attitudes to be gained. Emphasizing that a lesson plan is like a road map which is essential to carry out the teaching-learning process in a classroom, the trainer shared the details of Bloom's Taxonomy.

The enlightening session not only discussed the culture of gratitude but also threw light on how gratitude plays an important role in bringing happiness and good health in our lives.

Understanding Multiple Intelligence

For years, teachers have believed that the traditional measures of intelligence, such as the IQ test, were reasonably good at predicting a student’s school performance. But the trend is changing now. The Mauryan teachers attended a workshop on ‘Understanding Multiple Intelligence’ conducted by CBSE that re-iterated the same.

The workshop commenced with a video giving a brief insight on the 9 intelligences advocated by specialist, Howard Gardner. With the help of a power point presentation, the teachers were further briefed about Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences that encourages educators to start thinking of intelligence as a set of many different abilities and skills that help an individual learner comprehend, examine, and respond to different types of content.

The workshop concluded with an interactive activity for teachers to help them understand the application of multiple intelligences in the classroom. It was a highly informative and application-based workshop.

Anxiety Management

To overcome the anxiety caused during exams and competitions, an interactive workshop on ‘Anxiety Management’ was organized on 24th-25th May 2021 for the students of Classes VIII and IX. The objective of the workshop was to educate students on ways to deal and relieve anxiety, thus, helping them to excel in their day-to-day activities, including exams.

During the interactive session, the counsellor talked about identifying the signs of anxiety and how to deal with them by giving real life examples to help students relate and understand better.  She also shared the various anxiety relaxation therapies which can be easily followed by the students.

This session not only provided an insight on how to prevent, manage and relieve anxiety, especially during examination but also motivated students to face the challenges in life without being stressed.

Happiness Program

Happiness and positivity can make a huge difference to our wellbeing and success in life.

In recent years, there is a considerable increase in the mental health problems in children and young people. In the wake of this huge and sudden upsurge in emotional problems, a workshop on ‘Happiness Program’ was organized by The Maurya School for the students of Classes VI and VII on 19th to 21st May 2021. The workshop highlighted the benefits of happiness. The counsellor interacted with the students, who seemed very keen to share their thoughts on what really gives them happiness, and zeroed down on some activities that would help them elevate their mood.

Through the workshop, the counsellor also encouraged the participants to think positively, which in turn will help them make better choices and lead a good life.