Mandatory Public Disclousre

"Webinar on Microsoft Technologies"

With everyone being physically apart, maintaining the class team spirit is not easy. Teams allows teachers to move forward in a smart way. Online education and teaching-learning process goes hand-in-hand these days. Whether school or office, online awareness is the need of the hour. Microsoft is a centrally organized digital portfolio created for teachers and students with all the information they need to succeed.

Therefore, the teachers of The Maurya School were given an opportunity to attend an online webinar conducted by Juana Technologies on Wednesday, 29 September 2021.Topic for the webinar was ‘Live Event on Microsoft Technologies’. Various new updates and features in Microsoft Teams were discussed in details. Teachers were made aware of the new tools which would make learning more interesting and interactive. For instance, conversations, files, meetings, notification style, automatically adjust mic sensitivity, auto-record meetings, attendance, notebooks, whiteboard with sticky notes and much more.

It was an advantageous session and will help schools achieve more by fostering deeply engaged classrooms, strengthening professional learning communities, and tailoring more effective school communication.

"Menstrual Health and Hygiene"

Adolescence is the stage of physical, psychological, and reproductive development that generally occurs during the period from puberty to legal adulthood. Adolescence in girls has been recognized as a special period in their life cycle that requires specific and special attention. This period is marked with the onset of menarche. Girls and women have very less or no knowledge about reproductive tract infections caused due to ignorance of personal hygiene during menstruation time.

Hence, it is very crucial to educate girls about the physiological facts of menstruation, wipe off false taboos, and lead them to proper hygienic practices to safeguard themselves against reproductive tract infections.

Keeping the above in mind, The Maurya School conducted an online workshop for girls on Friday, 19 August 2021 on the topic ‘Menstrual Health and Hygiene’. Ms. Ankita Sukhwal, Executive CSR, a part of Unicharm India addressed the girls in an impressive manner. She elaborated the topic magnificently and made the august gathering aware of the facts which are otherwise neglected. The important do’s and don’ts were also highlighted and discussed.

In India, girls and women still hesitate to talk about missing their period, having painful menstruation or other disorders like PCOD etc. They are not aware that these are medical conditions which can be treated by altering lifestyle, yoga and medication. An important part of the workshop was educating them about different exercises and Yoga Asanas, which if performed regularly, especially during Periods, can balance hormones. It can help them prevent many menstrual and gynaecological disorders.

The session was extremely interactive. Girls asked numerous questions and cleared their doubts.

Emotions can get in the way or get you on the way.” Mavis Mazhura

Name of the Workshop: Socio-Emotional Learning and its Role in Education

Organized by: Ajanta Public School

Date: 12th August 2021

Time: 5:00 PM to 6:15 PM

As rightly stated in the above quote, Socio-Emotional Learning has great importance in our lives as well as in education. As educators, it is our responsibility to be aware about emotional intelligence in order to make a difference in the lives of our students. The teachers of The Maurya School attended a GPSC Workshop on ‘Socio-Emotional Learning and its Role in Education’ conducted by Ajanta Public School on August 12, 2021.

The resource person, Ms Hrishika Awasthi conversed with the participants about how we are born and brought up learning how to hide our emotions instead of dealing with them. It is time that we start thinking about our emotions and their importance in our lives. We need to learn and teach the future generation the skill of expressing emotions in words, reflecting on them and acting upon them.

The workshop was indeed thought-provoking, urging all the participants to effectively incorporate the learnings of the session in the education system for a better future.

“Stream Selection"

The Maurya School, Gurugram in association with ‘IIFM Pratham’ organized an interactive online session on the topic ‘Stream Selection’ for the students of Grades IX and X on Friday, August 6, 2021. During the session, the speaker, Mr. Praveen Sharma highlighted how stream selection is directly associated with one’s orientation style and area of interest. He also said that one must have firm and strong faith in one’s potential and choose the stream as per one’s personality. Finally, he highlighted that emotional quotient also plays a significant role in choosing the correct stream. After the session, students asked their queries. It was an interesting and informative session for all the students.

‘Scholarships in India and Abroad’   

The Maurya School in association with IIFM PRATHAM conducted a webinar on the topic ‘Scholarships in India and Abroad’ on Friday, 6th August 2021 for students of Grades XI and XII. Mr. Ritesh Jain addressed the students.

PRATHAM is determined in giving knowledge to the students and delivering awareness amongst students to help them make well-informed decisions about their career and sketch a better picture of their future. Its major mission is not just to raise brilliant students above the shore, but also to imbibe students with awareness that will help them become better individuals in future.

The webinar touched upon the importance of career guidance and why students, as well as professionals, must understand the role it plays while making career decisions. Students of Grades XI and XII were guided on how to choose a career and shift from the general understanding of life and work to a more specific understanding of the realistic and practical career options that are available to them. The students were also briefed about various scholarships and the ways to redeem them.

Following the session, the students seemed very keen to brainstorm career ideas and mould their future. One could argue that the session was a rather fruitful one.

‘GPSC conference’

Ridge Valley School had organized a GPSC conference on 31st July 2021 on the topic ‘Decoding Inclusion’. The speakers in the conference enlightened the teachers about Inclusive Education which aims at educating children with disabilities and learning difficulties with other students under the same roof. It brings all students together in one classroom and community, regardless of their strengths or weaknesses in any area, and seeks to maximize the potential of all students. Ms. Sangeeta Gupta, Ms. Anjul, Ms. Neha Khurana and Ms. Charu Dua were a part of the learning experience.

‘Golden Rules for Positive Classroom’

For many students, the idea of classroom rules feels oppressive, stifling and sometimes just downright unfair. It’s difficult to balance the need for order and structure with the desire to build a collaborative, fun environment for learning. Proper classroom management techniques include developing rules that guide student learning and set expectations around classroom behaviour.

So, keeping this in mind, a workshop on ‘Golden Rules for Positive Classroom’ was organized by The Maurya School for the students of Nursery and KG in the month of June, wherein students were taught various rules and manners they should follow in a classroom to make the class more effective and efficient.

‘Netiquette Guide for Online Classes’

Most people are familiar with the term etiquette and what it carries. From a young age, we are taught to behave properly and have good manners. Now, with many parts of our lives moving online, including even education, a need has risen for a set of specific online etiquette guidelines that apply to cyber behaviour.

Netiquette guidelines are a set of rules that dictate what tasteful and respectful online behaviour is. In the wake of the online education scenario, The Maurya School conducted a workshop on ‘Netiquette Guide for Online Classes’ on 8th and 9th June for Class I.

Through the workshop, the students acquired knowledge about manners they should follow in order to maintain online classroom decorum.

‘ Healthy Coping Skills for Uncomfortable Emotions’

Emotions can play an important role in how we think and behave. The emotions we feel each day can compel us to take action and influence the decisions we make about our lives, both large and small.

In order to truly understand emotions, The Maurya School conducted a workshop on ‘Healthy Coping Skills for Uncomfortable Emotions’ on 4th and 7th June 2021 for Class II. The interactive session discussed some basic emotions that we feel in our everyday life.

Students enthusiastically participated by sharing their life instances and the different emotions they feel on various occasions. The workshop was a fruitful session as the students learnt new ways and techniques to handle their negative emotions like anger and sadness.

‘Developing Scientific Temperament Among Learners’

Teachers of The Maurya School attended an interesting online workshop ‘Developing Scientific Temperament Among Learners’ conducted by Dr Sonia Mago. The session enlightened the participants about scientific temperament that refers to an individual’s attitude of logical and rational thinking. A learner is considered to have the scientific temperament if he/she employs a scientific method of decision-making in their everyday life. The resource person further shared how facilitators can inculcate scientific temperament among learners by using different methods, making the teaching-learning process more effective and interesting. Developing scientific temperament will help students explore, investigate, ask questions and seek answers.

Citing realistic examples that can make the teaching-learning process an engaging experience, the webinar also discussed in detail various multi-disciplinary activities which can be conducted by facilitators in their classrooms so that learners can explore their surroundings and use the knowledge acquired in their day-to-day life.

‘Salient Features of National Policy 2020’

Some of our Mauryans teachers participated in a webinar conducted by Mr Parveen Kumar on ‘Salient Features of National Policy 2020’. The resource person shared that the National Policy 2020 aims for universalization of education from pre-school to secondary level with 100 % Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in school education by 2030. The policy lays emphasis on Foundational Literacy and Numeracy, extracurricular and vocational streams in schools, no rigid separation between academic streams; vocational education to start from Class 6 with internships.

The session also discussed the other highlights of the policy like - early childhood care, restructuring curriculum and pedagogy, reforming assessments and exams, and investing in teacher’s training. This policy is progressive in its outlook with an emphasis on multidisciplinary education that will lead to holistic multidisciplinary education for future stakeholders of the nation. It was indeed an informative session!

‘Storytelling in Classroom’

An interesting capacity building programme on ‘Storytelling in Classroom’ conducted by CBSE COE (Prayagraj) was attended by the teachers of The Maurya School on 29th June 2021. The resource person was Mrs. Nisha Singh.

Commencing the session with a wonderful quote, “A Story is a nourishing food for growing mind”, the resource person went ahead to explain its implementation in the teaching-learning context. The objective of the workshop was to enlighten the participants about the effective use of storytelling as a vital tool to explain various concepts to children.

The main highlights of the session included:
  • Importance of Storytelling
  • 5 levels of Storytelling (Telling, Learning, Being aware, Interpreting, Behaving)
  • Using stories as an introduction to the topic
  • Using stories as illustrations
  • Using stories to reinforce thinking strategies and conceptual development in children
  It was indeed an enriching session! 

Connecting and Communicating with Parents

Some of the Mauryan teachers attended a capacity building programme on ‘Connecting and Communicating with Parents’ conducted by CBSE COE (Prayagraj) on 12th June 2021. The resource person was Ms. Mandvi Tripathi.

The session commenced with a story emphasizing on the communication between a child and parent. The objective of the story was to show that feelings speak louder than words. Communication doesn’t always need words. There has to be a perfect bonding not only between the teacher and the student but also between the teacher and the parent.

The following points were discussed during the session:
  • Why is Parent-Teacher Communication important?
  • Why don’t parents feel comfortable with teachers?
  • What are the barriers to successful communication?
  • Which strategies can be used to make the communication process effective?

It was a very interesting and informative session that highlighted the need for effective communication between parents and teachers.

Yoga and Pranayama Workshop

It is rightly said that Yoga adds years to your life and life to your years.

To rejuvenate and add a refreshing touch to their present lifestyle, a three-day workshop on Yoga and Pranayama was conducted for our Grade 4 novices from 27th to 29th May 2021 and Grade-5 from 31st May to 5th June respectively by Ms Vandana and Ms Gaurangi from the Art of Living family. The presenters beautifully unfolded the information about this wonderful ancient culture, Yoga, practised to keep our body as well as mind healthy.

Filling the ambience with a positive aura, students performed some deep breathing exercises and asanas like Bhujangasana, Vrikshasana, Shavasana etc. under guidance. It indeed was an enriching session!

Digital Learning and Management

The facilitators of The Maurya School attended an online webinar ‘Digital Learning and Management’. The session focussed on digital learning landscape as well as Asynchronous, Synchronous and Bichronous Learning. The presenters discussed the TPACK Model and planning before taking a digital class. The steps of joyful online learning and the need of Learning Management System in K-12 setting included the other highlights of the session. Lastly, the training concluded with health and well-being aspects in digital learning.

he session also discussed, at length, Cybersecurity which includes protection of hardware, software, information and people. It is important to use updated applications and antivirus. The session was very informative.

Stress Management Techniques

These days stress is very common; but effective methods and a wide spectrum of techniques of stress management can help individuals break the hold that stress has on their lives. This, in turn, helps people in leading a healthier, happier, and more productive lifestyle.

Some of our Mauryan facilitators attended a workshop on the topic ‘Stress Management Techniques’. The webinar discussed the necessity of developing positive and respectful relationships which is an important part of emotional and social development. Communication skills also play a crucial role, especially during this period of crisis.

The session further highlighted that friends, family and peers play a pivotal role in a student’s life and develop a sense of belonging. Balancing LIFE with the 5 ‘F’s - Faith, Fitness, Financial, Friends and Family is significant.

The workshop concluded with some suggestions like - identifying and noting down triggers can help an individual overcome his fears and anxiety. Providing relaxation to the body is a must.  Drugs and alcohol should be avoided. Breathing and muscle relaxation techniques can assist in managing stress and anxiety.   

Value Education and Its Significance

The Mauryan facilitators attended an inspiring workshop on ‘Value Education and Its Significance’ organised by CBSE. The focus of the workshop was to understand the value of education by learning skills for the overall development of students. The session unfolded various segments on how to make learning effective by establishing an ‘Anger Free School’. The prime motive of value-based education is to educate students about the importance of working with the right attitude and standards as well as the skills required to face the outside world.

The workshop was very informative and provided a good learning experience.

Cyber Ethics

The facilitators of our school attended a webinar on ‘Cyber Ethics’, the study of ethics pertaining to computers that covers user behaviour, what are computers programmed to do, and how this affects individuals and society. The responsible behaviour on the internet in many ways aligns with our right behaviour in everyday life, but the results can be significantly different. The ongoing pandemic has caused a rise in cyberattacks like Phishing, Spamming, Malware attacks and Distributed Denial of Service attacks, thus, bringing in more challenges like Identity theft, Digital Banking Frauds, Virus Attacks on computer and mobile applications, Psychological Tricks, and Cyberbullying. One needs to be aware about these challenges and use the best practices to prevent them.

he session also discussed, at length, Cybersecurity which includes protection of hardware, software, information and people. It is important to use updated applications and antivirus. The session was very informative.

Managing Change

Change is inevitable in life and a lot has changed due to the ongoing pandemic. Agility and adaptability have become the catchy buzzwords, especially in the present scenario.

Some of the Maurya teachers attended a workshop on the topic ‘Managing Change’ conducted by Mrs Moushumi Das on 25th May 2021. Discussing the necessity and importance of change in the education system, the interactive session focused on the drastic changes like online schooling that have taken place due to the Covid pandemic. Looking at the positive side, the resource person threw light on how this change has created new opportunities in this field. Several examples from Bhagwad Gita were referred to illustrate the process of change.

The workshop indeed gave an excellent insight, reiterating the need of building a culture to accept change.

Addressing Challenges in Post Covid Schooling

A few Mauryan facilitators of The Maurya School attended an online CBSE webinar ‘Addressing Challenges in Post Covid Schooling’ in May 2021.

Commencing with a brief discussion on the challenges faced during the period of overnight changes in the educational system due to the pandemic, the resource person, Ms Anita Datta, shared the new challenges which will be faced by students, parents, school faculty and administration while transitioning back to physical learning after the long period of online schooling. The participants were educated with various methods to tackle such situations.

She also voiced her concern about how mental health, being a taboo in India, prevents many people from sharing the struggles or problems they are going through openly. She urged everyone present to extend support to such people, helping them to gather courage to speak up and seek help. It was indeed a very educational session!

Description of Constructivism

An interesting workshop on ‘Description of Constructivism’ was attended by some of the Mauryan facilitators. Briefing the participants about constructivism, a theory based on observation and scientific study about how people learn, the resource person explained that people construct their own understanding and knowledge of the world through experience and reflecting on those experiences. Going further, the session revealed that within the constructivist paradigm, the emphasis shifts from the teacher to the learner. It is the learner who interacts with the environment and thus gains an understanding of its features and characteristics. Learners construct their own conceptualizations and find their own solutions to problems, mastering autonomy and independence.

According to the constructivist theory, learning is the end result of individual mental construction, whereby students learn by matching new experiences against previously held information and establishing meaningful connections, rather than internalizing information through rote learning methods. The theory includes reciprocal teaching learning, inquiry-based learning, problem-based learning, cooperative learning and flipped learning.    

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.