Model Academy organises Orientation Programme for Teachers
A two days teachers training and orientation programme was organised on 4th and 5th July, 2023. Sessions were conducted on Mindfulness & Stress Management, Lesson Planning, Assessment & Evaluation and Design Thinking.
On the first day an inspiring workshop on mindfulness and stress management was conducted by Dr. Kunal Anand, Principal DPS Udhampur. The workshop introduced teachers to tools that could calm the mind, including applied ethics that help individuals to handle stress and anxiety. Dr. Anand stressed that a teacher’s words and demeanour should be exemplary and positive as they spend a considerable amount of time with students.
The second day was packed with trainings starting with Mr. Pramod Kumar Srivastava, Principal who spoke on the importance of lesson planning and framing of lesson plans. He said teachers ought to be creative as well as flexible educators who adapt their pedagogy to meet the needs of learners, who are of different learning abilities, and ensure that they are prepared for the future. Introspection as a teacher on the learning outcome of one’s students was an important aspect which was touched upon. Further, being ready for the lesson along with material to be used and most importantly knowing an individual's abilities and to shape the lesson keeping in mind these important clues was also emphasised.
This was followed by an orientation on evaluation and assessment which was conducted by Mr. J.K.Dhiman, Vice- Principal. Mr. Dhiman explained in a detailed manner the areas and the changes and modifications made in the system according to NEP 2020. The training helped the teachers to learn more about new and effective assessment and evaluation practices, the two essential components of quality education. It was highly informative, making the teachers rethink and rework their strategies for more effective learning.
The day concluded with an innovative session on Design Thinking conducted by Ms. Jasleen Mohial, Coordinator IQAC, MIER College of Education.
She said that design thinking is a mindset and method for learning, working together, and solving problems. In actuality, the design process is a disciplined framework for recognising problems, obtaining data, coming up with potential answers, honing concepts, and testing answers. Design Thinking may be applied in a variety of ways, working just as effectively as a framework for a lesson plan as it does as a guide for a task or group project. She also highlighted how design thinking is essential for developing critical thinking and problem solving skills among students. The main objective was to understand the competency needed to be built throughout the school journey of a student to make him or her develop the right set of skills and a general aptitude for new opportunities outside the traditional teaching and learning methods.
Over all the two days training programme was engaging and enriching.
Vote of thanks was proposed by Mrs. Manju Vali, Manager Academics, Middle Wing and Mrs. Pooja Mishra, Manager Academics, Senior Wing.
The programme was coordinated by Mrs. Bharti Bhalwal, Incharge, trainings.