Teacher professional development aims at improving student learning and achievement. Keeping this view, the following workshops were conducted for the teachers from 25th June to 30th June,2018 in APS, Mathura:
- WORKSHOP ON MAINTENANCE OF GOOD PHYSICAL HEALTH BY SPORTS FACULTY-
‘Health is like MONEY, we never have a true idea of its value until we lose it.’
- It was first conducted by Mr. Dev Prakash on 25th June,2018. For keeping the body fit and healthy, he suggested the following points:
(i)One must take care of six components of health i.e. Physical, Social, Cognitive, Emotional, Cultural and Spiritual.
(ii) One must include an Exercise and balanced diet in routine.
(iii) One must leave addictions like alcohol, smoking etc.
- On 26th June, 2018 Mr. Alok Sharma started his presentation by explaining the actual meaning of ‘HEALTH’ and continued with a suggestion to include YOGA in our daily routine. He said that the origin of fitness begins at Mother’s Womb and gave a demo of some useful AASANS/ YOGA POSTURES.
- On 27th June, 2018 Mr. Yogendra Poonia gave suggestions to keep the body fit and also familiarized us with some formulas to calculate/check Body’s fitness which includes Body Mass Index, fat percentage and pulse rate etc.
- Truly any exercise help us to lose weight. Keeping this view, Ms. Gunjan Dixit also spoke about fitness. She conducted a workshop on 28th June,2018 and told that the best way to burn calories is to follow aerobic and anaerobic exercise. She also gave a demo and called the teachers to join her in this practice. She taught us the combination of both Aerobic and Anaerobic and how to follow it in a right way.
- On 29th June,2018 Ms. Tuhina Bharadwaj started her presentation with a very true and apt quote i.e. ‘A healthy mind resides in a healthy body’. For keeping the body fit and healthy, she insisted on doing each and every task on own and not to feel lethargic. She also talked about some food items which have rich nutritional value and suggested them to include in our routine diet.
- WORKSHOP ON ‘ORAL HEALTH AND HYGIENE’-
School helps in promoting health and oral health for students which benefit the staff, family and community indirectly. Since school children are more prone to dental caries and gingival disease. keeping this view, a workshop on ‘ORAL HEALTH AND HYGIENE ‘was conducted by Maj. Dr. Anu Dua who told us the causes of tooth decay, gum problems and its prevention. The dentist assured us that by visiting the local dentist once every six months, we would learn things that could prove vital for
their well being.
She recommended the following steps to maintain good oral hygiene:
1.To brush teeth twice a day using the correct technique.
- To replace toothbrush every three to four months, if the bristles are frayed.
- To practice a regular oral health care routine.
We were fascinated to learn about all the possibilities that a dentist could repair a fractured tooth, provide people with teeth made of gold and silver, remove gaps between the teeth and align irregular teeth using braces.
The session was well informed and fruitful for the teachers to educate children about the importance of oral hygiene.
- WORKSHOP ON ‘INCLUSIVE EDUCATION’
On 26th June, 2018 Ms. Sonika Jain, Primary Teacher conducted a workshop on another important topic ‘INCLUSIVE EDUCATION’ .The focus of the workshop was the inclusion of children with special needs in the classroom with the other children. She said that one of the most important steps towards inclusion is sensitization of teachers, the peer group and parents. She discussed the strategies to assist teachers in meeting the needs of students in an inclusive classroom as well CBSE’s provisions for these children.
As a famous quote goes, “One size does not fit all.” In the same way, there is nothing right or wrong in inclusion. Nothing is certain what works for one may or may not work for another. We need to follow it for each child.
- MATHS WORKSHOP-
‘MATHEMATICS IS NOT ABOUT NUMBERS, EQUATIONS, COMPUTATIONS OR ALGORITHMS: IT IS ABOUT UNDERSTANDING’
We all are aware that children find Maths as the most difficult subject so it becomes the responsibility of the concerned teacher to make them understand it in easy way. Keeping this view, Dr. Mridula Sharma, HOD Maths conducted a workshop on the topic ‘Strategy to improve Mathematics especially in Board classes.’ She started her presentation with an interesting game and rewarded the winners with choclates. She talked about teaching and learning gaps and strategies to fulfill that. She focused on clearing the concepts of the child to make him understand the topic well. She was accompanied by her faculty members Dr. Vinita Mishra and Mr. M.G. Saraswat who ended the workshop by enriching our knowledge with a fact that why the highest award of education i.e. Noble Prize is not given in the field of Maths and also informed us the importance of Maths in our daily lives and the value of Zero.
5.WORKSHOP ON AWARENESS REGARDING ‘POCSO’-
As children spend lot of time in school, so, a safe learning environment is essential for students of all ages. School safety includes protection and care from all kinds of abuse, violence, psycho-social issues etc.
In pursuit of advocacy, Maj. Kusum ‘A JAG’ educated the teachers about POCSO act. She continued with throwing light on the details of POCSO and protection of children against all kinds of abuse.She spoke about how the safety of children needs to be in center stage as part of the school’s culture and the need for every school to create a process to deal with these situations wisely. She also apprised the audience about the legalities involved once the disclosure takes place and the role of parents and school in such cases.
- WORKSHOP ON “HINDI- LANGUAGE TEACHING”-
Mrs. Mamta Sharma, Hindi faculty conducted a workshop on 28th June, 2018.The main topics that were highlighted by her included the aim of education, methodology of language teaching, teaching of prose and verse and teaching of grammar. Different activities were conducted to involve the teachers. She also discussed the ways to integrate the subject with real life situations. In this workshop teachers learnt the ways to make the teaching learning process more effective.
- WORKSHOP ON GROWING SCEPTICISM AMONG OUR STUDENTS –
A workshop on another important topic ‘GROWING SCEPTICISM AMONG OUR STUDENTS’ was taken by Mrs. Rekha Gupta, HOD English on 30th June, 2018.She started her presentation by asking a few questions to the teachers to introduce the topic. She continued with the explanation of skepticism, its domains, causes, components of personality development and how it affects the children. Lastly she suggested the ways to overcome this problem. This workshop was really informative and helpful for teachers to help their students in this state.
- ALL THE WORKSHOPS MENTIONED ABOVE WERE HIGHLY INFORMATIVE AND FRUITFUL FOR THE TEACHERS.