Shri Educator Ms. Gurpreet Kaur conducted a webinar on Gamify your classroom with Kahoot for the facilitators of TSUS Palava on May 19, 2020. The teachers were introduced to the concept of Gamification of Learning and were trained on the Kahoot platform to create and conduct educational quiz games for both synchronous and asynchronous teaching.
Day: 14.05.2020, Thursday
Timing: 10:30 am to 11:30 am (IST)
No. of registrations: 72
No. of attendees: 60
Theme of the day: Self-awareness and mindfulness
It is a 3-hour workshop spread over the course of 3 days and aimed at helping
teachers cope with and help their students cope better with the COVID-19 crisis and resulting lockdown.
It was specifically intended for the teachers at GIS, but a few teachers from TSUS Hyderabad were also included upon special request from the school.
The first day focused on self-awareness and mindfulness in teachers. It was
facilitated by Ms. Sapna Yadav & Ms. Nishigandha Date from the IP Ops team.
Activities like mindfulness-based sensory grounding, emotional check-in using Padlet and discussions were conducted. Certain strategies from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) were shared with the teachers for their own self-care as well as to use in the online classroom.
The overall response received from the participants was positive.Feeling in a pandemic
Shri Educator Ms Gurpreet Kaur conducted a webinar on Programming with Scratch for ICT facilitators of SEL schools on May 14 2020. The teachers were introduced to the different categories of blocks and were also empowered to create simple games using the different blocks.
SEL facilitated a session on Collaborative E-Learning with a focus on creating architecture of a virtual classroom using online education technologies, effective online teaching to foster student learning and best practices sharing.
SEL conducted with our School teachers on “Collaborative learning environment with Class Teams” using Microsoft Teams to engage students with virtual face-to-face connections and activities.
Target Group: Teachers
Session Details: Friday,24th April to 2020, At 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM::
Classroom with Microsoft Teams
- All About Teams
- Working with Students
- Assignment Submission, status update and Feedback
Insight of the session:
Stories of people hoarding stocks and emptying supermarket shelves can paint a gloomy picture of the current crisis. At the same time, there are acts of kindness in the midst of this crisis that are inspiring many people.
Here is an inspirational and heartwarming story of another hero, Rishi Ram, who works at Shri Educare Ltd. (SEL), an education consultancy company set up under the vision of our Chairman, Mr. Arun Bharat Ram.
Rishi has been working selflessly to help those in need. He and his family is distributing food and dry ration to forty families every day, in and around their locality in Dwarka, New Delhi. His friends and colleagues from SEL have also contributed to support him in this noble endeavor.
Further, by working closely with the local police officials, Rishi ensures social distancing is maintained as per the prescribed guidelines.
Upon being asked what inspired him, Rishi said that he decided to do his part. He started by distributing ten packets of food daily and then with help from his friends and colleagues, he increased it to forty. He went on to say that, he has never experienced the ‘power of unity’ to the degree that he did during this time of crisis.
At a difficult time like this, good intent is all that we need!
We are overwhelmed by Rishi’s compassion and can only say ‘thank you’ to him for being a true hero!
We Are In This Together
Today, the sun shone a little differently at The Shriram Millennium School, Gurugram. This was because a scientist who nurtures innovation graced the school during the STEAM Conclave organized by ShrI Educare Limited at the school’s campus. This esteemed guest of honour at the event was none other than Mr. Sonam Wangchuk, the real life Phunsukh Wangdu!
Questioning the relevance and meaningfulness of an education system that failed almost a 100% of its students in a region, he realized that it was not the students who were “failures” but the education system that had failed! This gave rise to his motivation to found SECMOL – the Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh, which aims to make education meaningful, fun and practical.
His students run the school themselves, holding parliamentary sessions to brain storm, tend nurseries to grow produce for their kitchens, use germ theory for jam making and preservation, design their buildings (for school and living quarters) by studying the movement of the Earth and the direction of the Sun’s rays at different times of the year.
A great advocate of sustainable living, he believes in using natural resources such as wind, water and the sun, to generate power. From here was born the innovative idea of preserving winter water by freezing it into what he calls “Ice Stupas” and using them for irrigation during the dry summer months.
Brief thought the session was, the delegates and guests in the audience were enthralled and enriched with new ideas. We now look forward to being part of his worldwide movement #livesimply which kicks off with the support of UN on the 15th of December at the Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi.
The most important thing in communication, is hearing what isn’t said.” – Peter Drucher
And that is what this segment of ‘SHRI PARVARISH’ is all about – Communication.
Although children today are more articulate and expressive, they don’t always open up about what is really bothering them, irrespective of their age – toddlers, preschoolers, juniors, teens or tweens.
Knowing specific things about your child’s anxieties, fears and worries, equips you with the ability to initiate a conversation and channel it gently and subtly towards a more open and stress free discussion.
Your child may begin a conversation by saying just a few words or phrases, they are testing you to see if you are really listening and are truly concerned, before they open up and tell the whole story. Communication is about both ‘listening’ and
‘talking’. One without the other is meaningless.
To open up channels of communication with your child, follow a few conscious, and yet simple steps:
Give him/her your 100% attention – This means you set aside what you are
doing and listen with complete attention. We call this “Listening Bodies”. Your body language, eye contact and encouraging expression will give your child the confidence to share feelings, emotions and thoughts.
Respond verbally – Just nodding your head mechanically is not enough. Respond with words and phrases such as “And then what happened?” “How did you feel when he said that?” “Oh, dear, how terrible!”, “Oooh! How wonderful! You must have been thrilled to hear that.” And so on……
Do not interrupt – Allow your child to complete the story. Intersperse with questions or verbal responses, but do not interrupt with comments or advice. Even when they tend to ramble (this is probably because coming right to the point is sometimes difficult), do not rush them by completing their sentences with words of your own. Let them take their time to arrive at the core of the issue that is causing them worry. Your patient listening will help your child know that he/she is heard and show them that you are interested in their whole story. It will also help him/her sequence his/her thoughts and express them better.
Be there for your children when they want to talk – Children have specific times when they are most talkative. It varies with each child. Sometimes it is bedtime, sometimes it is at breakfast, or dinner time, sometimes it is when they are in the car while on their way to school. Optimise this time by striking a conversation with them. The topic could be anything, something that interests him/her, or something you see on the road, or about an incident from your own day at work. Remember, when you initiate a conversation, it should be about what you are thinking, feeling or seeing. Don’t initiate a conversation with probing questions. It will make the child feel as if it is the beginning of an inquisition.
Acknowledge what they are saying – Listen to their point of view even if you disagree with it. Let them finish talking before you respond with your point of view. Repeat what you heard them say to ensure that you have understood. This also gives the child the assurance that you have been listening carefully. Ask to clarify that what you heard and what they said are the same.
Don’t raise your voice, strengthen your argument – When you are in disagreement with what your child is saying or asking for, respond in a way that they will hear and understand. Don’t sound angry or defensive, soften your tone and response. Acknowledge that you do not agree with what your child is saying, and you understand that your child too probably does not agree with what you are saying or suggesting. Instead of arguing about “who” is right and “who” is wrong, speak about “what” you think is right or wrong.
Encourage your child to do the same. Lok at the problem or issue being discussed. This is not a power struggle, it is a discussion.
Recognise your triggers and those of your child – Often we react during situations and conversations, rather than responding. Make an effort to identify what triggers your reaction. Recognise them so that you are aware and conscious of them. These triggers would vary from situation to situation. Some of the common triggers that cause you to react come from your own feelings, such as fear, anger, guilt, helplessness, inadequacy, etc. Be conscious of your emotions when communicating with your child. Parent from your principles, rather than your fears. Reflecting for a moment before responding will enable you to check if it is triggered reaction or a thoughtful response.
“Communication must be HOT. That is Honest, Open and Two-Way.”
– Dan Oswald.
Studies have shown that effective communication is a result of a combination of words (7%), tone of voice (38%) and body language (55%). Notice how body language has the maximum impact on effective communication?
Therefore, it is important that during any communication (when your child is talking to you, or you are talking to the child, or both of you are talking to each other) you make eye contact. Be aware of your gestures and posture, as they send out non-verbal signals to the listener. These non-verbal signals could make or break effective communication.
Be conscious of your emotions. Be calm and focused, so that communication is not diluted or distracted. Vary your tone of voice and pitch to ensure that the conversation is non-threatening or and encouraging. Ensure that neither your tone of voice nor your pitch is anxious, irritated, threatening or intimidating.
Don’t monopolise the conversation. Encourage your child to speak and respond. If your child is struggling to frame the sentences or sounds confused, prompt using subtle words and phrases, rather than abrupt probing questions.
Knowing what causes barriers for effective communication is as important as knowing what enables effective communication. Some of the most common barriers are: preconceived perceptions, one’s own emotions, snap judgements, closed questions and words, passive or distracted listening, endless rambling, lack of empathy, over use of abstract examples and assumptions, interruptions and interference. Avoid these to achieve effectiveness and to open and strengthen channels of communication with your children.
In conclusion, conversation is an art, they say. Well, so is communication. Especially communication with one’s child. Hence, to ensure that communication is effective, a conscious effort by both listener and speaker would be required. And for this, one needs to –
Listen more than talk, Think before talking,
Speak calmly or not speak at all, Ask open ended questions,
Respond, rather than react.
“The effectiveness of communication is not defined by the communication. It is defined by the response.” – Milton Erikson
Contributed by Neethi Srikumar, AVP – Operations Shri Educare Limited
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