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Conserve My Planet Programme

Teacher capacity building programme on 'Conserve My Planet' was organized by Schneider and Sharp NGO on 6th August 2019(Tuesday) at Tamarai Tech Park, Taramani. Ms. Sree Vidya and Ms. N. Durgadevi, teacher coordinators of the event participated in the programme. The programme commenced with a brief introduction on the vision of the programme. Awareness on conservation of energy and waste management was explained through inspirational videos. Games were organized for the teacher coordinators of various schools and activities planned for the students for the academic year 2019-2020 was briefed by the state coordinator Ms. Gargi Latha. A briefing was done on the various initiatives taken by the Sharp and Schneider Organisations.

Training and Workshop - Computational Thinking Training and Workshop - Computational Thinking

Workshop on 26.7.2019 - CSPathshala – "Computational Thinking"

CS Pathshala is an Association for Computing Machinery & ACM India, initiative to bring a modern, unplugged, computational thinking curriculum to Indian schools. Tamil Nadu SCERT has embedded the CT curriculum into mathematics and over 10,000 schools are teaching the same. Cambridge University Press has also published books for grades 1¬8 based on content developed by CSPathshala.

Ms. Uma & Ms. Sivasankari were a part of CSPathshala workshop, which threw light on "computational thinking" as a teaching methodology. The speakers focused on methods to use computational thinking to the student level using various activities. Discrete math, Systematic counting, Listing & Reasoning, Algorithms were dealt with the Pathshala curriculum through activities. Teachers were given opportunities to explore and experience the activities to enhance the teaching-learning process. The day's highlight was the sudoku solving, Binary counting techniques, which could enhance the learning level of the students, as the techniques were based on inhibiting computational thinking unknowingly in the learner's mind.

Training and Workshop - Computational Thinking

Brainfeed - Edtalk

Brainfeed, an educational initiative group conducted an Educational conference on 20.07.2019 at Hyatt Regency. Mrs. K.Chitra attended the conference. The program commenced with the Felicitation of selected people from different schools for their association with Brainfeed and Contribution in the field of education. Designates from the field of education were invited as speakers. The forum unfolded with a discussion to make the audience think and discuss innovative ideas which would match the need of the current teaching learning process . The shift from value education to value based education has become the need of the hour in all educational sectors. Sponsors such as Joopop - Sportsa , MI champs India, Travel Quest- Thomas Cook shared their innovative ideas to enhance teaching learning process by thinking differently to bridge the gap between what school curriculum provides and what the actual career management competencies require.

Swot Analysis

Keeping in mind the growth of the organization, a SWOT analysis was conducted with the support of the parents of class VI on 30th June 2019 in A.V.Hall from 10.00 A.M. to 12.30 P.M. under the guidance of the Principal Mr. Senthil Kumar. The session was coordinated by Mrs. Sreelatha Jayarajan. Vice Principal, Mrs. K.Chitra and Mrs. Krishnaveni were the other team members.

The purpose and objective of the workshop was briefed to the parents and the session threw light on the vision and mission of the school. A small ice-breaking session was conducted to highlight the strengths of their child and areas of improvement in their child's development.

What is SWOT all about was diagrammatically explained by the Principal. Parents listed out the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.

The programme came to a close at 12.30 with high tea. The parents were assured that the school will get back to them with an action plan. Overall, the session was a very productive and valuable one in terms of implementation.

Swot Analysis Swot Analysis
Swot Analysis Swot Analysis
Swot Analysis Swot Analysis

Workshop on Continuing Professional Development

Continuing professional development workshop for teachers by British Council was held on 28/6/2019 from 10 a.m. - 2.00 p.m. at MMA CENTRE (Thousand Lights) Mrs. Sreelatha Jayarajan participated.

Session I was developed and delivered by British council trainer Ms. Priyanka. The Session started with an activity which helped us to know the participants. The module provided a basic overview of 21st century skills and aimed to introduce the six core skill.

Professional practices covered in the session

Promoting 21st century skill

Core skills

  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Collaboration and communication
  • Citizenship
  • Digital literacy
  • Student leadership and Personal development.

Deep Learning

  • Master academic content
  • Think critically and solve complex problems
  • Work collaboratively
  • Communicate effectively
  • Be self-directed and learn how to learn.

Each point mentioned above were discussed in groups for deeper understanding and the existing practices in different schools on these lines were shared. The session concluded by summing up the take home learning practices. Participants received Participation Certificates at the end. Hospitality was exemplary. Session motivated each one to move towards 21st century skills.

Workshop on Teaching Mathematics with manipulative

Mrs.K.Vijayalakshmi and Mrs. M Usha attended a Math workshop on "Teaching Mathematics with manipulative." At Hotel Regenta Central Deccan, Chennai on 14th and 15th June 2019.

After a detailed discussion, we were given a hands on experience on how to use Math kits in order to help the children visualize the concepts they learn. A few Math games were taught which can be used as attention grabbers to keep them engaged in class. Most of the activities are part of the system in practice.

Learning Outcome

Through these activities, Mathematics can be learnt in a joyful way. Children can improve their reasoning and thinking skills. This workshop not only enhanced teaching skills but also inspired us to help children explore math.

Teaching Mathematics with manipulative Teaching Mathematics with manipulative

Leading and Managing Change

"Leading and Managing change" is a continuing Professional Development workshop for School leaders designed by The British Council. Mrs. Mary Bennette participated in the workshop which was held at Hotel Raintree on 21st June 2019 from 10am to 5pm. The resource person was Ms.Manisha Dak.

The learning outcomes of the programme were:

  • Understanding the significance of change in the 21st century
  • Understanding how to manage resistance to and fear of change
  • Knowing about models for leading change to improve outcomes
  • Being able to consider tools and techniques for implementing change
  • Being able to identify how to approach a change project in school

The above learning outcomes were achieved through activity, group discussion and sharing. The programme was really a productive one.

Leading and Managing Change

Conference on Artificial Intelligence

A Conference on Artificial Intelligence was conducted on 21st June 2019 at Taj Club House. The workshop was attended by Mr. D. Senthil kumar, Principal and Mrs. Meera Gopi Section head – Primary. The workshop was a half day session which was scheduled in the afternoon with key note address on what artificial intelligence is and the need to include the same as part of curriculum.

The Guest Speakers were:

1. Dr. Sanjay Malaviya, Founder The Future Foundation

2. Dr. M.M. Pant, IIT Kanpur.

The discussion evolved around the following:

  • Change is permanent
  • Education has not changed in the same pace as other areas
  • What the school needs to do to meet the challenges of the ever changing world (4th industrial age)
  • Artificial intelligence (the ability to distinguish, classify and recommend)
  • Machine learning (ability to see patterns based on previous experience)
  • Deep learning (use of neural network)