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Mindfulness Session

“The mind is like water. When its turbulent, its difficult to see. When its calm, everything becomes clear.”

Mindfulness focuses on observing and accepting thoughts and emotions as they are without trying to change them. Mindfulness helps the individual to be fully aware of the present moment, without being carried away by any thoughts and emotions.

There was a great mindfulness session conducted by Ms. Aishwarya BM in TI school. Various values from mindfulness was chose and taught to the appropriate class students.

Class 4th and 5th were taught what is meant being mindful and what is meant being dreamful. How could we apply mindfulness in our daily lives by being alert and aware of the present moment to “make it happen”. A story was shared regarding this and a technique was given to them so that their mind and body can together work and think of the now moment. They also had a dance meditation from which the students recalled the happy moments how consistent they were.

Class 6th and 7th had a balloon meditation that was about having more emphasis on compassion, sharing and letting go. Students had to blow the balloon twice, while blowing the first balloon they have to think about the negative memories and while blowing the second time they had to think about the positive memories. Finally they had to share their happiness through sharing the balloon. This activity was done to teach them to let go of the good and bad memories in their life and welcome the new one.

Class 8th and 9th had emphasis on being in now or present moment as our thought wander everywhere sometimes it can wander in multiple spaces but ultimately the fact is that our body remains where we are. When our body and mind are at a same place that’s when our ideas are coming to action and making it happen. To experience this there was small meditation was done in which students have to compare their body to a strong deep rooted tree each one had their own visualizations after sometime they have to fit themselves as that tree. This helps in improving their mind to be in present, grounded and appreciate their inner metabolism to keep them strong as the tree.

Class 10th, 11th and 12th were taught in a different way as they are little ahead. They learned about why setting right intension is important. The session started with breathing exercises like Bramhari pranayama and there was a discussion about mudras and how they were logically formed with the help of the elements of nature. Gyan mudra is an important one which helps in increasing the focus level and concentration then naturally memory develops which is really needed for 10th, 11th and 12th as they are going to face an important phase in their lives. And emphasis was given about doing whatever in your life do it for yourself and not for others, when we do it for others that’s when our mind starts to be mindless.

This whole mindfulness session was not just about understanding mindfulness its about experiencing mindfulness. When we experience it then there would be natural flow in every person so once that natural flow happens you are being yourself as a unique one.

Fragile Adolescence

Students from classes 9 and 10 assembled in the AV Hall on 8th November 2022 for the workshop conducted by NSN group of Schools. This workshop was conducted to motivate teenage students. The event started with a prayer song, two students from NSN group of schools spoke on three topics to motivate the children. The first topic was all about how we have to believe in ourself and respect our emotions with great examples like Sachin Tendulkar, Don Bradman, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. The second topic was based on how “none to point at your mistakes and characters, the third was a really important one which is to feel heroism in a right way instead of taking part in bad things just because our friends do, take part in good and soulful things and feel like a hero while doing it, and at the end the correspondent of NSN Group of Schools Ms. Chitra Prasad concluded the event heartfully.

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Skills Builder Global Accelerator- Teacher Training Session 1

On Friday 4th November 2022, Skills Builder teacher training session was conducted by James Prideaux, Lead Associate for International. The training session was attended by Mrs. Ambili Unnikrishnan, PGT English, the Skills Leader, Mrs. Sreelatha, Coordinator VI-IX and the teachers handling Skills Builder classes. The session was to reflect on the progress so far on the programme, to explore strategies to successfully embed skills and to discuss offline resources.

The following were discussed during the session:

  • The best schools and colleges are supplementing focused time on building the essential skills with wider reinforcement and practise across the curriculum, and beyond it.
  • Deliberate practice is distinguished by focused attention on a particular goal, often with the support of an expert of coach.
  • Schools and colleges build this deliberate practice into their curricula in different ways. Some use a specific project as a basis to apply the essential skills to a real-life challenge: for example, creating a radio show, a school performance, a community event or a sports competition. These approaches can be highly effective as the sole focus of the learning is on securing progression in the essential skills
  • It can also work well though to weave chances to practice the essential skills through the curriculum without the need to make lots of additional time available. This works best by taking a view across the learning of a particular year group and spotting the natural opportunities to practice applying different steps of the Skills Builder Framework. For example, by giving the opportunity to create a presentation in English, to apply research methods in Geography or to structure problem-solving through Maths
  • The most effective schools and colleges do both having the focused practice made possible by dedicated time and then regular reinforcement in other subject areas too.
  • Ensure that the language of essential skills is being used across the whole school or college, with common shared standards.
  • Include visual cues and reminders to encourage teachers to make reference to those skills in other parts of their teaching. For example, by having the essential skills posted up on the walls in the classrooms, or in the front of student planners or exercise books.
  • Other visual reminders include wall displays of what students have been studying and how it links to the development of essential skills.
  • Some schools and colleges also build in the expectation that essential skills will be reinforced in the design of lesson plans or curriculum planning.