Workshop and in-house training organised for ISM teachers
A three-day workshop was conducted for teachers of Indian School Muscat (ISM) on August 1, 2 and 3 at different venues on the school premises.
Principal Dr Rajeev Kumar Chauhan inaugurated the workshop and accorded a formal welcome to the resource persons and introduced them to the teachers. Dr Shanker Ramachandran was the resource person for the workshop for Senior and Middle Section teachers. He is a certified Sales and Change Management consultant, US and a certified Master Trainer, NLP, Inspiritive, Australia. His areas of expertise are many, including Leadership Development, Performance Management and Advanced Communication Skills.
The workshop aimed at providing teachers with the opportunity to gain insight into their individual patterns of Stress Response, Time Management and Professionalism in Teaching. Dr Ramachandran’s encouraging talk and lively interaction not only inspired them but also fuelled their thoughts and motivated them to have a positive outlook on these key areas.
As the school is planning to implement STEM in class VII, which is a hands-on experience of learning by imparting knowledge to the pupils in an innovative way, teachers teaching Mathematics, Science and Computer Science in class VII were given an intensive training where they learnt the skills of integrating the four subjects, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Avikshit Saras, post graduate in Finance from the University of Manchester, was the resource person for this training.
The pre-primary and primary teachers of ISM were given a three day in-house training. The resource persons were the Dr Chauhan and the school coun- sellors, Bubly Devarajan and V Preshob. The principal spoke to the teachers about the importance of creating and having a philosophy and pedagogy of the ideal child.
He explained that the philosophy of the ideal child begins with doing what’s right for the child, moving on to identifying the unique potential of the child which is limitless and then using the pedagogical skills to achieve the emerging student profile which is the ideal student. He described an ideal student as one having core values supported by knowledge and life skills.
Bubly talked about the importance of knowing one’s self and stressed on the significance of understanding the students at a personal level. Preshob spoke to the teachers about the importance of life skills in education. He encouraged the teachers to inculcate and promote decisionmaking skills, creative and critical thinking, communication and interpersonal skills along with selfawareness and empathy.
Dr Chauhan emphasised the need to have such ongoing development programmes for teachers to hone their professional skills. He conveyed his sincere thanks to the resource persons for their valuable inputs. At the end of training, the teachers were confident that the knowledge acquired will be put to effective use.