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Chas ( Jharkhand) : The holistic development of children of any nation is in the hand of teachers. DPS, Chas, in Bokaro District, in Jharkhand, took the initiative to bring forth better professionals and effective teachers by organising a two- day workshop on ” 21st Century Teacher —- A new Paradigm” on October 3 & 4, 2019.

The first day commenced with lighting of the lamp by Dr  Hemlata S Mohan, the Chief  Mentor, DPS, Chas, along with other dignitaries. The two eminent resource persons : P  Rajashekhar and Ms Rajashree Dash, were introduced by Principal, DPS, Chas, Neelkamal Sinha.

Rajashree Dash started the session with an activity inculcating zeal and enthusiasm among teachers. P Rajashekhar provided a detail account of the teaching methodology. He pointed out three methodology-Transmission, an old form where teachers transmit their knowledge to students directly. Transaction is another process where a situation is created to make the students feel free to talk and the most effective is teaching as Transformation to create conditions that have potential to transform the learner at different  levels. They also laid emphasis on 4c-creativity, collaboration, communication and creative thinking.

In the post lunch session, the experts brought Blow the Balloon activity to demonstrate transformation. They also introduced some remarkable methods to help a teacher in planning his lessons effectively. The sole aim was to enable the faculty to make their classes interesting and interactive. The Day 1 session finished with few sets of questionnaire aimed at improving the skill of teachers.

The Day 2 of the workshop was all the more stimulating as different activities and group discussions opened new doors of learning for teachers. In Know Your Driver session, positive as well as negative aspects of personality traits as a teacher was highlighted. Giving example, the resource persons emphasised on the misconceptions developed in young minds due to stereotyped teaching pattern as well as negative praising. Advice given by them was instead of giving exhaustive practice of the basic concept, the students should be taught more methods to solve a particular problem.

Dr Hemlata S Mohan said that as the time is changing gradually the responsibilities of a teacher are also growing. It has become very important to hone the teaching skills of the teachers every now and then so that they can satisfy the curiosity of the students. She also spoke about the collaboration of 3H formula-Head, Heart and Hand.

Neelkamal Sinha said that the workshop was all about new dimension of teaching thereby helping the teahers to learn research based strategy, to learn to collaborate with colleagues on best practices. Vote of thanks was proffered by Rashmi Sinha, Headmistress, DPS, Chas.

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