Curriculum & Pedagogy
Workshop on Framing Inquiry Questions
A workshop on Framing Inquiry Question was conducted for the faculty members of International Section on October 14, 2019 by Ms. Swapna Kannedi, Middle Wing Coordinator, and Ms. Sony Sharma, Global Perspectives and TOK Facilitator. Ms. Swapna led the discussion on to the process of inquiry and the reason for teachers to model questioning and help students in inquiry-based learning. Ms. Sony discussed about various aspects of a good inquiry question. She explained all the important features with the help of an example. Teachers worked in their subject groups, created a set of inquiry questions on a specific topic and presented in front of their fellow colleagues.
Writing reflections for Project-based Learning
Ms. Snehalatha Tolasati, Academic Coordinator, conducted an interesting workshop for the CBSE Primary and Secondary teachers (Kondapur & Gachibowli) on how to write their reflections on Project-based Learning (PBL) on September 28, 2019. Teachers were advised to choose topics keeping in mind real world issues that give students a chance to think critically and find solutions to those problems. They discussed the multiple intelligence theory that can be incorporated in PBL. Teachers were also given 15 reflection strategies to help students retain information.
Geometric and Spatial Relationships, Operations and Algebraic Thinking
Ms. Manjusha Gadamsetty, Director of Sprouts School, to conduct an interactive workshop on Mathematics for Primary and Pre-primary teachers.The session provided some detailed insights into shapes, geometry, and spatial knowledge with reference to geometry. It emphasized the importance of inculcating a number sense and algebraic thinking among students to help them develop love for the subject.
From Click to Mortar
An interactive session on Digital Trends in Classroom was conducted by Mr. Shantanu Paul, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Talent Sprint. The session helped teachers gain insights into technology that can be being integrated in the classrooms to make teaching more
interesting. He explained how education is becoming a consumer product and by combining education with entertainment, students will be engaged in learning with pleasure which will help them retain more information. He also explored the concept of a flipped classroom, where by reversing the traditional learning environment, the focus on the students in the classroom is enhanced.
Workshop on Notebook Correction and Maintenance
Ms. Shalini Singh Hamilton, the Headmistress of Middle and Senior Sections, conducted a workshop for the teachers on Notebook maintenance and Correction. The emphasis was laid upon the timely and appropriate correction of assignments by the teachers while ensuring that the
students are maintaining their notebooks well by filling the index, writing the heading and the date, writing in good handwriting, etc. Teachers were encouraged to appreciate good work done by the students and give clear and detailed feedback on their assignments. Ms.
Hamilton also insisted on checking the Additional Help assignments promptly, sharing feedback with parents, and maintaining a record of students` performance.
Workshop on Active Learning
Ms. Cinymol, Headmistress - International Section, conducted a workshop on Active Learning for the faculty members of the International Section on October 16, 2019. The session discussed misconceptions regarding active learning, the checklist to be kept in mind while planning, and the actual practice to be executed. The teachers participated actively and shared their ideas and thoughts. The coordinators and the principal gave their valuable inputs.
Workshop on Improved Learning Objectives
A workshop on Improved Learning Objectives was conducted for the faculty members of International Section by Ms. Shirisha Kondury, IBDP Coordinator on October 16, 2019. The session started with a LIE Triangle that led to a discussion about the three important elements in planning: Lesson Objectives, Instructional Strategies, and Evaluation. Changes in any one of them affect the other two elements and hence all three need to be planned together.
Having a clear Learning Objective helps teachers plan content, design assessments, and devise instructional Strategies. It also helps students direct their efforts and monitor their own progress.
The session concluded with teachers giving examples of learning objectives for different subjects and getting feedback on how it can be improved. In tune with the modern ways of communication, the workshop was summarized with three things:
AIM: Assessment/End in Mind
KISS: Keep it Simple Stupid
LOL: Learning objective that lasts long
Cambridge Learner and Teacher Attributes
Ms. Shalini Singh Hamilton, the Headmistress of Middle and Senior Sections, conducted a workshop for the teachers on `Cambridge Learner and Teacher Attributes`. The session emphasized on five attributes that the Cambridge students and faculty members must possess:
- Confidence: Students should be confident while working with information and ideas – their own and those of others. Teachers should be confident while teaching their subject and engaging each student in learning.
- Responsible for themselves, responsive to and respectful of others.
- Reflective as learners, developing their ability to learn and practice
- Innovative and equipped for new and future challenges.
- Engaged intellectually, socially, and professionally and ready to make a difference.
At the end of the session, an exemplar lesson plan which would lead to development of these attributes in the students and teachers was shared and discussed.
CHIREC organized an engaging session on Learning Spectrum for CAIE teachers conducted by Ms. Alokaparna Das, Head Content, TTF, Ms. Sandhya Shivaprasad and Dr. Reeshma Suri, Senior Coordinators, Training & School Support, TFF. The first half saw the discussion on the
aspects of 21st-century learning - learning environment, expectations of a learner, and how one can become a good teacher. They emphasized on collaborative work and how it can be used in the classroom. The also shared deep insights into teaching outside the
Intelligent Interactive Panel for Education
Mr. Pradip G Kalshetty, Sr. Engineer, conducted an informative session for teachers on the Intelligent Interactive Panel for Education. He gave his insights into the Intelligent Interactive Panel that helps teachers play a significant role as mentors towards building future leaders. He
also explained how to use this Panel to make children inquisitive and explorative, fostering better understanding of concepts.
An in-depth and interactive workshop on Numeracy skills was conducted by Ms. Shreevidya Ramachandran, Coordinator, Training & Teacher Support, TTF for Pre-primary teachers. The session saw a lot of hands-on activities based on concepts and skills appropriate for the
Counseling and Human Development
Smart Parenting and Teaching
A session on smart parenting and teaching was conducted by Dr. Savita Date Menon, Clinical & Health Psychologist. The session emphasized on how students can be made accountable for their actions, how negative motivation is the wrong approach toward bringing desirable
changes, the importance of developing skills instead of focusing on scoring marks, and the need for teachers to be a source of encouragement for students.
POSCO Act – Good Touch, Bad Touch
CHIREC in collaboration with Early Childhood Association organized a workshop on the protection of children against all kinds of abuse to raise awareness amongst the school staff about the POCSO Act and the importance of teaching children the concept of Good Touch, Bad Touch.
Teachers were provided insights into the importance of interacting with students daily to know if they are okay, the need to sensitize everyone about the safety of children, and how to de-stigmatize these issues and break the silence, and the correct way to approach the
situation if it may arise.
POSH - Prevention of Sexual Harassment
An in-depth session was held by C. Anusuya, DCP, W&CSW, Cyberabad, to educate and create awareness among the staff on The Sexual Harassment of Women at the Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 also known as POSH. The workshop included a
detailed overview of what sexual harassment is and its legal definitions, why women don`t complain about the harassment, how to handle sexual harassment complaints and maintain a positive work environment.
The session conducted by Ms. Madhavi Adimulam, Special Educational Needs Professional, gave insights into the identification and detection of the learning disabilities in children and how it can be improved through occupational therapy. She introduced the teachers to dyslexia,
dysgraphia, etc., and shared her expertise to enhance teaching strategies and techniques to give children an inclusive environment.
Workshop on Inclusive Education
CHIREC hosted a Capacity Building Workshop on Inclusive Education for its teachers in collaboration with Mrs. Shailaja, Principal of Tatva Global School and Mrs. Anuradha, Principal of CRPF Public School. The Workshop was conducted to raise the awareness on the importance of
equality, overcoming discrimination and prohibit any kind of harassment and victimization of any child with special needs in school.
Human and Organizational Learning
Etiquette in Communication
A workshop on Etiquette in Communication was conducted for the teachers by Ms. Shalini Singh Hamilton, Headmistress of Middle and Senior Sections. She discussed the various modes of communication (face-to-face/phone call/e-mail) that a teacher uses to interact with the
parents, students, colleagues, and the non-teaching staff/support staff and emphasized the importance of being courteous, polite, and respectful. Teachers are encouraged to listen to opinions of others and do their best to understand the circumstances and use appropriate
language and discretion while dealing with people on different issues.