9 Sept, 2016
-Inputs from Ms. Christina Mascaranhes, Mr. Cliffrichard D’Souza & Ms. Flavia Fernandes
Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) – Mrs Christina Mascarenhas
The NLP seminar was conducted by The All India Association of Catholic schools (AINACS) from the 5th to 7th August at Cochin. The resource persons were Mr. Arul Subramaniam and Ms Narmada Rao. There were 42 participants in all.
NLP is a powerful training which demonstrates that people have a unique way of thinking and processing information. It helps a person know his/her unconscious patterns and bring them to awareness. Through NLP, one learns to use language in a compelling way, to create rapport instantly, and to use different strategies to motivate different people. It presupposes a spirit of curiosity. It teaches a person to focus on how people say things, and emphasizes that all spoken words should be treated as rumours unless they are substantiated by action.
Through the sessions, the participants were challenged to focus on behaviour, without attaching meaning to it. They were made to think and explore whether they were models of the behaviour they wanted to see in others. Finally they learned to accept the reality that change is the only way forward, since, if they did what they always did, they would get what they always got.
Librarian’s Day cum Seminar on Excellence in School Education – Mrs. Flavia Fernandes
The librarian’s seminar was held on 12th August 2016 at Shishuvan School. The seminar was rich in content – knowledge and experience – as recorded in personal testimonies below:
Rajshekhar Devraja, Senior Librarian, with thirty years experience says that the school librarian is the first person to talk to students about the books; a librarian is a person engaged in collecting, organizing and disseminating information.
Jamila Merchant, Librarian of Shishuvan noted that a Librarian plays an important part in the life of a child. S/he should have a passion for books, should be computer literate and child friendly. As a primary section librarian she tell stories after issuing books according to the child’s ability to read, and assists the child individually if s/he is unable to read. She reiterated the importance of interpersonal skills to help deal with students, teachers and others.To sum up she says a librarian has to be a facilitator and story teller and help to access information to both students and fellow members.
Mr. Premjibhai, the Chairperson expressed his love for reading during his school days. He confessed that even now when he visits his native place in summer he visits his school library and loves to read. He lamented the fact that today children have moved away from reading because of excess use of internet and mobile phones; and so, we have a challenge to bring them back.
Mr.Rajashekhar Devarai opined that the school library is a school’s physical and digital learning space where reading, inquiry, research, thinking, imagination and creativity that are central to students information take place.
The parents said that it is important for them to motivate the child to read, develop love for books and enlarge child’s world to read. However, they faced a dilemma due to lack of time, a fast paced society and packed schedules, besides a growing tight budget; hence the school library is a better place for reading.
This session also provided inputs for teachers and librarians into good reading habits as also a reflection into a librarian’s vocation.
‘The facilitators programme’: An Adhyayan workshop – By Mr. Cliffrichard D’Souza
The Supervisors Mr. Cliffrichard D’Souza and Mrs. Griselda Fernandes attended a facilitators’ workshop on Thursday 25th August, 2016, aimed at creating a community of teacher facilitators who, equipped with good practices, could implement the same in their own classrooms. The focus of the workshop was the creation of a community that is ready for transformation, individual learning through peer learning, and building skills by which students can achieve the best possible performance in learning for life.
A session on ‘What makes good feedback’ brought to the fore the following key elements- 1. Be kind 2. Be specific 3. Be helpful. The concluding session focused on fostering engagement and flow in the classroom, the foundations of flow being-
2. Teacher input minimal
3. Tasks are appropriate skills
4. Clear goals
5. Immediate feedback
- Motivating tasks
The programme also served as a space for teachers to come together and discuss their practices, experiences, knowledge with regard to the present classroom scenarios.