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Report On The Day’s Happening – 12.07.17

The Principal and the working team the status of planning and implementation of week 1 schedule along with the two Oxford teachers. The discussion involved the following points :

  • Oxford teachers wondered how much teachers achieved in class with few tools in hand
  • In praise of teachers’ subject knowledge
  • Classroom management techniques for better student learning outcome.
    (Pair share, peer teaching opportunities flip learning, differentiated home assignments – pre learning exercises & exercises to consolidate, introduction of routines for students, phrases to signify expected action be set by teachers)
  • Workshop and training sessions requested on Classroom management techniques, theatre and debating skills, teaching of French & German.

Involvement in Middle school

Ms Eleanor had taught the topic ‘perspectives’ to the students of class VII.

Following are the observations made by the teacher (YM) :

  • Introduced the topic by questioning-‘What does perspective mean?’
  • Discussion -5 mts
  • Activity – Describe the characters using adjectives and drawing stick figures and also sought evidences
  • Discussion -10 mts
  • Activity – Prepare a recipe for ‘Perfect Father’
  • Discussion -10-15 mts

Ms Beatrice had taught the topic ‘To compare the impact of literary devices’ for class VIII A

Following are the observations made by the teacher (BBL) :

  • Introduced the topic by questioning-how to compare things in life and to compare the poem Abandoned Farm House and Blow, Bugle, Blow
  • Discussion-5 min
  • Activity-Divided children into 6 groups and highlighted about,
    • Rhyme
    • Rhythm
    • Repetition
    • Tone
    • Imagery
  • Discussion-15 min
  • Students compared two poems and compared the mood of the poem by giving good answers. Each group gave examples for the given topic.
  • Discussion-15 min
    Ms. Beatrice and Ms.Eleanor reported to have enjoyed the class and the students level of enthusiasm in participating in the activities designed.
  • The teachers handling std IV – VIII (all subjects) attended session 1 of the teacher training workshop that dealt with ‘Differentiation’ that included the following aspects:
    • Providing a variety in class
    • Classroom to appeal to all
    • Provide multiple options
    • Differentiated learning outcomes – bronze, silver & gold
    • Open ended questioning
    • Differentiated task allotment (by ability, by support, mixed ability groups)
    • Differentiated roles allotted to children (illustrator, timer, note taker, connector, literary luminous)
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Report On The Day’s Happening – 11.07.17

Involvement in Middle school

Ms.Beatrice and Ms.Eleanor observed classes VII – Ms. Yolanda and VI - Ms. Bhagya. They observed a story and grammar exercise being taught by the teachers.  Followed by the observation, they had a discussion with the respective teachers and suggested a few methods that would make the class more student centric. They were appreciative of introducing concepts by relating to real life situations, knowledge transfer using minimal resources and the method adapted to emphasize on a particular data. They also acknowledged that consolidation of the grammar concept at the end of the class was done well.  

Following are the ideas given by the Oxford teachers for a ‘Student Centered Class room’:

  • Enact a few phrases from the story so that the key words / concept is learned through experience
  • Encourage discussion on a topic in pairs and find relevant evidences from the text – pair work by students aids constructive discussion and peers become resource for learning
  • Provide sand clocks and colourful chimes to set time limit for students discussion in pairs
  • Provide waiting time for students to respond for a question
  • When students have a question / doubt - Put them on to the mode of looking out for answers from the text, display boards and peers, finally reach out to the teacher if need arises.

Involvement in the primary section

Standard IV had an English class and was observed by Ms. Eleanor and she was pleased to note that every student was given an opportunity to participate in sharing what their favorite hobby was. The aim of the lesson was to learn what adjectives are and to use the same in describing people, things and events. The teacher (Mrs. Meera) had done the lesson with chalk, board and students as resources.

The Oxford Teacher appreciated that the teacher got through the concept with minimal teaching resources. She suggested that the teacher asks students to reiterate the task when they get to be talkative.

Standard II had an English oral circle time with the teacher out in the open. Children were engaged by the teacher (Mrs. Priyalatha) in song and conversation.
Ms. Beatrice took part in the circle time and observed the students for a while and then entered into a conversation with the children. The children shared their names and what their named meant. This was followed by asking students on who their favorite cartoon character was. They came up with Ben, connected it to their English lesson Ben’s Christmas wish. They asked Ms. Beatrice questions about snowfall in England and making a snowman. The circle time ended with songs Old Mc Donald had a farm and Shoe fly don’t bother me.

Ms. Beatrice reported to have enjoyed the class and the students level of enthusiasm in participating in the activities designed.

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The inauguration commenced with the invocation song “Maithreem bhajatha” followed by the welcome address by our Principal Mr.D.Senthil Kumar.

Our Advisor Mrs.R. Kamakshi addressed the gathering and talked

Ms. Beatrice and Ms. Eleanor also shared their views and excitement about the eight week program. The teachers Mrs. Cressentia and Mrs. Yolanda shared their experiences with last year’s OTs. As an introduction, the school presentation was screened and the student council members took them on a school tour explaining the different facilities and practices.

Post the inauguration, the two Oxford teachers were shown a documentary of the school. They were then taken on a tour around the school. During the latter part of the day, the Principal T.I., along with the Section Heads and Section Coordinators met to understand the areas of need, the areas of expertise and the areas of keen interest to arrive at a plan for the eight weeks. The two Oxford teachers were asked to list out areas which could transform themselves into teacher training sessions.

The teachers handling English T.I briefed the O.T’s on the existing methods of teaching English. The OTs had a look at the lesson plan, text books and work books – X seed.

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