A training was conducted for the Middle Section Teachers by the Principal, Ms. Radhika Iyer .The topic was ‘How to Conduct Formative Assessments?”
Formative Assessment or FA as popularly known is an important part of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE). Teachers have been conducting FA every year, this training gave further insight into how to conduct activities effectively. Radhika Madam shared various activities that can be conducted by teachers in various subjects. They include oral quiz, group discussion, group recitation, crossword, drama, role play, debate, open text assessments, writing tasks etc. She also discussed various nuances to be taken care of while conducting these activities. Teachers also shared their experiences about innovative activities conducted by them in the previous year which included making Sanskrit dictionary, newsroom, collage making on social issues, seal making, flower arrangement, weaving and many more.
A training was conducted for the Middle Section Teachers by the Principal, Ms. Radhika Iyer and the Vice-Principal of the Middle Section, Mrs. Noopur Desai. The topic was ‘How to Prepare an Effective Worksheet’. While all teachers are familiar with worksheets and they have become an integral part of teaching at Udgam, it is very important to make them interesting and educative. Firstly, the Principal advised the teachers to be clear about the objective of the worksheet and what outcome they expect – whether it is for practice, revision, teaching or extra content. Then she enumerated the characteristics of a good worksheet, the content and also the format like spacing, font size, punctuation marks, heading and sub-heading. She stressed that the content should not go against our values or sensibilities. Most importantly, they should avoid spelling mistakes. Specimen worksheets were shown to the teachers.
Apart from worksheets, the training also included discussion on effective use of blackboard. The Vice-Principal gave some tips on the use of black board – to write in an orderly manner, to take care of spelling and capital and small letters and write legibly.
On the whole, the session was a learning experience for all the teachers as they shared their views.
During the month of March the children of Preschool were involved in different activities like thumb printing, shapes concepts, colouring, palm printing and paper tearing. They were taught different concepts through games which the little ones thoroughly enjoyed.
'Health is wealth' – this slogan was prominent in the activities observed today by the students of Classes 3 to 5.
Class 3 watched a very informative video which made them aware of the importance of good health. They learnt about the need to exercise daily and follow an exercise regime. They also came to know of the many benefits of yoga and meditation in daily life and practised chanting ‘Om'. Standard practices of hygiene were discussed such as the proper way to wash hands, brushing teeth twice a day, bathing, exercising and eating healthy food.
Class 4 observed the day by bringing healthy foods like salads, vegetables, fruits, etc. They also made posters related to healthy food and took part in speech and debate. Activities were conducted to stress upon the importance of hygiene and health.
Class 5 celebrated the day with great vigour. They actively participated in a wide array of activities like poster making, slogan writing, advertising, poem writing and so on covering various aspects related to good health. They were made aware that for having a healthy body they need to exercise regularly, maintain personal hygiene, get vaccinated and go for regular medical check ups as only a healthy body can nurture a healthy mind.