With the changing times, the responsibilities of a teacher are also growing. Therefore, it has become very important for teachers to hone their teaching skills so that they can satisfy the curiosity of the enthusiastic students. For evolving such an important factor, Shivalik Public School Phase VI, MOHALI had initiated its Annual INSET Programme which continued for 6 day (from 28th May to 2nd June, 2018) for approx.. 300 teachers from all the branches of Shivalik Public School located in Chandigarh, Nawan Shehar, Patiala and Mohali. The programme aimed at training the teachers to adapt with 21st century tools and teaching skills. There were different segments of the in-service training programme. The first day’s guest speaker Mrs Harpreet Kaur , Principal, Guru Harkrishan Public School, Chandigarh delivered the talk, presentation & keynote address on Inclusion and Inclusive Education , an important issue of the day. She expressed her opinion and explained the topic in an elaborated manner.She expressed her concern about including all variety of the students into the main educational stream. The second guest speaker of the day, Ms Manish, Director, Simply Health Plus, spoke very effectively on Gender Sensitivity and was successful in sensitizing the participants regarding the issue of gender so that they provide a gender equitable environment in the class rooms, develop expertise in handling the gender bias and offer an environment conducive to shared learning .

Dr. Anupama Mankotia, Oxford University Press and Mr Sandeep Sharma, Ratna Sagar Publishers, were the speakers of the second day of the INSET. Ms Manisha talked about ‘Being an Effective Teacher for 21st century’ .She emphasised upon building student teacher relationship that shifts from ‘Command’ to conversation. She also laid emphasis on extracting the creativity from each child by ‘exploring the garden within’. Mr Sandeep Sharma’s address on Learn, Unlearn and Relearn stressed on the need of creating a change in teaching strategies. The third day of the programme saw Ms Neena Chopra, a renowned speaker who outlined the importance of attitude, perseverance, learning from failure and power of thinking when she addressed the audience on the topic’ Skillful Curriculum For 21st Century’

Mr. Jeevan D'Cunha,Vice President at Indian Career Education & Development Council (ICEDC) on fourth day of the INSET, focussed on methods to engage students through activity- and inquiry-based learning. His activity based interesting session made every teacher to think on a very important aspect of teaching that Creative teaching can only be a part of a classroom if the teacher presiding is an ingenious individual. A teacher who is creative enough to be part of the innovative classroom can design exciting new lessons, motivate the students for right classroom environment required to showcase students’ innovative minds.

  1. interest of the teachers was well maintained on the fifth day of the INSET programme by Ms Nandita Mukerji, Mcmilan Publishers.’New Age Teaching Methodology’ was very well illustrated by her. She involved recreational and thought-provoking brain storming activities for the teachers. day also saw the informative presentations by the computer teachers who apprised the teachers with the new educational websites and apps. The 6th and the concluding day of the INSET began with the school prayer, thought of the day and moral story presented by the teachers. Mr. D.S.Bedi, Director, Shivalik Public Schoosl addressed the teachers with a motivating and inspiring message highlighting the fact that “If teachers don’t act as learners, they cannot keep themselves abreast with the 21st century pedagogical developments”. Yesterday’s proceedings were well recapitulated before starting the day’s session. last day i. e. The 6th day of the INSET had been very fruitful as the resource person from Tinkering Lab, Manoj and Suraj Verma from Karadi Path took interactive and interesting sessions about teaching the languages. In the end, the yoga exercises were performed by the teachers which helped them to rejuvenate. On the whole, the day provided the teachers with a 21st century learner’s perspective to integrate digital technology within their classrooms. An interesting and enriching approach towards education was well concluded with the address by the Revered Director Mr DS Bedi. He complimented the teachers for their efforts to inculcate the traits of the 21st century teaching skills. He termed it as an 'Active, Healthy and Collaborative Session'. He also urged the teachers to use the new methodologies in the classroom.

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