Wake up: A day of Mindfulness for Young Adults

On 18th September 2018, “Guru Gobind singh Indraprastha University” organized a workshop on “Wake up: A day of Mindfulness for Young Adults” by Ahimsa Trust for our practical on “Mindfulness in classroom”, on themes: Mindfulness through the day; in classrooms, stressful contexts & Individual breathing exercises and self awareness of body & mind for B. Ed and M. Ed students.
Ahimsa Trust is a volunteer-driven non-profit organization geared towards educational, social and cultural work, aimed at locating peace and harmony within oneself, one’s family and society. The workshop by them was very effective and soothing.
“Wake up: A day of Mindfulness for Young Adults” was a mindfulness practice for the age group of 18-35 years. This mindfulness practice was a workshop on teacher training and be a fourfold community home for those who want to live in the beauty & the magic of mind-full awareness. The workshop is to make teachers realize that they have to remain happy so that they can change the world. If teachers are happy from their soul and mind they can teach students happily as they are the future of our country. Mindfulness practice is a practice to overcome depression, take a pause from any distraction, stress, fear, breathe and smile, to live in the moment to observe each and every aspect of life and this all is considered better than medicine. 
The workshop was held in the auditorium of the main campus. First of all there was saraswati vandana followed by the introduction of the people who delivered the workshop. There was Dr. Shantanu who told us about the ancient, wisdom culture of our India which we all have forgotten. He motivated us to teach mental practice along with physical practice as a new way of pedagogy which is deeply rooted in our own ancient culture but the only way we can do it if we practice it and we cannot teach without actually doing it to ourselves. There’s a quote with which he finished and that was “An unwritten curriculum is the presence of the teacher in the class” so if the teachers come in with awareness and smile, students will do the same. He told us about how to develop that with the art of suffering and happiness.                                    
He then introduced his fellow nuns and monks who had came to aware us with their thoughts & experiences and told us more about these practices. They had a bell, which when they rang everyone just took a pause, breathe in and smile and i.e. the significance of bells in the school. Then Dr. Phaphlak “ the funniest one” told us many funny stories and told us how to be happy, how to love ourselves, how to take care of ourselves and our heart first. He told us that when we wake up in the morning we just have to smile and say ‘this is my day’ and ‘my brand new 24 hours’.                         
They gave us a sheet on which there were many happy songs. They told us about the whole schedule of the day; first of all there was walking meditation, which is to feel the earth with our each step, silently, and quietly. Before starting we all sand a song along with them “Gatha for Walking Mediation”. The other monk Brother Shunyata gave us information about walking meditation. Then there was eating meditation where we all seated together quietly and were eating our lunch, all were taking their lunch and feeling happy. We also did a prayer of thanking the farmer and god for giving us food. All were focusing on what they are eating and living the moment.
Figure 1 eating meditation
Then at last there was deep meditation in which we had to lay down and breathe in and out in order to feel the earth. Everytime we breathe in, we feel ourselves from our feet to our teeth, and when we breathe out, we just sank into the earth and feel its warmth. It was very relaxing and refreshing.  
Then it came to an end with the question answer round. Students asked questions about how to have positive attitude, how to be calm, and answer to all that was just to take a pause, breathe in and smile.
The workshop was a huge success. Everyone came out of the auditorium with a big smile on their faces. All were very motivated as all got to learn something different from daily routine life, i.e. to see each other and give a big smile.

Workshop on “Upholding Ethics and Integrity”: My major takeaways

On 18th September 2019, a Workshop on “Upholding Ethics and Integrity” was conducted in ET Lab by the B.Ed department of KIHEAT, which was facilitated by Mrs. Preeti Sinha student councellor and personality trainer. She proved to be an excellent Counsellor and an experienced guide from the experiences she shared and the way she expressed herself as an active and lively speaker who held our attention for quite some time. The sessions were not at all boring. In fact, time flew so fast that, in the feedback form, I even mentioned that we needed extended sessions in such Workshops, so that we could learn more from skilled Counsellors like her. 
The major takeaways from the sessions were,
1.  How to make the classes more lively with different activities. I need to save these activities and research for more variety activities to make my classes more effective and lively in future when I become a teacher.
2.  The major ethical issues which today’s children face and tips to overcome them were discussed in detail, which helped me understand that these are the issues that I would have to face with my students. I would like to learn about more experiences and how they were effectively dealt with so that I don’t get panicked when faced with reality.
3.  Each and every person should be treated with so much respect. The way in which all my batchmates showed their talents by acting and speaking and also drawing showed me how gifted and different each person is. Through the Caricature Activity I understood that I need to do a thorough SWOT Analysis so as to highlight my best features.
4.  Moreover, I was amazed by the speech delivered by Charlie Chaplin to the soldiers. The funniest comedian of all times, who makes us laugh always, how powerfully he conveyed the message of how they should help each other and liberate the nation! It showed that each of us have that inner power, which can shake the world.
5.  Another tip I took was to keep myself updated about the circulars updated by CBSE. Being a prospective teacher, it is something which is very important.
6.  On the personal level, the major lesson I learned, and would like to put into practice is that I should learn to deliver my words effectively without the help of paper or chits. This was a tip given by Principal, Dr. Priti Srivastava at the last in her vote of thanks speech. 
To conclude, I am looking forward to the next Workshop, as the first Workshop was very interesting and the messages were effectively communicated. I would love to attend such workshops in the coming days, so as to sharpen my skills as a teacher and guide for our coming generation.

DIGITAL EDUCATION ICTs Initiatives in School and Teacher Education

A lecture was organised in Kamal Institute of higher Education on 20/12/18 at 10:30 am. It was a 2 hour lecture based on the different initiatives taken by government for enhancing ICT based education at school level. The program started with the facilitation of Dr Indu kumar ma’am by our principal ma’am Dr. Priti Srivastava. 
Indu ma’am started with a warm introduction and told us that she is heading NROER NCERT. She started with a small interaction with pupil teachers to know about our knowledge about ICT and ET(Educational technology). Then she moved on with her presentation where first slide she started with was EDUCATIONAL SCENARIO in India. Each slide was well designed as per her work, different maps, charts; tables, mind maps and various kin of digital resources were used. In the first slide she told us about No. of schools in India and No. of students enrolled in them and how quality of education is there in schools. Nearby 50% of schools in India are under ICT@Schools Scheme. In the next slide it was about the most primary and major discrimination which happens in India especially in the field of education and that is on the basis of GENDER. How gender effects the enrollment of students in the schools and also different of urban and rural area? Next she moved to the brief explanation of initiatives of government through a well designed chart.Starting from 1972 when ET scheme was launched then moving to 1983 INSAT and than in 1984 when class projects were launched by government, in 1986 NPE and after the huge difference of 6 years in 1992 NPA launched. Then after a huge gap in 2004 ICT@ School NME-ICT was started. Taking us through these years from past she took us to the present schemes launched, in 2017 SWAYAM MOOCs, SWAYAM prabha and in 2018 Samagra siksha National Digital Library. In the very next slide she gave us brief information about the envisions of Digital India Campaign 2015 in which Digital infrastructure, Governance and services on demand and Digital Empowerment of citizens were the main components. Then she briefed about some digital initiatives at national level such as DIKSHA, ICT curriculum, NROER which provide digital content for education at school level.
She then explained the Curriculum for ICT in Education. Major components she talked about were:-
• Connecting with world
• Possibilities in Education
• Interacting with ICT
• Creating with ICT
• Connecting with each other
• Reaching out to people
In next slide of her presentation she talked about an Application called PARAKH which is a mobile app to collect data/information for evaluating the use of ICT in govt and govt aided schools. And then Swayam site was discussed which is a anytime learning site.
Next to be discussed was different types of resources on NROER i.e:-
? Collections
? Images
? Videos
? Audios
? Documents
? Interactives
She also briefed about Resources available on e-pathshala i.e various e-books, epubs, audios, videos etc
During her lecture she made us famiiar with pro active participation of different states of India. She said that many states like Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra etc are the pro active states which are behaving positively towards ICT.

Enrichment Lecture Teaching skills and Feedback mechanism

On 4th February 2019 Kamal Institute of Higher Education and Advance Technology organised an extension lecture on the topic Teaching skills and Feedback mechanism by Prof. MC Sharma. As we are going to become a teacher so it is very important for us to develop various teaching skills in ourselves. We should also be aware with the feedback mechanism from the students as well as the teacher examinee.
In his lecture Sir covered all the aspects of teaching skills, he told us about what it is? And it’s types which includes
o Introduction to the lesson
o Question delivery and distribution
o Response management
o Explaining
o Illustrations with example related to real life or the environment and it should be relevant.
o Using teaching aids such as charts, models etc.
o Stimulus variation such as body movements, gestures
o Reinforcement by appreciating
o Use of black board which is very important and assignments
He makes us understand all these types with his real life experiences and examples. He has lot of experience in his field of teaching and examining. He shared all his techniques and thoughts which he has used being a student or being a interviewee. 
He then told us about the importance of feedback in teaching. It is one of the most important aspects of micro-teaching. It helps the teacher to do well in further similar situations, rectify their problem. Prof. MC Sharma shared many stories regarding the skills and feedback mechanism so that we can understand it completely.
The session was ended with the question answer round. Many students have some queries they asked and got the relevant answers. Overall the lecture was very helpful for us. We have learned a lot about how we can enhance our skills

EDUCATION IN ABROAD WITH IELTS

As our education system depend on the globalisation so the before getting enrolled in any university one gets stuck with the questions like where do I study abroad? What do I want to study: Science, engineering, Business or Finance? How much money is required? What are the intakes available? And to answer all such questions A workshop on “Education in abroad” with the help of IELTS (The International English language testing System) was organised by the Kamal Institute of Higher Education & Advance technology on 7th sept. 2018. The workshop was taken by representatives of IDP (International Development Programme), a global leader in international education service.
They started the workshop with introduction of IDP, which helps an international student study in English speaking countries. They help students to get connected with the right course in the right institution and the right country. They also told us that they have been operating for close to 50 years and there are more than 38 universities in their programme.
They informed us that in order to enrol in any under graduate programme, post graduate programme or diploma one has to appear in IELTS, the world’s most popular high stakes English language proficiency test for study, work and migration. For diploma one has to score 6.5 out of 9 and for post graduation 7 out of 9. IDP helps to get admission in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, US and UK. 
First of all one is supposed to select the course and University then check the eligibility, if eligible appear for IELTS and   qualifying the exam. Get Your Test scores, also the statement of purpose, Letter of recommendation, academic transcript etc. Arrange your passport and visa well before the time of reporting. They informed us that Universities also provide financial supports like scholarships, grants, loans, Financial awards etc.
At the end of session they informed us that there is “IDP’s UK, US, CANADA AND NEW ZEALAND EDUCATION FAIR” on 22 September from 11 am to 5 pm at Hotel Le Meridien, Windsor Place, New Delhi and entry fee is applicable. Anyone can attend the fair and enhance their knowledge on studying in abroad and get the benefit.
The workshop was really helpful for all of us.

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