Vidya Soudha Public School has organized a workshop on Creative Teaching Techniques on 23rd and 24th of May at Hassan. Teachers from Bangalore VSPS also joined. The workshop was inaugurated by lighting the lamp by Mrs. Padmashree M Principal of Vidya Soudha Public School Bangalore and Mrs. Mamatha Natesh Principal of Vidya Soudha Public School Hassan. Almost 40 teachers have participated .
Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.
Edward de Bono
Creative Teaching Technique workshop was conducted by an eminent personality Ms Bhagya Lakshmi , a doyen in creative teaching from the ACT institute, who has the experience of conducting almost 170 workshops to her credit. The workshop started with a questionnaire on creativity and its components. The objectives of creative teaching techniques like Active Learning, Exploring various creative techniques were stressed, and various creative strategies of teaching were discussed in an interactive manner. Which involved. Jigsaw activity, Graphic organize, VARK, Chunk & Chew, The Lotus Blossom technique, Cognitive Network Tree, Six thinking hats, KWL, SQRRR, Fish bone strategy, Spider Map, Mind Map & Concept Map. All these techniques were hands on activity based and it was an amazing experience for the teachers to work on each technique through their creativity. The day ended with an assignment where in the teachers felt as students.
Day 2 Started with the explanation of assignments done by various department. Blooms Taxonomy’s six level thinking order was discussed, Cubing, Jeopardy, Group Discussion, Role-play, Carousel, Hot Seat, Circle time, Fish Bowl Structure were the other strategies which were discussed.
Among these Group discussion was the most exciting strategy where in group of participants is guided by a moderator (or group facilitator) who introduced topics for discussion and helps the group to participate in a lively and natural discussion amongst themselves. The strength of group discussion relies on allowing the participants to agree or disagree with each other so that it provides an insight into how a group thinks about an issue, about the range of opinion and ideas, and the inconsistencies and variation that exists in a particular community in terms of beliefs and their experiences and practices. And for Role play the theme was –“Save Mother Earth” wherein all the teaching faculty really had fun and they expressed it in a fantastic manner. The workshop formally ended by a vote of thanks by Ms Akshata, and feed backs were collected.
With these Creative Teaching Techniques teachers were inspired and energized to learn. The workshop ended with a message which is
“ creativity is in all of us, we need to identify and develop it”