Ajay Verma ( The Mirror Time)
Department of Education, Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University Fatehgarh Sahib organised a five-day school initiation workshop as a part of Pre-internship training programme. The workshop based on the theme “Advance Pedagogical Skills” was organised online. Dr Harneet Billing, the Department Incharge and convenor of the programme informed that the purpose of the programme was to give orientation to the trainees about new techniques of teaching and to enable them to develop skills of putting them to practice
The workshop was initiated with a talk by Dr. Manjinder Kaur Saini, Principal Malwa College of Education, Sardullewala, Mansa. Sharing her views on the topic “Pedagogical Practices for Student Engagement in Class”, she gave valuable information on cooperative learning techniques, blended learning and use of cooperative learning for actual classroom techniques. A hand on training of using menti.com was given to the trainees. The session arouse curiosity in the trainees as was evident from their active participation and responses.
Dr. Franky, Asst. Prof., Department of Education, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar presented her talk on Pedagogical Innovations in Higher Education on the second day of the workshop. Elaborating the concept of computational thinking, she traced the journey of innovative pedagogies being used in the classes. She also stressed on the necessity of engaging class teachers in a creative and innovative way.
On the third day of the workshop Dr. Mohua Khosla, Associate Professor Malwa Central College of Education, Ludhiana delivered an enriching talk on “Advanced Pedagogical Skills with special reference to ADAPTIVE TEACHING”. She bought out the differences in the impact of using traditional teaching techniques and innovation on the different aspects of the classroom. She shared her personal experiences of transforming dull classes into lively ones.
On the fourth day of the workshop Dr. Neeraj Kumar, Asst. Prof., Malwa Central College of Education, Ludhiana shared valuable information about the use of new techniques like gamification, spaced learning and learning approaches using information and communication technology. His talk centred on the actual problem of teachers and use of innovations to solve them. He shared with the participants a few lesson planning examples, so that the practical implications could be understood.
Dr Gagandeep Tiwana, coordinator of the workshop ensured that the students practiced their learning of the workshop on the last day. The students designed lesson plans and teaching learning material on the basis of the expertise shared by the resource persons. Prof S.S. Billing, Dean Academic Affairs of the University, interacted with the participants to get feedback and to assess the learning outcomes of the workshop.
The organisers of the workshop expressed gratitude to the Vice Chancellor of the university, Dr. Pritpal Singh for extending support to the workshop. The vice chancellor of the university congratulated the participants on successful completion of the workshop.