School Development Programme – Managing Emotion

“If you don’t manage your emotions, then your emotions will manage you.” – Deborah Rozman

As part of the teachers training programme, a workshop was conducted on Thursday, April 18, 2019 for the teachers of Classes VI to VIII on Managing Emotion. Facilitator Ms Swetapadma Mohanty briefed the participants about the importance of managing emotions through several activities and video presentation.

The participants got an in-depth understanding of different types of emotions through an interesting activity where each one of them were asked to express their emotions on the same situation as a child, teenager and adult. They also learnt about the three kinds of emotions like Passive, Aggressive and Assertive as well as the consequences of uncontrolled emotions.

Ms. Mohanty also described the steps to effectively manage emotions like, not to react immediately, not to bottle up the emotions and vent it out in an appropriate way, try to forgive the emotion trigger and have faith on higher force. She also showcased a video on how to channelize the emotions of the students in a positive manner.

Emotion management is a skill that every individual should inculcate for a peaceful self and a peaceful environment. It is the ability to realize and accept a situation with a controlled emotion. It is the ability to accept changes in a positive manner, open to new ideas and not give in to negative feelings or thinking. Being aware of one’s emotional response to a particular situation and analysing the reason for the kind of behaviour, will help manage emotions in a better way.

School Development Programme – Life Skills

“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” – Ignacio Estrada

A workshop was conducted on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, for teachers from Classes IV to VIII, on the topic, ‘Life Skills: Uses and importance’. Facilitators Shri Jaysurya Das and Ms. Shipra Bijaya Sahoo spoke about the important life skills like Thinking skills, Social skills and Emotional skills and its significance.

The participants also learned about UNESCO’s five pillars of education learning like linguistic skills, communication skills, basic analytical skill, respect for culture and sensitivity towards environment. The facilitators briefed the teachers on the importance of understanding life skills and inculcating those in the students during their growing up stage.

They were also briefed about the significance of life skills in maintaining a sound physical and mental health, to be able to make rational decisions by weighing pros and cons, how to be assertive and not aggressive in classroom situations, the difference between being self-aware and self-conscious, methodologies to be followed for problem solving in daily life scenarios, importance of critical and creative thinking and the difference between the two.

During the workshop, the teachers learned how to manage emotions by identifying stress and coping with it, importance of having good interpersonal relationship in the work place among the teachers and take the skills to the classroom to educate children about it, how to say no without hurting the sentiments of others. The teachers also learnt to identify problems or areas of difficulty in a child and have an early intervention to enhance the capabilities of a child and enhance his or her psycho social abilities.

Through several videos and activities, the participants learnt about the importance of life skills in the 21st century to build a better society and the role of a teacher in imparting the skills to the students.

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School Development Programme – Conflict Management in Classroom

“Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Conflict is natural and happens in every ongoing relationship. As it is unavoidable one must learn to manage it. On a positive note, conflict is a sign of need for change and an opportunity for growth, new understanding and improvised communication.

As part of the capacity building of teachers, a workshop on ‘Conflict Management in Classroom’ was conducted on Friday, April 12, 2019. The objective of the workshop was to develop the knowledge, skill and confidence to manage conflict in Classroom situations effectively with resolution techniques. The training was facilitated by Ms. Uma Patra and teachers from Classes IV to VIII took part in it.

The participants learnt the various strategies to handle the interpersonal conflict in different situations, the factors responsible for conflicts and got an in-depth understanding of Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument which describes the ways of dealing with conflict. They also learnt about their role as mentors to direct destructive conflict to constructive one, how to channelize the impact in positive ways through collaboration, compromising and avoiding the unwanted situations so as to covert the loss-loss situation to win-win situation.

The facilitator also recapitulated the Dos and Don’ts of the classroom rules as mandated by the National Education Association like praise students for acting appropriately, get parents involved early on, give students tools for interacting with each other, define behavioural expectations using the champs model etc.

It is said 10% of conflict is due to difference in opinion and 90% is due to delivery and tone of voice. So be the positive voice and not the echo.

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Professional Development Workshop by Asset Education

“Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges.” – Joyce Meyer

A 2-day workshop was conducted for teachers from Class III to VIII by Asset Education on April 11 and 12, 2019. On the first day, Facilitator Shri Prakhar Ghildyal discussed on problem solving as a skill in School where he stressed on the importance of making students think out of the box.

The participating teachers also learnt and practiced the 4-step Poyla problem-solving process, which helped them in understanding the various stages in problem solving. For this activity each group was given a question and asked to analyse the grade, skill level, required and not required question.

Shri Ghildyal also discussed on how to ask a correct and relevant question as asking right questions in the right way can help in enhancing the critical thinking process of a child. He also conducted activities like solving puzzles.

On the 2nd day, Facilitator Ms. Anita Mamak discussed on the areas where students of SAI International School lagged behind while solving Asset questions. Some of the questions where SAIoneers have given common wrong answers were discussed.

She also discussed on how to understand the challenges or problem faced by a student from the perspective of the child and how we can work on avoiding such confusion. She emphasized the importance of ensuring that the students have good conceptual clarity and practice asset type of question on a regular basis and said that the procedural learning can be shifted to learning based on creative thinking.

The workshop enabled the teachers to get an in-depth knowledge on the structure of the curriculum, anticipate and troubleshoot issues, plan their curriculum implementations, deepen their understanding of student stress etc.

Workshop on Social Science

“If the world changed and you are not doing anything to prepare the kids, you are doing a disservice to them.” – Tom Driscoll

An in-house workshop on the topic, ‘Classroom management and effective teaching of Social Sciences’ was conducted for the Social Science teachers from Class IV to X on April 8 and 9, 2019.

Ms. Mamata Rani Dash, HOD, Social Studies, highlighted the basic difference between the concept of Social Studies and Social Science, difference between Pure Science and Social Science as well as briefed the participants on the nature and scope of Social Science.

The participants also learnt about effective classroom management skills, techniques for improving students’ involvement in teaching, enhancement of effective listening skills among students and also got familiarized to the concept of peer teaching.

Through interesting activities and role play, Ms. Dash introduced the participants to the Interdisciplinary approach in teaching Social Sciences and teaching concepts like impact of rotation and revolution and functioning of Gram Sabha. She also spoke about creation of personal library for improving knowledge on current affairs, utilisation of news articles and cartoons from newspapers for enhancing critical and analytical thinking among students.

Inter-house Debate Competition

“A successful person never loses, they either win or learn”. – John Calipari

The final round of inter-house debate competition for Classes IX and X was conducted on Monday, April 8, 2019. The competitions were held in four different languages, Odia, Hindi, Sanskrit and French on the topic ‘In the 21st Century, India will be the most powerful country in the world’.

Earlier the preliminary round was held in the respective classrooms. Most of the students were of the opinion that India is the next super power of the world with its rapidly growing economy. The well-researched and enthusiastic participation of the students was worth appreciation.

The participants were judged on parameters like organisation and clarity, presentation, information and use of facts and response from other team.

Inter-house English Elocution Competition

“The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.” – Mark Twain

Elocution is the skill or style of delivering the speech in a clear and expressive way. It is an important art which needs to be inculcated by the students of the 21st century. It is a brilliant way to share one’s thoughts and feelings in an effective manner.

The final round of the Inter-house English Elocution Competition for Classes VI, VII and VIII was conducted on March 27 and 28, 2019. Students of Class VI students spoke about ‘My environment my Responsibility’, where they expressed their concerns regarding the environment protection and its importance for the sustainability of life on earth. Many of them also emphasised on the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and its significance for a healthy living.

Class VII students spoke on ‘Women Empowerment’ sharing the contributions made by women towards the society and the role played by strong women leaders for the betterment of mankind. The students of Class VIII spoke on ‘Character makes an individual’, where the students expressed their views on the importance of character for making an individual.

The judgement was based on content, word choice, ideas, body language, voice modulation, pronunciation, grammar and memory. Each participant was given a time limit of two minutes to express their thoughts and views. Earlier a preliminary round was held from March 19 to 25 in the respective classrooms to select the finalists.

Elocution is a great way to develop vocabulary, speech fluency, boosts confidence, enhance listening as well as research skills.

Foundation Day Celebration at SAI

“The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.” – Vince Lombardi

SAI International School has completed ten glorious years of its existence. The journey fills us with a sense of pride as we witnessed the bountiful achievements on its way towards success. The school has made a niche for itself in the National K-12 educational arena, for bringing in a dynamic change in the field of education and being an enabler in improving the quality of school education.

On Thursday, April 4, 2019, the School stepped into its 11th year of existence with glory and pride. On the Foundation Day, Chairman Dr. Bijaya Kumar Sahoo delivered a heartfelt speech to the students.

He shared his Vision for the School and said that ‘our endeavour now is to be a global brand in the next decade’. He asked the SAIoneers to learn and adapt the 21st century skills so as to equip themselves for a better future. He also spoke about Artificial Intelligence and its significant impact in the near future.

Taking about the importance of Indian values, Dr. Sahoo reiterated the importance of the three golden words, Thank You, Please and Sorry and advised the students never to forget their own roots.  He said, when one touches the feet of one’s parents or any elders, one should do that with all their heart and not just for display. He asked the students to stand tall in the crowd with their conduct and behaviour, aided by talent.

Dr. Sahoo advised the students to assimilate the knowledge in a proper manner and internalize the learnings so as to strengthen their own inner self. He encouraged them to pursue their mission and objectives of life and not get deterred by the various diversions and challenges.

He also stressed on the importance of faith, trust and hope and added that Faith is an expression of hope for something better, trust is the basis around which all human relationship revolve, and hope leads one towards the goal.

The School has come a long way in a very short span of time. The SAIoneers have made a mark in all corners of the world, paving their own path of success. This rousing output provides us with a great thrust to traverse newer roads while simultaneously strengthening the ones traversed. Armed with a tenacious resolve, we aim for many more significant achievements in the coming days to augment the qualitative factor in school education and help Build a Better India through Education.

Teacher Exchange Programme – Churchdown Village Infant School

Ms. Maddie Hobbs and Mr. Kristian Rouse, teachers from Churchdown Village Infant School (CVIS), Gloucester, UK, visited SAI Angan from March 19-22, 2019, as part of the Global School Partnership programme.  During their four-day stay, the teachers participated on International School Award (ISA) activities and International Collaborative Projects (ICP) along with learning and sharing of best teaching practices.

The activities commenced with a project called “Folklore” in which students from both schools learnt about the rich cultural history of different countries related to the folktale. The second project was on “Amazing Animals” where students got to learn about different domestic and wild animals of UK and India. It was followed by a project called “Birds of a Feather”, where important facts about the birds of India and UK were exchanged which includes wing span, claws and even beak sizes. This project also included a craft activity making the national bird of both UK and India. Information on three birds of each country was also shared. The last project was “Educational Trips” in which the visiting teachers went along with the students to visit the Regional Museum of Natural History.

The guests from United Kingdom also participated in International Women’s Day both at SAI International School and SAI International Residential School (SIRS) as part of the special assembly. Ms.Hobbs shared her words of wisdom with the students. They took part in the project called “Mind Your Money” at SIRS presenting information in British Currency and learning about the history of the Indian Rupee.

The team also made time to explore the rich heritage of Odisha and visited places of interest like Dhauli Peace Pagoda, the Konark Temple, the pristine beach of Chandrabhaga and the village of applique handicrafts, Pipli.

The projects are a continuation of the ISA that was conferred by the British Council on SAI Angan in December 2018 and part of SAI Angan’s Teacher Exchange Programme that regularly sends and host teachers from both the schools annually. This exchange programme gives an opportunity to share the best teaching practices and help maintain a healthy culture exchange between the schools. The visit will be reciprocated by teachers of SAI Angan visiting CVIS in June this year, taking forward the nine years of partnership.

The Karate Kid

“Karate begins and ends with courtesy. This means respect others, refrain from violent behavior, practice fairness in the spirit of good sportsmanship.”  – Takahashi Miyagi

Learning any form of martial arts have immense benefit. For children who learn Karate are found to develop focus, balance, discipline, coordination as well as mental toughness. Karate also improves cardiovascular health, muscle mass, reflexes and simultaneously brings an improvement in all dimensions of life like physical, mental, spiritual and emotional. It also helps to improve confidence and respect.

Neeladri Rout of Class VI is one of the emerging karatekas who has made the school and the state proud with his achievement. The young student has participated in many national and international events and won accolades since the last three years. He was one of the youngest participants to represent the country at Sri Lanka in the 14th International Karate Championship and won the first position both in Kata and Kumite.

His recent achievements include bagging the first and second position in Japan Karate Shotokai, India in Kumite and Kata category respectively. He also won the top position in competitions like 18th FSKA World Cup Shotokan Karate Championship, Mumbai, 21st Asian and International WFSKO Cup Karate Championship, 26th National World Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Championship, 28th National World Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Championship etc.

Congratulations Neeladri…we wish you success for all your future championship. May you soar greater heights of success.