Monday, February 27, 2006


Seventh meeting of the first CASW group

The last presentation in this session was by Ms Gudrun. Mr. Uday was the facilitator. Students' work to be tuned were - multiple written samples from different areas of work - special books, LAR notebooks and EVS notebooks. The key questions were-1) How can the class teachers help the child who is lagging behind to come up to the expected grade-level, and boost the self-confidence and self-esteem of the child? and 2) How can we run an extended reading/writing, perhaps even Math programme for the gifted chidren, given that there are only 2 teachers in class at most times ? The area of concern for Ms Gudrun is that the students who come into prep are having different age and ability levels.
The participants discussed various strategies to provide help to the child who is lagging behind to come up to the expected grade level. Some of them were:
-the child seems to be slow learner and needs continuous support.
-reinforcement exercises
-little reward will help the child build her confidence.
-use of flash-cards, games etc.
I suggested Ms Gudrun to use audio-visual things to teach the above-mentioned subjects which she has yet not tried. She welcomed the idea and promised to incorporate the same in her forthcoming sessions and share her experiences in the 2nd meeting.


Sixth meeting of the first CASW group

Ms Geeta was the next presenter on 22nd February,2006 and I was the facilitator. The topic was -Examination of student's written work. Student work to be tuned was the samples of student work over a period of time to suuport th key question i.e. how to motivate the student to overcome the slump in his work?
The student in question has no difficulty with comprehending what is being taught, has a good command of Math as well as vocabulary. But he remains distracted most of the time which results in not following instructions and not completing the given task. He has been showing a constant slump in his work. He has been assessed by the counsellor and is on a behavioural program to help him identify the problematic areas and reflect on his behavior.
The participants discussed various strategies in this regard and agreed upon the following strategies:
-As it is observed from his last assignment, he works well on one to one basis without showing much slump in his work. He should, therefore, be given one to one support and his work be monitored regularly.
-He needs tight scaffolding and constant firmness.
-His behaviour to be recorded continuously and brought to the notice of the counsellor immediately.
Ms Geeta was satisfied with the strategies given and promised to adopt the same in her forthcoming sessions and share the results in the next meeting.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006


Fifth meeting of the first CASW group

Ms Sandra was the presenter in this meeting. Ms Kalpana conducted the proceedings as the facilitator. The topic was- LAR-04 Reading Comprehension/Written Expression. The student whose work was to be tuned has been assessed by a Clinical Psycologist and the student is on learning support. The key question was - What strategies can be used to improve student's written expression? The concerned student is having difficulties in Visual-Spatial, sustaining attention, reading/listening comprehension, auditory sequencing of complex sentences etc.
The participants discussed various strategies like vocabulary building exercises should be done as the student is having limited vocabulary, his knowledge of tenses should be strengthened so as to enable him write the correct sentences etc.
Ms Sandra informed that most of the strategies as suggested by the participants are being implemented but as the student needs long time support, she would like to keep reinforcing the said strategies till then and share her results in the forthcoming session.
Ms Sandra seemed to be relieved after having shared her feelings with the participants. It's really better if-
Jo hai dil mein, use kar do bayaan !
khud ko ek baar, jataa kar to dekho !!


Fourth meeting of the first CASW group

Ms Christina was the presenter in this meeting held on 8th, February,2006. It was Std.01 Art student work which was to be tuned. The topic was 'Design paper kites in relation to the forthcoming presentation on 'Harvest Festivals'. The student whose work was to be tuned is unable to visualise a pattern, has poor motor coordination and lack of pride and ownership in his work. The key questions were -what stategies can be given to him to help him come up with different geometric designs? and, How to motivate him to do his best?
The participants discussed various strategies in details and came out with different strategies like handling the students behaviour properly and reinforcing his skills, giving him some responsibility, counselling and advising his parents to remain firm with the child, ignoring the child if he goes beyond his limits etc.
I suggested Ms Christina to show some video clips of 'Kite Festivals Of North India', if possible,
to enable students to have better ideas of different shapes/geometric designs of flying kites. Also, after having made the kites, they should fly them so that their interest level is raised. Ms Christina liked my ideas and said that she will definitely like to try them.
The meeting ended with great zeal and positive note.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006


Third meeting of the first CASW Group

The next presenter of our group was Ms Kalpana U. It was Std.3Math student whose work was to be tuned. Ms Kalpana submitted the extract of work from the student through a period of time to support the key questions - 1) How to make the student remain focused in class?, 2) What strategies can be applied to make the child complete his/her work?
The various strengths of the concerned student are his ability to see associational relationships, form concepts,decoding of words and his ability for mathematical reasoning and numerical operations. He has difficulties in tasks involving visual-spatial skills, planning ability related to a task and he gets distracted easily.
Among various strategies discussed, some of them were-
-Since the student is able to finish his work when he is focussed, he needs to be made to sit just in front of the teacher and should be provided one- to- one support, if possible.
-As there is no monitoring of his home-work at home, his parents should be invoved to provide him the necessary support at home.
Ms Kalpana took down the suggestions for incorporating them into her forthcoming teaching sessions.
Everybody enjoyed the session!!

Monday, February 06, 2006


Second meeting of the first CASW group

It was the turn of Mr. Uday on 06th february as a presenter. Ms Tara Kini coordinated the proceedings as the facilitator. Mr. Uday showed a video- clip of a group of his three students learning tabla from him. The key question posed by him was how to sustain the concentration of a particular student who is recovering from an accident and not able to concentrate during individual lesson.
Different strategies were discussed by all the participants keeping in mind the accident trauma faced by the student. The suggestion by me that Mr. Uday should record his lessons and give it to the student for rehearsing with the same at home was well recieved by him. It was also suggested that he should provide more opportunities to that student to rehearse and perform with different groups so as to increase his level of concentration.
It was a great session as usual and all the members enjoyed every bit of it.
Gulab Jain

Sunday, February 05, 2006


Collaborative Analysis of Student Work [CASW]

Collaborative Analysis of Student Work (CASW)


Topic: Project on writing a script for an advertisement on any health product
and enactment thereof.

Learning Objectives: Students should be able to develop
· creative writing skill
· vocabulary
· oral skill

Student Work to be tuned: Multiple pieces of performances from different groups
of students on an audiotape.

Methodology: Students were divided into different groups and asked to write script
for an advertisement on any health product. They were advised to
view some famous ads on television just to have an idea about writing
the script. Each group submitted the draft of the script. They were
given the requisite help in the form of vocabulary, dialogues writing
and enactment etc. Then, they showed the final script and rehearsed
the same. Finally, their advertisement was recorded on an audiotape
and assessed in view of the learning objectives as mentioned above.
The requisite feedback was provided to them in the end.

Key Question: What other learning strategies might be adopted to enhance the oral
skill of these students keeping in mind the fact that the exposure of
these students to Hindi outside the classroom is very limited?

My presentation went very well. The audiotape containing the multiple pieces of performances from different groups of students was played on in front of the participants who termed it as ‘the most authentic work of students’ and appreciated the same very much. Then, they had deliberations among themselves as regards the key question posed before them and came out with the following different learning strategies to enhance the oral skill of students:

The children should be advised and encouraged to speak Hindi during classes.
Read, Recite and Sing: The children should present rhymes, poems and songs individually or in chorus.
Show Hindi video-clips and encourage discussion subsequently; or, show mute video-clips and ask students to add their own dialogues to them.
Story telling – encouraging students to recount events, experiences and stories
Situational Learning – by setting up a market, a shop or a place of commercial activity.
Setting role-plays, Dialogue writing, Drama, Picture description, Debate, Quiz etc.

I have made a note of all the suggested learning strategies. I have already been using some of them and will try to experiment as many of remaining ones as possible in recent future to achieve my goal, since I believe that –

Hum To Dariya Hain, Hum Ko Apna Hunar Maloom Hai
Hum Jidhar Chal Denge, Raasta Ho Jayegaa

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