Thursday, March 09, 2006

 

Second Session - Second meeting of the first CASW group

Collaborative Analysis of Student Work (CASW) – Meeting Two


Std.5-SLH

Topic: 1. ‘Jokes - Competition’ called ‘Hansee kaa Pitaara’
2. Singing one of the poems from their Text-Book in chorus

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

Student Work to be tuned: Multiple pieces of performances [Jokes and singing]
from different groups of students on an audiotape.

Methodology: 1. Students were divided into pairs and asked to write/collect Hindi
Jokes from books /magazines / internet etc. They were advised to
view some famous comedy programs like ‘The Great Comedy Show’,
‘The Great Indian Laughter Show’ on television just to have an idea
about writing the script or enactment of a joke. 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
jokes were 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.

2. Students were chosen based on their voice and singing quality and
ability. One of the poems from their Text-Book was composed.
They were taught the tune of the poem. They learnt the poem by
heart. After a few rehearsals, they were confident in singing the
same properly. Their song 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: How can these activities be documented properly and effectively so
that these might be used by our teaching community in future?



Note: Singing a Hindi song/poem was also done with the students of Std. 1 and
Std. 2[Recording on audio-tape] with the same objectives in mind and the
interest level was found absolutely great.

It was my presentation yesterday. Ms Geetha Kamath was the facilitator. The audiotapes containing Jokes by Std.-5-Slh, Story-telling by Std.3-Slh, song and prayer by Std.2-Slh and Std.5-Slh were played on in front of the participants who appreciated the same very much. Ms Sandra and Ms Kamath had visited Std.5 during one of the rehearsals to observe the interest level and efforts of the students. Both of them were quite impressed and commended their efforts and inclination for this activity.
I have already been using some of the learning strategies as suggested by the participants in the last meeting. I intend to use the remaining ones in near future. It’s my endeavor to generate love and passion for learning Hindi among students and I am satisfied that I am able to do so to a great extent. These kinds of activities will go a long way in developing the oral skills of students.
As regards my key question – How can these activities be documented properly and effectively so that these might be used by our teaching community in future?- the participants were of the view that those learning strategies which worked well could be audio/video recorded for the Activity Bank to be used as a reference for the language teachers in future. Ms Sandra suggested that these learning strategies be time-tabled for different classes so that it becomes an ongoing process.
I have made a note of all the suggestions and will try to incorporate the same into my teaching strategies so that I am always ready to face any new challenge in the field of education. Rightly says a shaayar –

leke manzil ki taraf jayenge toofaan mujhe !
Raah dikhlaayenge jalate hue armaan mujhe!!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

 

Second Session - First meeting of the first CASW group

The Second Session started with the presentation of Mr. Uday on Ist March,2006. I was the facilitator. The topic was - Application of theory learnt in class. The key question in this meeting was the extension of the one raised by him in the last meeting, i.e. what other learning srategies might be adopted to enhance the level of concentration in individual classes?
Mr. Uday informed that the following three strategies among others as suggested by the participants in the last meetig, were applied to chart the student's progress:
a. A dicussion with the parents of the concerned child to find out the root cause of the problem.
b. Talking to co-teachers to know the level of concentration of the student in their classes.
c. Recording of tabla lessons for the student to practice at home.
His strategy of giving recorded tabla lessons has worked very well as he is able to recall the lessons and practice them well with improved concentration. Ms Sandra visited the class when this student was practicing and she was impressed to see his performance. It was also beneficial for Uday to talk to his co-teachers to know the level of concentration of the student in their classes.
Mr. Uday was satisfied with the progress of the child and promised to continue these strategies as well as apply the remaining ones in near future.
All of us had a great time and a new VISION!!

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