Air Force School, Bhuj
Date: 23 October 2021
Timing : 1500 hrs onwards
Workshop on ‘Happy classroom’
Resource Person: Mrs Shivani Pathak
Attended by: Mrs Shalini Kaistha (Principal)
All PRT & NTT
Online workshop was conducted on You tube App ( live). Workshop started with the opening address by the Resource Person Mrs Shivani Pathak who highlighted that ‘Happiness creates space for more happiness, happy students and thus happy classrooms shall add more meaning in the lives of teachers. ’She gave emphasis on the need of living a stress free life. The resource person Kept it simple, informative and interactive one. There were various activities for the teachers to learn the ways to keep the class room happy.
A Healthy mind rests in healthy body and happy child is able to lead a healthy life.
The teachers were able to acquire more knowledge about self-awareness, self-management and time management to keep the work and class room updated. The stress was laid on the values like Gratitude, Empathy, Positive outlook and acceptance to keep everyone happy.
The aim of the ‘Happy Classroom’ workshop was based on the conviction that ‘Happy teachers create happy classrooms!’ This workshop aimed to create greater awareness in the teachers of the importance and pathways to be happy. Therefore, a happy teacher can integrate happiness in all teaching–learning processes of the classroom which will in turn foster happiness among students.
The resource person explained this concept by using PPT. She not only helped the participants to understand the concept of being happy but also asked questions in between and read teachers reply also. Questions like: mention one thing which makes you happy, what is happiness for you? And many more were asked to keep the session lively. In the first segment, the resource person, focused on fostering self-awareness of emotions and feelings for self-regulation of reactions in different circumstances. She motivated teachers to invest in their relationships with their colleagues as well as their students. The session also gave an insight into reasons for misbehavior among students and adopting ways as a teacher to react in such situations by understanding ‘why’ children act the way they do.
The following segment focused on ‘Exploring Happiness’. She highlighted that the pursuit of exploring joys in the little things and choosing to be happy can go a long way in the wellbeing of a teacher.
In the final session of the day various strategies for creating a ‘Happy Classroom’ were discussed. She suggested innovative ways like storytelling, role play, use of graphic organizers, etc. to invite students’ participation in the lessons. She emphasized that evoking students’ interest through ’hands-on’ teaching methods and meditation exercises will definitely add to the efficacy of learning in classrooms.
The workshop was indeed an inspiring reminder for all the participant educators to enthusiastically strive to create a happy classroom and make learning a fun filled experience for the students and teachers alike.
The session came to an end by asking teachers to let’s create a recipe of happiness. Her recipe for happiness was ‘A pinch of patience a dash of kindness a spoonful of laughter and a heap of love.’ She asked the teachers to write their recipe and read out with happiness The workshop was informative and enlightening as it taught the important concept of incorporating happiness and emotions in the class. It was an informative and enriching experience.