Career guidance sessions for grade IX onwards.
The school counselor keep on conducting detailed sessions for making students aware of all possibilities of professional work that are related to different areas. Few more career sessions are conducted for them by calling experts from outside to give them more career awareness. The way of choosing career and careers coming out from different streams are discussed in detail.
Inculcating values in children (class III TO V)
The purpose of these sessions was to teach moral values and do social emotional interventions by means of telling stories, providing visual and audio aids and engaging the audiences. Puppet shows were also organized for students to begin with Bibliotherapy interventions.
Gender Sensitivity (class Ix and X)
The aim of the session was to make students aware about various gender stereotypes prevailing in the society, gender discrimination, gender roles and responsibilities. A healthy discussion on how and who is responsible for making these stereotypes towards boys and girls was done. Different consequences of following these stereotypes blind folded were highlighted in the session.
Cyber awareness (Class iv to XII)
Students were told the difference between tradition and cyber bullying, how to be safe and wise while using internet and social sites like facebook and twitter. They were suggested ways to be safe from the ‘bullies’ on social sites. Also ‘Netiquettes’ i.e. Etiquettes while using net were taught to the students in these sessions.
Growing up sessions (Class V and VI)
In this session, which was for Girls only, a Heart-to-Heart Talk on Growing up was done to help them understand and deal with the changes they experience in puberty. The goal was to create an opportunity for pre teens to receive information together in an engaging format and relaxed atmosphere.
Bullying (class IV and V)
Meaning of bullying, identification of bullies, and methods to deal with bullies were talked about. Visual aids like flashcards were used to reinforce tips that can help students avoid being bullied.
Media literacy (class IX and X)
The aim of the session was to mobilize the students about the unprecedented effects of media through interactive activities and discussions.
Study and exam skills (class IX and X)
The session focused on making students aware about various study skills like planning, organization, study techniques, time management etc which are important part of the whole process.
A one to one counseling interaction between the counselor and the student takes place whenever the student feels the need for professional help. The session is documented and further sessions are planned according to the need, keeping in mind, the counseling process, skills and ethics. The focus of the session is:
Orientation sessions are planned every year for parents of preschoolers, class VI on separate days by the counselor focusing on:
Orientation for other classes is being taken up by the class teachers under the guidance of counselor to help in building connection with parents.
Workshops for creating awareness on certain themes like Good touch-bad touch, career awareness etc are organized time to time.
A one to one detailed interaction with parents is done whenever parents feel the need to share and seek guidance on issues relating to the child. Sometimes on the basis of referrals made by the teachers, parents are being called upon for meeting. PTMs is also the time when parents get the opportunity to meet the counselor.
1. Workshop on Behavior management.
2. Managing classrooms - The session focused on understanding the profile of child entering the preschool and the important role school plays by helping child to develop the skills and knowledge to perform well, socially interact, and enjoy the preschool experience. The focus was on getting awareness about problem behaviors and different classroom management techniques.
3. Enhancing social skills in the classroom-The session emphasized on the importance of social skills in our life and also brought to light as to how they can be cultivated since childhood. The resource person shared that it’s very important for teachers to share with students what we are expecting from them.
4. Safety guidelines on Good touch- bad touch: Growing role of teachers
The emerging need to talk about the "Good touch and bad touch” with students was realized and to help teachers in this process, this session was organized. The teachers were explained in detail about the way interaction has to be done with students by taking care of certain points. The motive was to enhance willingness of the teachers to accept child protection and guidance roles and to help establish a free atmosphere that encourages children to disclose anything and everything.
5. Discussion on classroom issues-On 31st January; 2015, an open forum with primary wing teachers was held by Dr. Rekha Sapra .
The Purpose of the workshop was to sensitize teachers of the school towards social-emotional issues of children. The workshop was concluded by giving certain suggesting plans that can be incorporated from the next session of school. These were strategies aimed at discipline improvement, forming rules, defining expectations and set up of routines.
6. Enhancing life skills, attitudes and values in students - Being in this modern world, teachers had concern of inculcating values in the students. It was understood that after the new system of CCE,we need to integrate our life skills , values and attitude formation with the academic subjects during teaching. Various activities and methods were discussed in detail.
7.Connecting with our students-The essence of this session which was conducted by Ms Parul Srivastav, was to understand that educational outcomes of children are directly linked to their emotional wellness but how do we then enhance their educational competencies was what was discussed with the educators.
8.Identifying behavioral problems in children-The workshop was conducted by eminent experts from Moolchand Medcity, Dr Runjhun Joshi, an Occupational Therapist and Dr Pooja Shivam Jaitly, the consultant Clinical Psychologist.The workshop was planned with the objective of equipping teachers with the knowledge and skills for handling different kinds of learners in the classrooms. The resource persons stressed that teachers need to become aware about developmental milestones for understanding their students better.
9.Reaching out to the children in classrooms-Dr. V.S. Ravindran, a renowned Psychologist and educationist, brought home the precarious differentiation between normal and problem behaviour in children through an interesting session by narrating anecdotes from real life.He exhorted the teachers to be friend, philosopher and guides and to impart education in a lively happy class, where in the potential of high IQ students can be used to help the children with special needs via peer teaching and buddy teaching. He also encouraged teachers to prepare graded worksheets so that slow learners can taste success at their own pace – thereby enhancing his self esteem.
These sessions focus on a specific issue that are either negatively impacting learning in the classroom/school or based on the need assessment done in the classrooms.
These activities are usually carried out in the form of interactive/reflective activities.Some of these sessions are:
Students are able to meet one-on-one with their school counselor to discuss issues that are affecting them. They are free to meet the school counselor in their free periods. They also can discuss their issue through Question box that is being placed outside the counselor room. They are helped to deal with various academic, behavioral, emotional and social issues.
Different kinds of therapies are being used to work with students.
Successful school-based programmes use teaching methods that involve students. Therefore, effective school health programmes include academic skills and knowledge development that make full use of a range of pedagogical techniques, including active learning, peer education, enquiry-based learning, life skills education and staff education through training and development of school personnel.
Peer educators are role models for healthy living and may act in different roles, such as facilitators, counsellors, sources of information, support peers or tutors.
Peer educators are being selected after careful observation and are mentored throughout to help them do justice to their role.