Small classroom games in the school can play wonders in building the self-esteem of children as well as developing positive relationships within school communities.
This is the lesson that more than 100 teachers and principals from municipal as well as international schools from all over India had learnt from Jenny Mosley- the UK based teacher and consultant-on Friday.
The two-day workshop, organised by the Teacher Foundation-an independent organisation working with schools and educators in association with the Hindustan Times, kicked off with Mosley demonstrating her 'Quality Circle Time' model (QCT) with 30 students from different schools of the city.
"The QCT model involves listening skills, respect for difference between students, giving individuals a voice and praising for their good work however small that may be," said Mosley.
In QCT, students are made to sit in a circle doing different kinds of activities, which enhances skills of team building and problem solving.
While demonstarting the QCT, Mosley brought out points that it is "praise more than criticism that can help a student". Equipped with a teaching experience of over eighteen years, she had developed classroom management models, which are presently followed in all schools across England.
"The QCT is a part of the curriculum in England now after the policy makers adopted it in 2004," said Mosley.
She added that children should be taught to take responsibilty for their behaviour. "If a child confesses his fault, the school should appreciate his honesty amd then only give him any punishment," said Mosley.
The first day of the workshop has inspired quite a few schools to incorporte it in their daily routine. The Pincipal of Cathedral & John Connon School Meera Isaacs said that Mosley's ideas were "implementable and wonderful ways of building self esteem and positive strokes of children".
However, Muktangan school in Prabhadevi, where most of the students come from slum areas, is already aware of the programme and are even successfully implementing it. "We already have half an hour dedicated to QCT everyday," said one of the teachers Dhanashree Yeddandi.
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