Our school is starting to receive teachers who are coming from abroad to teach. Recently one such teacher focussed on Communication methods. This was to enable us to be taught from other countries.
In one communication class we looked at Skype. A demonstration of Skype was given where our class was in video contact with one of the younger classes. It was good to see how we could be taught from abroad.
We are excited to be able to continue these classes even after the teacher has gone home. We liked learning about the sky especially how we could see what it looked like here at HEAL Paradise Village
A visit of Anjana: Voluntary teachers visit HEAL school often to spend their precious time to teach the children at HEAL school. Ms.Anjana, working as a teacher in U.K visited HEALl and spent a few weeks with children. She taught English in a play way method and also trained the teachers at HEAL school. She made learning a joyful experience to both children and teachers. She is very helpful, punctual and dedicated person. Everybody at HEAL including kitchen staff love her for she is very amicable and never troubled anybody.
A visit of Colin : Colin a 67 years old mentor, a University retired senior lecturer in U.K. visited HEAL school and spent for a few weeks with children. He likes children and teaching is his passion. He loves observing birds flying in the sky. He enjoyed the nature & lake view at HEAL Paradise. He spent most of his time to teach communication skills, computer, social studies, using tablets, binnoculas, Telescope and playing football. He inspired pupil to become self-learners. He motivated and inspired the staff to involve children in project works and activities. Both Anjana and Colin helped teachers in preparing behavior policy both for teachers and children to create a happy and healthy environment. Children and staff bid a farewell to Colin and Anjana with great love on 6th Feb,2015.
Last week’s bird walk was followed up with some bird fun in the classroom. Children looked at a selection of bird photos which were taken during the walk.
The class teacher, coming from England was unfamiliar with the birds of India. He asked the boys and girls help him remember the birds that had been seen by drawing and colouring pictures of the birds.
The children were shown a range of habitats around the school and asked which birds lived where. They discussed the advantages of having log legs and long beaks or short legs and little beaks. They explored the question of why many birds were brown on their backs and white on the underside.
They learnt that similar looking birds could be told apart by their bird song.
They helped the teacher identify the birds they had seen by calling out when they recognised one of the photos on a list of bird pictures from Andhra Pradesh. The possible matches were put side by side and everyone said if they thought it was a match.
Common bird song was played on an iPhone app. The children recognised three of the four songs played (sparrow, Crow, Pigeon but not Kingfisher.
The children acted out bird scenarios; being an owl looking for prey; being a little bird being hunted by an Eagle; being an Eagle.
The children were very proud of the pictures they had drawn.
Continuing the theme of communications, we looked at examples of where communication is used to enable one person to reach a much larger audience.
First we looked at magazines and newspapers. The children were given four copies of the New Scientist and each student was asked to find an article which interested them and one that they could understand.
They then looked at an example of a newspaper. This was followed by looking at newspapers online. The children were asked for the name of an Indian newspaper. They gave the example of ‘The Hindu’ which is delivered daily to the school.
To conclude the journal exercise, http://www.healchildrensvoice.wordpress.com was demonstrated to the class. They were able to see for themselves, the power of the written word. Work was set to summarise an article from both the New Scientist and The Hindu.
Another form of one to many communication is through public speaking. A discussion took place of some of the characteristics of effective oral presentation skills. Keerthi was the first to volunteer to present her chosen article. The class assessed her presentation skills and were able to provide valuable feedback. Further presentations were given by Dinesh, Vennela and Srikar. Well done to all of them!
In English lessons, Group B children have been using the story of The Gingerbread Man to learn about the past tense. They were able to spot the verbs in the text and then use them to make up their own version of the story. They enjoyed producing ‘mini books’ to show their work and were very excited to put the books on display for all their friends to read too.
Children used Face Time to talk to a teacher in England. They asked questions about life in England. They found that it was snowing and were delighted to be able to see it on the screen. Another highlight was being able to introduce themselves to the teacher’s baby son.
Following this, the class participated in an exercise to use both Face Time and Whatsapp to contact each other. The class was divided into groups, with one group remaining in the classroom and the other group going out into different parts of the school. The school’s newly installed WiFi performed well both inside and within the school grounds.
In subsequent lessons students have covered different aspects of communication including newspapers and letters. Children had the opportunity to read articles from The New Scientist magazine and online editions of the local newspaper, The Hindu.
Students undertook a test to analyse their understanding of various forms of communication.
E-mails and presentation skills are areas to be covered shortly.
As preparation for the launch of Heal Children’s Voice, the senior class wanted to give an insight into life at Heal. Each student wrote a summary of aspects of their life with a focus on those areas that are of particular significance to them.