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An exemplary Teacher will not just enlighten the student, but will also empower the student .
Robert John Meehan

The Capacity Building Programme on the pertinent topic “The Classroom Management”, a CBSE Training Programme was organised by Lourdes Central School, Bejai, Mangaluru. A total number of 60 CBSE teachers from LCS, NITK and St. Mary’s Central School, Kinnigoli participated in the workshop held on 28th and 29th May 2018 in the Audio Visual Room from 8:30 am to 4:30pm.
The programme commenced with a prayer song lead by Mr Ivan Mascarenhas. Ms Deepa D’souza welcomed the gathering and introduced the Resource Persons Mr Joji Paul, Principal, Benchmark International School, Tirur, Malapuram, Kerala and Mr. Lathish R. Principal, ALG Cresent School, Madikeri.
The programme was inaugurated by the Manager of Lourdes Central School Rev. Fr Wilson Vitus L D’Souza. The Principal of Lourdes Central School Rev. Fr Robert D’Souza gave an introductory note and said that he was delighted to have Mr.Joji Paul and Mr. Lathish R. both knowledgeable personalities in CBSE Curriculum. The Manager of Lourdes Central School Rev. Fr Wilson Vitus L D’Souza delivered his address and said that it was a part of a compulsory training programme initiated by CBSE and was an endeavour on the part our school to keep the teachers abreast with the latest strategies to manage the classroom environment effectively.
The Resource Person Mr. Lathish R commenced this programme with an interesting ice breaker followed by an introduction, and discussion on CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT. The session mainly focused on three components of an effective class room management
• Content Management
• Conduct management
• Covenant Management
Just as good management enhances learning by creating a good environment for teaching, similarly effective instruction contributes to a well managed class. Proper instructions help in preventing confusion, boredom and laziness in the classroom. Activities are an integral part of the teaching – learning process. Teachers must select and plan activities that result in a high level of student learning and involvement. Several problems can occur during the transition period and to explain this concept an activity was assigned to each group. Each group was given a situation to solve and then the teachers shared their experience.
Seating Arrangements are also imperative for effective classroom management . Each one was given the task to suggest different seating arrangements, their advantages and disadvantages. One of the most important challenges for a teacher is to manage TIME. A table relating to Time Management was explained. This included four Quadrants;
I (important – Urgent Task)
II (important – Not urgent Task)
III (Not important but Urgent Task)
IV (Not important and Not Urgent Task)
One needed to identify the type of Task and complete the table accordingly.
The post lunch session started with an explanation on the difference between rules, procedures and routines. Rules are fixed principles that determine conduct. They need to be precise and clear. It is better to involve students while making classroom rules. Participants watched a video of three different teachers with different teaching style. A Questionnaire based on VARK learning Styles Test was given to the participants. One could easily establish ones preferred Teaching /Learning Style. An online Grasha – Riechmann Teaching Style Survey was conducted. Participant s responded to the questions given buy using rating scale given

Day 2 – Mr. Joji Paul commenced the workshop on the Management of Student – Teacher relationship which is the cornerstone of Classroom Management . The importance of building a rapport with students was discussed. Teachers need to be authoritative but not authoritarian. The most effective teacher- student relationship are characterised by – Consistent Communication, An emotionally-safe Learning space, Mutual trust and respect. Characteristics of an effective teacher, and basic Principles of a Classroom Time Management were discussed. The 5 Ps of a classroom rule which the teacher has to use as a yard stick- Prompt, Prepare, Patient, Polite, Produce.
The post lunch session commenced with the sub topic -The need and importance of managing a classroom with large number and difficult students. It was highlighted by an inspiring movie ‘Class of Rowdies’. Interesting real life scenarios in today’s classroom such as handling special needs’ children, unruly behaviour, addiction and abusive language were discussed. An individual activity based on managing Classes with large Number of student was enriching. To break the momentum a fun filled game was played – to guess the third person
Consequences and rewards can strengthen students appropriate behaviour.
A discussion on sensitising teacher to students expectation of them was held next and towards the end the role of positive discipline and being a proactive teacher was emphasised. The teachers viewed a touching video ‘The Heart of a Teacher” that communicated the cardinal role the teacher can play by constantly connecting to the children through kindness and compassion in a non-reactive manner.
Before winding up the two-day workshop the teachers were administered a feedback questionnaire on various aspects of the orientation.
It was a fruitful and enriching session, full of hands’-on activities for teachers to indulge and learn from. Teachers now look forward to applying these strategies effectively in the Classroom.
As a token of gratitude and appreciation, the Principal of LCS Rev. Fr Robert D’souza felicitated the Resource Persons Mr. Joji Paul and Lathish R. with a shawl and a memento.
Ms Gloria Misquith delivered the Vote of Thanks. The programme concluded at 4.30pm with the singing of the National Anthem.
In – charge teachers Ms. Gretta, Ms. Harshitha and Ms. Chandini meticulously organised this programme.

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