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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Communication skill workshop for teachers

On a bright sunny morning, 40+ teachers who teach in remote schools attended a basic communication skill workshop with  special focus on how to communicate with children. 
 Learning how to properly communicate with children is essential for helping children learn  effective communication skills that will allow them to clearly and confidently express themselves, and it will also allow the teacher to maximize their teaching and the students learning experience by being able to communicate with the children in a manner that results in a positive and engaged response from the children.

 Some of the topics that we covered were, how to identify the feeling behind what children say or do, how to covey our feelings to them objectively without blaming them, how to provide simple and clear instructions, how to set limits and understand that discipline is not about controlling children or exercising authority or enforcing punishments, but with proper communication showing the children how to have self control.
   Children learn and communicate in a very different way than adults do.  Children learn best through activities, imagination, visual and spatial techniques.  They respond and grow much quicker when taught with positive reinforcement and are modeled by the teachers which behaviors that they are expected to exhibit.  It is not effective for a child if he/she is made to sit still and are taught through a system of punishment and repression.  
 Communication can either be verbal or non-verbal. Body language and facial expressions fall into the non-verbal communication category, and talking makes up verbal communication. Generally, positive communication through both verbal and nonverbal expression results in a positive response, while communicating negative things causes negative reactions.
Effective verbal communication builds trust and encourages children to speak their minds in an appropriate way. Being honest and respectful in communication aids the development of a good rapport between teacher and child,.   Everything rises and falls on the effectiveness of proper communication and it has the ability to confuse, clarify, encourage, instruct or teach. 
 This workshop with teachers received very positive response from the teachers and has opened the gateway to reach and enable children 20 more remote schools
We will be conducting more of these workshops in the coming academic year, experts in the field can volunteer by sharing their knowledge in shaping these workshop modules and also by participating in the workshops if they can.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Implementing yoga and meditation programs in local rural schools.

Children in lower primary classes meditating
in the morning session

This initiative is to teach basic meditation, pranayama and yoga techniques to children in order to help them become more aware of their bodies and minds.  This will allow them the ability to become more self-aware and centered in their daily lives.

With continued practice, these techniques will help reduce emotional disturbances, and help the children be more grounded and balanced in all situations, along with the opportunity for them to begin the exploration process of getting in touch with their true timeless nature.

In the Indranagar village Bangarpet, we started teaching yoga and meditation to children.  The sessions are every morning and are filled with activities that are helping them become more in tune with their mind-body-spirit relationship and increase creativity in them.

The teacher is instructing the children,
she has been trained over the past few months
and always supported when she needs help
Through the use of music and moments of silence the children’s senses are relaxed and they are able to feel at peace for a few moments.  The sessions are started and finished with silence, and this will help the children slowly become more aware of their thought processes and help them understand how to slow these processes of thinking down, and eventually allow them to be able to hear and clearly understand their own inner voice. 

We are working on creating a simple yoga and meditation curriculum for training teachers and volunteers, who will then instruct the children. Children are also introduced to the philosophy of existence to help them in their self discovery with the help of simple examples and concepts. 

Children learning about the concept of "Panchakoshas"
We hope to implement this program in other schools in the upcoming academic year and are looking for volunteers who have knowledge in this field who would be interested in sharing their knowledge with the teachers and children, and help teach yoga and meditation classes to children in schools. 

Anyone who is interested can write to to discuss further on how we can collaborate in this matter. Volunteers will be given instruction and assistance in the matter, and guide on how to train and transition this to the school teacher.We are also looking for donations for mats and other props for the yoga and meditation classes.

Simple line diagrams that are fun to draw and
easy to remember, children enjoy them