A topic on which Indu Punj gives workshops on
Storytelling and Subject Interactionby Indu Punj
In a classroom, it isn’t always possible for a teacher to handle various levels in the same class, to give equal care and attention to each child, every day. Thus, some students keep shrinking their visibility in order to cover their insecurities. The focus of my workshop is to help teachers understand how their actions can either build or damage a child’s self-esteem, confidence, and a child’s ability to tackle life head-on.
Teaching through stories ensures the holistic development of a child. It doesn’t differentiate between higher- or lower-order thinking skills. It is a skill-based method to enhance overall knowledge. Storytelling also helps in teaching better ways of socializing and connecting with our history. In these modules, I also equip teachers with the knowledge needed for teaching through stories. The focus here is to integrate all subjects–languages, math, science–with the story.
The workshop module comprises of demo lessons, material building for teachers, understanding the benefits of an integrated lesson plan and how to make one. My endeavour is to create positive stories for each child by creating an everlasting impact on teachers.
Self Regulationby Indu Punj
As defined in a University of Michigan study, self-regulation is a person’s ability to control their thoughts, emotions, and actions to achieve a desired outcome. This could be following directions, sharing a book, or not throwing a tantrum when they’re told no. It is a skill that teaches children to listen, to wait and to react calmly to things they don’t want to hear. Self-regulation is something we must all possess, and the younger we start, the better we learn
to use it.
Importance of self-regulation: Multiple studies have shown that children with these skills become adults who are successful, have higher self-esteem, better incomes, and less obesity.
Why start young? Young children who learn to self-regulate can calm themselves down and grow up to become well-adjusted adults. How can we teach this skill? Be a good role model; do breathing meditation together; promote big goals; don’t enforce regulation all day.
Time Managementby Indu Punj
Teaching children how to manage their time is an essential lesson. The first step is to ask children, and include yourself in this exercise, to describe how they spend the 24 hours they have in a day. A child often knows where and when they’re squandering time, perhaps by playing too much and thus being unable to finish their homework, or by sleeping too late, making them late for school the next day.
Once this is done, it’s important that the class has an honest conversation around procrastination. We often procrastinate because we’re afraid of failing at the tasks that they need to complete. Help children understand this point, and shift the focus to tackling these fears.
Time management techniques that reduce anxiety and fear and emphasise the satisfaction and rewards of completing tasks work best. Let children set their own realistic timetable which they’ll be more inclined to follow. Help them find productive reasons to adhere to their own rules and find a good reward system for when they seem to lack motivation.
Storytelling for children with Autismby Indu Punj
Storytelling bonds us as human beings; it is in the very core of our nature as social animals.
In children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), storytelling can be used effectively to help children master language skills, improve their listening skills, develop their attention span and enhance nonverbal communication.
Since children with ASD find it difficult to understand the nuances of language such as sarcasm or dry humour, it is recommended that the storyteller focus on their expressions, use repetition to help develop an understanding of words, body language and emotions. Do remember that one must take things slow as overloading the senses could be detrimental for the children.
One could start with folk tales with a good message, using props to make things interesting.
Children with ASD tend to get distracted. Thus one of the best ways to keep them engaged is let them participate as it gives them a sense of belonging, grounding them to the classroom they’re in.
Effective Classroom Managementby Indu Punj
If you think that an “effective classroom” is one which is quiet, dull, rigid and sombre then you’re in for a surprise. A great classroom is one where ideas flow in a constructive stream, there’s healthy discussion, a room for learning and making mistakes while also ensuring discipline is maintained.
And the art of making sure that a teacher’s expectations from the classroom and the students’ desires are met is effective classroom management.
So, how can you do this?
- Understanding what you expect from class as a teacher
- Learning how to implement good behaviour in a classroom
- Techniques to make sure each child engages
- Reinforce classroom expectations with a range of strategies
- Manage unwanted behaviour, different responses for different situations
Why is learning these strategies important for teachers? Engaging with students to create a healthy atmosphere in a classroom that ensures that students want to follow rules rather than fear them is the objective. Once your students are motivated, they’ll be eager to learn, thrive academically, and also help you teach better!