Add On Course

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Resource Person: Ms. Resmy Varghese
Beneficiaries: 81

PCER conducted a short-term course in Environmental Sustainability from 10th September to 18 September, 2020 through google classroom. The objective of this course was to create an awareness among student teachers about the need and importance of environmental sustainability. Some of the topics covered in the course include structural and functional organization of ecosystem, Indian Constitution and Environment, meeting climate change challenges, ecological footprint and leading towards sustainable development.

The course work consisted of online lectures, videos, supporting material and assignments. The content was delivered as six modules each module related to topics enriching the students about sustainable development.

Objectives of the Course:

  • To create awareness among student teachers about environmental sustainability
  • To orient student teachers about the environment and various ecosystems
  • To foster knowledge among student teachers regarding importance of biodiversity
  • To develop understanding about climate change among student teachers
  • To orient student teachers regarding the Indian Constitution and policies on environment
  • To enable student teachers to appreciate the importance of waste management
  • To foster knowledge among student teachers regarding the impact of ecological footprint.

Module 1-Introduction to Environment

The first module covered the topic of Introduction to Environment. In this module students were presented with examples of different ecosystems in the biosphere. This module made the students competent to analyse the different real-world situations where biotic and abiotic factors influence each other.

Module 2- Importance of biodiversity in ecological functioning

In the second module, the importance of biodiversity in ecological functioning was discussed. The class discussed topics like functional dynamism of ecosystems, ecological pyramids, impact of changes to trophic levels etc. The students analysed the importance of biodiversity, threats to biodiversity and predicted possible ways to protect biodiversity.

Module 3-Biodiversity and Climate Change

The third module dealt with biodiversity and climate change. The topics covered included climate change, factors responsible for climate change and its possible outcomes on biodiversity.

Module 4-Solid Waste Management

In the fourth module the focus was given to solid waste management and its importance in ensuring sustainable development. The students discussed the videos which showed the issue of garbage disposal. The students also gave insight into various strategies involved in dealing with different types of waste .

Module 5- Indian Constitution and Environment

The fifth module dealt with the provisions in Indian Constitution with respect to the environment. The students were presented reading materials which helped them to analyse how Indian Government has come up with a strong legislation in the various environmental issues. The various Acts related to Environment in the Constitution were discussed in detail.

Module 6- Ecological Footprint

The sixth module dealt with ecological footprint. It discussed the concept of ecological footprint, factors leading to greater carbon footprints, its impact on life ways to reduce carbon footprint, carbon footprint etc. Students suggested measures to be taken at personal, societal and organizational level to reduce the carbon footprint.

The short-term course in Environmental Sustainability helped to create an awareness in student teachers about the need for sustainable development, and ways to achieve the same.

Resource Person: Ms. Resmy Verghese
Beneficiaries: 81

Teachers today are primarily facilitators of meaningful teaching learning experiences for learners. In order to provide effective learning experiences teachers require sound knowledge of content, teaching skills, technological skills and innovative teaching methods. In the process of transacting the curricular learning experiences it is also vital that they instill in their learners a sound value system that will lead to the wholesome development of the learner. Environmental degradation due to human activities are a pressing concern today and teachers need to acquire such a value system that incorporates this concern so that they can instill the same values in their learners. In alignment with the vision and mission of PCER and its motto of sustainable development the institution organized an add on course for student teachers from 28th November, 2019 on Human Values towards Sustainable Development Goals.

Objectives:

  • To orient the student teachers towards Human Values
  • To foster environmental values among the student teachers
  • To develop values of sharing and caring among the student teachers
  • To enable student teachers to acquire values of cooperation
  • To develop civic virtues among the student teachers

The following human values were focused on in the sessions:

  • Commitment towards environmental protection
  • Sharing and Caring
  • Cooperation
  • Civic Virtues

Commitment towards Environmental Protection

During the session the student teachers analysed different natural calamities that have occurred recently in India. They were involved in discussion, cause effect analysis, probable solutions and mind mapping. They also suggested activities that upheld the value of commitment to environmental protection.

Sharing and Caring

The sessions focused on man-animal conflict which has increased in recent times. Through analysis of newspaper articles the student teachers looked at the cause and effect of each situation. Through a think-pair-share and spray diagram the student teachers were made aware of the need to have a sharing and caring nature towards the environment.

Co-operation

The value of cooperation is one of the most important values which can lead to sustainability of the environment. The students worked in pairs to find out the extent of the different relationships that exist in the natural world. The students were able to understand that there exist relationships among animals beyond that of predator and prey and these were essential for maintaining ecological balance.

Civic virtues

The value of civic virtues is of great significance as it helps individuals to identify their ecological role and their responsibilities towards society. The session included case studies of environmentally beneficial activities and preparation of iceberg models by the student teachers. This session reflected upon the change that must be brought in the mental model in order to develop civic virtues

A wholistic development of a wide range of skills is essential for a teacher to for successful transactions of teaching learning experiences. PCER recognizes the need for student teachers to equip themselves with various skill sets to enable them to carry out their tasks effectively and with confidence.

PCER organized an add on course that commenced from 27th June,2019– Skill Development Programme – to develop certain skills among the student teachers and enhance their personalities.

Objectives:

  • To develop communication skills among student teachers
  • To acquaint student teachers with universal etiquettes
  • To enhance the personality of the student teachers
  • To orient student teachers to innovative teaching methods

The course covered broadly the following areas:

  • Soft Skills
  • Personality Development
  • Communication Skills
  • Innovative Teaching Methods

The various sessions conducted included:

  • Personality Grooming
  • Social Graces
  • Communication Skills
  • Common Errors in Communication
  • Role of a Teacher
  • Reflective Practices for Teachers
  • Collaborative Learning
  • Models of Teaching

The effective teacher needs to cultivate a variety of skills for conducting her tasks and responsibilities successfully. A teacher needs to have several skills along with the basic teaching skills in order to have a positive impact as an individual and as teacher. PCER organized an add on course that commenced from 10th July, 2018 – Skill Development Programme – to enhance certain skills among the student teachers and enhance their Personalities.

The course covered broadly the following areas:

  • Soft Skills
  • Personality Development
  • Communication Skills

The various sessions conducted included:

  • Personal Habits
  • Social Graces
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Self – Management
  • Negotiation and Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Debating Skills
  • Reading and Listening Skills
  • Writing Skills
  • Public Speaking

A teacher does not only teach but also touches the soul of the future generation. A teacher is a model whom the students emulate. A teacher needs to acquire various skills to be efficient and effective in her profession.

Behind every successful goal achievement is proper skill development. PCER organizes the Skill Development Programme to enhance the hidden skills among the student participants and hone their innate abilities.

Each module will be spread over 5 hours. The entire Programme will be conducted over duration of 20 hours.

The sessions include:

  • Language Development
    • Common errors
    • Debating Skills
    • Writing Skills
    • Reading Skills
  • Soft Skills
    • Personal Habits
    • Social Graces
    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Negotiation and Teamwork
  • Personality Development
    • Self-Management
    • Leadership
    • Self-Introduction
    • Public Speaking
    • Motivation
  • International Education
    • Introduction to different boards
    • Learner profile
    • Teacher Competency
    • Learning Strategies
    • Classroom Dimensions

Yoga and Well Being Course has commenced from 1st October, 2016.

Yoga was initiated to equip students to lead a more balanced life. The course was conducted over a period of 6 months. The sessions were conducted every Saturday for 1 an hour by the Yoga instructor Ms Latha Panicker. In the following week, the practice was continued (Monday to Friday) for 15 minutes during the assembly. The course also included a week long session on meditation in collaboration with the Brahma Kumaris, who highlighted on RajYoga meditation and its benefit to personal life and wellbeing.

yoga-exercise

The sessions included:

  • Theory on various form of yoga
  • Yoga in relation to Health &Nutrition
  • Pranayams and their implications
  • Need and importance of Meditation
  • Techniques of breathing and self awareness
  • Benefits of Meditation
  • Practice sessions

A teacher needs to acquire various skills to be efficient and effective in her profession. Behind every successful goal achievement is proper skill development. PCER organizes the Skill Development Programme to enhance the hidden skills among the student participants and hone their innate abilities.

The course began on 1st July, 2016 with the inaugural session conducted by Dr. K. M. Vasudevan Pillai, Chairman and CEO, MES.

Objectives:

  • To enhance the different skills through the Skill Development Programme.
  • To augment the teacher’s awareness of the different skills in their profession.
  • To acquaint the teacher’s with appropriate universal etiquettes.
  • To develop teacher’s cognitive and non- academic skills.

The course comprises of the following areas:

  • Language Skills
  • Soft Skills
  • Personality Development
  • International Education

The various sessions conducted include:

  • Common errors in English
  • Debating Skills
  • Writing Skills
  • Reading and Listening Skills
  • Social Graces
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Negotiation and Teamwork
  • Self Management
  • Leadership
  • Self Introduction
  • Public Speaking
  • Motivation
  • Introduction to different boards
  • Learner Profile
  • Teacher Competency
  • Learner Strategies
  • Classroom Dimensions