“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” – Ignacio Estrada
A workshop was conducted on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, for teachers from Classes IV to VIII, on the topic, ‘Life Skills: Uses and importance’. Facilitators Shri Jaysurya Das and Ms. Shipra Bijaya Sahoo spoke about the important life skills like Thinking skills, Social skills and Emotional skills and its significance.
The participants also learned about UNESCO’s five pillars of education learning like linguistic skills, communication skills, basic analytical skill, respect for culture and sensitivity towards environment. The facilitators briefed the teachers on the importance of understanding life skills and inculcating those in the students during their growing up stage.
They were also briefed about the significance of life skills in maintaining a sound physical and mental health, to be able to make rational decisions by weighing pros and cons, how to be assertive and not aggressive in classroom situations, the difference between being self-aware and self-conscious, methodologies to be followed for problem solving in daily life scenarios, importance of critical and creative thinking and the difference between the two.
During the workshop, the teachers learned how to manage emotions by identifying stress and coping with it, importance of having good interpersonal relationship in the work place among the teachers and take the skills to the classroom to educate children about it, how to say no without hurting the sentiments of others. The teachers also learnt to identify problems or areas of difficulty in a child and have an early intervention to enhance the capabilities of a child and enhance his or her psycho social abilities.
Through several videos and activities, the participants learnt about the importance of life skills in the 21st century to build a better society and the role of a teacher in imparting the skills to the students.