I am a big enthusiast of applying differentiated learning techniques in my classrooms. Students have unique learning styles and capacities. Differentiated learning techniques help them to grasp the concepts in effective ways. The model also provides choices to the students for team and/or individual projects. Differences in how students learn have significant impact on their achievements. Needless to say, students feel more engaged and valued with differentiated instruction.
I have been experimenting with alternative major team project for one of my courses to scaffold content, skills and learning outcomes in a variety of ways. It is crucial to capture students’ voice and choice, both in terms of what students deliver as a project and how they use their time and other resources. Throughout the major team project, students reflect on their individual work and setting goals for further learning. This is a great opportunity for them to set personalized learning/skill goals and teacher provides support to achieve them their desired goals.
I shared students’ feedback, their success and engagement with my fellow colleagues. Three other colleagues experimented in their respective class for the same course. There is essential evidence that this alternate approach is equally significant in delivering the learning outcome.
The next steps are:
1) Working with Centre of Teaching and Learning to establish points of comparisons through the qualitative data: a) students’ feedback and b) reflective essay.
2) Including ‘a comparable project’ clause in the course outline so that students have choices
Here are the few team projects students have delivered to demonstrate management functions-planning, organizing, leading and controlling:
1) Basketball Shootout
2) Food drive for three consecutive days
3) Bake Sale for two consecutive days
4) Game shows –‘Minute to win it’ and ‘Family Feud’
5) Silent Auction Sale
6) Promoting diversity through Cultural Exhibition
7) Creating awareness about Environmental Concerns
Happy Learning !
Celebrating harmony and connectedness!
“Women must own their rights; they do not have to be given. Women already have them” said His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at the inaugural session of 6th International Women’s Conference hosted by the Art of Living Foundation on Feb 7-9, 2014 at Art of Living International Centre, Bangalore India.
I was honoured and privileged be one of the speakers in an esteemed gathering of around 700 women from 60 countries around the globe. The conference theme was Harmony: Evolution towards Perfection. Does that sound interesting, powerful, meaningful and spiritual, right? It was beyond imagination-a conference that was one of its own kinds, at least for me. Knowledge and wisdom from various speeches and panel discussions on dynamism, conscious leadership, media, and youth, sustainability in business and environment and ethical practices was pooled. It was evident that we all are connected not because of the consumerism, economics and business but through the One Consciousness at Cosmic level. Women are the basis of strength to spread love, peace and harmony to make this planet a better place to live and not just survive.
Sharing my journey to inner peace and outer connectedness and harmony!!
Sailing through Opposites: Be Natural, was the session theme for my talk. I have had delivered various talks based on the empirical studies and research findings, historical numbers and trends-where it takes minimum 6 months to one year to have a research paper ready to present. Delivering a speech on International Women’s Conference was a unique platform for me. I spoke from my heart and it was an extempore. The talk was very well received. I realized that our stories are just reflections of each others’ lives-connectedness. It was a bliss to share my journey towards inner peace and harmony and spreading the same in the earthy world. Opposites coexist not just in our personal lives but even in business decision making in our professional lives. In my role as an educator, I connect with my students not because of authority or my educational degrees, but simply on basic human values of compassion and care.Being in knowledge, being centred and being natural helps me nurturing and working at the same time-lifting up the consciousness by touching one soul at a time.
A salute to all women on the International Women’s Day. Let us pledge to nurture a harmonious society. Let us start by connecting to our inner self first. Mediate, live in knowledge and be natural.
Happy International Women’s Day!!
With Dr. Hatton and Eileen DeCourcy at TEP graduation ceremony!
I have been with Humber since September 2008, but last two years' experience as full-time faculty has been invaluable.
Last week I graduated from Humber TEP. A great journey started with Geneva Park new faculty orientation in August 2011 and 'formally' ended with graduation ceremony in June 2013. When it was time to work on a TEP project, I chose to make an educational video for the students entitled, 'introducing businesses in Canada' . For my leadership project, I supported international students' transition to new place and culture.
Also, I started trying new creative assignments in my classes with a focus on learning. My classes are now more engaging and fun loving. I started using technology in the classroom....students just love it ... I started mentoring, coaching and facilitating rather than just 'lecturing/teaching'. I realized my students have access to the content even beyond prescribed textbook...what value am I adding in enhancing their skills and strengths? Though, learning remains a process, a continuous journey with small and big accomplishments at every milestone. TEP provided a platform to experiment innovative teaching techniques. It provided tips and tools to enhance students' engagement and involvement in learning activities. Above all, it advanced my confidence level by breaking so many barriers I was carrying in my mind about teaching and learning.
I acknowledge the efforts of all those who made my journey so interesting and meaningful. I am looking forward to my new role as Program Coordinator, Business Management at North Campus starting Fall 2013.
Thank you Humber for recognizing my talent and providing the support structure to blend in and add value to the Humber's most admired corporate culture.
Are we trying to escape stress? Do we think it is possible to stay away or escape stress in today's society, family and workplace demands? I am sure for most of us the answer is 'NO'...
Are we doing enough and right things to manage our stress in a healthy way? Are we able to be centred and keep focussed....may be...may be not?
So let us join hands and start the Waves of Happiness...every Sunday. We will be meeting every Sunday from 4 PM to 5 PM at 14-1510 Drew Road, Mississauga. This one hour of meditation will make us all rejuvenated for the week ahead with positive vibes all around us.We will keep spreading the Waves of Happiness through I Meditate around GTA and beyond!
See you on Sunday!
Keep smiling and stay blessed!
Another great semester accomplished! It has always been a mutual learning. Students' feedback was constructive. Some student actually said, 'thanks for teaching us beyond what is there in textbook..." With current generation of students, I realize that
In my Human Resources Administration, students' involvement is an on-going phenomenon. They worked very hard week after week ...they were literally on their toes. In spite of the hard work, they enjoyed the class, stress free safe learning environment.
It was time to celebrate learning so we had pot-luck in final week class. Each group brought some snacks
(of course more than expected timbits)...great way to celebrate collaboration and hard work.
Thank you students for making your teachers so proud!!
It was such a delight to be a part of Honor Pin Ceremony. There was high level of energy and enthusiasm among honor pin recipients, parents, friends and of course faculty and staff. Such an incredible way to recognize students' commitment and hard work. A few pictures here:
With my wonderful colleague Hilda Gregorian!
With Racine Burke, Honor Pin recipient!
With Karen McCawan, Honor Pin recipient!
I vividly remember May 13, 2005...landing on Canadian soil...coming out of Toronto Pearson Airport I just fell in love with the 'space' and knew, I belong here.
Was it a smooth transition...emotionally, culturally, socially and financially? No it wasn't! I had wet eyes, cultural shocks, missed my dear ones... Yet, I chose to stay centred and inspired. My inspiration came from the experience of starting life from scratch at the age of almost 40, it came from an opportunity to embrace diversity...learn when you are given a chance to learn.
It was overwhelming...!! My job applications were rejected for either 'being overqualified' or 'no Canadian work experience'...so many voices started haunting me ...'pull Ph.D out of your resume'...'change your name to some western name...' Are you serious...!!!
I sat with myself and carved my career path. Ironically, I decided to go back to school, a few close friends were amazed at my decision.." why would you go back to school for a certificate course when you have Ph.D". I smiled and said it is not about degree(s) and certificate(s)...it is about proactive learning....filling in the gaps...upgrading your skills to be best-fit in the new working environment. I earned Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation....blended in all my global working experience and transferable skills with newly learnt work culture.
My close friends in India were sure I will return back in less than 6 months as it will be very difficult to give up on that lifestyle...but I wanted a life...so chose to stay here. It has been wonderful experience so far and am sure it will get better and better!