THE TENTH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON
‘LEARNING REDEFINED FOR SUCCESS’
A strong supply of well-qualified teachers is essential for the development of high-performing education systems. On 16 & 17 August 2019, the 10th International Symposium was planned and organized to effectively handle the challenges we face today. Our educational model along with the beneficiaries of teaching ie, students, pedagogy (of research and teaching) and organizations, should transform into a more conscious, student-centered, value-based, holistic system. To comprehend the challenges in the present and the future education scenario, it is necessary to identify the changes needed, and determine a course of action, thereby translating the task of translating the action plan into action.
The Symposium started with a prayer by the students’ choir followed by the traditional lighting of the lamp by the delegates.Mrs. Stella Pauline Punitha Principal, The Schram Academy, Chennai delivered the welcome address. The chief guest Mr.Syed Sultan Ahmed,MD & Chief Learner @LXL Ideas,Bengaluru, Karnataka, India , began with his inaugural address .LXL Ideas enables learning for life by creating experiences for students, parents & educators.With his profound knowledge he discoursed his Keynote address under the topic “Key to prepare the students for the future’. It was practical and beneficial for education field. After a short break there wa another presentation by Mr. Celestine Paul Raj Ropheka, Consultant - Learning and Development on the topic “Life Skills - Enabling Students to Navigate” His presentation laid emphasis on student’s velocity and the importance of teacher’s understanding about the student’s velocity. He also stressed on various modern ideas to involve students in learning. It was followed by Lead topic “Imparting Inquiry Based Learning” by Dr . Jesudass Jeyapaul - Career Consultant & Language Trainer. He took a firm stand on enquiry based learning to go deeper in learning things. His rich experience and lively anecdotes made participants enjoy the session. He insisted on interactive and Inquiry Based teaching and learning and to encourage the students to investigate the things they learn. He insisted on avoiding the lecture method, the memorizing of facts. After a sumptuous lunch, the session began with the topic ‘Strategies to develop 21 Century Skills in Learners by Mrs. Stella Pauline Punitha Principal, The Schram Academy, Chennai .It was a crystal clear presentation about the role of a teacher in the 21 st century. She highlighted the need to redefining the methods and structure of the teaching-learning processes. She insisted need for the change their mind set to make students successful considering the fact that the theme of the symposium is ‘redefining learning for success’. She insisted on the need for precise utilization of modern technologies in the class room. She further added its easier for the teachers and students to be successful. It was followed by the session on “Integrating STEAM Ideas in the Curriculum” by Mr. Johnson Yesudass IB Resource and Media Specialist, Oakridge International School. His presentation was innovative he made the participants to perform activities, to collect information about a few things and personalities With the help of the information gathered he elaborated on the topic. It was followed by question and answer session. Ms. Deepika , a teacher from Vedanta Academy, Vanagaram, Chennai and Subiksha Alumni presented their paper for the following topic: ‘Global perspectives at School Level’, Subiksha ,an Alumni of T S A made her debut presentation .She presented her research findings on economics major and it was very informative for the participants. It was all about non- communicable health problems alarmingly Increasing in India, and how it was affecting the youth at present and the future economic condition of the nation. Day 1 of the Symposium to an end with a high- tea being served to all participants at 5.15 P.M.
The Second day started with a brief welcome and an introduction to the delegates on the previous day’s proceedings by Education Innovation Manager of The Schram Academy.
Principal presented the 2nd Day’s order of events. Mr. Man.S.Subba, Principal,The Schram Academy Cambridge School, Ayanambakkam, shared on the topic ‘Cambridge Global Perspectives-An Eye Opener’. He emphasised on the global perspective in education so that the students can meet the challenges of the 21 st century workplace and be successful amidst the increasing globalisation.
After a tea break Mr. Johnson Yesudass, IB Resource and Media Specialist, Oakridge International School, highlighted on ‘Making a Difference through Creativity And Service’. Through audio-visual aids he made the participants write their feelings and express their views to prove how ordinary objects can be a very effective tools in the class rooms to improve students creativity and bring about their willing participation .The session was bouncy and lively.
Mr. Sridhar Balan ,Senior Consultant, Ratna books, The translation imprint of Ratna Sagar P.Ltd. Delhi., continued on the topic “Recruiting, Retraining, and Retaining The Right Talent-The Key to Success” in his knowledgeable and inimitable style. He recommended the participants about how to identify the special skills of the students, spread positivity without complaining .He encouraged everyone to read good books to get deeper knowledge, accept the changes in life, pick out the changes.
After a delicious lunch Mr. Andrew Nelson ,Principal, Velammal Global School, Chennai carried forward by speaking on the lead topic ‘Ideal Student Engagement to overcome barriers of Learning ‘Being a technology specialist, he introduced various modern teaching tools and how these tools be used effectively . He explained how students are distracted by various factors, both outside and inside the class rooms. He elaborated on the student’s self connection with the teachers. Love, care and personal connection with teachers and their teaching was paramount important. He recommended seven strategies to engage the students. Finally he concluded with the statement that students expect Ninja teachers in their classes. After the transition time Mrs. Jyothi Swaroop ,an educationist, ELT Consultant , poured out her experiences as an educationist. She espoused that teachers should possess the power to understand the physical and mental state of every child. She further insisted on incorporating the 4 c’s of 21st century skills- critical thinking, Communication, collaboration, creativity. All these skills enabled the teachers to connect with students strongly. She valued the importance she felt on problem based learning and project based learning. She insisted upon mutual respect, compromise, shared responsibilities inside the class room to teach and learn better. She insisted that the teacher should teach students about risk taking and ideation. We should control and manage the children to use the modern gadgets. We can use the Brain-Break in between while teaching. She began and ended with a beautiful and thought –provoking poem .It was an enriching experience. This was followed by a Question and answer session by Mr.Man.S.Subba. After the Tea break there was a prayer song by the staff choir ,Principal Ms.Stella P.Punitha welcomed everyone for the valedictory ceremony, DR.K.R.Malathi ,Founder CEO of Auuro Educational Services, delivered her valedictory address. She spoke about how to measure the success of the students. According to her the real success lay in living a life
of complete happiness, it depended on the self-fulfilment of one’s physical and mental needs. The teaching community should think about force of the modern technology and prepare the students for the future. After that wonderful mind boggling address, all the participants received their participation certificates The tenth International Symposium on “Learning Redefined For Success” came to a fitting finale. It was indeed a grand success that there was a lot to take home for the participants. Ms. Susan , EIC Math department , delivered the vote of thanks. ‘