District Symposium : A Report
The most awaited event was finally scheduled on 6th December, 2016. The excitement of the organizers could be felt from the urge to make it a successful event. As programmed by Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyaan in collaboration with British Council, the District Institute of Education and Continuous Professional Development of Osmanabad (DIECPD) organized District Symposium on 6th December at DIECPD. The chief presence for this event were Mr. Jon Parnham, Senior Academic Manager, British Council and Ms. Priya Iyer, Project Co-ordinator, British Council.
The mega event began with the inauguration. The event was preceded by Dr. Kaleem Shaikh sir, the Principal of DIECPD. The stage was shared by other dignitaries like Education Officer, Shri Ukkirde Sir, Dr. Nadaf sir, Head of English Department, DIECPD, Dr. Jatnure sir, Dr. Shinde Sir, Dr. Dhumal sir and Dr. Mendhekar.
“Sometimes we keep our doors closed while teaching as we don’t allow others to watch us teach for the fear of feeling inferior or for the fear of our methods being stolen by others. Time has come that we need to keep our doors open and welcome others. This is to help us grow professionally”, said Mr. Jon during his plenary speech. His presentation covered opportunities one can avail for his/her CPD, benefits of reflection, as well.
After the plenary session, there was a break of 15 minutes for tea and then parallel paper presentations started in four different halls. All the mentors were assigned each hall. Along with mentors, moderators from DIECPD were nominated during the paper presentations. There were as many as 25 paper presentations. The topics of the presentations varied from CPD to various ELT practices and classroom experiments. Photos and videos were evidences of the practices being done. The moderators were happy to see the significant change taking place in English language teaching in the district.
Post lunch session started with poster presentations. Varieties of poster presentations were witnessed by the participants. Some displayed strategies to develop students’ reading skills, while some showed ways to improve vocabulary. A couple of posters depicted the CPD growth while one special poster used Rebus activities and gave chocolates to the participants whoever guessed the answers right.
The poster presentations was followed by panel discussion. The discussion was set on the topic ‘Has Learner Centered Approach got to the roots in Osmanabad District or not?” The panelists were Mrs. Sadhana Bidve, Mr. Rahul Bawa, Mr. Prashant Bhagwat, Mr. Tushar Sutrave, Mr. Gajendra Mugale, Mr. Deepak Sonawane and Mr. Waghmare. The panel discussion was moderated by Mahesh Dudhankar. There was a great heated discussion on the topic. Both the sides of the panelists did their best to put their views strongly.
Before concluding Ms. Priya Iyer shared her views about how Team Osmanabad has been contributing in the ELISS project and expressed her expectations to continue doing the good work. The day ended with the vote of thanks proposed by Dr. Nadaf sir on behalf of DIECPD. Overall it was a splendid day. Got written feedback from the participants. They believed that the day was extremely rich in terms of exchanging ideas and practices.
Sincere thanks to Dr. Kaleem Shaikh sir for taking personal interest in minute to minute execution of the event. Thank you Dr. Nadaf sir for being on toes to help us carry out the event. Thank you mentors for your wonderful co-operation and sacrificing personal time as well for this event. A huge thanks to all the participants specially the paper and poster presenters for your contributions.