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School-based workshops for students organised in Kurukshetra
One-day school based workshops for science and technology popularization and a five-day training on self-study skills for senior science students of local schools is set to be organised in Kurukshetra district of Haryana from January 15 to 31 under the aegis of Square Link Consulting after a need analysis. Schools demanded these workshops after a series of workshops that were organised early-December last year.

The main aim of these workshop is to make students interested in science and technology education and empower senior students in becoming autonomous learners by acquiring self-study skills. Some teachers of the participating schools will also be assisting the resource persons in the workshop and link the skills picked up by the students to the on-going educational reform.

According to the organisers, both the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) of the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) implicate that the secondary and senior secondary students be educated and trained in the self-study skills (3S) and higher order thinking skills (HOTS). Furthermore, CBSE expects the schools to provide constructed experiences to students in 3S and HOTS and assess them in these skills to write a narrative assessment reports for students.

During training, skills such as learning with intent and reading-to-learn skills through web-charting; concept-mapping and mind-mapping skills; table-charting and flow-charting skills; visual drawing and graphics skills; and patterning or formatting skill for numerical sums would be taken up. Training on each skill will require 5 sessions of one hour each leading to internalization of the skill through guided and individual practices.

Each of the five training days will have sessions such as orientation of students towards the skill by the trainer and demystification of the skill; modeling and exemplification of the skill by the trainer; group work to students for skill application; group presentations and feedback by the trainer; and individual practice through worksheets.

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