“You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas will not get you anywhere,” said Lee Iaococca. Effective communication is the most important skill that we need to acquire to be successful in today’s world and the best part is; it is a skill that can be learned just like riding a bicycle or typing only if one is willing to learn. Rajhans Vidyalaya has taken it as its mission to improve the communicative skill of its students in the next two years. In keeping with this goal, the school is conducting various activities to hone this skill among students. Various engaging activities to build the confidence of the students in various aspects of communication were conducted.
STD. I to IV
The students of the primary section were shown moral stories in the Audio Visual room during the Social Science period. The following stories were shown:-
Std. I – LAZY DONKEY
Std. II – LOVE YOUR SCHOOL
Std. III-HELPING OTHERS
Std. IV-LOVE YOUR FAMILY
After the movie was shown, there was a discussion session in every class and a questionnaire was developed for the students of Std. III & IV.
For the students of Std. I & II, the moral of the story was told and they were asked to speak about what they have learnt from the story.
In order to develop the communication skills of students, an activity titled ‘I am a tree…’ was held on 16th July, 2016 for the students of Std. VII. The students had to imagine that they are the voice of the trees and each student had to express his feelings as a tree. The students spoke about the importance of trees in the environment and how mankind should protect and nurture them.
Some students even expressed their emotions in the form of a poem and highlighted the urgent need of saving the existing trees and planting new ones. The students solemnly pledged to protect trees by taking the ‘ENVIRONMENT OATH’ given by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. The activity ended with each student leaving his thumbprint on a cut - out of a tree and thereby promised to save, protect and plant more trees.
HAPPY MOMENTS – 16th July, 2016
Students were paired randomly and each pair had to exchange a happy incident about their life recounting it to their partner. Later, they were asked to narrate the incident of their partner to the audience.
The session was successfully conducted on Saturday 16th July, 2016 with the students of Std. XI A & XI C in the presence of the Supervisor in the Yoga Hall. The students participated in the session enthusiastically and enjoyed a lot. All the students were given the opportunity to speak on the microphone in front of the audience. This helped in developing confidence in them.
This activity was conducted with the students of Std. XI B on 6th August, 2016.
TELLING A STORY IN INSTALMENT – 6th August, 2016
Four stories were selected for this activity. The class was divided into four groups. One student from each group was made to go into another classroom where the stories were kept apart. The students was expected to read a part of the story for a minute & then come back to the class & narrate it to his group. The other students of the group were supposed to make a note of the narration. The other students of the group repeated the same activity till the entire story was completed. Next, the group compiled the entire story and one or more from each group narrated it to the entire class. The moral of the story was told and a new title was given. The students were supposed to rewrite the story and submit it to their English teacher with their group name, moral of the story and the new title.
SMILEYS – 6th August, 2016
The students were given a pre-printed sheet of various shapes and were asked to draw “Smileys” in 1 ½ minutes. After the said time, they were given new pre-printed sheets of the same kind but now the time limit was 3 minutes and they had to draw “Smileys” in a specified manner only. Next, the students were asked to communicate their mind set in the two acts.
It was seen that the first attempt was a random way with creativity where the mind was free to do its work, while the second attempt restricted their movement to a certain limit but was a concentrated effort.
This made them realise that they had a better number done in the first attempt but in the second attempt, though the number of smileys were less, it was in a well organised manner that they had drawn.