The pandemic posed a great challenge to all widely accepted modes of education with classrooms turning virtual and teachers/professors reducing to square windows on a digital screen often subject to the vagaries of the internet and multiple factors. On several occasions, teachers found themselves talking to blank screens, which almost eliminated the give-and-take, which is such a key aspect of typical classroom education. With the return to offline and/or physical classes, non-verbal communication is of tremendous relevance after a two year hiatus and that is what this programme strives to hone.
For teachers, this has been the challenging time. The Covid-19 pandemic has eliminated the qualities that define teachers as the educators they are. They did not sign up to spend hours in front of screens dealing with student noises and visuals. The adrenaline rush and performance anxiety are guaranteed when teachers stand in front of a class and talk in front of 100 staring eyes and 100 more attentive ears. The difficulty of performing a role of teacher, the anxiety of being on a platform, and the need to impart knowledge effectively are some of the challenges that teachers are facing post pandemic.
Hence the School of Performing Arts and Indic Studies has curated this unique certification course to empower teachers to overcome these challenges. The main objective of this course is to enhance the non-verbal communication of the teachers through Natya techniques of Indian Knowledge System.
Nonverbal communication cues—the way you listen, look, move, and react—tell the person you're communicating with whether or not you care, if you're being truthful, and how well you're listening. When your nonverbal signals match up with the words you're saying, they increase trust, clarity, and rapport.
In the context of classroom instruction, the relatively small percentage of communication that occurs verbally will primarily stimulate cognitive meanings (cognitive domain) for the student, while the more pervasive nonverbal communication (93% of all communication) stimulates the students’ feelings and attitudes about the material. Thus, given the potential impact on student learning that nonverbal communication has, it would seem important that all instructors be mindful of their personal outward nonverbal projection, as well as observation of student nonverbal cues. Indian Knowledge System is extremely rich in providing various skill sets that one can learn and put into practice these skill to overcome the challenges and become good communicators. The School of performing Arts and Indic Studies is facilitating the process of adapting the skill sets that are clearly propounded in ancient Indian knowledge systems related to performing arts.
The modules that are included in this certification program are:
Open to: All CBSE/ICSE/State/ IB/IG teachers
Venue: School of Performing Arts & Indic Studies, REVA University
Faculty team: Experts from SOPAI and international experts
Registration link: https://forms.office.com/r/QX9S0sJuUk