As part of the Personality Development (PD) Classes, students of Std. VI explored the concept of Communication Styles. While they learned the theoretical framework through visual aids and a classroom quiz, they also experienced the same through different modalities. The students also had an opportunity to share their learning through a small campaign. Here are some student narratives and classroom photos that will give you a peek into our exciting journey!
- Lamia Bagasrawala, School Psychologist, Shishuvan School
My experience in PD!
“As the new academic year started, the first activity we did in our PD class was the back–to-back drawing activity in which we had to sit back to back with our partner. Then the partner would give some instructions and we had to imagine the picture and draw it on a piece of paper given to us. It was a very interesting and good activity to improve our listening skills.
The second activity that our PD teacher Lamia conducted was the ‘Silent Movies’ activity in which we were given a topic on which we had to perform a skit without speaking and not using any props. Then the audience had to guess the topic. I had a lot of fun guessing and performing the skits.
I participated in a campaign activity too. As part of this activity, we had to go all around the school and explain the four styles of communication – passive, aggressive, passive-aggressive and assertive communication. Our group had gone to explain this to the teachers. The teachers wrote their opinions and feedback on the campaign paper. I had fun going around the school completing the activity.
The last activity was to perform a skit on any of the four styles of communication. Overall I learnt to control myself and make sure not to get angry on anyone. I had a good time attending all the PD classes.”
- Abha Chitale, VI – Shraddha
“PD Class has always been exciting and wonderful so far. Each class brings new things for us to learn. There must be almost fifteen classes of PD so far and so I have learnt those many new aspects of life. I learnt types and styles of communication – Verbal, non-verbal, passive, aggressive, passive-aggressive and assertive. I also learnt about friendship outside school and friendship in school. We also had classes on healthy friendship and unhealthy friendship.
I enjoyed participating in the skit on communication. It was a wonderful experience. I like group work and skits. All the group members contributed immensely in all the things like script-writing, dividing roles, etc. It has helped me improve my leadership qualities, acting and speaking skills.
Campaigning is an unforgettable experience. I contributed by planning what to say and how to address the person we are talking to. It helped me greatly in improving my communication skills. I sometimes tend to use aggressive communication but from now on after learning the benefits of assertive communication I will surely try to use assertive communication in my day to day life.
Participating in PD classes means access to more knowledge on topics which tell us how to face the outer world. I enjoyed all the PD classes as important topics were taught in a fun way which made things crystal clear in my eyes. PD classes are always awaited by me throughout the week. Things that are really important for our life are taught to us in such a nice way systematically just in forty minutes that for those forty minutes we all become good listeners and absorb all that we can to step on all the obstacles that come in our life and be a successful person in the future.”
- Harshi Shah, VI – Karma
“In PD I have learned different styles of communication. My experience during the skit was good. My contribution to the group was by coming up with the idea. I was playing the role of passive communicator. It has helped me by improving my speaking skills and understanding the topic. My experience during the campaign was good. I explained it to two teachers and three students. It helped me by getting to know other people’s comments and I learnt how to explain the topic well. I usually use Assertive communication but sometimes I use passive aggressive or aggressive communication when I’m angry. I should work on not using aggressive communication.”
- Diya G., VI – Dhyaan
“I have learned in PD that the person’s deeds make him good or bad. We should work together as one part of the world. I thoroughly enjoyed the skit preparation as I contributed as a narrator. I loved the campaign as my group was awesome. It helped me develop my leadership skills. I learned that I mostly use all styles of communication. I would change my style of communication to be more assertive.”
- Aatmi Badani, VI – Dhyaan
“We enjoyed our PD classes conducted by our PD teacher Lamia. We had a lot of fun throughout the term. We learned about the types and styles of communication, through activities such as Silent Movies. We understood that by changing the style of communication that we use often, we can change our attitude.
In PD I have learned that I should behave well, that you can say whatever you want in a cool and calm way. We sometimes are forced to use aggressive communication but most of the times we should try to use Assertive communication. Thee skit helped me understand that we need to adjust with each and every one. We can learn many things by interacting. My contribution in the campaign was that I told everyone about the styles of communication. I understood that some teachers don’t wasn’t to be aggressive in communication but they are forced by us to be aggressive sometimes and they always try to be assertive.
My styles of communication are passive, assertive and aggressive. I learned that I need to talk to the person if he is irritating me and not just tell him by action, I need to talk to him in a calm way and express what I want. We don’t need to yell or ignore that person.
We enjoyed our PD classes conducted by our PD teacher Lamia. We had a lot of fun throughout the term. These sessions helped us change our attitude. ”
- Shatakshi Shelar, VI – Karma
“In the PD classes I liked the part when we had deep discussions. I have learnt the different ways to communicate. My experiences have been amazing. I loved the chart work and the skit. I have loved the campaign because of the ways in which we did it and learned the styles of communication and its uses. Usually I’m passive in communication and don’t talk to others. But now I have realized the need for assertive communication.”
- Kabir Shah, VI – Dhyaan