Enabling Government Teachers in Yadagiri District of Karnataka State (INDIA)
TTF implemented Sustained Teacher Development Programme for 100 rural govt school teachers in Shahapura Taluka of Yadagiri District with the support of Global Giving. The project aims to benefit 40,000 students studying in the government schools. We conducted the programme in seven clusters namely Hattigudur, B,Gudi, Halagera, Wadagera,Naikal, Halisagar and Dharnalli.
Shahapur is one of the educational block under Yadagiri Educational district. We implemented “Darpana” programme which includes 5 days of training and two rounds of school based support. We have completed 5 modules namely 'Learning in Groups', 'Learning Spectrum', Tool for Teaching', Measuring Learning', Multiple Intelligence' and ' Designing Learning'. We shared different group strategies with teachers and facilitated collaborative learning in their classrooms. The participants were given hands-on experience on techniques like think-pair-share, snow balling, envoying, jigsaw, fish bowl and carousel. In the 'Learning Spectrum' module, we covered a range of activities that can make classroom environment more lively and vibrant. We have given inputs on how to use the black board , bulletin board, and newspapers effectively to improve learning. Simple ideas that work brilliantly. Learning outside classroom was also a part of this module. In the ' Tools for Teaching module, we covered different learning strategies like example-non example, 20 questions etc. In the 'Measuring Learning' Module, we covered different assessment techniques for student learning. In the 'Multiple Intelligence' and 'Designing Learning' module , students multiple intelligence in classroom process and how do we cater to different intelligence is dealt . Preparing effective lesson plan is another area that was dealt in the training programme.
Government Official of Shahapur deputed 112 teachers for the programme, out of which 100 teachers have attended all 5 days of 'Darpana' Programme. Some of them didn't attend the programme because of transfer, deputation, promotion etc.. Government Officials were very co operative and attended few sessions to understand the content of the module. They even discussed with our facilitators about their doubts and clarified it. Overall, the programme went off well with the support of the concerned officials – which is a crucial aspect in these regions.
Most of the teachers were eager to learn new ideas, strategies which we use in training situation. They were enthusiastic and reflective on all the days. Teachers have expressed happiness over the method of training and facilitation. They felt that the content was relevant and useful.
Batch wise Teachers Participation:
Learning in Group
35 out of 40
40 out of 40
37 out of 40
Tools For Teaching
23 out of 40
Designing Learning& Multiple Intelligence
34 out of 40
44 out of 45
41 out of 45
45 out of 45
Teachers Feedback about the Programme:
“ I learnt from this workshop, how to prepare lesson plan based on objectives of the lesson”
Mamatha D.L. GHPS Naikal
“ After the TTF workshop I can now manage the classroom process effectively.”
Veeresh GHPS Wadagera
“ I liked the content of the module and facilitator's delivery of modules “
Jyothi G.V. GHPS Kongadi
“ I am able to deliver lessons effectively at the time of school based support”
Naveenakumari GHPS Ambedkar Nagar, Wadigera.
School Based Support (SBS):
Before the commencement of the actual training, TTF administered “Classroom Observation Checklist”, a tool developed in-house to assess the teaching-learning process, for a sample of 15% teachers to identify the need areas and to track the changes in their performance. An evaluation report will be shared with you as soon as possible.
And we have completed 1st round and 2nd round of school based support for all participating teachers of our programme. TTF facilitators observe the class and provide constructive feedback to teachers. We discuss about the lesson – what went well, what areas need to improve and plan of action for the next class. We notice that many teachers incorporate the learnings from the workshop into their classrooms.
Teachers who have participated in all the training sessions will be provided Certificate of Completion. The graduation ceremony for these teachers will be held in the month of February.
Very soon we will share the evaluation report of this project.
We developed good rapport with department education for smooth functioning of the programme. Education department officials also gave feedback about the programme, and expressed that our teachers were very happy about the programme content and liked TTF facilitation.
We wish to continue the programme with more teachers during 2013-14. It has been a great experience to work with Government teachers. Though they have undergone lot of training from the department – they appreciated our methodology and approach.
We wish to thank GlobalGiving for providing us a great platform for all our donors for making generous contributions for an educational cause.
Project Report for the Period September – November 2012
By The Teacher Foundation
Name of the School: Goodwill English School – Hegganahalli, Peenya
Programme: Whole School Turnaround
Overview of the School
Goodwill English School situated in Hegganahalli,Peenya was established in 2002-03 and is affiliated to the State board syllabus .The school has grades from Baby Nursery to X th Std.The school's current strength is 415 with a teacher strength of 22.
The school is owned and run by Mr.Padmanabhan M.N(Principal) and Mrs.Malarselvi(Secretary). Only about 30% of the parent population is educated and most of the students come from the surrounding areas.Most of the teachers are graduates and very few are trained teachers(B.ed). The management wishes to bring about a significant change in performance level of students who are academically weak and under achievers.
The school gives a lot of importance to sports and other co-curricular activites and has a large playground for the same purpose.The school envisions to impart education to students from all catses and creeds and inculcate in them a keen sense of responsibility.
Update on the programme for the period September to November 2012
WST team identifies and visits Goodwill School and holds a series of meetings with the school heads to explain the project metrics, intervention and understand the areas of change in the school.
School heads are informed about the project and interact with the WST team.
A memorandum of understanding was signed between The Teacher Foundation and Goodwill School, under which Goodwill School would be undergo the Whole School Transformation project for two years
School heads and TTF arrive at an understanding about the project which will take place over the next two years.
A baseline audit was conducted in the school on 7th and 8th November. The audit is conducted prior to the intervention and helps assess the school's strengths, areas of concerns and needs. The following are the areas that the audit is conducted in.
Teaching, learning and Assessment
The school undergoes the school audit.
Intervention planned in the next four months
December, January and February 2012
The audit report will be presented and a teacher orientation will be held at Goodwill School.
10 workshops on English language enhancement - Classroom Talkies will be held for all teachers.
School heads will undergo School leadership workshops
Audit report is handed over to the school. Areas of need are reviewed and the school prepares an action plan for the next six months.
Teacher's are more ready and motivated to be part of the intervention.
Teachers will be more confident in using English as a transactional language in their classes. Students' own language improves as a result.
School spaces are much cleaner with special emphasis on washroom hygiene. Provision for drinking water is now available for students. School will put together an action plan for the next three months.
2 workshops of strategies for Contemporary classrooms will be held for all teachers
Classes will be more positive spaces with regards to teacher student participation. Instances of corporal punishment reduce to a large extent. Teachers will start planning their lessons using a formatted template.
School based observation and individual feedback for all teachers
Teachers will plan lessons using range of strategies that were part of the workshops.
Student participation increases and is made part of the lesson plans.
Teachers collaboratively work to plan their lessons.
Programme Report from The Teacher Foundation
The Teacher Foundation is implementing the Sustained Teacher Development Programme for 100 rural Government school teachers in Yadagiri region with support from Global Giving. Yadagiri is one of the backward district of North East Karnataka. The project aim is benefit 40,000 students studying in the Government schools.
We commenced the programme “Darpana” in Shahapur block of Yadagiri district. The programme includes 5 days of training and two rounds of School Based Support. Under this programme we have completed 2 modules namely “Learning in Groups” and “Learning Spectrum” for 100 teachers who are attending in three batches. However, the attendance to these workshops were good and totally 112 teachers attended. In 'Learning in Groups' , we shared different group strategies with teachers to facilitate collaborative learning in their classrooms. The participants were given hands-on experience on techniques like think-pair-share, snow balling, envying, jigsaw, fish bowl, carousel. In the 'Learning Spectrum' module, we covered a range of activities that can make classroom environment more lively and vibrant. We have given inputs on how to use the blackboard, bulletin board and newspapers effectively to improve learning. Simple ideas that work brilliantly! Learning outside classroom was also a part of this module.
Most of the teachers were eager to learn new ideas, strategies from the training sessions. They were enthusiastic and reflective on all the days. Teachers have expressed happiness over the method of training and facilitation. They felt that the content was relevant and useful to their classroom situation.
“ This training make teachers different, I am inspired a lot with TTF facilitation”
Shri, Laxman L
Teacher, GHPS Peth Shahapur
" I got lots of ideas on classroom management, And also learnt how to use daily news papers in our classroom process"
Teacher. GHPS Filterbed, Shahapur
"I learnt about various group techniques and facilitation. Liked facilitators' facilitation skills, communication and content knowledge"
Teacher, GHPS Dornalli
"Our teachers are experiencing hand on activity and is very useful for classroom management"
Block Resource Coordinator, Shahapur
School Based Support (SBS)
Before the commencement of the actual training, TTF administered “Classroom Observation Checklist”, a tool developed in-house to assess the teaching-learning process, for a sample of 15% teachers to identify the need areas and to track the changes in their performance. An evaluation report will be shared with you at the end of the project.
We have completed the first round of school based support for 89 teachers including sample of 15% teachers. TTF facilitators observe each teacher in her/his classroom followed by a discussion about the lesson. We get teachers to reflect on their classroom practices and discuss aspects of the classroom that was effective / that was not so effective and plan of action for the next class.
During this round of observation, we did notice lots of changes in their classroom teaching. Some of the observations include – use of group techniques like think-pair-share, fish bowl, carousel activities, out door learning, use of black board effectively. Some teachers demonstrated better communication skills with students and were addressing students by their names.
Next three days of workshops namely - Tools for Teaching, Measuring Learning, Deigning Learning and Multiple Intelligence are schedule d on Oct 3rd , 4th and 5th for two batches followed by classroom observations(SBS) in the month of Nov 2012 after teachers come back from Dasara (October) vacation.
TTF has developed good rapport with department officials. Education Department officials provide feedback about the programme – and also shared that their teachers were very happy about programme, its methodology and facilitators' facilitation skills.
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