The Teacher Foundation (Shraddha Trust)

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Sep 11, 2013

Whole School Turnaround - Project Report

Report to Global Giving

Intervention Period –December 2012 – December 2014

 

Project – Whole School Turnaround

School: Goodwill English School, Heganahalli, Peenya II Stage

Reporting Period: June 2013Aug 2013

No. of teachers/heads covered under the Programme - 1 head, 1 Coordinator and 18 teachers

 

 

Intervention

Objective of the Intervention

Actual Outcome

Heads Support (Discussion on action points for May - August 2013)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Action plans for May – August 2013 is to work on below mentiioned areas of improvement and help the school to make positive changes sustainable –

  • Formulation of school vision

  • Formulating a master time table for the entire school and teachers

  • Installation of display boards in the staff room and Std 1 to 7

  • Maintaining records and trackers

  • Instituting student council in the new academic year:

 

 

  • The school has formulated the school vision and has been shared with all stakeholders.

  • The school time table has been reworked for the new academic session and has been finalized and is displayed on the bulletin board in the staff room. This will help the teachers to utilize their time in a better and organized way.

  • Display boards have been installed in classrooms from Std I to VII. The display board has displays related to topics taught in the class as well as also has a small birthday corner for the students.

  • Classrooms are lively, bright and buzzing and students are excited about the display boards.

  • The school has started maintaining the records of notices and memos, staff meeting schedule and its agenda, minutes of meetings, substitution register, extra class records for reference etc..

  • Student council has been set up and roles and responsibilities have been identified for the members. The members of the student council help in discipline and cleanliness related issues. This will help to inculcate a sense of responsibility in the students and also help to develop leadership qualities in the students.

  • Students are encouraged to speak in school assembly on a topic of their choice and these are planned by the teachers. This will help to express themselves with confidence in front of others.

The school head has been suggested to come up with a strong school policy to remove corporal punishment completely from the school to have safe and sensitive environment in the school


Intervention

Objective of the Intervention

Actual Outcome

Teacher Training – Prerana

1. Learning Environment

2. Using teaxbooks effectively

3. Power of questioning

4. Group work

 

  • To help the teachers to use display boards and blackboards in effective ways to make learning effective and powerful for the students

 

  • To help the teachers to understand different components of textbooks, identifying objectives of lessons, using text book in effective manner in teaching, comparing two textbooks for better content and questions for students etc.

 

  • To help the teachers to frame open ended, close ended, high order and low order questions to assess students learning in a better way

 

  • To help teachers to involve and engage students in the classes during teaching using pair/group work strategies

  • The display boards have been installed and teachers are using it effectively.

  • They have created a small birthday corner for the students.

  • All the classes have appreciation walls and appreciation charts.

  • Students are given stars based on their good behavior.

  • Classrooms are selected as “best classroom” based on the effective use of display boards, blackboards, neatness of the students and the classrooms.

  • Indicators to select the class as the best class have been shared with the teachers.

  • The teachers are suggested to frame at least 5 low order and 5 high order questions for each chapter of the subject they teach. The questions should be apart from text book questions and the record of the same should be maintained.

  • The teachers have started using pair/group work to involve all the students in discussion in the classes while teaching a topic.

  • Active participation of the students is evident in the classes.

HeadLamp Workshops

Module 3

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

 

  • HeadLamp, the leadership and management programme, is a series of 8 workshops designed to improve school leaders' participation in the teaching, learning and assessment processes, improve systems and processes within the school, support internal monitoring and evaluation and enhance internal reporting and communication.

 

  • The school heads and 4 teachers from the school attended 3rd module of HeadLamp workshop which was conducted on 19th and 21st August 2013.

  • The head has planned 3 changes for the next quarter which includes plans and strategies to improve teaching learning in the school and empowering the students and the teachers by encouraging them to express their opinions and suggestions in the classes and during staff meetings respectively and also incorporating bright ideas of teachers and students in class and school related policies.

  • The school has appointed a person who will help co ordinator to monitor and to ensure that positive changes are sustainable in the school.

  • The new staff will maintain a record and ensure that teachers help students to pick a topic of their choice and speak in the assembly regularly. She will also ensure that display boards are updated regularly with the displays related to current topics taught and include more of students work.

  • Teachers have been provided a staff room to sit together, plan and discuss.

  • Display board in the staff room displays school related information clearly e.g. master time table, teachers’ time table, teacher list, strength of the school, vision statement etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intervention

Objective of the Intervention

Actual Outcome

School Based Support – Demo classes conducted by TTF Facilitator

  • To help the teachers to observe and understand as how to use of teaching strategies e.g. “positive demeanor, positive verbal and non verbal communication, organized blackboard work with clear flow of lesson and effective use of low order and high order questions “ effectively in the classes to make learning fun filled, interesting and engaging for the students.

 

 

 

  • TTF facilitators conducted demo classes in Maths, Science and English and exhibited classroom strategies which were discussed during training sessions.

  • Strategies covered were – exhibiting positive demeanor in the class, positive verbal and non verbal communication, organized blackboard work, word wall and effective questioning.

  • Students were quite enthusiastic and participated actively in the classes.

 

 

 

 

Going forward:

  • TTF facilitators will observe teachers’ classes and share one on one feedback in a constructive manner.

  • TTF will monitor and support teachers to practice teaching strategies to make their classes active.

  • TTF will observe one of the staff meetings in the coming month. The school has been suggested to have a regular staff meeting in the school and agenda and minutes of the meeting should be documented and shared with all the teachers.

  • Teachers would be provided support in framing high order questions for each topic of their subjects and will be motivated to ask questions in the class which would help the students to think, analyze and answer and not just to recall the facts.

  • The teachers will also be provided support in using bloom’s taxonomy to prepare blue prints for assessment papers.

  • The school head and the teachers would be motivated to encourage students to share and express their opinions and views in the classes. The teachers would be encouraged to plan a few lessons as per students’ interest.

  • TTF will strictly monitor that instances of corporal punishment in the school have gone down.

 

 

A few photos

 

Before After

 

 

Appreciation Wall in the class Display Board in staff room

 

 

 

Aug 19, 2013

Project Update


The Teacher Foundation met Shri Abdul Rab - Commissioner of Public Instruction, Gulbarga for gaining programme permission and discussed with him about TTFs plan for 2013-2014. He instructed Deputy Director of Public Instruction - Mr. Ramanjaneya to provide necessary support for the implementation of the programme. TTF oriented Mr. Ramanjeneya, Deputy Director of Public Instruction and Mr. Shanthagouda, Deputy Project Coordinator, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan of Yadgiri district in Karnataka and oriented them about our project.

We collected teachers profile from three clusters namely Sagar, Shirival and Shahapur South of Shahapur taluk of Yadgiri District. We identified 60 teachers from 30 schools for the programme who were divided into two batches of 30 teachers each. Out of the 5 days of training, we have completed 2 days namely “Learning in Groups” and “Learning Spectrum” in addition to the Needs Analysis conducted before the commencement of the programme. Details are provided below:



SL.NO

DATE

MODULE

BATCH

ATTENDANCE

1

19.07.13

Learning In Groups

1st Batch

29 out of 30

2

20.07.13

Learning Spectrum

1st Batch

29 out of 30

3

26.07.13

Learning In Groups

2nd Batch

30 out of 30

4

27.07.13

Learning Spectrum

2nd Batch

30 out of 30



Totally, 59 teachers attended the 2-day training. As part of the training, 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 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.



Most of the teachers were eager to learn new ideas and strategies used in the training situation. They were enthusiastic and reflective, they were impressed with the training method and facilitation. They expressed that the content covered was relevant and useful.



School Based Support(SBS):

Before the commencement of the training, we conducted need analysis for a sample size of 10% teachers. During this process we administered “Classroom Observation Checklist”, a tool developed in-house to assess the teaching-learning process and identify the need areas and track changes in their performance. An evaluation report will be shared at the end of the project.

We have plan to schedule the first round of School Based Support in the month of August. Remaining three days of training – namely Tools For Teaching, Measuring Learning, Mindful Learning and Designing Learning will be organized in the month of September.



Few feedback received from teachers:

I learn't how to incorporate group techniques in my classroom and how to involve students in the teaching-learning process”

Smt.Sugamma.Teacher, GHPS Mamadapur

I learnt how to evaluate student learning through group techniques”

Shri. Sankappa.Teacher, GHPS(Boys)Sagar



I learn't effective blackboard writing”

Shri.Vidyasaagar.Teacher, GHPS(Girls)Sagar

Outdoor learning makes learning relevant and students find it easy to connect with their lessons”

Smt.Veenashree.Teacher, GHPS Rastapur



Thanks the donors and the GlobalGiving for the platform. We will update you about the progress of the programme, and will upload pictures very soon.

For any comments or suggestions do please feel free to communicate.

Thanks..!



Jun 10, 2013

Whole School Turnaround - Project Report

Report to GlobalGiving

Intervention Period –December 2012 – December 2014

 

Project – Whole School Turnaround

School: Goodwill English School, Heganahalli, Peenya II Stage

Reporting Period: March 2013 – May 2013

No. of teachers/heads covered under the Programme - 1 head, 1 Coordinator and 18 teachers

 

Intervention

Objective of the Intervention

Actual Outcome

Heads Support (Discussion of action points to work on during May 2013 to August 2013)

Action plans to work on next set of areas of improvement and help the school to sustain these positive changes -

  • Formulating a master time table for the entire school and teachers

  • Installation of display boards in the principal's office and Std 1 to 7

  • Maintaining records and trackers

  • Instituting student council in the new academic year:

  • The school has reopened on 22nd May after summer vacation. The time table is being reworked for the new academic session and be finalized by first week of July.

  • Display boards have been ordered and these would be installed in the classroom by 2nd week of June. In the meantime the teachers would be trained on how to use display boards in the classrooms effectively for improving student learning.

  • The school has started maintaining the records of notices and memos, staff meeting schedule and its agenda, minutes of meetings, substitution register, extra class records etc..

  • Student council would be elected and would be set up in the school by 15th June 2013

Intervention

Objective of the Intervention

Actual Outcome

Teacher Training – Prerana

Me and myself and Me and My students

  • The objective of the these trainings is to make teachers aware of their own strengths and areas of improvement.

  • The objective of this module is to help the teachers to use positive verbal and non verbal communication and effective praise in the classrooms

  • The teachers could do self introspection and could analyze their qualities, areas of improvement. They reflected on their own actions and behaviors which impacted student learning. They came up with few action points which they will start using in their classes in the new academic sessions. Eg:

  • the teachers will put their effort to use positive communication all the time.

  • they will take care that their verbal and non verbal communication are effective and positive.

  • the teachers will create an environment of appreciating each other in the classrooms through appreciation walls.

HeadLamp Workshops

2 Modules

  • HeadLamp, the leadership and management programme, is a series of 8 workshops designed to improve school leaders' participation in the teaching, learning and assessment processes, improve systems and processes within the school, support internal monitoring and evaluation and enhance internal reporting and communication.

  • The school has formulated the school vision.

  • The vision has been shared with all stakeholders.

  • The head has delegated the responsibilities to coordinator to monitor teaching learning process in an effective manner.

  • Democratic approach has been seen during staff meeting.

  • The head has planned 3 changes for the next quarter which includes installing display boards, keeping a record of all the activities of the school and formulating a master time table.

Feedback shared by the school coordinator Ms Shalini Ramanna:

  • The school has now a clearly defined vision which will help the head and the teachers to have a clarity about the right path to be followed to achieve the vision.

  • She found that ground rules and appreciation charts are quite useful to manage the classes in a positive way.

  • She can observe that teachers are now more positive and sensitive towards the students.

  • HeadLamp training program has personally helped Shalini to improve her leadership skills which is now evident in the way she interacts with staff in the school and in the staff meetings.

  • Maintaining the records will help to keep the data retrievable and accessible to all stakeholders

Feedback from the students : Nikhil – Std IX

Nayana - Std VII

  • Students feel that the overall cleanliness has been improved in the school.

  • The interaction between teachers and the students are quite positive now.

  • Ground rules and appreciation charts help to bring positive discipline in the classes

Going forward:

  • TTF will work with the school to bring positive changes in learning environment by helping the teachers to use strategies to make classrooms more lively through using display boards and Blackboards more effectively.

  • Follow up with schools heads through meetings needs to be done, to make sure that time tables and co-planning periods give teachers time to plan their and reflect on their lessons. Also heads will be mentored on how to be proactive at looking inwards into the current teaching learning processes than just the administrative progress of the school.

  • The forth coming training sessions would help the teachers to improve questioning skills which would help the students to think and answer and not just to recall the facts.

  • Demo classes by TTF facilitators would help the teachers to relate their learning from the workshop in more effective manner.

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