Education
 India
Project #10432

Improve learning for 6000 underprivileged children

by The Teacher Foundation (Shraddha Trust)
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Intervention Period –December 2012 – December 2014

 

Project – Whole School Turnaround

School: Goodwill English School, Heganahalli, Peenya II Stage

Reporting Period: Sep 2013 – Nov 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

 

Action Points 

  • Review of action points of 8 months

  • Discussion and planning of action points for Sep – Dec 2013

  • The school has successfully completed below mentioned action points with the help of TTF. These positive changes need to be monitored by the schools heads to make these changes sustainable.

 

1. Maintaining cleanliness and hygiene in the school

2. Positive disciplining using appreciation chart and ground rules in place or corporal punishment

3. Formulation of school vision and sharing the same with all stakeholders

4. Parent Orientation

5. Time Table – School and Teacher Time Table

6. Student Council

7. Maintaining school records
8. Use of Blackboard and display board effectively

9. Use of positive verbal and non verbal communication

10. List of library books

11. Staff Room

12. Installation of water purifier

13. Students participation in school assembly

14. Awarding classrooms as best classroom based on various indicators

15. Class observation by the school head

 

Intervention

Objective of the Intervention

Actual Outcome

  • The school will work on the following action points during September 2013 – December 2013

1. Regular and democratic staff meeting with proper agenda and

documentation of minute of meetings.

2. Teachers should be empowered by allowing them to share

their suggestions and views and incorporating the same in the

classrooms as well as school policies.

3. The class teachers will plan and motivate the students to speak in the

assembly in English on any topic for at least 3 – 4 minutes which will help

them to develop confidence to speak in English on topics.

4. All the classes must have a class monitor/leader, a cleanliness- in-charge

and a language leader.

5. Teachers will practice their learning from Prerana workshops in the

classes.

Prerana Modules

 

1.Tool for

teaching 1

2.Tool for

teaching 2

3. Assessment

4. Designing Learning 1

 

  • The teachers will be able to use different type of graphic organizers in the classes to help the students to understand the organization or structure of concepts as well as relationships between the concepts. The learner does not have to process as much semantic information to understand information.

  • The teachers will start using varied methods of assessment instead of conventional methods to assess the learning of the students at various stages.

  • The teachers will start writing objectives of the lesson in the format – Audience, Behavior and Condition

  • Teachers have started using KWL and “Clearest and Muddiest Point” in the classes.

  • Teachers found their learning on “Formative Assessment” quite useful and felt that understanding of “Bloom's Taxonomy” will help them plan the blue prints to set their question papers in a better way.

  • Teachers tried to write the learning outcomes in ABC format for the classes which were observed by TTF facilitators in Oct.

  • The teachers were clear that they are not supposed to use words” understand, comprehend, know, learn, appreciate” etc. while writing the objectives as these cannot be measured.

 

Intervention

Objective of the Intervention

Actual Outcome

School Based Support

 

Classroom Observation and one on one feedback to the teachers by TTF Facilitator

 

2nd round of Demo classes by TTF facilitator

  • To provide support to the teachers by observing their classes and by providing constructive feedback on teaching strategies used by them in the classes

 

 

  • To help the teachers to observe and understand as how to use of different tools for teaching for example – KWL sheet, graphic organizers and different forms of formative assessments in the demo classes

  • Classes of 15 teachers were observed during 2nd week of September 2013 by TTF facilitators.

  • The aspects observed were based on 6 Prerana modules and these were – positive demeanor of the teacher, positive verbal and non verbal communication, effective praise, effective use of BB and display boards and questioning skills and group/pair work and how to help the students to think.

  • Teachers’ effort was evident in the classes. However a few teachers were quite nervous during observation as their classes were observed for the 1st time during their teaching career.

  • Organized BB work, legible handwriting, word wall, positive demeanor etc came up as strong points for most of the teachers.

  • The feedback was provided to the teachers to help them to reflect on their strength and areas of improvement.

  • This exercise will help the teachers to make teaching learning more effective in their classes.

  • The teachers could see the strategies like KWL, clearest and muddiest point, questioning skills, use of maps in social studies etc in the demo classes. Demo classes also demonstrated as how various assessment methods can be used during class to gauge students' understanding.

Going forward:

1. Midline audit will be conducted to assess impact of intervention after one year.

2. Teachers will start writing lesson plans for units with clear objectives.

3. Mentors will be identified among the teachers to monitor classes of the peers and share constructive feedback with them.

4. Mentors will be trained for successful institutionalization of coaching and mentoring process in the school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos to show improved teaching learning in the school:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students engaged in group work Organized blackboard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students engaged in activity


Attachments:

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

 

 

 

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.

 

Intervention Period –December 2012 – February 2013

 

Name of the Programme – Whole School Turnaround

School: Goodwill School

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

 

 

 

 

Month

Intervention

Involvement

Objective of the Intervention

Expected Outcome

Actual Outcome

December

2012

Baseline Audit

Heads and all Teachers

The audit is conducted prior to the intervention and this helps to assess the school's strengths, areas of concerns and needs. The following are the areas that the audit is conducted in.

  • Leadership Management

  • Teaching, learning and Assessment

  • Student Environment

  • Community Involvement

The heads and teachers will get an insight about the strong points of the school and areas of improvement.

The head will come up with the action plans for the areas for improvement for first three months based on the report.

The head showed keen interest in the report and identified two action points and decided to have action points for these for first three months –

 

  • To having cleaner school space

  • To bring policy in the school to replace corporal punishment with positive disciplining with positive.

 

January -February 2013

10 Workshops on English Language Enhancement – Classroom Talkies

 

 

All Teachers

 

To help the teachers -

  • to improve their communication skills

  • to use polite language in the classroom

  • to have positive interaction with the students

  • to replace corporal punishment with positive disciplining

 

  • Teachers will be more confident in using English as a transactional language in their classes. Studentsown language improves as a result.

 

  • Teachers will talk about the changes which they have started bringing in their classes now.

 

 

  • Teachers are participating in the workshops with enthusiasm and are more confident in expressing themselves in English during the workshops.

 

  • A lot of charts and posters on cleanliness are seen on the display boards in classrooms and school corridors to create awareness among the students.

 

 

  • The teachers felt that workshops are helping them to improve their communication skills and questioning skills. It was informed that corporal punishment is not being used anymore to enforce discipline in the classrooms.

 

  • Ground rules and appreciation walls are used to manage class with positive disciplining.

 

January - February 2013

Infrastructural Changes

Restrooms, Classrooms and Library

 

  • Cleaner school space

  • Provision of water and soap for the children

  • Covered dust bins for the girls to dispose sanitary wastes

  • Regular cleaning of the girls’ and boys’ restrooms

  • A library with properly arranged books

  • Awareness among the students about the importance of health and hygiene.

  • School washrooms will be cleaner and cleaning will be tracked.

 

  • Classrooms will be cleaned and students will aware to maintain the awareness through various activities.

 

  • Books will be arranged properly in the library.

  • Overall cleanliness has improved in the classrooms.

 

  • Cleaning of the restrooms is being tracked thrice (a day) on a chart. Members of student council are helping in putting up the cleaning tracker and tracking it effectively with the help of teachers.

 

 

  • The school organized a poster and slogan competition on “Health and Hygiene” to create an awareness in the students about cleanliness

 

  • Taps have been installed outside the restrooms for the students to wash hands.

 

 

  • Books have been arranged in the library subject wise and a master list of all the books are prepared.

 

The school sends fortnightly report on progress without fail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Workshops conducted during Dec 2012 to Feb 2013


Attachments:

 

 

 

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

 

Period

Intervention

Outcome

September 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.

October 2012

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

2012-2014.

School heads and TTF arrive at an understanding about the project which will take place over the next two years.

November 2012

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.

  • Leadership Management

  • Teaching, learning and Assessment

  • Student Environment

  • Community Involvement

The school undergoes the school audit.

 

 

 

Intervention planned in the next four months

December 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

March 2012

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.

April 2012

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some glimpses


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The Teacher Foundation (Shraddha Trust)

Location: Bangalore, Karnataka - India
Website: http:/​/​www.teacherfoundation.org
Project Leader:
Prakash Nedungadi
Bangalore, Karnataka India

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