The Teacher Foundation plan to train 50 teachers under the programme 'Darpana'. It includes 5-days of workshop and two rounds of School Based Support. We gained permission for the programme from Commissioner of Public Instruction, Gulbarga - to start programme in Yadagiri region Shahapur block.
We oriented District officials and concerned block officials about the programme and collected teachers profile from three clusters namely Sagar, Shirival and Shahapur South. We had 60 teachers from 30 schools from this region for the programme. We divided the teachers into two batches of 30 teachers each. Training schedule for the teachers was drawn in consultation with Block Education Officer Mr. Rayappareddy and Block Resource Coordinator Mr.Shashidhar and distributed orders to teachers through the concerned Cluster Resource Persons.
We completed 2days of training for 2batches covering modules - 'Learning in Groups' and' Learning Spectrum' in the month of July 2013. Totally 59 teachers attended the training out of 60.
We completed the remaining 3 days of training for the first batch of teachers in September 2013 and covered modules - 'Tools For Teaching', Measuring Leaning', Multiple Intelligence' and 'Deigning Learning'. We also completed first round of School Based Support for teachers who participated in the initial two days of training. Training modules focused on different teaching techniques like, example-non example, Chunk and chew, 20 questions, open ended and close ended questions, active reading, blooms taxonomy, different assessment and evaluation methods, understanding of multiple intelligence, and how to make effective lesson plan. Teachers participated actively and were involved in all the activities.
We have completed 5 days of training for 1st batch and 2days of training for 2nd batch and first round of School Based Support for the teachers of Shahapur Taluk.
School Based Support (Classroom Observation and Feedback process):
As per plan we commenced first round of School Based Support after the completion of 'Learning in Groups' and 'Learning Spectrum' workshops. We covered 56 teachers during the first round. Remaining 3 teachers were not observed as they were transferred to other regions (Actual workshop attendance was 59 teachers in two batches). When the TTF facilitator visited the school for observation, initially, teachers were hesitant to give lesson/s in the presence of TTF facilitators. Some of them kept the facilitators waiting and they were preparing the students for the class before actually giving the class in the presence of TTF facilitators. While some teachers gave a repeated lessons - which was quite evident by responses from children. HMs of most schools were very eager for us to observe their teachers class and provided the facilitators with relevant information. Some of the teachers were very harsh in their tone, continuously lectured the students, students were not allowed to speak – even if they speak they were threatened not to speak.
Some of the teachers provided excellent class with total involvement of students. They used group techniques like pair work, envoy, fish bowl, carousel, effectively uses Block Board and Out door learning’s and also used variety of locally available TLMs to facilitates better learning among students.
Purpose of the School Based Support is to help teachers to reflect on their class and make them effective teaching in their daily practice. In this process TTF facilitators go to school, observe their 40 minutes classes and sit with them separately and give feedback - area they need to improve and what needs to be focussed in future.
In this process we “Classroom Observation Checklist” , a tool developed by TTF to assess the teaching-learning process, and 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.
Some of the teachers were share their views about School Based Support:
“Initially I feared about classroom observations, but now I am quite comfortable with this process and purpose. This will help me to reflect the way I am teaching”
Smt. Rekhabai. GHPS Halepeth, Shahapur.
“This activity makes me to overcome the fear about classroom observations”
Shri. Ramesh. GHPS Ashray Colony, Shahapur
“ Facilitators feedback session will help us to think more ideas, more activities and do better classroom teaching”
Shri. Namdev. GHPS Kanyakoloor Agasi, Shahapur
We need to do remaining three days of training for 2nd batch and last round of School Based Support for all teachers. We will organize these activities in the month of December-13.
Appreciate the support by the donors and the Global Giving for the platform. We will update you about the progress of the programme.