‘If education is always to be conceived along the same lines of antiquated lines of a mere transmission of knowledge there is little to be hoped from it bettering of man’s future.’
These are the words of the great educator Maria Montessori. Good teaching can never be about having a fixed agenda, more so in today’s world. In the constantly evolving world that we are sending the young generation into, they need to be equipped with so many more skills than mere subject knowledge.
Today’s teacher needs to constantly draw from waters of her personal growth to pour it out to her students, thus the need for professional development and constant up-dating stands imperative. There is a dire need today to explore various philosophies of education and blend best elements from those to make learning an enriching experience. I am overjoyed to be a part of a very experienced and dedicated team at TTA and contribute to their vision of empowering teachers to think like leaders and face the challenges in today’s classroom.
Children are lamps, which illumine the path of the nation. Among all professions, the teaching profession carries the greatest responsibility. Teachers have to mould the young of today, so that they will grow up as worthy citizens of tomorrow.
What the head thinks, should be examined critically in the heart and this right decision should be carried out by the hands. This should be the primary product of the educational process. Today’s world with diverse needs should have teachers equipped with techniques and strategies to shape the younger generation to face the challenges of tomorrow. Education must award self-confidence, the courage to depend on one’s own strength. Unless knowledge is transformed into wisdom, and wisdom is expressed in character; education is a wasteful process. Real education should enable one to utilise the knowledge one has acquired to meet the challenges of life.
As a passionate teacher and trainer, I am proud to be a part of this efficient team of dedicated people with whom I aspire to imbibe the best methodologies and attitudes, thereby sharing the knowledge gained to teachers who aim to make a difference in the field of education.
The Teachers Training Program spread over five days has been planned as part of the induction process for the new appointees so that they are able to move into their classrooms in a very smooth way. During the training period, we get to know the trainees closely. The interactive sessions enable us to make variations in the modules so that they become more effective. The ease with which the trainees move into our schools and the way they function gives me a sense of satisfaction as to the effectiveness of the programme.
In every module I present, my aim is to ensure that the participants have a transformative learning experience. I have realized that successful training is not about content delivery, it is about giving participants every opportunity to apply it and guiding them so that they can put it into practice as quickly as possible, after the workshop.
I am proud to be a part of this program which is one of its kind at the schools in Bangalore.
Initially when I joined the team, I was a little apprehensive, as it would be the first time I would be training adults. But soon I discovered that it was a common platform where we would share each other’s experiences, thoughts, skills and proficiencies. In the process, I learn a lot. In fact now every year, I look forward to the TTP workshop where there is scope for continuous learning and involvement and interaction with fellow colleagues.
As a trainer I got to do a lot of things which includes, meeting new teachers, setting up a room for interaction, preparing the slides and of course appreciating the learners. I read up a lot on the topic I was supposed to train on. I learnt to challenge the trainee’s thought process and also stimulate curiosity. The camaraderie I shared with the other trainers also added to my confidence.