The whole approach has to be one based on ACTION RESEARCH. Rather than finding solutions to vague problems or lecturing the staff, it is necessary for a culture of cooperative learning and organic growth to be created. The idea is to create a thriving PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITY. No one should be seen as a threat or a judge but a peer and friend. The attitude of “we know better” has to be discarded. The idea should be one understanding the teacher not only from a professional standpoint but a personal one as well. The first step is to establish where the teacher draws his /her identity of a teacher from
- Own memories of a child
- Recent Educational dialogue
- School environment.
The teachers have to sit together and understand their strengths and weaknesses. What issues do the teachers see with the school and vice versa? SELF ASSESSMENT is the key. To feed into their self-assessment process, there could be many activities, letters from students, personal stories, movies, readings, case studies.
Once the self-assessment part is done the teachers should sit together, facilitated by us and address each issue individually. Draw a concrete ACTION PLAN. Not being a hand down plan-of-action but designing, executing and evaluating their plan. The staff needs to own the process as much as we do. Otherwise, no round of workshops will change their attitude.
To create sustaining change, a culture of peer assessment, group meetings, open forums, fun group activities have to be established over other things. The staff needs to feel part of an open community, along with a feeling of oneness.
While all these activities are of prime importance due importance has also to be given to FEEDBACK. EVALUATE OUR programme and help the teachers evaluate their action plan. DEMOCRACY is the key to success in such a case.
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~ Kritika Singh, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Masters of Arts in Education – Azim Premji University (Bangalore)
Currently working with professor Fareeda Khan on the Dal project, to study why the Hanji community of the Dal lake remains educationally backward. The study is an qualitative study of the community and educational scenario.