This course is an effort to engage with the knowledge base required for an understanding of the classroom and abilities required to enable reflection in teachers.
Teacher development is not a prescriptive endeavour. It is a collaborative effort in which the teacher and teacher educator bring their knowledge and experiences for examination, have meaningful dialogue leading to enriched thoughts and actions and positive self-image. Supporting teachers through classroom observation requires multi-faceted understanding of the classroom and an empowering approach for their development.
In the process of supporting teachers, there is no single or fixed formula since each classroom situation is unique. Teachers need to respond to variable teaching contexts. To make sense of what goes on in a classroom, one needs to take into consideration Institutional and socio-cultural context, the nature of pedagogy, the aims of education, the curriculum, and teacher development.
There are several well-meaning organisations that work to support teachers and help them improve their practice. Their work involves undrstanding teachers and relating to them and their developmental needs, providing on site support in various forms such as classroom observation and post observation discussions, joint lesson planning, and empowering teachers through dialogues.
You will participate in small group discussions, reading-based discussions and presentations, simulated exercises and an analysis of classroom videos and practice sessions.
- Many perspectives to understand the classroom.
- The complexities of observing, recording and interpreting a classroom.
- The role of reflection in teacher development.
- Approaches and tools for engaging in reflective conversation.
This course is designed for professioanls in the education sector who are engaged in classroom observation and one-on-one support for teachers, and teacher educators in institutes of teacher education.
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What is a good classroom?
With the belief that perspectives influence our observation and subsequent interpretation, this unit probes and builds participant perspectives on key aspects of the classroom processes.
- Classroom processes and their alignment with aims of education.
- How do children learn?
- Characteristics of children in various grades of elementary school.
- Age-appropriate ad inclusive pedagogy.
- Objectives, pedagogy and content of elementary school subjects.
Classroom observation and teacher reflection
Though classroom observations are made for different purposes such as teacher appraisal and evaluation, a part of formal school inspection, research and so on, this unit focuses on classroom observation for enabling teacher reflection and teacher practice.
- Reflective practice and it’s constituents.
- How do we observe, record and interpret classroom teaching?
- How do we structure post-lesson dialogue and what is the role of reflective questions?
- Practice sessions
Arun Naik is a part of the Professional Development Programme associated with the School of Continuing Education and University Resource centre(SCE-URC). Arun has a master’s degrees in Mathematics along with an M.Ed. Prior to joining the Foundation, Arun worked for six years as a teacher educator in New Horizon College of Education (Bangalore). He has…
Nisha is a faculty with the School of Education. She has been a teacher for over 15 years. Through her teaching career, she has worked with children, students of Master’s programmes, teachers, teacher educators and other senior educational functionaries. As a primary school teacher she was involved in developing theme-based curriculum for Kindergarten through Grade…