The greatest block to innovation teaching is the teacher. The attempt of the teacher-training program was to reveal this truth and then lay the path for exploration. When the TIE teacher-training program was conceived a few years back it was meant to show the actual value of it in the educational system. Participants had to come once a month, get inputs and try it out in their area of teaching. The results of what worked and what didn’t work are then brought back to the training table to be discussed. This follow up and presentation were monitored every month for a six-month period. The program culminates with a teaching practice and performance by teachers and students.
The TIE fast track program was an evolution of this concept especially for participants who are not able to devote the time. It was also an opportunity for people from outside Bangalore to come and grasp TIE methods for teaching and training.
The 16 participants of the May 2007 batch were a mix of teachers from Rajkot, trainers from the corporate sector, a banker interested in acting and a pre-university lecturer. Within the Rajkot fraternity there were primary section, middle school, high school, computer and physical education teachers. The aim of the first session was to understand and grasp the diversity and level of expectation from the group. With aids like song, post-it paper and individual voicing the course started falling in-track. Each TIE program is different because of the nature of expectations and the mix of participants. With these factors it is also necessary to finish the set syllabus within the limited time frame.
One thing that came to the forefront in this batch was the need for outstation participants to go and explore Bangalore!. While the school management had an agenda for sending the teachers (to get trained), the need was also to address the teacher’s personal agenda. If the said need was not addressed there might have been a frustrated bunch of teachers who would cerebrally go through the course, but emotionally have their learning doors closed.
The program was done on the following lines
a) Structural model for TIE
b) Experiential introduction of a session and
c) One-dimensional methods
a) Reflection and learning outcomes
b) Model TIE experience through a spectrum of current topics
c) Three-dimensional learning patterns
d) Lesson plan
e) Management, Fractions and 1857 – The TIE way
f) A common theatre experience from an audience perspective.
a) Micro teaching sessions and evaluation
b) How we would take a TIE session in 30 minutes- the student, facilitator ratio
c) The dynamics of the stage
d) Creating a theatre presentation on Maths, Physical Education and History
All participants were expected to give the day’s report for day one. On day two they were asked to write a TIE lesson plan and on day three a compilation was done. Umesh P N, Mohammed Arif, Rajesh P I, Lata Satagopan, Geetha Kudtharkar and Sibu Vaz facilitated the training sessions. The certification was done by the first teacher co-ordinator of TIE Mrs Arati.
Sibu B Vaz