Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Lesson Planning Work Shop - Delhi

- Durgesh Tiwari
(Durgesh is a Training Fellow with the Pratham Education Fellowship. He is currently the Master Trainer for Delhi.)

We conducted a Lesson Planning workshop - on the 11th and 12th of April for Math teachers and 15th and 16th for Science teachers – at our Preet Vihar office in Delhi.

The purpose of the workshop was to bring the teachers together to learn about lesson planning and the processes involved; different ways to integrate the WebBox and text book together; and also to get their thoughts on lesson planning.

In the work shop we invited Math & Science teachers separately because we wanted to have complete subject specific focus on lesson planning. A total of 22 teachers participated in the trainings, across both batches.

Day  1
The training-workshop opened with a ‘Getting to Know Each Other’ session. We began by welcoming the teachers and asking them, as well as our team, to introduce themselves to each other through an ice-breaker. We then went on to the first session on the “Classroom Environment”. In this session, where teachers worked in groups, we discussed various factors which affect the classroom environment including: trust between the teacher and student; sympathy, empathy, taking into consideration each child’s individual learning level, group work, motivational teaching approaches, the use of activities in the classroom etc. We even discussed more logistical factors such as seating arrangements and the importance of proper lighting. We hope that this session closed with some of the teachers carrying these points forward to their classrooms.

Then, as the workshop was focused on lesson planning, we took our first step towards this goal and introduced the teachers to our ‘Content Manual’. The Content Manual’ has been created by our team - it is a booklet which provides a brief explanation of all videos and slideshows found in our digital content package so that teachers can quickly and effectively see what files videos/slideshows would be useful for a class they want to teach. We explained what the content manual is and how it can be used by teachers in lesson planning.

This was the right time to take the teachers through the process of lesson planning, and integration of the WebBox in their classrooms. We first asked teachers about their thoughts on lesson planning. We moved on to the various elements that should be included in a good lesson plan such as the flow  of the lesson, proper allocation of time for each topic, identifying clear  objectives for the chapter, as well as objectives for each class/day, identifying the materials and resources required, and planning assessments. The teachers responded very positively to the points we discussed with them.
We continued by showing the teachers different types and formats of planning guides that they could use to plan lessons. Using the planning guides, as well as the content manuals, teachers planned out lessons in groups of 3 or 4, with one of our team members (the Regional Programme Associates – RPAs) supporting each group.

Teachers worked together to create their lesson plans, they first worked on integrating elements of the book and the digital content – through the content manual – and then wrote down their lesson plan on a chart paper. It took some time to start writing because this was a new process for the participants, but after some time they did it very well. Our team helped teachers in the planning process and teachers were really participative and by the end of the day 1 each group has successfully created their lesson plans.

Day 2

The next day, each group presented their lesson plans to the rest of the teachers. Everyone contributed through a discussion and by giving their comments on each of the presentations. The teachers had made a sincere effort in creating these plans and all of these plans were quite good.

At the end of all the presentations all the teachers reflected on each other’s presentations. However, this also provided a chance for them to self reflect on their own presentations also. We enjoyed this reflection time and it was nice to see that the teachers gave such positive feedback to each other. 

We then went on to discuss the teacher’s certification plan we are incorporating, and eleigibility criteria for this certification. We also created progress report cards for schools and teachers. All the teachers were really excited about the upcoming certification and communicated their intention that they will try their best meet the required criteria. Teachers also asked support from our side for the same.

To wind-up the training, at the end, we did a closing session in which we asked teachers about how they felt about the workshop and what were some of the new learnings they will take away. We also took the feedbacks from the teachers about lesson planning. From the feedback we received, the teachers very very positive and it was a workshop which the teacher’s really liked.

We ended with trainings with group pictures, and the hope of positive change.