Teacher Training and Development
“Great teachers help create great students”. In fact, research shows that an inspiring and informed teacher is the single most important school-related factor influencing student achievement. So, what helps teachers become great? What equips them in helping all students under their care reach their highest potential? The easy answer is always to say professional development.
A planned approach to professional development helps teachers keep up-to-date with current thinking in pedagogy. Professional development reinforces the teachers’ confidence in their career choices and makes them more aware and knowledgeable about the nuances of early childhood education. It helps the teachers become completely available to the children in the classroom.
The teacher training programs offered by Ira Institution for Learning are based on the principles of child development, understanding of the human being, and aims to educate for life. The approach is highly child-centric, making every moment of teaching alive and real for the children using movement, music, art and learning readiness activities.
In partnership with V-Excel Educational Trust, Chennai, we offer a wide array of services, including professional development for teachers in mainstream schools and special schools; workshops for teachers, parents, corporate executives, school/college students on a wide range of topics including heard and soft skills, as required by the institution.
We have a team of dedicated, motivated and committed educational professionals, who work systematically with the child and serve in the best interest of the child’s needs.
“A Class Apart” initiated by Kuruvilla Jacob Initiative (KJI) is a Skill development and Competency Enhancement Programme for pre-primary and primary class teachers who work in regular schools to identify and guide children with learning difficulties which include specific learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, emotional disturbances, autism spectrum, slow learning etc. The goals of the project are designed to provide a fresh perspective into the different teaching processes and strategies at the pre-primary and primary grade levels. Three primary levels of understanding and practice are targeted – Knowledge, Attitude and Practices, through the three modules of training, spanning three days each.
In stepping through these levels one at a time, the teachers actually undergo a growth process, rather than simply attending a one-time workshop. The nature of the process gives ample time for the teachers to understand, digest, assimilate and apply everything that is taught and shared. There are age-appropriate inputs and enough time is set aside for review and feedback.
At the end of this process, the teacher is expected to have a better understanding of child development and of much of the underlying learning processes. The ultimate objective will be to include every child in the curriculum, to foster conviction, courage, and creativity in every child and to have a deeper and profound understanding of a teacher’s role in a child’s life.