Teachers trainers key to school’s sucess

What makes a school successful??

TEACHERS

Do you think the training they receive during their education period is sufficient to meet the need of individual students?

Lately, I have been struggling to find a proper answer to these questions but in vain, until recently, when I stumbled upon an interesting and thought provoking article.

Here is the link to the article :

Teachers trainers key to school’s success

Special-Education-Acronyms-101Meeting the needs of all the students is a challenging task and for this the training educators during their education period is not sufficient. Even after entering into profession they need proper guidance and help in order to perform in a way that not only teach students but educate them.

When teaching students with special needs the task becomes even more challenging. Teacher when teaching special need students need guidance from teacher educators (special education teachers, counselor, resource teacher) to help students to come up to their potential. Inclusive classroom are a wonderful concept but even it takes a lot of training, patience and compassion on the part of teachers to make it work.

Teachers need to be prepared to face the challenges associated with teaching students with special needs in an inclusive classroom setting. They need to coordinate efforts and understand the needs of the classroom in terms of developing skills and lesson plans. What even more challenging is that special needs inclusion classrooms must be able to involve its students in all classroom activities. This can only be achieved if a teacher is fully equipped with the knowledge to handle the planning of the activities in a way to accommodate everyone.

Here I would quote something from the article

“Niemi said teacher educators were responsible for teachers having the skills to do this and to help forthcoming teachers understand their multifaceted roles. It was not only teaching maths or language, it was much more – taking care of the whole child, and cooperating with their parents, being ethically committed in their work, implementing the values which are in the national core curriculum.”

It is the in-service training, that teachers receive, which is the most valuable asset to make a difference in the lives of students. A teacher cannot learn all the skills and knowledge, needed just not to teach but to educate, without getting first hand experience.  So it is a joint effort of all the teachers  who need to coordinate in order to make school a success!

Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids

Child prodigy, Adora Svitak, at TED Talks rightly said that the world needs “childish” thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids’ big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups’ willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.

Grown ups have been in the state of mind and thought all these years and still counting, that they know more when compared to their kids, which restricts kids from doing what exactly they had in mind. Kids at their age have no boundaries when it comes to exploring creative and innovative ideas and it is the adults sometimes who put brakes thus halting the creativity and the confidence that the kids previously had on the same subject. This limits the scope of imagination and sets boundaries in children. Kids have no limitation on their confidence. Most kids at their age might have also tried counting stars and it is the Adults who stop them by saying “It’s time for bed”. You never know, the kid might have completed the star count by the end of night.

On a serious note, there are many things which Adults can learn and try to compare and implement in real life when it comes to decision making and many others. When a kid sees an opportunity, the decision being made to attain the goal is not only bold but they take an optimistic approach. Because unlike ghosts in closet, kids are not scared of failure. One can just slam the door by simply saying that as childish behavioral way of approach. Instead grownups must try and listen to kids and allow them to teach their way. When Adults try and learn from kids, this enables them to teach back exactly what a kid is required precisely. By doing this a kid will teach and learn from tomorrows kid.

One has to not only agree with the statement made by Adora Svitak, but also try to make it reality in shaping tomorrows Adults, Leaders and most importantly teachers.

Know My Expectations!!

I came across this Video on Leaving to Learn website and found it to be a great model for teachers to help an understanding of students expectations from teachers.

Students don’t want teachers just to teach but they expect their teachers to make learning fun for them, exploring their creative side and bringing out the best. We as teachers should try to develop a close bond with the students, understanding their strength and weakness in order to get the best out of them. It is our duty focus on every student individually as every student is different and learns differently.

What do you think about this video??