Teacher Training For Student Success
Over the past twenty years Central Asia Institute has built hundreds of schools throughout Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan. Creating the structures is just the start of each community’s path to education. Before students can succeed in the classroom they need trained, local teachers who can create lessons and help them meet requirements.
This July CAI Gilgit facilitated a teacher training course for sixty-four teachers. For ten days men and women from several schools came together to learn teaching techniques, curriculum requirements, and the national requirements each school must meet.
CAI Gilgit director, Saidullah Baig, brought back his team of facilitators from previous years to inspire and educate the newest group of teachers. The participants were excited to advance their skills, connect with each other, and learn modern techniques for teaching different kinds of students.
Teachers Are Always Learning
“The learning process does not end,” says Saidullah. “It is forever. Our teachers are here to learn new techniques. When they implement these techniques in their schools, they will produce a generation with modern thinking. A good and qualified teacher remains in the heart of the people forever.”
Throughout the ten days participants received lessons in 21st century teaching techniques, how to evaluate student learning styles, child development and psychology, and multiple intelligences. Facilitators also worked with the teachers on developing course curriculum and meeting national standards.
After the participants felt confident on teaching styles, they visited a nearby school to learn classroom management techniques for different grade levels and subjects. They toured computer labs and science laboratories and discussed how they would apply what they learned in their own schools.
Ali Akbar, a participant from Teru Gupis was inspired by the classroom visit, “I learned many things from my exposure visit. How to display the work of students in my classroom. How to manage seating arrangements according to space, and how to keep the school environment neat and clean. I will try to implement all the things I saw here.”
The last few days of the training went in depth into creating lesson plans, teaching specific subjects like English, science, and Urdu, and how to use homework effectively. The teachers listened to lectures, gave group presentations, and took part in hands-on learning techniques.
One of the most important lessons for the teachers was to understand that education for children does not end when they put down their pencils and hand in their papers. A student’s education includes physical, social, emotional, and ethical lessons. A great teacher will take all of these into consideration as he or she plans lessons and help their students grow and master all these skills.
Through these trainings CAI Gilgit has trained 400 teachers. By providing participants with the most up-to-date techniques and information, CAI is ensuring that the schools built in each community not only survive, but thrive. By providing teachers with the skills to effectively manage classrooms and inspire their students, CAI is ensuring these schools are self-sufficient and self-sustaining. When the students from village schools successfully graduate and begin to earn a living, it will inspire the next generation to enroll.
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