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Professional Development Workshop for Schools

Indus Training and Research Institute doesn’t believe in the ‘one size fits all’ policy and thus conducts custom designed workshops for various International, IGCSE, CBSE,ICSE schools on myriad topics in line with the need assessment of the school teachers. Keeping in mind the cross-influence w.r.t a child's cognitive, social and emotional learning in a heterogeneous classroom, the training programs are made to be interactive, activity and case driven.

 

Format

In class training and practicing via knowledge resource, handouts and resource material + additional days of observational feedback. The workshops are conducted in the respective schools premises and are designed after a thorough due diligence and need analysis of the school.

Certification

On successful completion of the workshop, attending faculties are awarded certificates by ITARI.

 

Professional Development Workshops 2018-19

ITARI Professional Development workshop series are designed to stimulate innovation in teaching and learning approaches. We work with educators to facilitate unlearning and relearning appropriate pedagogical skills in the exceedingly volatile 21st Century classrooms.

Decide from the menu below to unlock comprehensive professional development prospects for your deserving team of educators:

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Icon1   The Science of Learning

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Overview:

Learning is a complex process. Effective teaching may not always necessarily lead to effective human learning. What factors promote or impede student learning? What is the nature of the learner? Considering behavioral, motivational, cognitive, and social factors, the science of learning provides insights into effective instruction, classroom environments that promote learning, and the appropriate use of assessment, including data, tests, and measurement, as well as research methods that inform practice. This hands-on session will enable educators to apply the principles of the science of learning to cases in education and to real-life examples and thus address educators’ pedagogical practices.

Topics explored:

  • Principles of Teaching-learning
  • Cognition
  • Motivation
  • Social Contexts
  • Classroom Management
  • Assessment
  • Behavioral Expectations
  • Growth Mindset for Educators
  • Conceptual Understanding
  • Memory
  • Activating Prior Knowledge

Who should enroll for this workshop:

School Leaders, Coordinators, Curriculum Developers, & Educators of all grade levels and subjects

Possible Follow-up Workshop

Effective Lesson Planning for Active Learningcreative ways to design summative tests and examinations that are reliable and give an accurate picture of the learner's progress

 
 

Icon2   Differentiated Instruction (1):How & Why

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Overview:

Effective educators know that they cannot use a “one-size-fits-all” approach to teaching and assessing students. Differentiated Instruction makes allowances for all individuals in the classroom to learn. It allows educators to consider the readiness, interests, and learning profiles of each of their individual learners.

What methods can educators use to find out and analyze the needs of their students based on the readiness, interests, and learning profiles? How can educators use this information to teach and assess ALL learners in their classes? This workshop provides possible solutions to these questions in an interactive hands-on session.

Topics explored:

  • Learner Needs Analyses (LNA)
  • Readiness
  • Interests
  • Learning Profile

Who should enroll for this workshop:

School Leaders, Coordinators, Curriculum Developers, & Educators of all grade levels and subjects

Possible Follow-up Workshop

Differentiated Instruction: How and Why (Part 2)

 
 

icon3   Engaging Language Classrooms

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Overview:

Learning a language requires building one’s skills to communicate well. Efficient language users not only use accurate language, they also learn what is appropriate in a certain context. It involves having the knowledge of the right words, their pronunciation, and the ability to string them grammatically; along with adeptly employing listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills. Mastering these complex processes is best done when educators can teach learners to love learning language and determine strategies to learn.

Topics explored (participants can choose any two for each session):

  • Teaching Meaning, Form and Usage in Grammar
  • Teaching to Listen to meaning
  • How to use Phonetics in my class?
  • All can write creatively
  • Learning Lexis
  • Getting readers to comprehend texts
  • Activities to learn speaking
  • Appreciating poetry
  • Reading literature like a pro!
  • Non-traditional dictation activities to strengthen language learning
  • Using activities in the language classroom
  • How to get my students to write!

Who should enroll for this workshop:

Engaging language classrooms is for educators, school leaders and administrators who want to improve the passion in their students to use language efficiently to communicate.

Possible Follow-up Workshop

Creativity in the Language Classroom

 
 

icon4   Making Thinking Visible

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Overview:

How does educators know what their learners are thinking? If only they could find ways to determine that, they would be able to address misconceptions and make learning more effective. An extensive and adaptable collection of practices, Visible Thinking has a double goal: on the one hand, to cultivate students' thinking skills and dispositions, and, on the other hand, to deepen content learning. By dispositions, we mean curiosity, concern for truth and understanding, a creative mindset, not just being skilled but also alert to thinking and learning opportunities and eager to take them as they arise.

Topics explored:

  • Making Thinking Visible
  • Thinking Routines

Who should enroll for this workshop:

Visible Thinking is for educators, school leaders and administrators who want to encourage the development of a culture of thinking in their classrooms and schools.

Possible Follow-up Workshop

Learning further Visible Thinking Routines

 
 

icon5   Assessment Practices for Constructing Learning

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Overview:

Assessment is such an integral part of our teaching process that often educators lose sight of why they assess. The fundamental purpose of assessment is to know what the student knows and to adapt teaching practices to address learning needs. Once this data is available it becomes possible to find ways to improve learning. So, simply put, assessment is meant for us to understand our learners’ learning.

This workshop helps educators learn strategies to make teaching and learning interactive. Educators will discover ways to know pupils’ progress and difficulties so that they can adapt their work to meet their pupils’ ever-changing needs.

Topics explored:

  • Assessing for learning
  • Assessing for differentiated classroom practice

Who should enroll for this workshop:

Assessment Practices for Constructing Learning is for educators, school leaders and administrators who are keen to constantly find out where their learners are in their learning, where they need to go and how best to take them there.

Possible Follow-up Workshop

Role of Feedback in Academic Rigour
Assessing in Differentiated Instruction Classrooms
Creative methods to assess language learners
Creative methods to assess Mathematics learners

 
 

icon6   Effective Lesson Planning for Active Learning

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Overview:

Through this workshop, educators will explore the key ingredients of an effective lesson for active learning. They develop a deeper understanding of what active learning is and how to promote active learning in the classroom. The participants will discover ways to make learning explicit, tangible and evident by involving learners in the learning process. Engaged and involved learners in the process of acquiring new knowledge make learning an ongoing, lifelong practice.

During the workshop, the participating educators will engage with also collaboratively design an effective lesson that promotes active learning.

Topics explored:

  • What is Active learning
  • Planning active learning experiences – Tools and strategies
  • Facilitation Skills
  • Assessment for active learning

Who should enroll for this workshop:

Educators of any subject and any grade level. It is also relevant for coordinators and educators who are involved in instructional supervision.

Possible Follow-up Workshop

Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning

 
 

icon7   Teachers as Learners

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Overview:

Learning is fundamental to teaching; thus teaching and learning are inseparable processes. Learning and acquiring knowledge leads to growth. It is imperative that a teacher continues to learn and grow in the teaching profession through various methods, sources and avenues. Becoming extremely aware of such avenues is the key to teachers’ learning. Through this workshop, teachers will establish the primacy of teacher as a seeker of knowledge as much as a provider of knowledge. As a learner, the teacher can develop deep subject knowledge and create opportunities to demonstrate her learning. Participants will explore possible sources of learning for a teacher and ways to keep the qualities of a learner-teacher alive.

Topics explored:

  • Qualities of a teacher-learner
  • Key skills of a teacher-learner
  • Strategies of a teacher-learner
  • Implementing best practices

Who should enroll for this workshop:

All educators serious about their business!

Possible Follow-up Workshop

Professional Growth

 
 

icon8    Making Mathematics Learning Meaningful

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Overview:

Through this workshop, educators will explore the fundamental role of mindsets in learning mathematics, differentiate between conceptual and procedural approaches and learn to creatively design activities that combine the two. This workshop helps in skill building as well as with ‘drill’ that is a necessary aspect of an exam-oriented educational system, but in a way that engages all students in meaningful mathematics. The workshop will broaden the educators’ repertoire of teaching strategies with ready-to-implement activities and math games.

Topics explored:

  • Mathematics and Mindsets
  • Relationship between Procedural and Conceptual Approaches
  • Role of Visualization in Math Learning
  • Lesson design to support student engagement
  • Games for Skill Development in Mathematics

Who should enroll for this workshop:

Math educators for any grade level. It is also relevant for coordinators or curriculum developers working on mathematics who are eager to foster a love of mathematics in their students through meaningful mathematical tasks.

Possible Follow-up Workshop

Beyond Procedures: Creative Exploration in the Mathematics Classroom

 
 

icon9    Effective Classroom Management

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Overview:

Traditional classrooms had been characterized by teacher-centered pedagogy and rewards-and-punishment approach to classroom management. While classrooms have become more learner-centered recently, classroom management has continued to follow the earlier model. This workshop explores classroom management in the context of an active learner centered classroom and helps educators redesign their classrooms where learning is managed effectively instead of managing behaviour. The role of expectations, routines and communication are highlighted and educators are shown practical ways to maximize learning and minimize disruptions, borrowing elements from Design Thinking.

Topics explored:

  • Classroom Organization
  • Essential Criteria for Setting Classroom Rules
  • Personal Needs Theories
  • Effective Communication
  • Different Approaches to Classroom Management

Who should enroll for this workshop:

Educators, teacher-trainers, coordinators, and heads of schools who are eager to transform their classrooms into effective places of learning for ALL their learners.

Possible Follow-up Workshop

Productive Group Work: Collaboration in the Classroom

 
 

incon10    Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning

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Overview:

Knowledge cannot continue to be confined and taught as separate disciplines. Research shows that educators are oftentimes hesitant to step out of the comfort zone of their subject specialties. This can affect meaningful learning in the 21st century where disciplines are fusing together with haste.

This workshop will show every teacher how to transform their thinking so that an interdisciplinary curriculum becomes an integral part of their classroom practices. Case studies will be discussed to identify the impact of such learning on students. Educators will get a first-hand experience of interdisciplinary unit planning through guided activities.

Topics explored:

  • The Interdisciplinary Curriculum
  • Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching Activities
  • Use of Graphic Organizers
  • Use of Graphic Organizers
  • Use of Stories
  • Designing an Interdisciplinary Unit

Who should enroll for this workshop:

Educators at primary and middles school levels. It is also relevant for coordinators, curriculum developers and teacher trainers who are looking to enhance their pedagogical skills to address the changing paradigms of 21st Century learning.

Possible Follow-up Workshop

Inquiry-based Learning

 
 

Icon11    Teach like a Pro for High Student Achievement

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Overview:

Through this workshop, educators will explore how effective teaching can be learned, how to improve students’ academic success, explore powerful techniques that are concrete, specific, and easy-to-put-into-action. The activities are designed to teach like a pro for student achievement. The three stages of planning, preparation and practice are discussed. Educators will be equipped to use the techniques from day one to optimize student learning and growth, improve the quality of instruction by ensuring accountability and teacher effectiveness.

Topics explored:

  • Setting High Academic Achievements
  • Effective Planning and Preparation
  • Sequence of learning with structure and delivery
  • Purposeful Student Engagement
  • Culture in the classroom
  • Positive Behavioral Change
  • Trust and Rapport
  • Adapt Pacing

Who should enroll for this workshop:

All educators, educators, heads of schools including those in the role of mentors and coaches who are responsible for facilitating teacher effectiveness and professional competency

 
 

Icon12    Teaching Inquiry for Innovation

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Overview:

This workshop empowers the teacher to be a critical thinker and a problem solver to facilitate innovation in schools and nurture students with the right dispositions and competencies required in the 21st century. The workshop engages participants in the use inquiry methods to identify problems, generate ideas, design, implement, and evaluate solutions including the impact of innovative resources, practices, or tools that they create.

Topics explored:

  • Inquiry skills
  • Innovation
  • Problem finding and solving

Who should enroll for this workshop:

Educators who serve students at the primary, middle, and secondary level in schools that variously follow American, British, Indian, and International Baccalaureate curricula.

Possible Follow-up Workshop

  • Visible Thinking
  • Design Thinking

 

 

A few workshops that ITARI has conducted

Title Summary
Understanding Teaching and Learning The session on UTL aims at understanding the teaching process through relating to the teacher’s personal learning experiences; analyzing how learning happens; practicing the simple principles of learning through activities; discussing what successful teaching and learning mean; understanding and analyzing one’s own styles of teaching and the role of values in a teacher’s life.
Teachers as Designers of Instruction The module aims to help teachers become designers of instruction: understanding the process of designing programmes and lesson plans thoroughly; writing and understanding the difference between aims and objectives, components of a comprehensive plan; detailed practice in designing lessons.
Enquiry and Problem based Learning Learners learn best when they ask questions and seek answers on their own through an inquiry. This module looks at analyzing Inquiry-based learning, constructivism, and how the approach can be practiced effectively in the classroom. Trainees will be taken through the process of Inquiry through discussions, examples, videos and case studies.
Classroom and Behavior Management Teachers find it increasingly difficult to manage a classroom effectively due to several factors. Often, a teacher starts off enthusiastically with great ideas and plans, but is unable to implement them due to ineffective communication and behaviour management. The module analyzes teacher behaviour that influences and impacts a classroom and learning experiences.
Instructional Tools Around us The module looks at how seemingly simple, inexpensive and easily available resources like the blackboard, newspapers, and display boards can make the teaching/learning process interesting and meaningful and provide peripheral learning opportunities.
Assessment for Learning This module focuses on developing a complete understanding of how assessments can be designed and implemented as an on-going process, to gauge and determine learner progress and consequently raise learners’ standards of performance. The module incorporates hands-on practice in creating effective and thoughtful assessment tools, customized to the needs and abilities of the learners with emphasis on giving constructive feedback. The module focuses on thinking of creative ways to design summative tests and examinations that are reliable and give an accurate picture of the learner’s progress.
Evaluation of Program and Practice This module focuses on Principles of Evaluation, Evaluating Plan and Practice and Professional Development. Trainees will reflect on practice – evaluate plans, observe selected sessions (videos) and evaluate them. Trainees will practice the art of giving and receiving feedback.
 

FAQs

1. What is the duration of each workshop?+

All workshops listed here are one-day long. They are designed in a manner that they address the various topics at an introductory level. Depending on the specific needs of each school, we can deliver customized follow-up workshops.

2. What is the venue for these workshops?+

You can choose to attend the workshops in Indus Training and Research Institute, Bangalore. Or we can deliver the workshop at your venue. Terms and Conditions apply.