To make schools enabling environments for all students
by empowering educators
to become energetic, effective, reflective practitioners and life-long learners.
At The Teacher Foundation, we have long been concerned that changing teaching-learning practices seems such a daunting task for most schools and teachers. And we have realized that the single pivotal cause of this problem is the way we perceive students and how they learn. In our country, we continue to largely view students as entities who need to be educated mainly through compliance and conformity. Students are therefore required to do exactly what is asked of them and any deviance from this is discouraged or even punishable.
Teachers, sadly, are as much victims of this system as they are perpetrators. There aren’t many opportunities for teachers in India to grow professionally and personally.Teachers need training, hand-holding and active support to become brave counter-forces that can transform schools into gentler, more sensitive learning environments. We need to create non-threatening, collaborative and participatory learning environments where the teachers' existing skills are upgraded, honed and even transformed.
At TTF, we believe that if we truly wish to change the way we teach, we have to change the way we relate to students and to one another in our schools.
TTF offers teachers centres and forums that are friendly yet challenging, where they can discuss issues and share ideas, insights and imponderables.