The Buzz @ TTF
    The Teacher Foundation turned 20 on June 1st!

Talking about TTF
Listen to colleagues – current and past, teacher participants, Heads of Schools and donors who have all been so integral to TTF's growth and commitment to teachers.

Here we present our former colleagues, S. Vijaylakshmi and Roopa Kishen reflecting on their time at TTF.

This edition of the Buzz @ TTF offers a snapshot of the second quarter of 2022 with #TTFBackinSchool

Whole School Quality Circle Time 

The 2nd quarter has been busy with schools reopening and wanting their teachers to be well-equipped with skills required to face the challenges that home-learning created.

Over 160 teachers from Sunbeam Schools, Varanasi and Manthan International School participated in 2 day workshops on Jenny Mosley's Whole School Quality Circle Time (QCT).
With a focus on self esteem, collaboration, mutual trust, respect and empathy, these #TTF
SignatureWorkshops enable participants to foster Social and Emotional Learning and Well-being in students and teachers alike.
Pravallika Kona from Manthan Int
ernational School, Hyderabad says, "The QCT training has made me self-introspect my strengths & weaknesses. Also, by using different strategies I have learnt that I can create a fun, learning environment for my students."

Livewire modules 

Every school year offers new possibilities and ideas, particularly this year, when schools are returning to some kind of normalcy after 2 years of the pandemic.
Bearing this in mind TTF has been offering Livewire sessions which are short (2 day, 1 day or 1/2 day) workshops to enable teachers to enhance their skills and be more flexible, learner and learning-centred and collaborative in their approach.

30 teachers from Trio Tots Preschool explored the unique complexities of pre-primary students by identifying and discussing the different ages and stages of their development in a 2 day training with TTF. Mitha Srinivas, a participant, writes that she will implement her learnings from the training by 'making a check-list for activities and rework the written feedback she gives during her student observations'.

Project Based Learning, Numeracy in Early Years & Subject Enrichment workshops were conducted for almost 100 teacher participants at Lodha World School Palava on June 2nd and 3rd. Susmita Rout writes, "Multidisciplinary topics can be delivered to students effectively through PBL." While Richa Sharma says, "Word wall, vocabulary activities and using reading theatre in class are some of my takeaways from the English Enrichment workshop."

As part of a baseline assessment to design a customised professional learning module on Communication Skills with one-on-one follow up support, Maya Menon, Founder Director TTF, had whole group and one-on-one discussions with 15 teachers from Purnapramati Patashala.

 Positive Behaviour Management (PBM), Classroom Management and Buzzing Classrooms workshops were other sessions conducted by TTF for 150 teachers from Manthan International School.
Pallabi Ghosal says she would use 'Classroom Management strategies to enhance her efficiency in class to deliver her lessons more effectively.' While Anjitha S says PBM enabled her 'to become more aware of her own behaviour towards her students & use better strategies to manage student behaviour in the classroom.'

Structured Assessment For Analysing Learning (SAFAL)

In a bid to move towards competency based education as recommended by the NEP 2020, SAFAL (Structured Assessment For Analysing Learning) was launched by CBSE in 2021 as a diagnostic assessment for students of Grades 3, 5 and 8 in order to identify areas for improving learning, to help students, teachers, parents and schools. 
o support this shift
Dr. Reddy’s Foundation requested TTF to develop a module to help schools and teachers of Kalam Anji Reddy Vidyalaya (KARV)
to understand what competency-based assessment is, the features and purpose of SAFAL and how to interpret the SAFAL reports for 
School Improvement.
85 teachers from KARV across all grades participated in the workshops which included Power of Questioning, Group Work, Tools for Teaching, Knowing the world, Play & Physical Development. Uma P writes, "The most useful aspect of the training was the importance of questioning and I plan to ask more focused questions to elicit student understanding of the topic."

Prerana - Teacher Accelarator Programme (TAP), Mumbai

While we have returned to in-person teacher training, TTF continues to run online workshops too. TTF completed the first year of the 2-year online Teacher Accelerator Programme (TAP) with 37 affordable private schools and over 1000 teachers. TAP aims to equip teachers with different tools and strategies to enhance the teaching-learning experiences in schools that serve the urban poor.

Ms. Tehseen Mistry, Asst. Teacher in Anjuman-I-Islam’s A. A. Khatkhatay English Secondary School, Vashi writes, "It has been 02 years since our school enrolled for the TTF Program. Initially, we were absolutely clueless about what the programme was about. But as we kept attending the workshops, we realized that the programme is proving to be very fruitful for us. All the sessions were amazing, all activity-based. We also now know a number of Online Tools that we can use to make our lessons effective. The classroom observations that were done were also very helpful - we were given detailed feedback about what was good and how we can improve our lessons. I would like to say that the TTF Program has definitely helped us realize that we can do wonders by using simple tools and resources and deliver good lessons. An amazing learning experience..!"

India Glossary of Life Skills

Since 2021, TTF has been part of the LSC that comprises 18 partner organisations, working in 4 Indian states (Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Mizoram)

The India Glossary of Life Skills Version 1.0 has been available on the LSC website and TTF has been actively seeking feedback from NGO's, other LSC partner organizations and also from state governments. TTF has also translated the Glossary into 3 languages - Hindi, Marathi and Mizo. 2 workshops were conducted with government officials and master trainers in Aizawal, Mizoram and Pune, Maharashtra. This was aimed at validating the Mizo & Marathi translations of the Indian Glossary of Life Skills version 1.0.

Do explore the India Glossary:

TTF was also invited to speak at the Life Skills Network Well-being Workshop Series hosted by The Eikas Foundation with the support from Mind & Life Institute. The theme of the webinar was ‘How to talk so children listen. How to listen so children talk’. TTF contributed to the webinar by helping the participants experience how the theme can be addressed through QCT.
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