The Buzz @ TTF

July to September 2023

This quarter was truly a buzzing time for TTF - there were webinars, workshops, school-based support and exciting new and old collaborations. Our newsletter gives a short glimpse of the happy hive that TTF has been!

Craft of Coaching

The Craft of Coaching webinar held on 1st Sept was attended by over 150 educators. Sandhya Shivaprasad, Head of Training & Content, TTF spoke on the importance of in-house coaches in schools and why schools should equip their senior staff to become Coaches. Coaching helps to institute a culture of ongoing professional learning and development among the teachers leading to better student learning experiences and outcomes. Every school needs to have a clear strategy of support and growth to enable every teacher to excel in their daily classroom practices.

The Right Teacher Type:
Using Psychometric Personality Lenses  

The August 18th webinar, organised by TTF in association with Swayam Analytics, was attended by over 100 educators. Swayam’s Personality Assessment is a rigorous psychometric tool that provides a clear and objective view of a teacher’s traits, strengths and areas of growth. The tool offers a comprehensive behaviour analysis of a person’s physiological, psychological and ethical tendencies based on Indic Knowledge Systems. The overall School Report that’s generated would be a synthesis of the teachers’ assessments and provide accurate insights into team members' professional, people and personal competencies. School leaders would be able to identify areas of collective strength, collective growth areas as well as individual strengths and individual growth areas. This will help them make informed decisions with respect to Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Promotion and Teacher Development.

TTF Reads

The 2nd edition of TTF Reads, our podcast series on books by reputed educators, features an excerpt from an article, Reflection is at the Heart of Practice by Simon Hole and Grace Halt McEntee. It explores the importance of reflection on daily classroom experiences and how one can embed the learnings from it.
This chapter is part of an anthology titled - Readings in Education edited by Ryan Cooper.

A round up of TTF’s work this Past Quarter

TTF's Work with the Public School System

Life Skills Collaborative (LSC)

TTF is the Glossary track partner of LSC that comprises 18 partner organisations, working in 4 Indian states (Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Mizoram).

This past quarter the India Glossary of Life Skills has been translated into a 6th language - Gujarati. The other languages are Hindi, Marathi, Odiya, Kannada and Mizo. Besides translation validation workshops have been conducted in Bangalore, Gandhinagar and Bhubaneshwar to validate the translations.
The Glossary Handbook has been reworked to reflect a Gender Transformative Approach,  to make life skills education more equitable and inclusive, with regard to Gender and Disabilities.

TTF has also been designing additional LSC assets - the Audio-Video Resources (AVRs). The AVRs help make the Glossary more accessible to a variety of users. 52 Audio clips are being prepared, one for each life skill. Besides, 7 video clips  have been completed to represent the 7 skill tags in the India Glossary. This has been successfully completed in Karnataka and Maharashtra and will be wrapped up in Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Mizoram by November.

Do explore the India Glossary:

Glossary Translation Workshop, Gujarat

Improving reading and SEL skills for government school children of Karnataka (supported by United Way Bengaluru)

TTF is working on a project to train 1000 Govt Primary school teachers, Heads and Dept. Officials to improve the reading and social-emotional skills among Govt school children from Bangalore Rural and Haveri districts. The project also entails equipping department officials to administer TTF’s Graded Reading Assessments to students of Grades 1 to 5 across the state.

 Mental Wellbeing and Inclusion
(supported by CBM)

41 Government school teachers attended 3 days of training on Whole School Quality Circle Time conducted by TTF at the BRC Centre, Doddaballapur. This project, supported by CBM, is to help foster the social-emotional skills of children using the whole school ecosystemic approach of QCT; and to be able to evaluate the SEL skills of children of Grades 6-9, using Sambhav - TTF’s SEL Assessment Tool.

TTF's Work with Private Schools 

 Livewire Workshops

A capable, confident teacher is vital for a conducive teaching-learning environment!
Schools across India have been reaching out to TTF to provide their teachers with relevant training; through both short contemporary classroom workshops (Livewires) as well as sustained programmes that ensure deeper impact. Classroom Management, Collaborative Learning, Multiple Modes of Assessment are some of the modules that teachers have been trained on.
Hemant Nagpure from Taurian World School, Ranchi writes, 'I have learnt different strategies and methods to retain the attention of students in class and make it a more interactive one.'

Whole School Quality Circle Time (QCT) 

The well-being of students and teachers and creating positive school climates continues to be an area of concern, resulting in schools like Christel House Bangalore, LAES English High School, Neral, and others reaching out to TTF to train hundreds of teachers on Whole School Quality Time.

With a focus on development of 5 essential skills, besides self esteem, collaboration, mutual trust, respect and empathy, these workshops enable participants to foster Social and Emotional Learning and Well-being in students and teachers alike.
Sitara Chandran from Christel House says, 'Understanding the whole school ecosystem and looking at what we need to focus on; improving the quality of Circle Time in our school to ensure that students get the right experience, are some of my takeaways from this workshop.'

Prerana - A sustained programme

12 teachers from Sri Guru Harkrishan High School, Ulsoor and 10 teachers from Silverline Govt Urdu Medium Primary School have signed up for TTF's Sustained Teacher Development Programme, Prerana. The objective of the programme is to improve the quality of teaching-learning in these schools. This is a 6-7 month programme and entails training on 10 modules, School Based Support and Demo Lessons.
Laxmi B Wali from Sri Guru Harkrishan High School writes, "Finding different ways to engage, communicate and interact with students, was my take-away from the workshop."

Every Teacher,

More Enabled, More Inspired

On average, a teacher teaches 40 children a year.
Over a 25 year career, that is one thousand children.
That means, when we enable and inspire ONE teacher,
we touch over ONE THOUSAND lives.
So contribute to ONE teacher’s training and
touch the lives of a thousand children!

Rs 2,000 / $30: Enables 1 student to improve learning
outcomes in a joyful and conducive government school

classroom for an entire year

Rs 3,500 / $50: Equips 1 government school teacher
with skills to teach effectively and positively
impact the learning of 30 students.

Rs 7,000 / $100: Equips 1 government school classroom
with a library and teaching-learning material for the
students and teacher

Please Donate

Thanks and warm regards,
Maya Menon

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