18th – 21st June 2014: A two member team from Department of Education and Tibet Fund, Dharamsala visited STS Chauntra and STS Peteon and spent two days each respectively, as a part of On-site school visit to give support and guidance about the Teacher Professional Development Program.
During their visit, the team conducted the following sessions:
1) Attending one or two of the Collaborative Practices going in the school we visit
2) Meeting the teachers in the presence of the school Principals and discussing about their PGPs and sharing our thoughts and personal experiences
3 PowerPoint presentation on Teacher Professional Development and its importance
4) Collecting suggestions from the teachers regarding the implementation of the Collaborative practices
5) Filling a short survey questionnaire on TPD to assess the progress and its implication to their profession development
6) Introduction to the Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1456107957936752/ and https://www.facebook.com/groups/tibetanenglish/ to the teachers to bring all the teachers together and share their ideas and thoughts.
7) Checking the log-book of the Teachers' Reading Corner books
Most of the collaborative practices were Co- teaching and mentoring. A science lesson, social lesson and an English lesson was demonstrated as a part of their collaborative practice. After the session, the teachers were given timely feedback and guidance such as the importance of making the lesson plan together, observing the lesson critically by the co-teacher, having post lesson conference, preparing a new lesson plan and demonstrating the lesson again were some of the feedbacks given by them. The teachers accepted the feedbacks and assured the team that they would incorporate those in their next practice. STS Peteon School's emphasis this year is on Professional Growth Plan (PGP) and the two Intensive workshops by the teachers themselves on their Pedagogy, PGP and Teachers' Reading Corner books. Their Collaborative book discussion is to be done later one and the book they have chosen is "Divasvapna" by Gijubhai.