TCV School Chauntra has 49 teachers who come under this Teacher Professional Development Project. Under the leadership of the School Principal Mr. Choeying Dhoundup la and the Headmaster Mr. Dawa Gyatso la and the Assistant Headmaster Mr. Karma Tashi la, the school is successfully implementing the project. The teachers are given the choice of choosing either PGP or Collaborative so that whatever the teachers chose will be more quality based. The project started with the Orientation and a workshop by Mr. Kalsang Wangdue la followed by the implementation phase. Right now, most of the Lesson Study groups had their third cycle. The School had set two separate periods of 30 minutes on Tuesday and Wednesday during which the teachers of both the Junior and Senior Sections do their PGPs or Collaborative Practices.
The Teachers' Reading corner had been successfully installed in the staff room itself for the teachers to get easy access. The log book has been maintained and the books borrowed are always entered. The books are borrowed by the teachers for their PGPs and Collaborative practices.
Annual Professional Growth Plan (PGP):
Some of the teachers had decided to do PGP this year. Right after the Orientation, they decided their own PGPs and submitted to the school head. The teachers worked on their own PGPs whenever they get free time apart from the two special periods. Some of the PGPs the teachers have are: To prepare an Anecdotal Report of students; to do case study of three focus students. During the course of their PGP process, they documented their progress, obstacles etc. One to one meeting with the teachers about their PGPs was done by the TPD and Curriculum Officer, Mr. Kalsang Wangdue la during his school visit.
Collaborative Practices in the School:
Both the junior and Senior Sections have their own collaborative practices namely Book Discussion and Lesson Study Groups. The groups met during their PGP periods and followed the process properly.
Tibetan Teachers' Book Discussion: The teachers teaching Tibetan Subject in both the sections unanimously decided to do Book Discussion as a part of their Collaborative practice. There were around 12 teachers including the Religious Teacher. The book they discussed on was the popular Tibetan book by Khenpo Lodoe, "Dus-Rab-Kyi- Ngada". The teachers met during their TPD period and discussed the book thoroughly. The plan had already been laid to share the main gist with rest of the teachers in coming week. PPT of the discussion is coming soon.
English Book Discussion Group: A group of three teachers including the school Librarian had formed their own group to study and worked on a book review. The book they were discussing was "Positive Discipline". The teachers regularly met and discussed on the book with additional materials available in the school library. They had prepared some charts carrying wordings on Positive discipline. They also planned to publish one small booklet containing the main gist of the book, to be later distributed to various schools.
Lesson Study Groups: Both the Junior and Senior section have Lesson Study Groups on two subjects namely:
English (Senior and Junior) : The Senior teachers had prepared a detailed sample lesson plan for Notice Writing for class V – VI. They also worked with the Junior English teachers and prepared a class VI lesson "Kite" which they shared with rest of the TCV English teachers recently. The Junior English teachers comprising of 3, worked on Non-Fiction writing. They had collected mentor text on topics related to animals. They were now working on preparing a sample lesson plan.
Mathematics (2 juniors and 1 senior): The two junior Maths groups had their teaching instruction in Tibetan Language. They had worked together and prepared a lesson on Word Problem and Fraction respectively. The senior Math teachers comprising of 4 teachers had prepared a lesson plan on Parallel Lines and Transversal of class VIII. All the groups had completed the full cycle of the lesson Study and they were on their way to their third round. The lesson Plans would be soon uploaded. During the interaction with these groups, they shared their processes and the obstacles they had encountered.