The tag of a ‘Continuous Learner’ is what makes a
better teacher. Every teacher wants to expand his/her horizons of knowledge and
hence, derives the satisfaction of professional development. Among the
Government teachers, the school complex meetings have been the main source of
knowledge sharing but the situation of pandemic has thrown an obvious challenge.
On the plus side of things, the ongoing lockdown has
made us creative. English Language Teachers’ Association of Rajanna Sircilla District
and Bharti Foundation, together, have designed a series of interactive
workshops for the betterment of English Language Teachers of the district.
These workshops are organized on online video conferencing applications.
The webinars are the perfect way to interact, learn
and grow in situations as such. However, there are still many hurdles that have
to be overcame. There may occur disconnects between the hosts and the
participants on digital platforms which are difficult to address being at home,
especially when those involve are residing in remote areas. Larger groups,
timing constraints and unacquaintedness of the resource personnel and the
teachers also act as a challenge in virtual connects.
To address these problems, we have coined a new
strategy of “Localized Online Teacher Training” where the existing resource
personnel in the district would handle one topic each and that topic is
selected based on the opinions from the Teacher Participants.
Below is the plan which got delivered as it is without
any obstacles. 45 Teachers from various
secondary schools participated in the training series and have shared the
knowledge on the topics that every English Language Teacher needs regular update
on training on online video conferencing platforms and opinion gatherings on
topics to be dealt
Raju Lingala, Mr. Vidya Sagar, Mr.Praneeth Remidi
Environment – 21st century Skills
– special reference to Padlet
At the end of the training series, Mr. Kannam Ramesh, the
President of ELTA – Rajanna Sircilla district expressed his delight on achieving
success in this program, “We are happy for the kind of participation we receive
from the ELTA – Rajanna Sircilla fraternity. Every initiative is effectively
utilized and is taken forward by all the ELTA members of the district. This
recent training series has shown the strength of the fraternity and the passion
to learn continuously. I thank Bharti Foundation for its continuous support to
The 10-day exercise
to share knowledge using virtual platforms has taught every participant a new
dimension in a teacher’s professional development. It has not only helped the persons involved
here but also has given a hope and shown a path to many others by exemplifying
the approach of “Localized Online Teacher Training.”
Bharti Foundation has partnered with 50 Government schools in the District of Rajanna Sircilla, Telangana. Apart from contributing to the partner schools, Bharti Foundation has been extending its support to various teacher forums of the District in terms of their capacity building and district-level student competitions.
Feedback from the Participants
This article is contributed by Praneeth Reddy Remidi who is working with Bharti Foundation as an Academic Mentor in Telangana.
Vidyasagar June 24, 2020 at 11:47 am
Good initiation by Bharti Foundation n special thanks to Mr.Praneeth Reddy who made it possible. Hope such innovative programs useful to teaching community will be taken up in the future.