2. TEACHER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES
Relief Foundation offers Tamil Montessori training and orientation courses suited for the rural context, to interested parents and community members. After the rigorous training, they would take up postings in rural areas to install Montessori rural small education centres, with or without our support, to serve in their capacity as Classroom guides and change agents for the immediate community for a period of minimum 5 years. For details on content and costs, please write to - firstname.lastname@example.org.
We interact closely with teachers to empower them, first as human beings, and then as teachers. Apart from improving subject-specific knowledge of the teachers, our training focuses on observation (of oneself and the student) and provides strategies to cater to the various learning needs of the student. We aim to inculcate a sense of creativity, humaneness and intelligence in the teaching process..
We offer pre-service development programs through our Teacher Development Initiative called The Teachers' Lab. These pre-service programs are in the form of a Fellowship, whereby candidates undergo training for a certain period followed by classroom teaching. The rigour of the Fellowships and the constant mentoring and support are hallmarks of this initiative..
Monitoring & Support
Our biggest challenge is in monitoring the efficacy of our training programs. Often teachers are not able to translate their learnings to the classroom. Therefore, subsequent to the training, constant support is an absolute must. Other than support, we are specifically interested in assessing if the training has enabled teachers to become more observant, creative and caring. This monitoring provides us with plenty of feedback and informs subsequent workshops.