How 16500 schools changed their pedagogy

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How 16500 schools changed their pedagogy

  1. 1. It is the responsibility of the teacher to create a new generation, to change the social structure, from its total preoccupation with earning a livelihood J.Krishnamurti Wednesday 7 October 2009 1
  2. 2. School structures froze... about a century ago! Rows and columns uniforms, competition and a disconnect between school & life Wednesday 7 October 2009 2
  3. 3. The Knowledge era begs for a change But status quo is difficult to shake and structural answers difficult to find Wednesday 7 October 2009 3
  4. 4. This is a story of rapid change Of hope and collaboration of change in all State Schools in Tamilnadu Of People Of teachers from one school and trainers from SSA, who did simple things and took an idea very far Wednesday 7 October 2009 4
  5. 5. Who ever decided that children learn best in the company of the same age students? The School KFI 1998 Wednesday 7 October 2009 5
  6. 6. This question , in 1998, set in motion events that we could never have conceived... Wednesday 7 October 2009 6
  7. 7. The Junior school moved to mixed age structure in 1999, classes 1-4 first and then 2-4... Wednesday 7 October 2009 7
  8. 8. The middle school moved to a mixed age structure in 2007... classes 5-7. The pedgogic practices changed substantially Wednesday 7 October 2009 8
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  10. 10. Mr Vijaykumar, Director SSA, raised a basic question and pursued it relentlessly... What is the use of education if a child cannot read and understand at the end of 5 years of schooling? Wednesday 7 October 2009 10
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  14. 14. These are multi age classrooms roughly resembling Montessori classrooms... Wednesday 7 October 2009 14
  15. 15. a remarkable story of structural and pedagogic transformation... Wednesday 7 October 2009 15
  16. 16. Mr M.P.VijayKumar, State Project Director SSA TN asked “Are such methods & approaches available for classes 6,7 & 8? 16 Wednesday 7 October 2009 16
  17. 17. And in one short year, June 2007 to Apr 2008 Over 16000 schools moved to ACTIVE LEARNING METHODOLOGIES IN GRADES 6,7 & 8 Wednesday 7 October 2009 17
  18. 18. Change on a very large scale affecting millions of lives The same students and teachers books and classrooms But a radically changed classroom process Wednesday 7 October 2009 18
  19. 19. All of us know that change is rarely easy... H o w did SSA TN do thi s? W h a t was th e role of The S c h o ol, a sm all school in Wednesday 7 October 2009 C hennai ? 19
  20. 20. Looking back...STEP 1 Th e S c hool ha d evolved a p roc ess f or the Mixed A ge Class es of Middle S c h o ol? Aft er a fu ll y ear o f a Pilo t progra mme this was ready for 3 g rou ps i n The school . Wednesday 7 October 2009 20
  21. 21. Looking back...STEP 2 Mr Vij ay kumar and D irectors from SSA TN v i s i t e d The school. in the e n d of Marc h 2007. They l i s tened to the school t e a c h ers and visited the pil ot cl assr oom. Wednesday 7 October 2009 21
  22. 22. But .... N o t h ing m uch ca me ou t of thi s vi si t... SSA wa s looking for M a t erials that could be u s ed by c hildren as in A c t ivit y B ased Lear ni ng. Wednesday 7 October 2009 22
  23. 23. Looking back...STEP 3 C o o r dinator Ou treach for T h e School visited SSA D i r e c t or with a requ est to se nd a few te achers for a L i f e Skills worshop being or g a niz e d by The School . Wednesday 7 October 2009 23
  24. 24. Looking back...STEP 4 Mr V i j aykuma r asked if we a sked would do a series of do workshops for Block Resource Trainers of Resourc e Tra iners S S A . S umitra M Gautama , u m itra Gau tama C oordinator Outreach oordina tor rea di l y agr eed re adi a gr Wednesday 7 October 2009 24
  25. 25. Looking back...STEP 5 10 teac he rs introduced ACTIVE LE ARNING M E THOD OL OGIES to the 6 0 t r ainers in Ma y 2007 , i n the Ac tive Learning mo de .. o ver 11 days. Wednesday 7 October 2009 25
  26. 26. Looking back...STEP 6 A l l 60 train ers endorsed ACTIVE LE ARNING M E T HODOLOGIES for the U p p e r Prim a ry classes for State sc hools. It wa s decided to pilot the e f f o rt in 120 school s. Wednesday 7 October 2009 26
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  28. 28. What is the ACTIVE LEARNING METHODOLGY that so many people found possible to accept? Wednesday 7 October 2009 28
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  30. 30. Students read the full lesson, draw mind maps, raise questions and discuss with classmates Wednesday 7 October 2009 30
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  42. 42. And once accepted by SSA and by teachers it was a matter of working out how to take the idea forward... Wednesday 7 October 2009 42
  43. 43. SSA was determined not to let anything stand as an obstacle to movement.. Trainers and staff of SSA worked in school for over 8 months in an area set up for the purpose by the school. Wednesday 7 October 2009 43
  44. 44. This was the only way SSA trainers would receive the necessary guidance from the teachers of The School. Wednesday 7 October 2009 44
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  49. 49. And teachers of The School supported the trainers in the cracks of a full running school... a very remarkable mode of sharing and transferring skills and perspectives Wednesday 7 October 2009 49
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  52. 52. MS - ALM an Approach Developed by The School KFI, Chennai Lesson plans developed by Teachers and Trainers of SSA with the support of Teachers of The School KFI, Chennai Wednesday 7 October 2009 52
  53. 53. And a great deal more emerged from this interaction and collaboration..... Wednesday 7 October 2009 53
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  69. 69. DTERT - review of the Teacher Training syllabus “From the Useful to the Usable” Wednesday 7 October 2009 69
  70. 70. Engagement with SSA helped us discover that ‘an idea whose time has come’ has wings... Wednesday 7 October 2009 70
  71. 71. Horizantal transfer is possible and efficient Wednesday 7 October 2009 71
  72. 72. Questions have remarkable consequences when pursued Wednesday 7 October 2009 72
  73. 73. And many Myths blew away...... Wednesday 7 October 2009 73
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  77. 77. THE SCHOOL KFI CHENNAI a little more about The School-KFI Wednesday 7 October 2009 77
  78. 78. school timeline founded in Poes Garden 1973 first batch of ICSE students 1985 first batch of ISC students 1987 no child ever failed in 36 years respect, dignity, enquiry at the heart of educational practice Wednesday 7 October 2009 78
  79. 79. significant educational innovations programme for higher education 1996 radical new programme for class 11 students 1997 junior school mixed age classes (grades 1 -4 ) 1999 prevention of child sexual abuse programs 2001 Middle School Mixed Age classes (grades 5 -7 ) 2007 Wednesday 7 October 2009 79
  80. 80. more educational innovations Area study as an integrated process of learning for class 7 students - ‘School and Society’ published 1995 Environmental Studies compulsory for all ICSE students long before it became compulsory by law1995 The first Environmental Science Syllabus for ISC classes was crafted by teachers in 1997 junior resource centre for non directed learning, 1998 Wednesday 7 October 2009 80
  81. 81. innovations - fostering non competitive interaction festival of drama and dialogue 1994 symposium 1995 mixed basketball league 1996 Wednesday 7 October 2009 81
  82. 82. innovations in the social space Prevention of child sexual abuse programs - corporation and private schools teachers and Principals - 2001 Like skills workshops - Workshops for corporation school teachers - 2004 Alternatives to dissection 1996 - workshops for school teachers - leading to eliminating dissection from examinations The first Environmental Science Syllabus for ISC classes was crafted by teachers in 1997 Wednesday 7 October 2009 82
  83. 83. innovations - teacher empowerment and growth teachers chair staff meetings in rotation 1991 teachers involved in teacher interviews - 1992 teachers constitute the school steering committee 2001 teachers involved in coordination, committees and conducting parent meetings (always) Wednesday 7 October 2009 83
  84. 84. further innovations in the social space - Outreach rural training in computers, millet biscuit making, organic farming seed bank nutrition supplement for children in village Govt schools Wednesday 7 October 2009 84
  85. 85. further innovations in the social space - Outreach urban experiencing nature programs for children of 30 schools in Chennai collaboration with SSA for evolving major changes in the state educational system Wednesday 7 October 2009 85
  86. 86. More Endeavours of The School KFI Wednesday 7 October 2009 86
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  88. 88. 800 children in 5 village schools have been receiving a nutition supplement from June 2009 on each working day. Disabled children in a special school in Thirukazhukundram likewise also receive this supplement Wednesday 7 October 2009 88
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  94. 94. We are a small school, small by design About 350 students and 35 teachers and empowering foundations Wednesday 7 October 2009 94
  95. 95. The teachers in the school are a body of educators, practitioners who are learning and sharing, concerned with educating students, young and old Wednesday 7 October 2009 95
  96. 96. We are not an NGO or expert body or consultants Wednesday 7 October 2009 96
  97. 97. Maybe we are... a laboratory or an incubator, a catalyst for meaningful change for the common good Wednesday 7 October 2009 97
  98. 98. Our work with SSA TN is dedicated to the dedicated to the children of ‘today and tomorrow’ who will have to find their moorings in the world of knowledge, needing tools of learning Wednesday 7 October 2009 98
  99. 99. Tools that they can use alone and with others, tools that will help them internalise the wisdom that mankind has come upon... ...and generate their own knowledge and wisdom Wednesday 7 October 2009 99
  100. 100. ... tools to prepare for a future that is likely to be very different from today ...tools that can be applied in many contexts... Wednesday 7 October 2009 100
  101. 101. Our inspiration are children who each come with a message of hope.... Thank you educator learners at The School (The Chennai Education Centre) Krishnamurti Foundation India, Chennai Oct 2009 Wednesday 7 October 2009 101
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