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Teachers to learn about EQ

mumbai Updated: Sep 25, 2010 02:10 IST
Bhavya Dore

From learning about integrating teaching aids in class to understanding students’ emotional quotient, the state is planning a series of sessions for principals and teachers of classes 9 and 10.

The sessions, which will begin on Monday, are part of the training for implementing the central government’s Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA).

“With these training sessions, we are focusing on improving the quality of secondary teaching overall,” said a state government official.

The RMSA, geared towards universalising secondary education, is being implemented for the first time this year.

The nine different teacher-training modules will include communication skills for principals, stress management and understanding students’ emotional needs.

“We are looking at orienting teachers completely to the changes taking place; at a whole new approach to teaching and learning,” said Shailaja Mulay, vice-principal of St Michael’s School and one of the committee members involved with formulating the new evaluation scheme.

“It is important for teachers to look at the emotional development of students, as also to use different kinds of resources in the class.”

The sessions will also include modules dealing with the process of school accreditation, the aims and objectives of the RMSA and how best to utilise teaching resources.

“Now, anything can be a resource, the text is only a means. Now that the ‘what’ exists we are focusing on the ‘how’,” added Mulay. The first round of training sessions will be for principals of government-aided SSC schools while the next round will focus on different subject teachers.

“Principals will be trained to begin with so that they can in turn pass on the training to their teachers,” said Rekha Vijayakar, director of Guru Harkishan High School in Santacruz and co-coordinator for one of the training centres.

Trainers from the Pune-based training institute Yashada will conduct the sessions.