Dharamshala: The Modern Academic Section of Department of Education initiated a workshop on teacher’s professional development. As per its proposal, it is a 2 day Engage Learning Teacher Professional Development Workshop. Accordingly, the first workshop was organised on 8 August at Administrative Training and Welfare Workshop, Dharamshala.
The event saw the presence of chief guest Education Kalon Dr Pema Yangchen accompanied by Mrs Heeru Bhojwani, Resource Person of the workshop and Mrs Lata Vasvani, Sales and Marketing Director of Engage Learning Pvt Ltd who will be conducting the workshop.
The workshop is also attended by teachers from 12 different Tibetan schools in diaspora. Schools like STS Miao, STS Ravangla, Petoen School, TCV Chauntra etc, to name a few.
Mr Tenzin Dorjee, Head of Academic Section, DoE in his opening remarks briefed the event and explained the objectives of the workshop such as, enable the teachers to participate in various activities that are outlined in July Teaching guides (TGs) and enable them to learn several strategies that can be transferred to various subjects.
Then Education Kalon, Dr Pema Yangchen addressed the gathering, emphasising them on adopting an ‘authentic learning experience’ which becomes a crucial entity in building a community of learners. She further urged the participant teachers on integrating their teaching skills and knowledge in not just their own subjects but various other subjects as well. Citing an example of ‘The diary of Anne Frank’, Education Kalon suggested how a history teacher could teach the same content through its historical context thus creating an interesting yet authentic learning experience for the students.
Lamenting on the degrading moral values of today’s rapid generation where technology is over taking many of learning and teaching experiences, Education Kalon urged the teachers to focus on adopting a different approach of learning and teaching that is not technology based.
“We teach who we are” quoted Education Kalon and appealed the teacher to embody good moral values in their every day teaching.
In her concluding speech, Dr Pema Yangchen on behalf of department of Education expressed her best wishes to all the participants for a successful implementation.
Following Education Kalon’s speech, Mrs Lata Vasvani and Mrs Heeru Bhojwani gave a short speech mainly highlighting the roles and responsibilities of teachers and how they can create a meaningful connection with the students to further create a community of learners.
Report filed by Tibet.net intern Tenzin Choetso