Reform Project

Strengthening Monitoring Practices for Effective Classroom Instruction

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Author: Mrs. Jayshree Singh, Lecturer, DIET Varanasi State/Group: Uttar Pradesh/2

Introduction
• This proposal is aimed at improving the existing system of teacher education at District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. • the process of monitoring and evaluation in regard to implementation of child centered teaching methods and strategies in elementary schools. • This reform has the purpose of preparing professionally competent & committed teachers and maintaining the consistency and standards of performance of a regular teacher.

DIET: Roles & Responsibilities DIET : District Institute of Education & Training Capacity building of resource person to conduct decentralized training. The IFIC (Field Interaction Innovative coordinationIn-service program) wing of DIET tends to be functional for continuous development. To serve as a district level study center to contribute quality to teacher education. to evaluate and monitor the quality and efficacy of in-service programs and pre-service programs.


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Context and Rational
• Most trainings are not organized on actual needs. • School follow-up has also failed to take off. • DIETs and cluster do not provide professional fora for teachers to reflect and plan together. • Monitoring is not an event, but a process. • A structured, constant & effective process of monitoring and evaluation needs to be strictly applied. • Sustained interaction with some schools.

Objectives
Teachers will be able• To use appropriate methods and strategies for better learning. • Build up their own capacity in terms of understanding of classroom practices. • Develop skills in classroom transaction and class management. • To motivate the teachers through positive feedback and proper recognition for continuous improvement in their work. • Realize them the necessity of a member of the PLC for improving the skills of teaching.

Action Plan-Timeline
Action Plan
Stage 1: Initial Meeting:1st week of January Stage 2: Plan action, time line & resource:2nd week of January Stage 3: Orientation Program : 1st week of February Stage 4: Preparation time for participants:2nd week of February Stage 5: Planned Visits to campuses:from 3rd week of February Stage 6:Biweekly meeting with the teachers: from 3rd week of feb

Action Plan
Sample Initially 3 schools of Lab-Area and 10 regular teachers of the same schools will be selected to implement the proposed reform. Once successfully implemented, more schools can be included in the scope of the reform. Selection of sample will be done on the basis of selfdeveloped school observation check list. Regular teachers of these schools will be selected on approval and agreement from the school authority based on interest level, subject expertise and performance record document.

Team formation

A three member team comprising of two DIET faculties (including researcher) and one cluster resource person will be formed in the second week of January. Plan of activities will be developed for the next six month which will clearly reflect the objective of each activity, timeline and resources.

Agenda of Initial Meeting
This meeting will be based on following agenda: • To share the experiences and knowledge gained from In-Step program. • To discuss the plan, strategy and outcomes of the proposed reform. • To create the timeline for implementing the plan. • To create consensus amongst the team members. • To get approval from the administrative authority.

Orientation Programme
One week’s orientation program will be held at DIET, Varanasi in the first week of February with all the selected participants to: • Brief them about the highlights of the vision of the proposed reform project. • Explain them their roles and responsibilities. • Convey them the time line for execution. • Re-train/Re-teach them the innovative and diverse methods and strategies of teaching to be applied for different types of learners.

School Follow-up

Scheduled/planned visits to the participating school campuses for observation, monitoring and evaluation. This will be done by three members of the team on pre-decided. Bi-weekly meetings will be organized and conducted with the participants at the cluster office of selected schools from fourth week of February.

Frequency & Purpose of Visit
• The researcher will visit each participating school once every week for a period of 4 months starting from third week of February. • To discuss the progress on implementation of effective classroom management and instructional practices & to promote better co-ordination between the teacher and DIET mentor. • To understand, assess & quantify the real progress & also to resolve any issues and provide support.

Evaluation & Assessment
Evaluation & Assessment

Periodic assessment

Mid- term Assessment

Final assessment

Final Evaluation

Benefits
Selected teachers will effectively implement diverse & constructive methods/strategies of classroom instruction

Teachers will be able to frame and implement lesson plans focused on maximum student involvement & participation.
Effective and continuous co-ordination between the DIET mentor & the teachers will help the teachers to maintain the consistency in improving their classroom practices

Benefits
Students, Teachers and mentors will work in cohesion towards overall improvement of the teaching and learning scenario.

Improvement of class management practices by the teachers can be reflected in form of improved performance levels of students. Continuous interaction amongst participants may lead to formation of an effective Professional Learning Centre at cluster level in long run.

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