Thursday, April 03, 2014

PROJ EC T BAS ED L EARNI NG
TRAI NI NG PROGRAMME
R E P O R T O F L E A R N I N G – NOTEBOOK
Critical Friend – Poorvi Doshi
NI S HANT KAPDI
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PBL TRAINING PROGRAMME
Report of Learning Notebook
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IN THIS SECTION
1. INTRODUCTION……………………………………………………………. Pg3
2. PERSONAL LEARNING PLANS (PLPs)………………………………….. Pg4
3. WICKED AWESOME LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES (WALOs)……… Pg5
4. QUOTES QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS (QQCs)………………………Pg6
5. COLLEAGEAL CONVERSATION....................…………………………… Pg7

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Loop of Learning
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My journey through this training programme was full of surprises. It
was like a rollercoaster ride “Exciting but Scary” Exciting because I was
unaware of what is going to happen. Scary because I knew nothing
about what I am going to learn through this training.

Each training day was a new challenge and brought new insights. I am
happy that today I am a different thinker in terms of a teacher. I was able
to connect my teaching practices to the content part of the programme.
Frankly speaking the pathway was full of difficulties. If I would not say
this it would be wrong. I was not sure whether I wanted to be a part of
this programme or not but later it turned out to be like “This is
achievable”

There were times when it became impossible to balance my personal life,
teaching and training. It was becoming too difficult to meet the
“DEADLINES”, Board students and all activities in the school.
But as and when I got into it, I got adapted to the scheduling and it
turned out to be a habit. I would still not say I was enjoying but I started
learning the basics of Project based learning. Today I would definitely
say that I am happy to be a part of PBL programme and that I would
surely recommend this to all the teachers.
I would like to sincerely thank the team of trainers for conducting such
a programme and TGES to give us an opportunity to be a part of it.
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Personal Learning Plans (PLPs)
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Personal Learning Plans are a process in which we plan our goals
which would help us to harvest the most of our potentials. It is a sort
of a conversation cum goal which involves the learners and teachers.
The Focus was on what we were to learn, what evidences of
achievements and progress would be attached and planning for the
steps involved in the journey to get in to the training.

It requires a through involvement, readings and conversations with
Critical Friends and each other, we explore and enact the essential
elements of project based learning. They emerge from the program
prepared to communicate and demonstrate these elements to
colleagues.

We were asked to develop the PLPs which included several activities
which helped us to make connections in our teaching-learning
methodology and helped us to sharpen our skills.

The activities included “Wicked Awesome Learning Opportunities”
(WALOs), Quotes Questions and Comments (QQCs) and Reflections
which made us come out of our comfort zone and enabled us to think
beyond our abilities and imaginations.

Finally after completion of the activities and conversations we publish
them with the help of Digital portfolio as a personal
website/ webpage to the world.
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Wicked Awesome Learning Opportunities (WALOs)
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Wicked Awesome Learning Opportunities are the supportive steps
that we might use to approach/ achieve our goals and reflect on those
experiences that we had while teaching in past years. This will enable
us to understand what went right what went wrong, what needs a
revision, what needs to be changed etc.

WALO is not what we are doing. A WALO is a bit SCARY,
EXPERIMENTAL, RISK TAKING and sharing our work with
colleagues in different/ new ways.

Getting a feedback on our practices and work to sharpen our skills
and lead towards professional growth.

We had to submit 2 WALOs … …
1. Reflecting on our teaching practices and
2. Plan with a colleague on a school wide project

WALO helped us to know how we could become better teachers
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Quotes Questions Comments (QQCs)
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Quotes Questions and Comments (QQCs) were a most difficult part
of the Training.

This was the toughest part for me on the individual basis as I am not
used to read books.

In this activity we had to read books and identify the quotes and
comment on what we felt about what author had written.

We had been given a task of reading following books … …
1. An Ethic of Excellence
2. The Power of Protocol and
3. David and Goliath

All of these books were in close relation with education and teachers,
they were of great value to learn. After reading I became more open
to read books.

There was also a time when it became too difficult to manage and find
time to read and then reflect. But I just kept patience and pushed
myself to manage all the deadlines and tasks.








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Report Notebook
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Collegial Conversations


IN THIS SECTION:
The first Collegial Conversation was a stepping stone for all of us. It made clear that this
is not going to be an easy way. You follow a protocol for presenting your project and then
your colleagues comment or suggest on that. I think conversations gave us a platform to
have a say, made it possible for us to share our views.
My take away from collegial conversations…
a. Conversations - Getting in touch with the group of teachers and listen to their
views on various activities and most important is take the best piece of idea and
implement.
b. Presenter - Become a presenter and present one’s project and face questions that
make us think and rethink on otherwise a successful project.
c. Facilitator - Become a facilitator and play a major role in making a good
contribution on colleague’s project. To learn how to manage situations and act in
those circumstances.
d. Spectator – Having an insight on different presentations and presenting skills,
taking active part in the conversations and helping the presenter with views and
ideas to make their project better.
Learning loop – As sir rightly said it’s just a beginning, we just started our learning
with a great training coming to an end. We will surely have a lot of this integrated
in our teaching armory
In a nutshell – Learning theories connected to classroom teaching and its
application was my major take away. I started using Consultancy protocol and
feedback in my classroom. I think collegial conversations made a lot of difference
in our teaching and would continue to do so as we continue to practice it on the
regular basis.