Saturday, February 6, 2010

Introducing teachers to online tools

This has always been my challenge to develop strategies in order to introduce school teachers towards various online tools. In a country like India, due to the existence of wide diversity, many a times it becomes very difficult to plan strategies, as they may seem applicable to one locale, and the same may not apply to another. Hence, developing a generic framework for such wide diversity, is always a major challenge for educators. Especially, keeping in view the language differences, facilities, managements, culture, logistics and most important the approach towards technology.

Learner Autonomy

Facilitating learner autonomy has always been my concern during my teaching experience. Based on my ten years of teaching experience, i've identified several ways of enabling my classroom learners to think and decide on their own.
For instance, i've never prescribed text books to my students, rather suggest them to explore the books and identify the best according to their choice.
Introduce concepts by narrating life experiences or explaining reality situations.
Give students the freedom to make choices while submitting their assignments.
Plan assignments that are more interactive like make a field trip or interview a set of people.