IREX - WORKSHOP WITH DANIEL GREENSTONE, THE VISITING US TEACHER 11 & 12, February, 2010. A REPORT The two day workshop, a result of a cross-cultural educational program sponsored by the Teaching and Excellence Achievement (TEA) fellowship, which is overseen by the International Research Exchange (IREX) Board, Washington was inaugurated by Dr. Mrs. Y.G.Parthasarathy, Dean and Director, PSBB Group of Schools. The TEA fellows Mr. Daniel Greenstone, an American Teacher from Oak Park High School and Mrs. Mahalakshmi Ramjee, PGT– Geography, PSBB, Nungambakkam, conducted a workshop on Educational Methods, Materials and Management. About 50 city school teachers participated in the 2 day workshop. Mr. Daniel Greenstone gave a presentation on Classroom Management and Six Traits Model of Writing. Mr. Greenstone’s session covered students in the classroom right from the 1950s. With apt slides he was able to capture the situation. He discussed the current scenario in the US and expressed how times have been changing and what problems teachers face in their respective schools. Mrs. Mahalakshmi Ramjee gave a presentation on the Dynamics of Classroom Arrangement. She spoke about Individual and Collective Discipline and Micro- Teaching and Analysis. She elaborated effectively on the principles of the above mentioned topic. A joint presentation on Assertive Discipline by Mr.Greenstone and Mrs. Mahalakshmi Ramjee was well received by all the participants. Mrs. Ananthi Karthic, Counsellor, PSBB, spoke on The Role and Qualities of a Good Counsellor. Day two began with an interesting presentation on ‘Interactive Methods for Civic Education by Mrs. Hemalatha Seshadri, HOD, Social Science, PSBB, Nungambakkam. The presentation included a mock debate by a couple of students. Dr. R. Jaganathan, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Madras, Gave an exhaustive presentation on GIS and Map Skills. It was greatly appreciated. In the Post-Lunch session Mrs. Mahalakshmi Ramjee came up with a presentation on Objective Processes on Global Curriculum Development. With a ‘Correlation Model’ she outlined the importance of universal learning objectives and the related subjects in Global Curriculum Development. Mrs. Vaidehi Madhavan, a Fulbright Scholar and Maths PGT in PSBB, Nungambakkam spoke about the Use of Rubrics for clarity in Assessment. It was greatly welcomed with the CBSE moving towards Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation. Finally the presentation of Mrs. S. Vasanthi, HOD, Science, PSBB, Nungambakkam, on Scientific Literacy and English Language kindled the need to read and synthesize media articles critically and acknowledge the contribution of Science to English Language. Dr (Mrs.) Y.G. Parthasarathy, highlighted the necessity and the benefits of the two day workshop and she stressed on the Assertive Discipline in the Class Room Management. Mrs. Valli Arunachalam, Principal, PSBB, Nungambakkam welcomed the gathering. Mrs. Sheela Rajendra, Correspondent, gave away the Certificates to the participant and said this kind of Seminars would be truly meaningful when the knowledge gained is applied in our classroom situations. Mrs. Shyamala Shekar, Additional Vice-Principal proposed a vote of thanks. Dr. (Mrs) Chandra Ramani took charge of the overall arrangement and helped in the conduct of the program.
A memorable learning experience At the outset I must thank the School Management for having given me the rare platform to compete at the international level and participate in the TEA program organized by the USIEF and IREX. My travel to the US as a result of this (from September 21st to November 8th 2009) was essentially an enormously enriching experience.
The Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA), a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, organized by IREX (International Research Exchange Board) provides secondary-school teachers from Europe, Eurasia, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Western Hemisphere with unique opportunities to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the United States. TEA teachers travel to the United States to participate in a six-week professional development program at a US university. This is followed by a reciprocal visit by US teachers to work on joint teacher-training projects in TEA alumni schools overseas. The program builds teacher leadership skills and provides experience that can be shaped for the participants’ home teaching environments. Key Objectives of this program • To contribute to the improvement of the quality of secondary education in the participating countries • To hone the individual teaching skills of the participants • To perceive and Understand the key problems and issues of the world • To acquire and develop skills to provide quality education and promote international peace and co-operation
The days I spent in Purdue University was highly rewarding. We were 24 teachers from Asia, Central America, South America and Africa sharing participating in a Professional Development Program. We teachers shared various teaching techniques, methodologies and assessment pattern followed by us in different parts of the world. The Seminar classes (105 hrs) included: • 6 hrs of Theoretical Foundations of Contemporary Pedagogy • 6hrs of Problems of Global and International Education • 22 hrs of Instructional Technologies in Education • 6 hrs of Socially-Oriented Projects/Interdisciplinary Approach • 3 hrs of Comparative Methods in EFL/ESL • 3 hrs of Diversity and Problems of Multicultural Education & • 53 hrs of Curriculum Development and Innovative Methods in Social Studies
The Galaxy of Star faculty to who deserve a special mention were Prof: Dr. Anatoli Rapoport, the Coordinator for ‘Study Abroad Program’ in College of Education, Purdue University, Prof: Phillip VanFossen, Prof: Luciana C. De Oliveira, Assistant Professor, Literacy & Language Education, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, Prof: Dr. Melanie Shoffner, Assistant Professor, English Education, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, Prof: Dr. Lynn R. Nelson, Ms. Larissa Olesova, Ms Aasta and Prof: Chris McGrew.
The Program included an internship at McCutcheon High School. My mentor Mr. Scott Royer, Advanced course Geography teacher at the school provided further scope for - • Team Teaching • Addressing their International Club • Screening our School’s Golden Jubilee for their students • Giving a Power Point Presentation on ‘Incredible India’ • Talking and interacting with students of different grades • Meeting with their Principal • Meeting with their teachers and Counselors
I would like to place on records my sincere thanks to Mr. Scott Royer and Mrs. Sarah Powley for making me feel as a part of their school during the program. This was more than just a Teaching program. It was an eye-opener. The Assignments and projects that I turned in during the program were appreciated very well by all the professors. I also got an opportunity to showcase some intricate nuances of Bharatnatyam, our beautiful Indian Art form at the International Dinner party. ‘Cultural visits sustained the academic interests’ as we visited several places of interest that were memorable like Happy Hollow Elementary school, Indiana State Museum and Children Museum, Feast of the Hunter’s Moon’ at the Quia village on the banks of river Wabash., Jefferson High School, Indianapolis State house, A Biblical Play, ‘Joseph and the Amazing Coat’ at the Beef and Boards a dining in theatre, Walking tour in West Lafayette, National History Museum, Science Museum, White House, Sears Towers and The Shiva Vishnu Temples. Participation in the ‘Annual State Conference of Indiana Council for Social Sciences’ with our teacher Mr. Chris McGrew, the outgoing President of the Organisation was like icing on the cake. The brilliant team of Dr. Anatoli, along with Mr. Chris and Ms. Aasta made sure that each one of us at Purdue felt at home and did enjoy the entire learning process which I am sure will enhance the very quality of our professional life. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the school authorities, particularly to Dr. Mrs. YGP, the Dean and Director, Mrs. Sheela Rajendra, the Correspodent & Vice- Principal and Mrs. Valli Arunachalam, the Principal for having given me such an opportunity which I am sure will enable me to serve the school better and serve the community at large.
My name is Fanfan JOSEPH.I am from Cap-Haitian, Haiti. I teach English as a foreign language in high school.I teach Business and Medical English too at University Roi Henry Christophe in my home town and at the State University.I get a degree in Agronomy .I also a certificate from Quebec University in EFL and from SIT Tessol.I am the current President of the English teachers Club of Cap-Haitian.
My name is Ruslana. Iam an English teacher. I am a student now, but I am also teaching. I live in Ukraine and I want my students to be good citizens. I teach in the school specializing in two foreign languages, English and German.English is taught from the 1st form and German is taught from the 5th form. Now I teach the senior students, but I may teach the junior students either.
Hi, my name is Mahalakshmi. I teach Geography, Economics and Entrepreneurship at PSBB Sr. Sec. School, Nungambakkam, Chennai. I have post graduated in Economics, English, Education and Geography from the University of Madras. I also hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management. Presently I am working on my Doctoral Program in 'Geography and Education'.
I enjoy reading, listening to classical music, Bharatnatyam (South Indian Classical Dance) and spending time with children.
My name is Olga. I am a teacher of the English language from Kazakhstan. I am the winner of the international TEA program , and as a result of this I am in America now. I am having six weeks training program in one of the best universities of America in Purdue University.On the 7th of November we are having our final conference and on the 9th o November I am leaving back home. I am having wonderful time in this university. I was taught a lot of new, iteresting and useful things. I will remember this experience forever.