DBC Tura Organises Orientation on ‘Extending Teaching beyond Textbooks’

February 8, 2020

DBC Tura Organises Orientation on ‘Extending Teaching beyond Textbooks’

Don Bosco College, Tura conducted a two-day Orientation Programme for the teaching staff on 7th and 8th February 2020. Dr (Fr) George Palamattam, SDB, Director of SILOAM in Umiam was the resource person and took the teachers on an interesting journey on the broad theme of “Extending Teaching beyond Textbooks.” He began by putting across the idea “generate more light than heat.” The theme of “Extending of Teaching beyond Textbooks,” is at the end of the day, about touching the students at some point, some level. Fr. Palamattam quoted the Late President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, who wished to be remembered as a teacher. Dr. Kalam had said that education is “transformation from I can get to what I can give.” However, giving has to be preceded by a store of “something” so that one is in a position to give.
Through a beautiful video show, the teachers were reminded about going beyond the textbook and “seeing something” in the students. The need to go beyond class-room teaching and being able to ‘touch’ at least one or more students was emphasized.
Three types of people: i) the leaf people, ii) branch people, and iii) root people was introduced and the teachers were asked to introspect as to “who are the roots in my life?” the episode on Aloke Sagar was another example that education is not all about the degree required but in the realization that one needs to give something of oneself to society. The Resource Person outlined the habits of confident persons.
The Two-day Orientation Programme was compact “Take-away” sprinkled with a little bit of spirituality and laced with a lot of do-able pointers. The focus did not shift from the students all throughout. The student-centric programme saw teachers deliberating on very pertinent yet rarely talked about issue or question that is, “How can I create my class-room where they feel safe to commit mistake and bounce back…? A little reminder of how legends make children comfortable around them was given through a clipping of “Little Big Shots” of the video of little Nathan and Steve Harvey.
Don Bosco College, Tura conducted a two-day Orientation Programme for the teaching staff on 7th and 8th February 2020. Dr (Fr) George Palamattam, SDB, Director of SILOAM in Umiam was the resource person and took the teachers on an interesting journey on the broad theme of “Extending Teaching beyond Textbooks.” He began by putting across the idea “generate more light than heat.” The theme of “Extending of Teaching beyond Textbooks,” is at the end of the day, about touching the students at some point, some level. Fr. Palamattam quoted the Late President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, who wished to be remembered as a teacher. Dr. Kalam had said that education is “transformation from I can get to what I can give.” However, giving has to be preceded by a store of “something” so that one is in a position to give.
Through a beautiful video show, the teachers were reminded about going beyond the textbook and “seeing something” in the students. The need to go beyond class-room teaching and being able to ‘touch’ at least one or more students was emphasized.
Three types of people: i) the leaf people, ii) branch people, and iii) root people was introduced and the teachers were asked to introspect as to “who are the roots in my life?” the episode on Aloke Sagar was another example that education is not all about the degree required but in the realization that one needs to give something of oneself to society. The Resource Person outlined the habits of confident persons.
The Two-day Orientation Programme was compact “Take-away” sprinkled with a little bit of spirituality and laced with a lot of do-able pointers. The focus did not shift from the students all throughout. The student-centric programme saw teachers deliberating on very pertinent yet rarely talked about issue or question that is, “How can I create my class-room where they feel safe to commit mistake and bounce back…? A little reminder of how legends make children comfortable around them was given through a clipping of “Little Big Shots” of the video of little Nathan and Steve Harvey.

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