Since the world that teachers are preparing children to enter, is changing so rapidly, and because the teaching skills required are evolving likewise, no initial course of teacher education can be sufficient to prepare a teacher for a career of 30 or 40 years. Continuous Professional Development (CPD) is the process by which teachers reflect upon their competencies, keep them up to date, and develop them further.
The education authorities at Gurusthanam support this process immensely in order to upgrade the teaching staff, which in turn benefits the children of our school. Many CPDs are conducted in the school for continuous up gradations. For e.g. Brain gym, Child Protection Policy, Cyber bullying, Social media and security, Internal and External Communication, Phonics, SEN children workshop, CPD for guided reading, mark making etc.
Highlights of some of the CPDs :
Workshop is conducted by MY LIFE TRAINER. It IS an informative session on retained reflexes. Teachers are educated on the importance and different activities they could do with children to help them concentrate and learn better. We also conduct ‘Child Protection Policy’ workshops
The workshops enlighten the teachers of Gurusthanam on different ways through which children are exploited and how we as teachers, could make the school environment safe for them to learn in. School is the second home to children and we must take care of their well-being to help children grow as responsible members of the society and lead happy lives !
The Behavior Policy Workshop
The Behavior Policy workshop is introduced in Gurusthanam to help promote good behavior, self-discipline and respect;
• prevent bullying
• ensure that pupils complete assigned work
• regulate the conduct of pupils
Teachers are given proper guidelines to understand the behavior policy and ways to be consistent and apply it to improve the conduct and discipline of the class and school.
Cyberbullying is the use of information technology to repeatedly harm or harass other people in a deliberate manner. With the increase in use of these technologies, cyber bullying has become increasingly common, especially among teenagers. Awareness has also risen, in school and among teachers to avoid getting into any such conditions. Social media and security workshop is conducted regularly to enable the teachers to safeguard their mailing system and possible ways of getting bullied online. These are a few from the list. Teachers have to undergo a lot of CPDs; and it is an ongoing process supported by Gurusthanam for their valued teachers!