Teacher Training Program
Inclusion requires teachers to accept the responsibility for creating schools in which all children can learn and feel that they belong. It is the responsibility of the school to manage teaching in such a way that the needs of all the children are met. Teachers play the most vital role in making this a reality and enabling the environment conducive for Children With Special Needs to study and participate alongside in a classroom. We believe that teachers need to be trained in using a mixed system, balancing the needs of incorporating technology in the classroom and IEPs (Individualised Education Plan) to help diverse learners.
‘Nanagu Shaale Teacher Training program over the years have been conducted with the support of SSA (Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan) Karnataka for its various categories of teachers who are entrusted with the care and education of Children With Special Needs. The training program has been imparted to several batches of BIERTS, Teachers, Officers and Resource Trainers.
Our teacher training approach involves the practical trials of collaborative learning techniques, peer teaching/coaching, brainstorming and executing learning activities that appeal to diverse learning styles. We encourage teachers to present and practise these at school and keep a journal of success. Teachers are equipped to impact the school and staff through regular activities, assembly, celebrations etc.
- Openness to learning and unlearning is considered as the key to implementing the Nanagu Shaale model.
- With the child’s best interest at heart, the objective would be to move forward to make learning meaningful and engaging for the child.
- Everything at Nanagu Shaale reflects inclusion and participative learning. Though a teacher might not be technically qualified, she/he enables inclusion by sharing of experiences, conversations with parents, school authorities and peer-teachers.
Effective learning for Children With Special Needs implementing an inclusive approach which customizes the needs of Children With Special Needs in the school and the community has strong social and educational benefits. Educating children with disabilities in mainstream schools increases self-reliance and opens up a world of opportunities, friendships, active social engagement and other productive activities. Increasing sensitivity of all the children to diversity always aids in greater social cohesion, tolerance, compassion and betterment at large.