Importance of In-Service Training in School Education – Ms. Anshu Mital
“A teacher can never truly teach unless he is still learning himself. A lamp can never light another lamp unless it continues to burn its own flame.”- Rabindranath Tagore
Life is a continuous process of learning. It is imperative for an educationist to be in sync with the paradigm shift in the field of education. The onus lies on teachers today to prepare a generation of well informed and skilled individuals who will be a force to reckon with in the future years.
How do we educate students to take their place in changing the economic culture in the 21st century?
The education paradigms are constantly changing and evolving. The teachers need to rethink the pedagogies to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence. Today’s education model is out-of-date and needs to evolve into a more personalized model if we educators are going to take it to a new level.
Great teachers help create great students
A teacher’s professional journey is an ongoing process throughout their professional development. National Curriculum Framework 2005 states, ‘An in-service education and training of teachers can play a significant role in the professional growth of teachers and function as an agent of change in school-related practices.’
The classroom is continuously changing and the teacher must be prepared to meet the needs of their students. As teachers, we must know handling of children, situations the best way. It is quintessential for every teacher to evolve a wider perspective on teaching techniques to cater to a highly globalized society.
The International Commission on Education has further strengthened the need for in-service training. The report states, ‘The idea of lifelong education is the keystone of learning society. The in-service training helps in eliminating the deficiencies that remain during the period of preparation for educational degrees (B.Ed, M.Ed) and also enhances skills and builds confidence for engaging the students meaningfully. It helps teachers gain confidence by engaging with these practices and reaffirming their experiences.
Qualitative assessment of self is very essential
Just as professionals in medicine architecture, law, etc have opportunities to learn through examining case studies and new technological innovations similarly ongoing professional development keeps teachers up-to-date on various parameters like:
- New pedagogies
- Emerging technology tools for classroom
- New curriculum resources and more
The most powerful strategy school systems have at their disposal to improve teacher effectiveness is professional development. Teachers training programmes provide an ideal platform for facilitators of education to release their innate creativity, share their knowledge and learn from each other in a motivating and conducive environment. The best professional development is ongoing, experiential, collaborative, connected to and derived from working with students and understanding their culture.
Thus, in-service training empowers people to realize dreams and improve their lives. The constant flux in the education system beckons the facilitators to connect with the latest and innovative tools in education. It enriches the professionals and assists them to learn, unlearn and relearn. The result evolves the quality of teaching, enhances student learning and ensures effective and high-quality teachers are placed in all classrooms.
This article is written by the principal of DPSG Sushant Lok. Ms. Anshu Mital is an educator with more than 20 years of experience in education. She is a recipient of Samman Award for using innovative practices in teaching from Rotary club, New Delhi in September 2015.
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