(We haven’t gotten permission to use the video of today yet, so here’s a clip from my day off in Delhi to enjoy!)
All the research indicates that private school teachers, even in low income areas, are much better than government school teachers. Hence this week we were a little apprehensive about training. But screening and testing teachers before they were allowed to attend seems to have worked as we ended up with a very professional lot.
There were still differences though. Last week the private school teachers were eager, almost hungry, they were full of passion, but they often lacked some basic teaching skills. Today it was sort of the opposite, the teachers were all up to speed on teaching techniques and theory (something you don’t often see!) but the class felt a little, lethargic I suppose. So quite a lot of time was spent on highlighting the efficiency side of things, that we don’t have infinite time and how to make the most of it. They also have not got the hang of praising the kids yet, they were teaching me Hindi and all I got was a “yeah, it’s alright I suppose” reaction!
I’m writing this in the first break, so let’s see how they go (and how fast!) when we give them the lesson plans to work through. Let’s just hope they can break through the noise from the traffic outside and the temple next door!
Ahhh… yeah that didn’t work did it! They were doing the usual thing of pretending to read but not making any effort to understand the lesson plans. They said they were enjoying being students. Well yeah, but they’re here to learn how to teach it! I even had to do some stuff on body language as they were all slouching over the chairs within an hour of their finish time (of 2PM!) This was just like government teachers in Japan and nothing like the group last week!
It’s days like this that make me feel “why do I bother?”, especially when I have so little time now. It is very much like flogging a dead horse. I guess the difference is that I at least give my 100% to it! And anything has to be better than how they are currently teaching!
OK, let’s see what happens tomorrow…