CLIx Mathematics TPD Workshop in Karim Nagar, Telangana (06.09.17 – 13.09.17)
Mathematics teacher professional development (TPD) workshops were conducted in Karimnagar district of Telangana from 6 to 8 September and then from 11 to 13 September 2017. In all, 115 teachers participated in these workshops that focused on introducing CLIx mathematics student modules and a course designed for mathematics teachers. The workshops were conducted in DIET- Karimnagar and in the ICT lab of Government Model School, Thimmapur. From the first day of the workshop, teachers showed excitement for and openness towards learning new things and participated actively in the workshop.
Participating mathematics teachers were introduced to the student modules and the course ‘Reflective Mathematics Teaching’. The objectives and rationale of the student modules and the teachers’ course were discussed. Hands-on experience was provided for exploring the activities in the student module. The discussion ‘What does it mean to be a reflective practitioner?’ was very useful and engaging. At the end of each day of the workshop, we insisted that teachers and resource persons answer three questions on Telegram: What went well today? What did not go well today? What did I learn today? The responses on the Telegram group were observed to grow more meaningful as the workshop progressed.
GeoGebra, an open source application, was thoroughly enjoyed by the teachers. They not only responded to the set tasks but also created their own problems and verified some theorems in geometry. Tanvi Damodia, a tech team member who has created a digital tool in the Proportional Reasoning module, attended one of the workshops to observe and research how the digital tool was working in the field. She interviewed some teachers to understand how the tool could be improved.
As a facilitator, I learnt a lot from all the teachers and I hope to continue this journey with more learnings.
(Arati Bapat, Research Associate, Math team, CLIx)