It was a day of happiness and excitement, a day for teachers to reiterate their commitment to providing meaningful learning experiences for their students in the classroom. Maya Menon, Director of The Teacher Foundation spoke about how the participating schools can take forward what they have learned during Touchstone in their schools.
"True to its name, 'Touchstone', a stone used to identify precious metals, has indeed identified those innate, precious qualities in everyone of us teachers by raising our self-esteem which was manifested in our teacher portfolios, enhancing effectiveness in the classroom and exposing us to the contemporary classroom teaching methods." said Deepa, teacher from Lourdes Central School, Mangalore as she explained to the audience how she gained from Touchstone, as a person and as a professional. "Touchstone has helped me to design more group activities and discussions which give opportunities for improving communication skills, analytical ability, leadership and decision making ability. In my opinion, Touchstone is well conceived, designed to make it interesting, effective and very relevant to modern teaching." said Suguna Prabbhu, teacher from St. Agnes School, Mangalore.
"Touchstone helped us change our approach towards teaching and modified our teaching skills to cater to the needs of the students. We were able to focus on the overall development of students by focusing on multiple teaching techniques.In short, the class became more lively and vibrant!" said Sehnaz Fathima, Principal of Beary's Public School as she spoke about her experience of undergoing Touchstone.
|Teachers sharing their experiences of Touchstone.|
Posted by Sojo Varughese, Sr. Centre Coordinator, TTF Mangalore Centre