Education is the most notable invention of human society because, upon this vehicle, the human civilization progress has been ensured through centuries. Because of such significance attached to education, the educationists and philosophers have been always keen to find out the factors and functions that need to be employed to make the education system better and more fruitful towards the society and economy. The teacher-taught relation could be called as the gist or core of this entire synergism of education from inception to the modern age! Most of the inputs were therefore geared to enrich this relation so that the best students are produced by the educational institution and the society and economy are nourished well. Teacher training and teacher development programs were counselled very early in this regard and are still practices with finer dimensions.
In every modern nation, today we find a well-established department/organization that undertakes implementation in the sphere of teacher training and grooming. Such organizations take into account the inputs derived from the university and think tank researches in the field of education and teacher development. Almost invariably, all such inputs and recommendations are made from the perspective of a student who also represents the end product and who is going to deliver his outputs towards the goals and requirements of society and economy – the twin yet interconnected engines of this world.
This equation demonstrates very fundamentally that in the event of the teaching getting aberrant with the socioeconomic goals, stagnancy would be developed that would lead to the implosion of human civilization. The significance of teacher development program is thus unquestionable and any leniency in this direction would definitely be fatal! The educationists were aware of such significance and therefore went on to deliver their philosophies towards resonant education systems. They counted teacher training as one of the core components. Here are few dimensions that depict the practical importance of teacher training and development program
Establishing consonance with the demands
As stated above, the society and economy await the best talent and manpower to lead the revolution and confront the challenges successfully. Only best teachers can prepare the best students who will take up these challenges in a resonant manner.
The student mind is nascent like a clean slate! If the teacher is not equipped with the best methods of education delivery, the young mind will not develop in an optimized manner.
A well trained teacher can instill thoughts of resurgence by developing in students, the positive features of inquiry, reform, compassion and betterment.
Teachers need to be well trained for imparting the skills in the leading technologies of age so that lags are not manifested.
Education and learning are counted among the most significant determinants of a healthy social economy. This correlation is very authentic and rational and needs no explanation. We, therefore, find the emphasis on better and quality education throughout the socio economic cultural development history of the world. In the modern context, the discussions on better education delivery include topics such as optimized grooming of student, personalized learning, remedial learning and such others; and the overall aim is to prepare the social economy for the striking challenges that we face. The concept of personalized learning, for instance, is much deliberated these days because it shows up the potential of developing every child to his maximum capabilities so that he is able to deliver the best towards the society and economy. However, this concept of personalized learning needs to be substantiated and replicated for results to emerge.
Here are few measures to implement personalized learning practices for the students
This is the first and fundamental precondition for personalized learning. Unless the teacher interacts personally with his students, he cannot find out their true requirements. This entails that more comprehensive and finely detailed teacher training programs are adopted, including more reliance on ‘child psychology’. Child psychology allows the teachers to find out as what parameters need to be attended for knowing the child mind and thus student behavior.
The traditional model of education and learning has now become obsolete and & lags for the initiative of personalized learning. The demand is for continuous learning which is spread throughout the year and not merely during the term end exam timelines. Continuous learning is both the necessity and result of personalized learning! This is the interwoven paradox. When teacher ensures continuous learning for his student then a better personalized bonding is developed; while this bonding helps in continuous learning!
The performance analysis of every student should be done more comprehensively. This means that in addition to the objective dimensions like academic marks, psychological and co-curricular indices need to be assimilated.
The institutions and teachers should reach out for tech-based smart interfacing like through school management software. Such software and other independent mechanisms allow teachers to interact with parents and students towards better & connected learning experience in a one to one manner.