Why Is Periodic Training Of Teachers Important?

To prepare a generation of skilled and well-informed individuals, we need up-skilled teachers who can drive this force, efficiently.

‘Who dares to teach, must never cease to learn’ – John Cotton Dana 

Learning is a continuous process and as long as there is life, there is learning. With a major paradigm shift happening in the field of education, it is critically imperative for an educationist to be aligned with these transformations. To prepare a generation of skilled and well-informed individuals who will be the future of tomorrow, we need up-skilled teachers who can drive this force, efficiently. 

As stated by the National Curriculum Framework 2005, ‘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.’ 

Here are some of the factors why periodic training of teachers is important and how it helps them both personally and professionally:

1. With the changing and evolving education curriculum, the teachers need to rethink the pedagogies to cultivate learning and creativity and accept multiple methodologies. Well-prepared training programs for teachers enable them to be updated with advanced methods and latest classroom processes that should be followed. 

2. As traditional ways of teaching like rote-learning, theoretical knowledge and memorizing are fast being replaced by practical lessons, the teachers should be well-equipped with the latest tools and technologies of teaching, to make students learn efficiently. A teacher's training programme encompasses all these and other important aspects of a teacher’s job in the current and changing scenario. 

3. Various specialized teaching programmes are designed for teachers keeping in mind what they want to teach – Montessori, primary, secondary classes etc. These training courses are not just important in giving theoretical and practical education to the teachers but also train them on how to teach students to their maximum potential. 

4. With the constant alterations in the education system, it is important for the facilitators to connect with useful, innovative tools and the latest advancements in education. Not just refining, but it assists the professionals to learn, unlearn and relearn. The result is not just limited to the evolved quality of teaching but also enhanced student learning.  

5. The International Commission on Education has further emphasized the need for in-service training. According to their report, ‘The idea of lifelong education is the keystone of a learning society. The in-service training fills in the gaps and eliminates the deficiencies that remain during the preparation for educational degrees (B Ed, M Ed). It builds confidence and skills for engaging the students meaningfully.'

6. The most important and powerful strategy to improve teacher effectiveness is their professional development. Teacher training programmes lay down an ideal platform for the facilitators to share their knowledge, ideas, thoughts etc. and learn from each other in a highly motivating environment. The best professional development is derived from working with students and understanding their perspectives and culture and is ongoing, experiential, collaborative and connected. 

7. It is necessary to understand that teaching and learning are co-dependent on each other. As simply reading a textbook does not complete teaching a student, in the same way, simply listening to the teacher does not make a student grasp the concepts of a subject. The teacher should understand from a student’s perspective and make the classroom session interesting. In a training course designed for teachers, practical classroom sessions are an essential part of the course and each candidate is mentored to make the classroom teaching sessions more engaging and interesting to the students. 

Today’s students will be a force to reckon with in the future years and teachers will be responsible for laying the groundwork for this. We have to understand that when teachers stop learning, so will students. “Life as a teacher begins the day you realize that you are always a learner!” 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article above are those of the authors' and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of this publishing house

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