ACTIVITES FOR STAFF
Qurban’s teacher training module3is unique and has helped to upgrade and educate not only the teachers of the institution but has helped to develop a permanent relationship with other agencies like Punjab Education Foundation, Intel, Ali institute of Education, Society of Pakistan English Language Teachers, Ministry of Education and Punjab University.
More than 300 student Teachers from Institute of Education and Research of Punjab University come for teaching practice to the institution every year for a period of two months. This year their involvement in everyday curricular and co-curricular activities proved an incentive for our own teachers. Professional development activities are organized at various levels and times throughout the year, a cycle of weekly, monthly and annual training is in place. ICT & English language training cycles run alongside the general training sessions.
The ICT coordinator, Ms. Sajida and our Curriculum coordinator Ms GuleRana not only takes initiatives regarding the teachers but are encouraged to motivate the senior management team to cope with the changing technologies and methodologies.
Ms. Mariya Khanam – a trainer from London visits the institution regularly in April every year. 15-day workshops are held to help teachers improve their teaching skills. Many topics covered were motivation in the classroom, modern teaching techniques, English vocabulary, ethics of teaching, how to build confidence in children, child psychology, phonics, story-telling and learning through play.
15-day training workshops are also regularly held in August and aim at improving the teacher’s subject-based skills. Many external trainers are invited to join and share their expertise with our teachers.
This year we launched our online training classes for students and teachers. Ms Zahida from UK takes English language training sessions for our lower junior school teachers and they have proved to be very useful.
Feedback Staff Training
Altogether 180 teachers took part in the July training sessions. 120 teachers took part in the session, ‘Happy Habits”. 82 took part in the session “ Students learning out comes based on Teacher and Exams”, 160 watched ‘Angreej Movie”, 124 in ‘Skills In teachings ’, Whole staff attended the session ‘child psychology’, “Quality of successful learners’ and “Brain Based learning , no study skills”.
Due to smog and other extended holidays, we arranged workshops for teachers. Whole staff attended “ Child protection”, “ Lesson planning”, “ Mentoring”, “Collaborative Reading Driving and Diving Deep”.
Almost all teachers enjoyed their training sessions and agreed to the topics and methods employed. 15 teachers mentioned that the time given was less and only 5 thought that the objectives were not met. 4 teachers found some topics difficult to follow. The teachers suggested that future workshops about time management and problems related to slow learners should be taught.
Senior management staff (Principals, deputies, and coordinators) are trained regularly at least 3/4 times a year. Full day sessions are held for the SMT and interactive methods are used to help them grow their leadership skills. This year topics included Mind fullness, Positive mental attitude, High challenges, Low threats and Leadership matters and Leadership Matters.
SMT Training Feedback
All 9 participants gave feedback about their sessions. Their learning was monitored by their presentations and question answer sessions. The Junior section Principal mentioned that their learning should be monitored throughout the year and the efficiencies learned and mistakes made should be discussed openly. Boys school Principal suggested having training sessions monthly so that sharing of experiences takes place regularly.
SMT Informal Meetings and Visits
SMT has been meeting for lunch and a visit outside the premises to help expand their horizons. They visited Kartar Pur Rahdari which helped them to understand other cultures and religions.
They also went for lunch to Packages Mall where they discussed ideas about recycling and waste management in the organization.
Pupils learn with motivation. Same goes for the adults- teachers. Almost every month teachers are encouraged to take part in poster/drawing/essay/poetry writing competitions which are not compulsory but help them to develop mentally. Teachers are also sent motivational quotes and stories to read at least once a month and it helps them to share their successes. Days like Women’s day & teacher’s day are celebrated with great enthusiasm. The year 2020 marks 40 years of our organization and almost all teachers took part in poetry, drawing, quiz and tableaus with great enthusiasm. They were judged and awarded accordingly.
Awarding & Rewarding Teachers
5th of October- International teachers day is now celebrated regularly in our institution. The students vote for their favorite teacher and those teachers are given ‘Teacher of the year award.’ All Principals were awarded this year . At the end of every academic year (March) Principals recommend outstanding teachers who are awarded on an annual day. Teachers who earn an external award are appreciated in assembly the day after their award.
Annual Milad is held for the staff members every year to celebrate the birth of our beloved Prophet (PBUH). The purpose is to highlight the true meaning of Islam and to understand and act upon the teachings of the Quran. Other than the regular Naat recitations, teachers are encouraged to talk about why we are falling behind as an Ummah and how Education can help us. The annual Milad took place on the 23rd December 2019 this year.
Annual Staff Trip
Annual Staff trips are organized every year. Due to the smog situation, the Principals decided to take the staff locally and the teachers decided to go to the cinema. The cinema hall was booked and teachers had a great time watching the film, ‘Load Wedding’. They not only enjoyed this light hearted comedy but learnt the underlying message that girls need to take a stand against dowry.