A one-day seminar was held at St. Michael School, Ambapara in the tribal district of Banswara in Rajasthan, which was attended by 130 teachers. The seminar was organised jointly by St. Paul's Diocese of Udaipur and Frank Educational Aids on September 14 with the aim of addressing the issue of quality of classroom processes.
Dr. Fr. Roche in his key note address said that teachers’ collectivism and their concerns to improve their classroom practices leads towards their professional development. He also stressed that continuous and comprehensive evaluation ( CCE ) should in no way hurt the self-esteem of the students. He was of the view that CCE should broaden the scope of classroom practices towards multi dimensional development and assessment of students.
Fr. Roque, Manager of the venue School also said that the objective of seminar was to discuss age-grade appropriateness of teaching methods. According to him, proper understanding of appropriate teaching methods leads to the improvement in classroom teaching.
Sessions were also held on activity based teaching for elementary classes, multiple intelligence method at middle school level and interactive cum self study method at secondary school level. Various pedagogical issues, educational psychology and pre-conditions to learning were discussed during the seminar as well.
A typical comment of one of the participants was that she got to learn some innovative methods of teaching like brain storming and active learning during the seminar. She wished that such seminars to improve teaching methods should be held periodically.