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Training emphasises the use of visual symbols in worksheets at primary education level
The six-day training of the master trainers of single teachers schools called Maa Bari Kendras of Tribal Area Development Department emphasised the need of teachers being trained in the use of visual symbols in the worksheets.

The resource person said, "With textbooks becoming rich in colourful pictures due to new printing technology and pictures being lifted from the internet, the worksheets and chalkboard illustrations by the teacher need to be in the form of visual symbols which are quick to draw with minimum number of strokes for recognising a thing."

The training was organised at Rajasthan Praurh Shiksha Samiti in Jaipur co-partnered by Swach, UNICEF and CULP.

A visual symbol was defined as a two-dimensional outline drawing with suggestive strokes for visual representation of reality. The examples of visual symbols were illustrated by drawing a cow and mouse. It was followed by the use of visual symbols in flash cards for three words, namely, cow, house and tree.

These flashcards were related to the first lesson of the Hindi textbook of grade one in Rajasthan which is related to picture reading of a rural scene to build the oral sight vocabulary of at least ten objects. It was thought to introduce learning with three objects for adaptation to word-method of teaching language,

The participants were given practice of drawing visual symbols through a worksheet consisting a group work exercise and individual work. Also, a students' worksheet for classroom use was created and transacted on the first lesson of grade one Hindi textbook with group work and individual practice.

The participants appreciated their exposure to the visual symbols through, trainer conducted activity of successive drawing modelling followed by use of worksheet on visual symbols that combined both group work and individual practice. In fact, the resource person had created the training session as per the multi-grade situation of single-teacher Maa-Bari Kendras, which required the teachers to handle another grade while the students were busy in doing the worksheets.

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