- Evocative coaching: This form of training aims to improve the motivation levels of teachers, reignite the passion for teaching, by talking through their problems, hearing them out and responding accordingly.
- Pedagogy: This includes ways of teaching a particular concept, accompanied by focus on the underlying philosophy. For example, peer group learning. A mere training on moralities of teaching a concept forming groups of peers, and encouraging learning isn't enough. The teacher should also have the belief that children can learn from each other.
- Understanding how children think: One of the important problems with most of our teachers is that they aren't trained to observe, how children think. All incorrect answers are put under one category, mistakes. However, the reason for doing something incorrectly differs from child to child. This form of training includes training teacher on doing granular diagnosis and accordingly giving customized treatment.
- Dislodging prejudices: Some teachers are known to have prejudices that students of certain gender, caste and income groups are inherently less capable of learning. This affects their approach towards teaching and their efforts too. A form of teacher training should dislodge such beliefs. The advancements of Implicit Association Tests (IAT) is of great help here to identify such prejudices.
- Addressing emotional needs of children: The poverty and the conditions in house affect the child mentally. A child, whose parents lost their livelihood due to some unfortunate incident, isn't likely to concentrate like other students in class. New teachers aren't trained to identify and address such situations, where emotional and mental support is needed. Some teachers pick this up with experience.
I believe, this makes a strong case for an RCT. The learnings from this will be of great value!