Online Pragya – Tripura session
Vision Empower conducted the second Pragya Teacher Training intervention for teachers of two special schools for the blind in Tripura on 5th May to 7th May, 2021. A total of 10 teachers attended this three-day session. Since this was their first interaction with us, the objective of the session was to be introduced to the schools, know them better in terms of their school engagements, share with them more about Vision Empower and the interventions in Tripura for the year 2021-22.
During this three-day journey, teachers were introduced to the principles of teaching children with visual impairment which Vision Empower has incorporated into its interventions to overcome the challenges of students with visual impairment in the pedagogy of Science and Math, especially those caused by the lack of incidental learning. These include the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC), the 5E model of learning, Universal Design for Learning and the Ludic Design for Accessibility.
The design of the VE Teacher Instruction Kit and its use in ensuring that the teacher gets support to make the topics interesting and find the required content was explained in detail. Sample VE TIKs we demonstrated along with other VE learning resources such as audio tutorials, DIY solutions for tactile diagrams and 3-D models. The VICT (Computational Thinking for persons with Visual Impairment) project was demonstrated through games and activities. Finally, the teachers were introduced to the VE Subodha accessible Learning Management System.
Overall the session was very interactive and the teachers shared their struggles and challenges as well as their experience in methodologies they adopt while teaching. VE was able to gather suggestions specifically relevant for the schools at Tripura. Session-wise observations and suggestions from teachers were recorded. The teachers could relate to the pedagogical frameworks used by VE with practical examples from their own experience as teachers. Overall, the teachers were curious and enthusiastic about the opening up of the possibility of STEM education for their students.