Kechara Sunday Dharma School (KSDS) Teacher’s Training 2015

14 April 2015 - 4:38pm Comments Off

All over the world teachers are respected for their passion of teaching; passing on critical knowledge that has shaped many of us today into becoming a better person.

Knowledge enriches the mind, and as the Buddha said:

What we are today, comes of thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind. ~The Dhammapada: The Path of Perfection

(Penguin Classics, p35)

When it comes to Dharma, we do not teach, but share the profound knowledge discovered by the great and unforgotten masters of our lineage.

Here in Kechara, one of our many aims is to do just that: to enrich the young minds of today with Dharma. Every Sunday morning, a group of volunteer teachers of the Kechara Sunday Dharma School (fondly referred to as KSDS) have committed their time to teach young children ranging from age 2 to age 16. Human kind may have its complex issues but one thing we all share in common is the ability to be compassionate, kind, and loving to others.

In Kechara, we believe that there is no boundary to achieving our goals if we put our minds to it. With that kind of enthusiasm, the Kechara Sunday Dharma School had organised a series of Training Courses spanning two days; and the most recent ones on 22nd and 29th of March. Our teachers gathered collectively with the motivation of exploring and strengthening new and present methods of teaching respectively.

With the cooperative and charismatic attitudes of our teachers, the course had managed to cover a wide range of topics from proper behaviour management to recognising the potential in students.

During part one of our recent training (22 March), with such an early rise, the teachers brought their groove on the open floor and energised their body and mind for the day! Morning exercise has after all been proven to be tremendously effective in stimulating the brain. Not only that, the act of exercising releases dopamine which rejuvenates us for a better performance. Exercise and early stretches are both highly encouraged in classes with the children.

Later in the day, the teachers gathered together in a sharing circle. Each teacher had the opportunity of voicing out their difficulties and sharing their delights from their progress. They all learned from each other’s difficulties and discussed innovative, fun yet effective solutions to how they can teach. From this, the teachers moved one step further to achieving better understanding from the children. This particular session ended with a lot to think about!

In conjunction with learning about energy levels and how to utilize them, everyone joined in for some fun-filled vigorous movements to understand how our body reacts to different levels of activities. This is crucial for the teachers to know, because then they are able to monitor when and how to deliver their points across to the children effectively. Through this exercise, the teachers also learned how to control energy levels using nursery songs for the younger ones and even popular music for the elder children.

Moving on to part two of the training (29 March), the morning started off with, again, an energising warm up. Gradually, when everyone was settled, the teachers individually shared what they could recap on the previous training session, as well as their thoughts after reflecting on the given points. Things such as approaching children on the same eye level, and understanding children from their perspective were some of the topics discussed.

After that, the teachers were paired into numbers of two and role-played several situations when dealing with children. Role-playing had allowed two objectives to be fulfilled; it had both encouraged the teacher to be in the position of the child and also to contemplate on better approaches when dealing with cases like these. This is also a great segment to show how effective demonstration can be in the process of learning.

To end the two-day training, we all presented our current methods, difficulties and their solutions and shared our opinions on ways to improve each other’s teaching methods to increase our ability to teach more effectively. All this has helped each of our teachers to prepare for a more productive semester ahead!

For more information on the Kechara Sunday Dharma School and its Teachers’ Training, please email us on care@kechara.com or call us at +603 7803 3908.

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