“The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts”.
– C.S. Lewis
Decoding International Pedagogy, a session conducted by Ms. Sheela Chacko, IB Diploma
Coordinator, Christ Junior College, Bangalore for the teachers of CPS Global School,
Thriumazhisai focused on exploring different teaching strategies and methods that can be
adapted to the classrooms. The session began with a discussion of the importance of
sensitivity in teaching with an emphasis on the dire need to understand the students’ learning
capabilities. This understanding helps teachers to create an inclusive classroom environment
where students’ needs are acknowledged and duly supported. The session then moved on to
explore different pedagogical approaches that calls for viewing education as a means to not
just develop cognitive abilities, but also attain emotional, social, and physical well-being.
The speaker addressed the importance of creating a supportive learning environment where
students feel comfortable taking risks and making mistakes. Throughout the session, the
speaker emphasized the importance of remaining up-to-date with current research and trends
in education and to be open to trying new teaching strategies and methods. The speaker urged
the teachers to develop cognitive academic language which is to be made the language of the
classroom whose vocabulary, grammar, subject specific key terminologies pave the way for
greater understanding of the concepts by the students leading them to attain success in
academics. To support students in developing proficiency in cognitive academic language,
Ms. Chacko recommended the use of explicit instruction, scaffolding, and providing
opportunities for meaningful interactions.
In conclusion, the session “Decoding International Pedagogy” provided a valuable
opportunity for teachers to learn about different teaching strategies and methods. The
teachers left the session with new ideas and strategies to implement in their classroom
alongside a renewed commitment to develop themselves on the professional forefront which
enables them to grow as a teacher.