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What kind of training is given to Teach For India Fellows?

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Before joining the Fellowship, Teach For India Fellows undergo five extremely rigorous but fascinating weeks of training (referred to as “Institute”) in Pune. Here’s all that is part of the training and the learning process:

1. Mindset and TFI values

The induction in the first few days contains activities and sessions which introduce you to the values at Teach For India and the importance of our mission. I never saw myself inculcating values so quickly; the mindset change started happening in just the first four days. I learnt new values, and there were other values I already had, but Training Institute gave me a new perspective to look at and execute them. Specially the value of respect gets a whole new deeper meaning here. There is a session where you explore your biases which may hinder your work as a Fellow, and although all these are abstract, I think these are an integral part of the training because we come out of these sessions/activities as changed people. This helps us during our Fellowship.

2. Content and lesson planning sessions

We get training on teaching math and different aspects of literacy (reading fluency, comprehension, writing—with speaking and listening and grammar apparently supposed to be introduced next year). Since the way we impart education to our kids is top-class (“excellent education”), it is essential to expose Fellows to the right techniques for planning and instruction. Differentiated teaching is also introduced and practised.

3. Training on Management, Investment and Culture

Content is useless if your kids don’t want to learn from you. Training on Investment tells us how teaching is not just about teaching in a classroom. It brings us closer to our stakeholders: the whole community we have to lead towards change. Management is about managing a classroom while keeping the best interests of child psychology in mind. MIC also contains creating a Culture in the classroom where the kids like to learn, respect each other, and are compliant.

4. SUMMER SCHOOL!!

Out of five weeks of Institute, we get to go to an actual school for four weeks where we practise all of this on our first set of kids. We practise not just academic instruction, but other components of education as well: exposure & access, and values & mindsets. For four weeks, we go to the school for 3–4 hours a day, and train and prepare for 12–13 hours. These are very rigorous days but really fun.

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5. Leadership Forums

We get leaders from different sectors to interact with us.

6. Some other activities are also part of the training but better kept to Fellows. 🙂

Despite the rigorous schedule, the Institute is the single most amazing experience of the life for many Fellows.

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