Olympiad for teach­ing pro­fes­sion­als held

Over 15,000 from across the coun­try take the test

The Hindu - - CHENNAI - Staff Re­porter

Nearly 800 teach­ers took the CENTA Teach­ing Pro­fes­sion­als’ Olympiad (TPO) in the city on Satur­day.

The Olympiad, which aims to recog­nise, re­ward and cel­e­brate teach­ers as well as give them con­struc­tive feed­back lead­ing to pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment, saw nearly 15,000 teach­ers across the coun­try take it up.

“At the na­tional level, it gives teach­ers an idea of where they stand and the bench­mark­ing shows that they are not work­ing in iso­la­tion but as a com­mu­nity. Tak­ing up an Olympiad like this also acts as a self-re­flec­tion tool for the teach­ers as they can look at where they can up­grade them­selves and what else they can take to their class­room,” said An­jali Jain, Founder and Di­rec­tor of CENTA. The mul­ti­ple choice test, which is taken on­line, has a com­bi­na­tion of ques­tions per­tain­ing to dif­fer­ent sub­jects, con­cepts as well as class­room teach­ing meth­ods. “We’ve in­creased the sub­jects to 20 as well as have a wider cov­er­age of re­gional lan­guages. The teach­ers from gov­ern­ment schools too has been in­creas­ing,” Ms An­jali added.

Vi­nusha Venkatesh, a teacher in the city, said she had en­rolled for the test for the sec­ond year . “The TPO has ba­si­cally helped me as­sess where I stand as well as re­flect on class­room prac­tices,” she said.

Stat­ing that the test helped her gain bet­ter in­sight and work on her sub­ject knowl­edge more, R. Amudha, an­other teacher, added she had picked up use­ful point­ers.

R. RAVINDRAN ■

Con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion: Par­tic­i­pants in the CENTA Teach­ing Pro­fes­sion­als Olympiad on Satur­day.

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