TRC views the teaching process as one that involves far more than a transfer of information. We believe that education is the development of thinking, problem solving and communication skills. It requires an understanding of concepts and fosters attitudes of respect for self and for others, and that learning takes place in secure, non-threatening environments. At our workshops we aim to demonstrate and build on this philosophy.

The workshop programme provides opportunities for professional growth and creates a forum where teachers can meet and exchange ideas. It responds to expressed needs, but is also designed to stimulate interest, and demand, in new topics.

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Inquiry-based Learning

Dates: 13th & 14th April 2017 | Time: 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Inquiry-based Learning implies involvement that leads to understanding. Furthermore, involvement in learning implies possessing skills and attitudes that permit children to seek answers to questions while they construct new knowledge. This workshop will explore ways to enhance children’s understanding and their thinking skills.

Mysteries of a Mixed Ability Classroom – Unlocked

Dates: 8th April 2017 | Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m..

Each learner must be enabled to make meaning of what teachers seek to teach. The process of making sense of new knowledge is influenced by the students’ prior understanding, interests, beliefs and how they learn best. Learning takes place effectively in a classroom where knowledge is clearly and purposefully organized and students are actively involved in the learning process. This workshop will address strategies to make this possible.

Curriculum Experiences

Dates: 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th April 2017 & 5th May 2017 | Time: 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The participants will understand the concept of a School Curriculum. They will explore the vital elements and different stages in developing an effective primary school curriculum. This short course has been designed for novice and in-service primary level teachers with one or two years of teaching experience.

Souti (Phonic) Tareeqa Tadrees

Dates: 25th March 2017 | Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

This workshop will highlight strategies to teach Urdu Phonics to Pre-primary and Primary students. (more…)

Classroom Management

Dates: 14th & 15th March 2017 | Time: 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Appropriate Classroom Management is a critical part of effective instruction. It includes building positive student-teacher relationships and monitoring classroom activity. This workshop will focus on Classroom Management skills that support productive student behaviour and strategies to motivate students through interesting instruction and prevent discipline issues.

Child as a Creative and Critical Thinker

Dates: 29th, 30th & 31st March 2017 | Time: 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This Workshop has been rescheduled

For a growing number of educators, the role that schools play in encouraging or stifling the search for understanding is far more important than questions regarding achievement as measured by test scores. This workshop will focus on ways that will enable teachers to empower children to ask their own questions, seek their own answers and challenge them to understand the complex world around them.

The Why and How of Stress

Dear All,

Research has proven that stress leads to psychological factors such as negative emotions, which impact our health. Individuals are vulnerable to stress and they all respond to it in different ways. Some are more vulnerable than others and susceptible to changes in health-related behaviors. During this two-hour interactive session, you will be involved in discussions research findings, which will help you understand the importance of managing stress.

The main objectives of the interactive talk session are to:
• understand cognitive restructuring to reduce the negativity of one’s interpretation of experience
• identify behavioral tips and assertive skills to deal with pressures of environment

The details of the talk session are as follows:

Date: Tuesday 28 March 2017

Timings: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Venue: Teachers’ Resource Centre

Who should attend? All Teachers, School Heads and anyone who is interested

Speaker’s Profile: Ms. Tania Waqas is a clinical psychologist and a counselor. She is currently teaching Psychology to speech therapists and is conducting a diploma course in Developmental Psychology and Psycho Pathology at Ziauddin College of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. She also works at Centre of Inclusive Care and does family counseling. She delivers motivational speeches at various educational and vocational institutes to enable people to deal with their emotions and stressors more effectively.

Charges: Rs. 2000

Last date for registration with payment: 15 March 2017

Why do Children Fail

Dates: 6th, 7th & 8th March 2017 | Time: 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

One of the educational challenges faced in schools today is that a good number of children fail to develop their capacity for learning, understanding, and creating to the fullest. Research studies show that a student’s underlying belief that he/she is not good at school makes it difficult to be successful in the learning process. This workshop will focus on why children fail in our schools and will explore ways to make children’s education more meaningful to enable them to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

The Media and Our Children

This Talk Session has been rescheduled for 12 November 2016.

Dear All,

This is the age of technology and media and it is affecting our children. While the media can impart valuable information to our children, it also exposes them to (and glorifies) violence and unhealthy habits. Research has shown that children who spend too much time using media can develop a variety of issues, including sleep-related problems, difficulties in school, attention problems and eating disorders. Yet every day we see toddlers who are handed iPads that babysit them in cinemas and restaurants young energetic children. Hence recreate the violence that they have been exposed to in a video game or on TV. Therefore it is important for parents and teachers to understand the impact this exposure is having on them.

This talk will help parents understand the media and its impact on our children.

The main objectives of the interactive talk session are:
• supporting our children in making wise choices
• controlling our children’s media diet
• guiding our children’s experience with the media
• alternatives to media that we can offer our children

The details of the talk session are as follows:

Date: Saturday 12 November 2016

Timings: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Venue: Teachers’ Resource Centre

Who should attend? All teachers, School Managers, Parents or anyone else who is interested

Speaker’s Profile: Ms. Shahrezad Samiuddin works at TRC. She is also a journalist with a special interest in traditional and new media. She has written features pieces in Dawn on various issues, including on the media. For almost a decade, Shahrezad has been writing the Auntie Agni column in Dawn. She writes on a variety of subjects for Aurora, the Express Tribune, The Herald (Dawn group) and The Indian Express. She has also co-authored a book on Pakistan for young readers called, Pakistan: Castle with a Thousand Doors.

Charges: Rs. 2000

Last date for registration with payment: 7 November 2016

Learning through Play

Dates: 28th, 29th & 30th November 2016 | Time: 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Play is essential for the well-being of children, as it is through play that children, at a very early age, engage and interact with the world around them. Play contributes to their cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development and allows them to use their creativity. It offers an ideal opportunity for teachers and parents to engage fully with the children.