3rd TLA Annual Conference 2022

November 12, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Chief Guest's Address

Altaf Muhammad Saleem

(Managing Trustee/Secretary Crescent Educational Trust)

Keynote Address

Hashir Ibne Irshad

Hashir Ibne Irshad is the CEO of Dataverse and Executive Director of NEED (National Examination and Evaluation foundation).

He belongs to the select community of globally recognized fund managers with his professional status as a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) and LIFS (Licensed International Financial Analyst). A gold medalist from IBA, Karachi, he has many other academics distinctions to his credit as well.
Besides being a professional financial consultant, he also managed other responsibilities in the corporate sector including his stay with Islamic International Trust as Project Director and with Greenwich University as a Director. He also served as a Director of HIRCON (Hamdard Institute of Research and Consulting) and Chief coordinator of Foundation Centre for Research and Development at Fauji Foundation. He was the founding head of FAST School of Management and the Director of FAST Consulting.

Besides his academic interests he remained involved with large scale financial and HR capacity building consultancies. On the training front, he conducted various successful workshops, seminars and short courses for a number of organisations including PTCL, Global communication Networks, Professional Skill Development Centre, Becton Dickinson, Pakistan Television and NEPRA.

Conference Session 1 (12:00pm - 1:30pm)

Diversified Ways of Instruction/ Universal Design for Learning by Khadija Irfan

In an inclusive classroom every student experiences instruction in a different way. They need multiple routes for engagement, representation and expression to make maximum students succeed. To provide equal opportunity for interaction with effective learning experiences, an instructor must ensure that there are multiple means for navigation and control is accessible. This 90 minute workshop will steer you through to plan such a lesson which makes it easier to move forward in multiple ways, for learners and teachers both.

Khadija Irfan has been serving in the field of education for the last twenty years. She has worked as a Subject Specialist of English with Punjab Education Foundation, English Teacher at Beaconhouse School System, teacher and Head Teacher at Jadeed Dastgir Ideal School, Gujranwala. She has presented at the Mini SPELT Conference and the First Onsite TLA Conference. Currently she is working as a Curriculum Head for English at Jadeed Dastgir Ideal High School, Gujranwala.

Teaching Science Scientifically by Danish Hameed Mirza

This workshop unfolds the challenges faced across multiple curricula in teaching science with or without the inculcation of the scientific process of inquiry and thought. We will go through a quick comparative of how science is dealt by teachers and students in the schools. Identifying key parameters and trying to solve the mystery of the missing scientific process in all of these systems. The workshop will conclude with an exercise of how the scientific inquiry process can be implemented in cross-tier schools irrespective of resources.

Danish Hameed Mirza is the founder of Creative Classrooms and is also working with LGSI as a science faculty member for MYP and DP programs. He has a diverse experience of classroom teaching, designing STEAM curricula and makerspaces along with training teachers to conduct STEAM, robotics and coding programs.

Scaffolding: How does this work? by Tina Hameed

Scaffolding is a well know term however, seldom understood or practiced by teachers. This workshop will help teachers to support struggling students and to use/apply this very important technique in their teaching. They will have the opportunity to know the different types of scaffolding and follow a simple four step process to making it work in their classrooms. In addition, they will try out several scaffolding activities to reflect on how effective learning can take place and ensure that everyone learns.

Tina Hameed is a teacher. She shares her 30 years plus experiences of teaching and learning with colleagues who care. She believes that there can be no learning students unless there are learning teachers.

The 3 Cs: Chances, Choices & Changes by Hina Irfan

This 90-minute workshop will help the participants to understand the importance of chances the teachers get to make the right choices to bring a change in the process of teaching and learning.
The only way to make change is to see these challenges that we face as opportunities. (Bellow, 2013)
The participants will learn about the 2 effective teaching strategies to bring a change in their students. While working in pairs and groups, they will also share their ideas and talk about the values, attitudes and beliefs they teachers hold about their students (100 words)

Hina Irfan is Head of Training and Vice Principal at the Bahria Town School & College. She has a degree in English Linguistics from NUML and she earned her ICELT certification from the University of Cambridge. She has been working in the education sector for the past 12 years and has presented at many conferences.

Six Traits of Writing by Irshad Barkat

English language teachers vary in their approaches to teaching writing, which in the context of school might result in confusion for students. They toil to adjust their writing to their teachers’ style rather than the standards of good writing. Six Traits of Writing is a system for K 12 students which not only enables the children to understand various aspects of effective writing but also to identify their areas of development. In addition to this, it facilitates students in tracking their development as writers as they progress through the school. In this hands-on workshop teachers will be able to understand how to apply this system across all grade levels and diverse genres of writing.

Irshad Barkat has been in the field of education for the last twenty-five years during which he has taught writing at various grade levels. He has done his Masters in TESOL and Educational Technology from the University of Manchester. Currently, he is working as the Head of a School.

How we love – A Foot to teaching for success by Marvi Khan

The implications of human development and neuroscience studies are now shifting the paradigm of student -teacher relationship in educational practices to achieve the desired teaching and learning outcomes. However, relationship building is majorly considered abstract and handled perceptually by teachers and educators. This 90 min session will scope the research of Dr. Gottman on ‘Science of Love’ into educational context supported by neuroscience-based facts and proven strategies for adaption.
The andragogy of the session includes, simulation-based learning experiences, intertwined with thought provoking interactive discussions and group activitives.

Marvi Khan has over 16 years of successful experience in teaching diverse groups of learners, selected as one of 21 exceptional educators into the 2022 class and awarded with a title of ‘ASCD Emerging Leader 2022’, she is a certified Academic and Corporate Mentor.

7Cs of Effective Teaching by Saadia Shahzad

The world is changing so fast. In order to stay a step ahead of the generation we teach, it’s important to learn and adapt the new changes and challenges. “Effective Teaching maybe the hardest job there is,” says William Glasser and I believe if it’s done mindfully, it may be the most rewarding.
During these 90 minutes participants will start exploring ways to create a positive environment to value their learners and how to lead them to becoming a positive society member in the long run. Alongside, they will also discuss how to engage students to stay focused and achieve their full potential. 7C’s will help participants to understand that they are the key to achieve being an effective teacher.

Saadia Shahzad did her Masters in English Literature and then moved on to do ICELT from Cambridge University. Further, she took extended training from British Council for CAIEs for Global Perspectives. Beginning her teaching career as a fresh graduate, she has extensive teaching experience for primary to secondary grade students. Currently, she is teaching O Levels, Global Perspectives at Beaconhouse Defence Campus Lahore.

Assessment for Learning by Syeda Aroos Nasir

This session entails classroom assessment strategies with and without technology. The participants will be engaged in hands on experience to understand the strategies.

Aroos Nasir is a technology enthusiast: She loves everything about technology, be it teaching and learning with technology, or writing about it. She has been exchanging knowledge with teachers as a trainer for the last 8 years. She is a certified trainer with CAIE (Cambridge Assessment and International Education).

The Flipped Classroom by Rukhsana Zafar

The flipped approach by Aaron Sams (2007) caters to the educational paradigms which have started to shift from paper/pencil to our fingertips, at the end of a mouse or on a computer screen. It offers more opportunities for hands-on activities, asking higher level questions, and working through complex problems in a classroom. Thus, giving students the opportunity to get a deeper grasp of the material compared to a more traditional approach. The workshop aims at providing the participants with an experience of a flipped classroom which will enable them to rethink about the options they have, at their hand, and make required changes for higher students learning outcomes.

Rukhsana Zafar boasts of an experience of two decades in educational settings which includes school administration, curriculum and teacher training. Her experiences have helped her develop a clearer view about what education should look like and what changes will benefit the schools in future. She is interested in reading and developing training materials for professional development events.

Some Practical Ways to Practice Formative Assessment Strategies by Mussarat Mashhadi

How many of us have wished we had a crystal ball to see what future holds for us? Wait! Let’s not be idealistic here, let’s play with only the practical. In this session we will introduce to you a crystal ball, and this ‘Ball’ help you in your teaching practice and not just a romantic concept. Ongoing assessment of student learning is an important part of the planning process. This session is aimed at providing teachers with a range of strategies that they may use in the classroom for effective instruction. The strategies that will be shared are quick and easy to use and fit seamlessly into the instruction process. Teachers will love using these as the information gathered through employing these strategies are never marked or graded instead for teachers they act as the ‘crystal ball,’ to view how much their students know about a topic/subject and help them take their learning forward.

Mussarat Mashhadi After having completed an MPhil in Educational Leadership and School improvement from the University of Cambridge, UK, she joined the Forman Christian College as Head of Writing and Communication Centre in 2019. She teaches research methodology, history of language and creative writing courses to undergraduate students.

Teachers Stress: Social interactions inside and outside the classroom by Omer Mubbasher

Teacher stress and burnout are significant problems that affect our schools. In this 90 minutes session, Participants will understand how stress works and develop sustainable behaviours, recognise negative stress and its symptoms. We will discuss innovative and impactful strategies like mindfulness and meditation etc. to mitigate teacher’s stress with respect to social interactions inside and outside the classroom. Through offline and online activities, participants will learn to understand how to effectively cope with the everyday demands and challenges associated with the teaching profession, not only to alleviate their stress but also to reduce the possibility of burnout and promote engagement and learning within classrooms.

Omer Mubbasher is currently overseeing national and international Learning & Development initiatives at The City School Head Office. Omer holds an MPhil degree from University of the Punjab and his research thesis was about Impact of Perceived Organizational Support on Teachers’ Proactive Behaviour and moderating role of Supervisor Support and mediating Role of Commitment.

Good Learning Starts with Questions by Qasim Zafar

This 90-minute workshop will help the participants to understand the importance of creating and then using/asking the right kind of questions in the classrooms in order to obtain required and a variety of answers. Asking good questions is the basis of becoming a successful learner. (Guy Claxton).
Following the tasks in the plan, the participants will examine the difference between effective and ineffective question and what makes it a good question. They will understand how Bloom’s Taxonomy works and will learn to evaluate the potential and outcomes of their questions through bloom’s taxonomy.

Qasim Zafar is a Training Coordinator for the teachers at Bahria Town School’s Professional Development Center. He is a B.Sc. graduate Education Majors from FCCU and he has been working in the education sector for the past 5 years.

Drop teaching, start Facilitating! by Fatima Jahandad

Teaching students by stating knowledge for their understanding is a thing of the past now. The job market of the future is not looking for people who know how to apply what they have learnt, rather it is hunting for people who know how to make things happen by adopting new ways and smart methods. In this 90 – minute session, teachers will gain insight on how to transform their teaching style in order to enable their students to understand ‘how to learn’ instead of ‘what to learn’.

Fatima Jahandad is working as Manager Educational Technologies at Bahria Town School and College. With a degree in Computer Arts, she has been working in education sector for 10 years carrying the flag of interdisciplinary teaching and learning approach. She has been associated with multiple educational programs regarding ICT and Educational Technologies that involved training both teachers and students.

Conflict Management and Resolution Strategies among Teachers by Nadia Sajid

During this session, the participants will be engaged in hands-on tasks, discussions, and analytical thinking. Situation analysis and will learn to create mutual agreements in particular situations. The conflict resolution session will enable the participants to understand various forms of conflicts, learn principles of mutual benefit, fairness and abundance, know how to be empathetic towards themselves and others and can apply in real life, be aware of the fact that every individual has his/her own point of view and what can hinder accurate listening.

Nadia Sajid is affiliated with the field of education for last twenty years. She is an MPhil in Education, MA in Education- Pedagogy, Curriculum and Assessment and Masters in English Literature. Currently she is pursuing her second MPhil in Educational Leadership and Management from LUMS. She is working as Manager Academics in Crescent Model Higher Secondary School.

Conference Session 2 (02:20pm - 3:20pm)

Significance of Effective Instructions for an Effective Lesson by Khadija Irfan

Just ponder on how much giving clear instructions to students can affect students’ success in the classroom. When children do not understand the teacher’s instructions and do not act in accordance with other children, they believe they are weak and are unable to learn or compete with the other children in the classroom. On the contrary, when given effective directions, students can engage with the material more effectively and ultimately have more productive experiences. This 60 minute workshop will shepherd you to several steps teachers can take to ensure that their students understand instructions and are able to complete assignments with ease.

Khadija Irfan has been serving in the field of education for the last twenty years. She has worked as a Subject Specialist of English with Punjab Education Foundation, English Teacher at Beaconhouse School System, teacher and Head Teacher at Jadeed Dastgir Ideal School, Gujranwala. She has presented at the Mini SPELT Conference and the First Onsite TLA Conference. Currently she is working as a Curriculum Head for English at Jadeed Dastgir Ideal High School, Gujranwala.

Teacher Biases by Sarosh Ahmad

Since biases are ingrained, it’s not as simple as changing your thinking. In the classroom, teacher biases lead to expectations of students that are sometimes unfair and unproductive. However, Teachers can change their behaviour in an active effort to give every student the chance they deserve to learn and engage in the classroom. In this session, a few in-class biases of Teachers will be discussed as how these may prove destructive for students, striking their learning abilities and in what ways these teacher biases can be identified and can be resolved.

Sarosh Ahmad is a non-traditional Teacher as she believes in making students understand the core idea of the subject instead of making them rote learners. She has been teaching since 2004, did her M.Phil. in ELT from Kinnaird College for Women Lahore.

Putting Students In charge of their Learning by Saadia Shahzad

“Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners.’ John Holt

Children today have to be in charge of what they do, the gadget age has involuntarily made them responsible. Students were forced to become responsible for their academics due to the Pandemic leading to the e learning environment. With the swift paradigm shift leading the future learner to be more in control of their learning, it’s our responsibility to make our students independent and responsible learners inside and outside the classroom, may it be f2f or if needed virtual learning.” In this 60 minute session we will talk about putting children in-charge of their learning.

Saadia Shahzad did her Masters in English Literature and then moved on to do ICELT from Cambridge University. Further, she took extended training from British Council for CAIEs for Global Perspectives. Beginning her teaching career as a fresh graduate, she has extensive teaching experience for primary to secondary grade students. Currently, she is teaching O Levels, Global Perspectives at Beaconhouse Defence Campus Lahore.

Mental Math Strategies by Syeda Aroos Nasir

Through this session, the trainer will share multiple strategies to strengthen students’ concepts through mental math. The participants will play mental math games and solve questions to practice how they will utilise these strategies in their classrooms.

Aroos Nasir is a technology enthusiast: She loves everything about technology, be it teaching and learning with technology, or writing about it. She has been exchanging knowledge with teachers as a trainer for the last 8 years. She is a certified trainer with CAIE (Cambridge Assessment and International Education).

Effective Teaching Strategies by Dr. Shazia Humayun

The session will identify the different teaching strategies that are widely adopted by the teachers to improve the student’s learning and understanding, when used with the proper knowledge. These strategies will be helpful for the teachers to equip them as a tool kit for every day’s classroom teaching. The strategies, if used collectively and intelligently by the teachers in their classrooms will help their students to use their brains to their best capacity, develop their conceptual understanding, process the acquired understanding and then recall as well before taking it to the next higher level.
No teaching strategy works in isolation, it is absolutely important for the teachers to understand the right timings and the balance that must be developed in the classroom.

Dr. Shazia Humayun
PhD – Louisiana State University, USA
Education Consultant ,Punjab Human Capital Investment Project, School Education Department,

Giving and Receiving Feedback by Dr. Elizabeth Schwaiger

Feedback is a two-way street. As instructors we are required to give feedback, but we can also receive feedback from our students. Principles of effective provision of feedback will be covered, as well as the ways in which instructors can be more open to receiving feedback. We will also focus on the ways in which instructor openness to feedback can improve the classroom environment and the relationship with students.

Dr. Elizabeth Schwaiger Associate Professor Department of Psychology Forman Christian College (A Chartered University)

Inseparable aspects of teaching as a profession by Dr. Ivan Suneel

In order to be an extraordinary teacher, one has to be an extraordinary learner. Teaching and learning are inseparable, but we tend to forget it rather frequently which has led to a growingly concerning decline in teaching. As part of the professional development, one needs to update the subject knowledge on a regular basis, knowing the subject well makes one knowledgeable but does not ensure excellence in the field of teaching. This 60 minutes is going to be about understanding the need for professional development (both knowledge and skills). These will change with time and so must we so that we continue to be lifelong learners to be lifelong teachers in or outside the class.

Dr. Ivan Suneel Associate Professor/ Chairperson of the Psychology Development Vice Rector College
Forman Christian College (A Chartered University)

Culturally Responsive Teaching by Zenab Ali

Multicultural education is as essential to teaching as nurturing is to human development. To be effective teachers in the classrooms we must understand and appreciate human diversity. Diversity in the 21st-century classrooms demands that teachers are well versed in multicultural education, infusion of multiculturalism throughout the education curriculum, field experiences in a multicultural setting and assessment of the cultural competency of each student. During these 60 minutes, participants will understand barriers to learning, explore what is meant by diversity and inclusion in an educational environment.

Zenab Ali is a dedicated professional. Her career span of 3 decades with diverse experience has helped cultivate the field of education by supporting students and teachers in their professional journeys. She enjoys being engaged in her local and global community and draws her inspiration from the axiom “The best way to predict the future is to create it” (Abraham Lincoln).

Polishing the science and mathematics concepts in primary schools by integrating Robotics by Khet Kumar

Robotics is becoming part of our regular school systems. It’s been opted as differently in different school setups around the globe. During our session teachers will find that how Robotics is helping other integrated subjects especially Science and Mathematics as these two areas are considered as utmost core subject for any of the schools. They will also explore that integrated robotics in parallel with Science and Mathematics curricula has shifted the paradigm of learning and their conceptual enforcement which leads towards betters results of the students in primary schools in these subjects.

Khet Kumar has more than 6 years of experience in implementing, designing, managing and leading Robotics & STEAM curriculum in different public & private educational setups. He is currently heading the Robotics & STEAM department at Lahore Grammar School. He graduated from Lancaster University, UK with bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.

Making Learning Digestible for Your Students by Kiran Hammad

If your students’ learning is slowed and if they are unable to catch up with the pace of school curriculum breakdown, then they are probably suffering from cognitive overload.
It is crucial for the teachers to know what is cognitive overload, to be able to identify the causes behind the exerted burden on students’ brains, and have a grip on the different ways to manage that overload.
The workshop will offer experiential learning opportunities. Theories and researches will be presented, and connections will be made with real life classroom scenarios. Participants will be supported to explore the primary factors affecting learning behaviours through group discussions.

Kiran Hammad is a passionate educator. She obtained her Master’s degree in English Literature, followed by certifications in different subject areas. Her research interests are focused on the Psychology of Learning. Currently, she is heading Bahria Town School Junior Campus, working as a Senior Coordinator and Teacher Trainer.

Developing your own portfolio through Action Research by Naheed Naseer

Teachers carry so much along apart from lesson plans and resources and much more but being observant, self-reliant, reflective practitioner and developing own portfolio by case studies and Action research is utmost imperative for continuous success. During these 60 minutes participants will explore how to develop their own portfolio by case studies and Action research. This will help them for continuous success.

Naheed Naseer has been associated with the teaching and learning sector for the last 26 years. she started her professional journey as a trained trainer from Beaconhouse and grew as a trainer and school head. She has done Masters in English Literature and Educational Leadership and Management. She has also obtained number of professional development certifications. Her recent degree is MPhil in School Leadership and Management.

Know Thyself by Shehla Sajid

“To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.” Socrates. Have you ever taken a moment to step back and think, “Why did I just do that?” Self-reflection is a simple way to dig deeper into your feelings and find out why you were doing something or feeling a certain way. With a profession as challenging as teaching, self-reflection offers teachers an opportunity to think about what works and what doesn’t in their classrooms. In this session, you will explore a variety of techniques to reflect on your teaching practice and become a reflective practitioner which would make teaching and learning effective in your classrooms.

Shehla Sajid has worked as a Teacher Trainer at Beaconhouse School System for more than a decade. After that she worked as Headmistress of O Levels at The City School. Currently she is working as Manager Training & Communication at The Crescent Model Higher Secondary School.

Details

Date:
November 12, 2022
Time:
10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Venue

Crescent Model Higher Secondary School
Jail Road, Lahore
Lahore, Punjab Pakistan

Organizer

Teachers Learning Association
Phone:
+92-300-9426290, +92-337-0453508
Email:
teacherslearningassociation@gmail.com