Her Majesty Gyalyum Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck graced the graduation ceremony of a skills training course for nuns, and granted certificates to the participants at the Paro College of Education yesterday.
A 10-day crash course training on basic skills for teaching and learning was conducted by Paro College of Education and Bhutan Nuns foundation with support from UNFPA for the nuns. The participants were nun teachers in the nunneries around the country.
The training started from 23rd December 2015 to 1st January 2016. The training focused on four areas: teaching skills; teaching strategies; assessment for learning; and basic skills in counselling and learning process. Facilitators of the training were lecturers from Paro College of Education.
The training focused on equipping the nuns with basic skills in teaching such as making lesson plans, writing objectives, organizing learning activities as well as introducing them to contemporary methods and strategies in delivering content and assessment tools and techniques in assessing their students.
The training also taught the participants basic counseling skills such as attending skills, listening skill, speaking skills and questioning skills. Participants were also introduced to developmental and learning theories which provide participants with vital insight in understanding and acknowledging the existence of different learning styles and different strength in their students.
The workshop included lectures, discussions, role playing and ‘hands-on’ basic skills training. The participants engaged in vigorous discussion and learning tasks such as writing home works, initiating group activities and doing individual and group presentation.