Teacher Development Program 

On an average, a child spends almost one third of a day with her or his teacher. Teachers are instrumental in the development of children. The growing demands and challenges of the present day world are posing some thought provoking questions about the current education system. We are beginning to consider ways that can foster holistic development of children. Children learn and emulate what they see, and we cannot expect to raise an aware and mindful generation without empowering our teachers in these facets.

At Circle of Life, we understand and value the role that teachers play in the society and have come up with a comprehensive program which is grounded in solid research and draws from various psychological theories. The aim of the workshops is to train and empower teachers to become more self aware, learn to manage themselves and their emotions effectively, train them to be more empathetic and socially aware, and ultimately become facilitators in the process of learning. When time is a limitation, we also offer a shorter, day-long workshop.

We believe that the learning process should be a collaborative effort between the students and teachers. The workshops aim at helping teachers become excellent at their work, focus on student learning and not just disciplining, attain a sense of peace and wellbeing, and reduce teacher burnout.

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Duration: 3 hours workshops

Methodology: Interactive & Experiential

Details of Modules: TeachEQ has in total five modules. Each module consists of 2-3 workshops. The details are given below:



Intended Learning objectives

1. Psychological Health and behavior in school

  • Introduction
  • What is child and adolescent psychological health?
  • Promoting psychological health of diverse learners (individual differences, children with disability, acknowledge the range of psychological spectrum)- Focus on evidence based inclusion
  • Normal developmental challenges Vs Disorders diagnosed by trained professionals
  • Behavioural/ Emotional concerns present across primary and middle school ( specified age ranges)
  • Acceptance and understanding of student needs
  • Factors that make children more resilient (Protective & Risk factors)- Focus on Bullying at school
  • Monitoring & early identification of problems- SDQ
  • Warning signs
  • Developmental milestones
  • Increased awareness of psychological well-being
  • Why some pupils behave differently from peer
  • Improved understanding of mental health concerns across different age groups
  • Evidence based tool to assess child’s behavior
  • Addressing stigma towards concerns related to mental health
  • Impact of psychological well being on student participation, learning and academic outcome.

2. Positive psychology

  • Social and emotional learning:
    • Self awareness
    • Self management
    • Empathy
    • Interpersonal skills
    • Responsible decision making
  • Mindfulness
  • Positive Discipline and classroom behavior management
  • Learning how to promote:
    • Self awareness
    • Self management
    • Empathy
    • Interpersonal skills
    • Responsible decision making

3. Digital usage

  • The impact of technology use on families, children and child development
  • Managing internet and gadget usage in children today
  • Guidelines for technology use
  • How to keep parents informed and engaged
  • How to manage the impact of these issues in the school context to inform: policy making, inappropriate usage and cyber bullying.
  • Awareness of international guidelines for technology usage in children
  • Learn about the impact of technology and gadgets on learning and children
  • Learn how to manage these issues within the classroom and in the school setting

4. Teacher Resilience Program*

  • Stress awareness
  • Stress management
  • prevention
  • Work-life balance
  • Motivation
  • Sustainability
  • Identify what stress feels like
  • Identify the factors that contribute to it
  • Identify how to prevent stress
  • Learnt about burnout and how to prevent it

5. Positive Discipline in Classroom

  • Introduction
  • Understanding Punishment Vs Discipline
  • Building Positive Teacher-Student Relationship
  • Creating a Positive and Supportive Learning Environment
  • Dealing with Challenging Students
  • Learn alternative ways to discipline based on understanding, compassion, respect, engagement, dialogue, collective problem solving and logical consequences.
  • Become aware of the elements of good student-teacher relationship.
  • Learn ways to handle disruptive behavior in class to make classrooms more interesting and engaging.

* Teacher Resilience Program is part of our resilience program called IReach UP

IReachup model: It is a comprehensive program to cultivate & build resilience in children, adolescents & adults.

I  – Initiative
R – Resilience,
E – Engagement,
A – Self Awareness, Achievement, Accomplishment
C – Community, networks and relationships
H – Health and well-being - nutrition, sleep, exercise
U – ‘You vs me’ - others - empathy
P – Positive emotion - optimism