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October 2018
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  1. Syllabus Review


    The syllabus review is necessary to develop an understanding and correlate the

    efforts with results and identify areas that need attention. A critical, objective

    and exhaustive review, when school is not in session, alone can provide an

    opportunity for teachers and departments to critically review designs, strategies,

    goals & objectives and overall learning opportunity it provided for the students.

    It also lays foundation for new designs and alternative strategies and routes to


    It is thus important that teachers and departments understand that this is

    their opportunity of critical appraisal, not of individuals but of the systems,

    structures, processes and practices. The teachers may be reassured that

    academic supervisors understand and appreciate that as in all situations,

    mistakes are inevitable, but they must always be recognized and addressed.

    This appraisal shall not be used for any personal rewards or consequences for

    or against any member of the faculty and shall be used exclusively for the

    school improvement program with a view to improve school effectiveness.


    Objectives, state objectives

    Declarative & procedural knowledge; skills building, if any. Give details

    What will the students know and be able to do?

    Units Plans

    Covered, extent and depth; discuss adequacy with reasons;

    Deviations from the planned syllabus, if any. Discuss why?

    What were the lessons learnt?

    How do you intend to incorporate these in the next syllabus & unit plans?


    Classroom management; check parameters

    Teacher effectiveness; lesson plans; creation & delivery?

    Use of multimedia, presentations?

    Student participation?


    Activities, visits or any other non conventional methods that create links

    between students. prior understanding and new knowledge

    Extend the learning environment beyond the class room to include the

    media center, computer lab, community service, Worksheets etc..?

    Create a classroom atmosphere that fosters students using each other as

    sources of knowledge, listening to, and showing respect for others.


    Skill building / Procedural Knowledge

    State skills sought to be built

    Results achieved

    How measured?

    Achievements, failings?

    Lessons learnt?

    Declarative Knowledge

    Information base sought to be created

    Results achieved

    How measured?

    Achievements, failings?

    Lessons learnt?


    Departmental infrastructure and classroom makeup; does it conform and

    contribute to subject learning and create the desirable ambience

    Time; was enough time available for meeting departmental goals and

    student practice?

    Text: books prescribed; check if appropriate, changes suggested for the

    following year

    Reference books recommended for the library; why? Department to

    unanimously agree on text and reference books and any other multimedia

    or video or visual resources.

    Digital: any websites, videos, multimedia presentations or any other

    digital resource


    How often given? How checked?

    Quality of compliance?

    Alternative strategies?

    Student achievement

    State class achievements; (see format; >80, >60, >50, >40, <39, compare

    with previous year of the same class;

    Reasons for underachievement. Identify areas of weakness. (e.g. writing,

    reading, listening comprehension, or speaking in case of English)

    Remedial interventions

    Discuss structure of remedials. What was the criterion for referring

    students for the remedial interventions? How many participated? How well

    was it received? How benchmarked? Results? Improvements recorded in

    case of each child.

    Mistakes, inadequacies, achievements of the previous year. How would

    you incorporate these in the design, structure and transaction in the

    coming year?


    Assessment models?

    Formal & Informal

    Discuss frequency, methodology, unit tests

    Check progression of the class averages, or group averages

    Efficacy of the assessment models

    Changes for the following year?

    Opportunities for students to summarize/reflect on what they have

    learned and extend their thinking


    What will the students know and be able to do?

    Critical analysis and evaluation


    Action plan

    Vishal Jain



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