THE national trainers were trained using the same approaches and materials which will be used for the training of district facilitators and whole school training. This meant that the trainers had to do exactly the same activities as they would be giving the facilitators and schools. This is very important, as trainers must practice for themselves what they expect the their participants in the training to do.
What was included in the training? The main topics in the training were:
Effective teaching techniques for developing life skills.
Creating a classroom environment to support student learning?
Preparation for Teaching and Teaching Practice
The roles of the school principal and supervisor in improving the quality of teaching and learning
Developing action plans for each school.
Participants in the training practicing mentoring each other
Three other activities included in the training which are directed only at DBE3 trainers (the national trainers and district facilitators) are:
How to do effective mentoring of teachers
How to make the Teacher Working Groups (MGMP) effective?
How to be an effective facilitator?
One of the key activities of the training is for the participants to prepare and teach a lesson using contextual and active learning (CTL and PAKEM) approaches to develop studentsí life skills.
Participants planned their lessons in groups of two or three and then taught them to students in DBE 3 target schools in Boyolali dan Karanganyar. An example of a practical science lesson is shown on the front cover of this newsletter.
Using Low Cost Teaching Aids
Many teachers think they have to use expensive materials and equipment to teach CTL or PAKEM. However, this is not so. In many cases teachers can use waste or low cost materials from the surrounding environment.
Look at the picture of the Science experiment on pendulums (above). The teacher is using wood, string, stones and sticky tape to make the pendulums, to compare the relationship between the length of the pendulum and the time it takes to swing.