- 18 students
- 11 lessons
- 18 quizzes
- 14 week duration
Topic 1: Reflecting on qualities of an effective teacher
Welcome to the teaching profession. You have embarked on a journey whose destination is to become a teacher. There are several requirements that you need to fulfil in order to become an effective teacher. But what are the qualities of an effective teacher? In this topic you will reflect on the characteristics and qualities of an effective teacher so that you become one.
Topic 2: The Nature of Learning
In topic 1 you focused on qualities of an effective teacher. One of the characteristics of an effective teacher is having knowledge about the learning process.
- Background Information
- EFS1 -T2 Activity 1
- EFS1 – T2: Activity 2: Task 1: Researching on constructivist and behaviorist theories
- EFS1 -T2: Task 2: Activity 1: Identifying learning needs and factors that influence learning in lower primary
- EFS1 -T2: Task 2: Activity 2: Analysing factors that influence learning in Standards 1-4
EFS1 - T3: Child development in lower primary
In the previous topic, we focused on understanding the nature of learning and the abilities of learners in the lower primary. Learning cannot be effectively done without understanding what learning is all about. Equally important in the process of learning is an understanding of the learner. Unless you know the one you will teach, you are likely to plan wrong material for the learner. This topic will focus on relating the abilities of learners in Standard 1-4 to stages of child development and examining factors that influence child development so that teaching, learning and assessment is more effective and meaningful.
- Background Information
- EFS1 -T2: Task 1: Analysing the abilities of standard 1-4 learners and linkages to the stages of child development
- EFS1 -T3: Task 1: Activity 2: Identifying principles of child development
- EFS1 -T3: Task 1: Activity 3: Exploring stages of child development
- EFS1 -T3: Task 2: Researching on factors that impact child development – Activity 1: Examining factors that influence child development in lower primary
Topic 4: Child study
Having knowledge about the nature of learning, the learning process and the abilities of learners in the lower primary, prepares you to be an effective teacher if you add to that knowledge some fundamental understanding of the child - the learner. For this reason, in this topic you will focus on the process of conducting a study of a child in lower primary. Not only will you describe the concept of child study and explain its importance through using some research methods for conducting child study, but also you will identify and develop tools used for conducting child study. So, you will be expected to conduct a child study and present the results by relating them to the stages of child development and to the teaching and learning process. It is anticipated that through this process you will be equipped with more knowledge about needs of learners in lower primary, which may be applied to your practice as a teacher in classroom settings with varying learning demands and challenges.
Topic 5: The national primary curriculum
You have learnt about nature of learning and child development. These concepts form the basis of the national primary curriculum. The education system in Malawi has evolved through different types of curriculum at primary school level.
Topic 6: The syllabus
In the last topic you learnt about the outcome based education and curriculum. In this topic you will study the outcome based syllabus. You will study the meaning, purposes and components of teaching syllabus. The planning of teaching and learning starts with the knowledge of using a syllabus effectively.
Topic 7: Schemes of work
You have already learnt about syllabus in the previous topic. The next step which a teacher has to do in order to plan for the teaching and learning in his/her classroom is to prepare schemes of work. In this topic you will learn the importance of schemes of work, its components and factors to consider when preparing schemes of work. You will also develop sample schemes of work which will help you to teach the content in a logical manner.
Topic 8: Lesson plan
In the previous topics you learnt about outcome based education and curriculum, syllabus and schemes of work. You also have prepared sample schemes of work. In this topic you will learn how to develop a lesson plan from the schemes of work you developed. You are going to learn the importance of a lesson plan and its components. Knowledge gained will help you to understand the relationship between National Primary Curriculum, syllabus, schemes of work and lesson plan
Topic 9: Records of work
In the last three topics you have learnt about syllabus, schemes of work and lesson plan. In this topic, you will learn about records of work. You will explore the importance of records of work. You will also describe components of records of work then you will write your own. This knowledge will help you evaluate your teaching
Topic 10: Teaching skills for lower primary
As stated by Kyriacou (2007) “The essence of being an effective teacher lies in knowing what to do to foster pupils’ learning and being able to do it.” Therefore you need both, the knowledge about teaching skills as well as the experience of using the teaching skills to be an effective teacher.
Topic 11: Teaching and learning methods for lower primary
In this topic you will learn about different teaching and learning methods for lower primary. You will learn how different teaching and learning methods can be used effectively and their implications for learning. You will also learn how to match teaching and learning methods to learners in lower primary in relation to their developmental process and learning needs. Further, you will look at guidelines for using each method as well as strengths and limitations of each method. This knowledge will help you to become an effective teacher who will be able to choose appropriate teaching and learning methods for lower primary learners
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