On 25th of August 2014, we had the third group of Warwick volunteers. They came on the farm at 1.00 pm. We had lunch together and then decided to visit all the centres during the evening. When we visited all of the centres, they just observed the teachers. The students and teachers welcomed the Warwick volunteers.
On 26th of August 2014, we briefly had an introduction between the Laksh volunteer teachers and the Warwick volunteers. They asked each other their names, studies, hobbies, etc. We discussed the topic: “How can we improve our classes?”. During the discussion we found some points for improvement:
- Make the class more interactive
- Use photos and visual resources
- Book reading with class
- Repeat the topics if you need to
- Ask different types of questions for learning
- Interact with all the students
- Oral learning, e.g. songs, games etc
- Do arts & craft – ask the students what they have drawn/painted and why.
After the discussion, we divided the volunteer teachers into four groups for lesson planning. The first group planned the lesson for up to the 3rd class; the second group planned for 4th to 6th class; the third group planned the lesson for 7th and 8th class and the fourth group planned for 9th & 10th class. To give an example, 9th & 10th class English lesson topic was ‘present simple and continuous tense’ and then Maths lesson topic was ‘multiplication and division of decimal fractions’. We are still using the previous structure of lesson planning implemented by the previous groups (starter, activities 1 & 2 and then recap).
The Warwick volunteers helped us very much in lesson planning as well. Kim helped first group, Cat helped second group, Sara helped the third group and Ash helped fourth group. All the groups made different lesson plans according to the class and age group. By dividing the teachers and assigning each Warwick volunteer to a group, the teachers are benefitting from one on one mentoring and Warwick volunteers can correct any mistakes in the lesson plans and help them individually to improve their skills.
Evening:- We divided the Warwick volunteers into two groups. Ash and Cat went to Dhauj centre and Kim and Sara went to Silakari Village centre. I visited four centres today and I was happy to see the effect of morning training classes. I saw lots of changes in the teaching methods and I was especially very happy to see the tremendous changes at Alampur centre because previously we have experienced problems there. There was very good class management and discipline.
As you know, it’s a big challenge for us but we are improving day by day.