Monthly Archives: September 2015

Week 2 of the Warwick Volunteers group three

Week 2

The Warwick Volunteers divided the teacher training classes in to four parts. The first part is to start the class with an educational game, secondly they plan activities by using the resources from the library and present their ideas in front of the class. For the third part they introduce an activity to make the teaching effective and the fourth part is lesson planning.

On Monday morning class began with the parachute game. So, eight teachers held the parachute and were assigned numbers such as: 1, 2, 3, 4. Then the volunteers asked the teachers to change places according to the multiple of two numbers, such as: two times three is six and then two and three will change places. The Warwick volunteers introduced many educational games for English and Maths by using the parachute and made teaching interesting.

As I mentioned above, we asked the teachers to plan an activity using the puppets, (Mr. monkey and Mrs. elephant) for example. Once they had individually planned an activity, they explain them to the class, which was an interesting way to teach them how to use the resources in their lesson plans and give them more presentation practise.

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Reading and Listening

The Warwick Volunteers introduced a reading and listening activity. They wanted to engage all the students during reading activities. If the student is reading and you know there are lots of prepositions in your lesson, then ask the rest of the students to clap or click their fingers when they hear any prepositions. This keeps the students focussed. We applied it in our evening centre classes and our students enjoyed it a lot and they were paying attention during the reading and listening activities.

Running dictation ( Memorising game)

The volunteers divided the teachers into pairs and used a story book for running dictation. The teachers were asked in their pairs to go and take a look at the story book for thirty seconds and come back and write in their note book as much as they could remember. The second person did the same. It was a very innovative idea to build the work capacity and team work as well. Teachers enjoyed it and they were helping their partners. After that we found good team work amongst the teachers.

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Time management

After two weeks the volunteers ealised that they wanted to do something on time management and planned a workshop to teach the teachers time management. The Warwick Volunteers decided on three different tasks: easy, medium and hard and gave the same timing for each. In the first five minutes they asked the teachers to write the alphabet in their notebook, during the second five minutes they asked them to write two words for each letter of the alphabet. In the last five minutes they asked them to write a story about five things such as: a globe, a water bottle,a scarf, a clock and a monkey and it must be four pages long. Then they asked the teachers about each task and the teachers found the last activity the hardest, they could not write one page. The volunteers explained the objective of all three tasks and made them think about time management. We discussed as a group and made sure to plan the lessons according to the capability and level of the students, as well as using their time effectively. After that they taught a maths lesson about mean ,mode and median by using different examples which relate to our daily routine and daily life.

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Friday Fun day ( Computer Education)

The volunteers tested the teachers about their computer skills. They assigned some tasks about Microsoft word and power point presentation, which increased in difficulty. Next class will be to create their e mail addresses and how to use them.

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Madan Sharma

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Group 3 of Warwick Volunteers

In this blog I am going to introduce the last batch of the Warwick volunteers. We met four wonderful people on Monday 31st August 2015 who are with us for four weeks to teach creative ideas and help the Laksh teachers and students in Maths and English. Hasan reads Political science, Philosophy & Economics, Gwen graduated in French with Film, Jasmine studies Social work and Megan is studying French and Italian. They visited all the tutorial centres in the evening and were very happy to see both the children and teachers.

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On Tuesday they started the morning ‘Teacher Training’ class with an introduction. They started with an icebreaker activity which involved using alliteration to create memorable names such as: Happy Hasan, Jumping Jasmine etc. Hence we learnt our names with words. It was a really good idea to learn new words by remembering the names of each other. Then the Warwick volunteers asked: “What did the Laksh teachers learn from the last two batches?” I was happy to hear all the activities from every teacher. The Laksh teachers are improving quickly and taking advantage of the Warwick Volunteers. They also questioned the teachers: “What do you want to learn from us?” After that they mentioned many thing such as: time & class management, teaching skills, confidence building and innovative techniques of teaching etc.

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