Day 1 of teacher training
Well it was an exciting day as we embarked on our first day of delivering teacher training. We headed along the roads (very bumpy due to the weather) to rural Blantyre.
Stephen, Amanda and I started to set up for the day ahead to quickly realise technology would not be on our side. We had to think of Plan C as plan A&B had failed us. Technology aside, we began our training.
We started with the Good lesson and explored the elements of this in developing teaching and learning within our classes. Stephen led the way as he had delivered the training many times before. Amanda and I supported from the side as we thought about how we would deliver the training tomorrow.
We then practised different ways to engage learners in active learning- it was excellent to see our Malawian colleagues get involved in the training. A quick sing-song of ‘heids, shoulders, knees and taes’ and everyone was up on their feet.
Afterwards, we delivered library and reading leader training. We shared the ways in which we would use books and reading leaders within our own schools.
Stephen then led us outside for a game to finish off the day. The participants filled in a self evaluation and we will reflect on ways to move forward in our training.
It was great to get fully involved in the training and share our daily experiences with our colleagues.
After training, we went to visit the local primary school but our visit was cut short due to the thunder, lightning and heavy downpour.
Overall, it has been a busy, exciting and knowledgable day. It has been great to work with my MLOL team and the teachers of Malawi.
Tomorrow brings another busy day and I look forward to the day ahead.