The Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa(CEMASTEA) is currently, conducting an online Teacher Professional development (TPD) course for Mathematics and Science teachers from 18th to 29th October, 2021 throughout the country.
Prior to the training, teachers had submitted to CEMASTEA their phone numbers and e-mail addresses through their respective schools to aid in the planning of the training.
The theme of the training is ‘Enhancing teachers’ competences in remote learning techniques for effective teaching and learning of mathematics and science’.
The training covers three units;
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Unit 1: Use of Microsoft Teams and Google classrooms .
Part 1: Microsoft Teams
Part 2: The Google classroom in teaching & learning
Unit 2: Use of ICT tools including virtual laboratories, Simulations and Animations in teaching STEM subjects
Unit 3: Overview of Kenya’s Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) and its implications to classroom instruction
The training is intended to achieve the following amongst the participants;
1.Demonstrate ability to use Microsoft Teams and Google Classroom for teaching and learning of mathematics and science.
2.Demonstrate ability to use virtual laboratories and animations in teaching and learning of selected topics in mathematics and science.
3.Demonstrate understanding of Competency Based Curriculum for ease of implementation
4.Appreciate the use of a variety of ICT tools in online lesson delivery and the importance of Teacher Professional Development.
In Unit 3 the key area emphasized is Inquiry Based Learning (IBL) which is learner centered and links with most learning theories and instructional methodologies.
In CBC, competencies drive the outcomes. Competency based instruction measures what is learned as opposed to what teachers think they have taught. Moreover, learning is measured according to how well the learner performs in relation to competencies.
There is a shift from the current teacher-centered approach to learner-centered approach in teaching & learning.
Another critical area covered is on assessment, Competency Based Assessment (CBA). This is the process of determining the capability of a learner to apply a set of knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to successfully perform tasks. It connects evaluation with instructional programs by informing teachers of a learner’s progress and learning challenges.
CBA is a learner centered approach to evaluating and documenting student progress through; Classroom observations; Checklists; Portfolios; Journals; Written tests, Oral or Aural Questions, Learner’s Profile and Anecdotal Records. It is a form of direct measurement where teachers are assessing precisely what they teach.