Teacher professional development (PD)
We have been working with Pacific Adventist University to develop and trial ways to support PNG teachers to more effectively educate PNG rural children for their future as farmers.
Our action research led to the development of a PD package that can be accessed via SD cards on low cost mobile phones. The package includes resources and materials about culturally relevant teaching and agriculture that give teachers new content knowledge and skills and encourages them to build communities of practice around the PD.
This work is now being fully trialed in New Ireland with the support of the New Ireland Department of Education and the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart international school which has recently been declared the ‘Governor’s School of Excellence’ see https://postcourier.com.pg/olsh-become-governors-school-excellence/
AGRICULTURAL INFORMATION SHEETS FOR TEACHERS:
Composting fact sheet - Cover cropping fact sheet - Crop rotation fact sheet - Fallowing fact sheet - Insect chili pesticide fact sheet - Making cassava bread fact sheet - Making Kaukau bread fact sheet - Mulching fact sheet - Pig management fact sheet - Poultry management fact sheet - Using manure fact sheet - Weeds fact sheet
LIVELIHOOD VIDEOS (PRODUCED BY UNITECH):
THE MARIA'S FAMILY BOOKS POSTERS:
|Family Teams - Budgeting and saving together||Family Teams - Earning and saving together||Family Teams - Selling at the market|
|Family Teams - Looking after your chickens poster||Family Teams - Looking after your chickens brochure|
TEACHING VIDEOS AND WRITTEN SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
Teaching strategies information sheets
Paddle Pop Sticks (also known as 'No Hands Up') - a short video that demonstrates a teaching method designed to engage everyone in learning. Teachers use the tool to ask questions, everyone thinks of an answer, the teacher pulls out a name on the paddle pop sticks and seeks an answer from that student.
Manage Mat - a short video that describes how to use the Manage Mat tool which can be used for organising individual students and managing groups of students to work.
Mirrors and Windows - a short video that includes examples of teachers using local materials to help students understand new concepts. The materials used are those that students can relate to and see themselves and their environment in (Mirror) to help students understand and learn.
Teachers making soap out of laundry detergent, lime and limechalk: