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Training guide

1. Introduction

Welcome back!

Over the last two years, you have been working on the ‘Active teaching and learning for Africa’ enhanced SPRINT programme to develop more active teaching approaches, and to work more collaboratively with other teachers.

These resources are designed to support active teaching and learning in line with the revised Zambian school curriculum. The programme provides resources for six terms (two school years), but it can be extended and revisited over more terms, changing the focus based on each school’s or district’s priorities, for example, inclusive education, literacy support or formative assessment. The resources will be the focus of your Teacher Group Meetings (TGMs) and will provide ideas for collaboration, planning, discussion and reflection among teachers.

In Year 1, you covered nine teaching approaches in the three courses.

Course 1: Classroom management for learner-centred teaching 

    • using questioning to promote thinking
    • using pair work
    • using the local community/environment as a resource.

Course 2: Inclusive teaching 

    • using group work in your classroom
    • storytelling, songs, games and role-play
    • involving all learners.

Course 3: Assessment for learning 

    • monitoring and giving feedback
    • eliciting prior knowledge
    • assessing learning.

In Year 2, the aim is to consolidate this learning by focusing on:

  • Course 1: Managing and supporting learner-centred classrooms.
  • Course 2: Literacy across the curriculum.
  • Course 3: Being a reflective practitioner.

The resources have provided you with ideas for activities to do during TGMs and information about different teaching approaches, including classroom examples for you to analyse and adapt.

Teachers in Kabwe working with TESSA Resources to plan activities.

The purpose of these final resources is to consolidate your learning, and to provide tools that will enable you to continue with this way of working in the future.