|Frances Phiri - really loves his students|
Mabuchi and I returned to Chawama today. We were pleased with the level of student engagement we observed. We began with Francis Phiri in grade five. His 40 students squeezed into a stuffy and dark room yet eager to learn. Mr. Phiri was using a number line to teach addition. He utilized many strategies that engaged the students in discussion. Many students came to the board and demonstrated successfully how to add various addition problems using the number line.
|Student demonstrates how to add using a number line|
Next we observed Febby Banda, the grade six teacher and acting head teacher. Febby has attended several trainings in the past including a one-week modeling and coaching session from me. She catches on quickly to concepts presented and desires to acquire the skills to be a distinguished educator. Mabuchi and I were not disappointed.
One of the
objectives of her lesson was to know which foods have water, since water is an
important and necessary part of our body.
She brought several foods such as an orange, watermelon, cucumber and
lemon. She asked students to
demonstrate by squeezing the food to see if liquid would come out. Finally she held up a sugar cane. Numerous hands went up since sugarcane
is a special treat. It was
difficult to squeeze the cane but the selected student chewed the cane and
enjoyed the sweet juice. Of course she used engagement strategies throughout the lesson. During
the post-observation conference Febby described the student participation as
“The students were flowing in the lesson.” I had to agree. She made many suggestions to improve
her lesson and listened earnestly to one or two I made.
|Students turn and talk as usual in her class|
|Stephan teaches about the cell|
Our final observation was in Mr. Banda’s class. (Yes another Banda – the name is very common among those from Eastern Province). The teacher enthusiastically presented his lesson about matrixes. Many of the students were answering and following along.
During the post-observation conference we suggested he might want to
pause a bit when asking a question to give everyone an opportunity to think
about the answer. He is eager to
learn and excel.
|Mr. Banda and his math lesson|
Mabuchi and I will now prepare for the training on Thursday and Friday. She will spend tomorrow purchasing food and supplies while I finalize my presentations and handouts.