Unit 1. Creating a variety of active teaching and learning strategies
The first unit in Module 1 begins by examining how the role of the teacher and the way they work has developed over the years and what impact this is having on children’s learning and achievements. The notion of learning being an ‘active’ process is at the heart of this unit and module. It asks teachers to examine what they currently do in their classroom through reflective exercises and then provides, through Case Studies and activities, a range of interactive strategies such as brainstorming, working in pairs and group, to make their teaching more active and engaging for children.
Unit 2. Exploiting the local environment as a learning resource
This unit looks beyond the classroom to the local physical environment and to the community a srich resources to enhance the active nature of teaching and learning in school. The Unit’s Case Studies and activities focus on different ways to use local resources such as using the school grounds to develop children’s mapping skills, having experts from the community share their expertise with the children and stimulate their thinking and broaden their outlook.
Unit 3. The learner-centred, educationally stimulating, classroom environment
This unit looks at how teachers can manage and organise their classrooms so that it is more interesting, stimulating and supports children’s learning and builds their self-esteem. It examines different ways to organise classroom furniture, to use the walls for displays to stimulate interest and promote thinking. The unit discusses how to include the children in brightening the classroom environment.
Unit 4. Developing professional knowledge and skills
This unit explores the ideas and beliefs behind Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for teachers. It examines how important it is for teachers to be open to new ideas and ways of working, and to always strive to improve their understanding of teaching and learning towards ensuring that more children are actively engaged in learning and gain in self-confidence. Through the case studies and activities teachers are introduced to ways to reflect on their practice such as, sharing ideas and planning with colleagues to try out new ideas and thus build up communities of practice where each teacher supports and helps the other teachers.