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The purpose of the education project plan:

Students will realize their optimum potential by participating in innovative and gender-sensitive educational opportunities in the classroom and community.

General Teaching Approach

In planning your lessons, you should consider a wide range of variables including teaching techniques. In most classrooms the teacher relies heavily on traditional methods like lecture, recitation from the textbook and rote repetition. These are classified as teacher-centered instruction because they are based on a model of the teacher as the holder of and transmitter of knowledge and the students as passive receivers of that knowledge. Quite recently however, this model is being abandoned in favor of a student-centered approach. The student-centered model includes a variety of techniques aimed at active student participation and experiential learning. Often the teacher acts as a guide or facilitator for the activity. Some of these techniques include:

  • small groups
  • brainstorming
  • role play
  • games
  • simulations
  • individualized learning
  • student presentations
  • dramatic activities

The classroom is rarely totally teacher- or student-centered, but somewhere on a continuum between these two models. We would want to encourage you to use the student-centered approach more, hence the discussion of that method into greater detail than the teacher-centered.

- from Education APCDs Joe Bee and Mary

Peace Corps Volunteer Teacher's Manual 2004

Junior High School - Goal 1

Objective 1.1

Improve students performance using learner centered methods.

  • You may also coach some of the top students to prepare and teach some lessons in your class. Remember students sometimes understand their fellow students better. This also helps the top students because one learns more by teaching another person. (Joe Bee and Mary)

Objective 1.2

Building teaching teams and improving their methods.

  • Groups need not always engage in the same activity. The teacher can structure groups according to ability, needs, specific skills, or interests. Groups can be assigned special activities and the teachers can devote time to specific student needs and interests which would be impossible to address with the whole class. While the teacher is working with one group, other groups might be working on a group project, playing a game, solving a proble, or working on individual projects. For debates and contests, the class can split into two groups. If these groups are still too large for student interaction, try more groups. For discussion and projects, five or six students per group usually is an ideal number, but this depends on both the activity and the students.
  • One way of organizing these these groups is to give each student a role in the group: discussion leader, recorder, timekeeper, reporter and process observer. Following discussion the class regroups, and the reporter from each group makes a short summary of his/her group's conclusions. Pairs especially suitable for language practice, mini-debates in social studies and english, and peer quizzing in any subject area. (Joe Bee and Mary)

Objective 1.3

Improve the school and classroom environment.

  • You may use the well behaved students as your teaching assistants to assist you in maintaining class discipline. Be sure the Assistant does not use the position to bully his/her mates. Sometimes you can use the poorly behaved students after some coaching and talking to them and making sure the students have really had a change of behavior. (Joe Bee and Mary)
  • Be consistent with actions you take in the class and your everyday life in the school. Don't treat individuals or group of students different from others. (Joe Bee and Mary)

Objective 1.4

Extending education to the community.

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JHS Syllabi and Sample Tests

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Goal 2 - Senior High School

The objectives for senior high school are the same as junior high school.

SHS Syllabi and Sample Tests

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Goal 3 - Teacher Training College

Objective 3.1

Train teachers in ICT.

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Objective 3.2

Promoting the use of ICT tools in teaching.

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Objective 3.3

Providing support to teachers during their practicuum year.

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Objective 3.4

Promoting and forming teach support groups and clubs.

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ICT Syllabi

There is no official teacher training college syllabus for ICT.

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Past Cape Coast Tests

Goal 4 - District Education Offices

This goal as yet to come to fruition.

Objective 4.1

Improving computer literacy amongst district GES staff.

Objective 4.2

Improving computer literacy amongst school staff.

Objective 4.3

Promoting of ICT tools in teachig at the district level.

Subject-specific Applications

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School Clubs

Check out these school club ideas to come up with one of your own.

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