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Professional Development for Teachers in Naitolia, Tanzania

Teachers share and reflect on the successes and challenges of working in poor communities


In December 2017, phase two of the Teacher Professional Development Training Project (TPDTP) was implemented. Building on the training provided during phase one and informed by a recent needs assessment, this phase addressed teaching challenges related to changes in the national curriculum. Activities focused on: 1) enhancing teachers’ understanding of national education goals, 2) building teachers’ skills to use student-centered methods, 3) encouraging reflective practices as a means of professional development, and 4) demonstrating how to use playgrounds to enhance teaching, learning and assessment. Twenty-three teachers from three different community schools and two representatives from the District Education Department participated. Follow-up coaching has been provided to teachers. Feedback and practice observations suggest that barriers to the use of student-centered methods varied among the schools.