Teacher training

Teacher training

Following the translation, adaptation and publication of the Marvellous Mangroves curriculum, MAP in conjunction with the local NGO or government agency, hosts 40-50 teachers at a 3-day event led by MAP’s education director.

The curriculum is introduced and then teachers carry out a series of selected activities to give them a clear idea on how to implement hands-on activities. Learning through hands-on application is key to being able to the curriculum in the classroom – as many teachers in the tropical world do not normally use this method of teaching. Thus they must feel both comfortable when delivering it to their students. The field trip that follows the classroom-style workshop also familiarizes the teachers with their local mangrove ecosystems, again giving them the knowledge on how to lead field trips with their own students.

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In an activity from the Belize English-language version of MAP’s curriculum, Marvellous Mangroves in Belize, teachers conduct a microscopic review of water samples from mangroves near Placencia, Belize, where the 3-day workshop took place.

  

MAP provides all the resources used in the training workshop, including hand-lenses – with every teacher given 30 lenses for their students. In some cases, MAP will also provide microscopes for teachers and specialists from the local partner organization to do follow-up work. The use of such simple tools as the magnifying lenses enables the teachers to bring yet another dimension of mangrove ecology to their students.

The Marvellous Mangroves curriculum is structured in such a way that teachers from both primary and lower high schools can apply the knowledge that they gain in their classrooms. It is simply a question of degrees of sophistication depending on the age group of students being taught. Marvellous Mangroves is directly linked to the curriculum of each country where it is introduced, and these links are reviewed and emphasized during the workshop.

During the first introductory workshop a core group of teachers is selected that will subsequently train their peers throughout the country under the guidance of the local education co-ordinator and mangrove education specialists.

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Here, Indonesian teachers at PPLH, Puntondo, South Sulawesi, carry out a data collection survey of nearby mangroves that includes species definition and water quality analysis.