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Please a comment on how you would plan for an active learning sequence with your students, using the T-learning sequence model.

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How would you work with students to mobilise stories and cultural heritage on a specific local SD issue or matter of concern (e.g. water pollution, waste, community health, energy, food security, safety of girl children etc.)?
On Fruit tree Orchard management, I would ask students to find out how many people in the community have orchards and what kind of fruits they have in their orchards. Pictures and photos of these orchards can be taken from the community orchards and more information on how they are taken care of can be taken down. A comparison with the college orchard management can be done and learning points drawn as compared to the community orchards. An analysis can be done on the strengths and weaknesses found on both sides and sustainable practices suggested and adopted for a better fruit tree orchard management. Better strategies of managing the orchards can be discussed and implemented to improve production and yields. More cooperation between the community and college to be instituted so that everyone benefits sustainably.

How would you approach the matter of concern with a systems view? And how can this inform a participatory local inquiry into the matter of concern to understand it better? How would you do this with your students?
In order to have an active learning, students will have to find out more on how the trees are nurtured and taken care of. Are there any natural or organic materials used to improve the soil fertility around the trees? How is watering done in these orchards? Having found out more about the tree management, management practices are investigated more in terms of water sources and uses and soil fertility improvement as well as sprays used and their effects on the environment. Once a report is compiled, the students and the community orchard owner get into action to find better and sustainable solutions for the challenges discovered. The use of animal waste as manure is encouraged and practice in order not to destroy natural organisms in the soil. Water bottles or clay pots to be used for watering small plants so as to preserve water and avoid wastage. For large orchards, canals and water basins to be constructed around the trees so that water is just directed to the specific plant, thus reducing on wastage.

How would you work with your students and the community to work out what can be done together to address the matter of concern?
A write-up on the findings and possible solutions to managing and improving fruit yield shall be put together and shared with the community members. Visitations by students to the community orchards and visits by community members to the college orchard shall be done so that there is exchange of heritage and scientific knowledge between the two communities.

Would it be possible to try out some of the proposed solutions and ways of dealing with the matter of concern? If so how would you and your students approach this?
How would you assess progress in relation to the learning and the co-engaged, inquiry centred approach?
Since the college and the community own livestock and have water sources around, both communities can use animal waste as manure to improve the soil fertility in the orchard. Using sustainable watering methods to water the orchards, the yield is most likely to improve beyond expectations. This will also improve the nutrition in and around the college community.
What would you need to do to implement this teaching activity with your students?
How could you support your students to use this T-learning sequence as they plan for practice teaching?
Each student to be assigned to a fruit tree in the orchard to manage and take care, in terms of making water basins around the tree and watering it frequently; applying animal manure to the plant and making sure it is mulched; and general maintenance of the tree as a whole. A similar project of fruit tree orchard must be developed by the students at their stations of practice or service.