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  • Veronica
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    in reply to: Assessment of ESD #5148

    The following technology supported approaches can be used to enhance assessment of in this way:

    1.Online discussions/blogs
    This will be of help in the sense that learners may hold discussions whilst they are away from each other. Physical presence wont be a barrier for discussions to take place. in this way it would be easy to assess the discussion anytime anywhere

    2. Blended learning assessments;
    This will help to reinforce what is learnt through online during face to face sessions. Online learning has its challenges, so through blended learning, those could be ironed out.

    3. Online project based learning;
    This would help learners to work on the project at their own time and have access to resources on line which might assist them.

    4. e-portfolio;
    This would help to have storage of all projects done on line. Other people might also easily access portfolio online.

    5. online/typed exams.
    the assessment of this will be easily done on line since it would be easy to tell if a learner has completed the work or not.

    These approaches would be more appropriate for transformative learning and ESD practice if there is proper interaction between the teacher and the learners. Also, making sure that learners have access to online platforms.

    Veronica
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    in reply to: Reflection #5147

    How would you go about assessing the cognitive learning objectives?
    This could be assessed by checking their understanding through oral questions which will target mental capabilities

    What variety of assessment methods could you use for assessing the socio-emotional learning objectives?
    – this could be done through peer assessment and observation to check their interactions with others
    What assessment approaches would you use to assess the behavioral learning outcomes, especially those that reflect values?
    – through observation would be able to see what is happening

    How would you assess social learning outcomes associated with the SDG, especially the involvement of learners working with communities on sustainable development actions (as emphasised in Learning Action 3)?
    – by observing their interaction with the community and also through the community members they may also share their experience with the students

    How could you include the above in an inclusive end of course examination?
    – by having questions of different levels of Blooms to assess different capabilities
    To what extent does your assessment reflect assessment of significant learning?
    – Mostly we measure the cognitive aspect and rarely the social learning and behavioiral outcomes

    Veronica
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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.)?
    – This could be done by organising students into groups of not less than six members, and let each group visit nearby villages and conduct interviews with the community members on our matter of concern and also do observations in order to complement information collected.

    After analysing the data collected, the community will be informed of what has been discovered and then asked to share their views on what could be done to deal with the matter of concern ( litter management). As a group, Community together the students we shall agree on what to be done. Then together we shall starting working on the agreed ideas.
    The work could be assessed through use of checklist in
    order to check what has been done.
    By involving the students in all these steps, it will help to appreciate the impact of inquiry based learning. Infact they will be asked to share their experiences after going through all the activities. This might encourage them to do the same during their teaching practice.

    Veronica
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    In Malawi, cross cutting issues include food insecurity, gender based violence, HIV and AIDS, deforestation and water and land pollution. As a country we have many policies which address such issues. However, we always have problems of implementation of policies. Mostly is due to lack of awareness. Therefore, there is need that our curriculum should include these policies. In most of the subjects, the policies are just mentioned and not given ample time for discussions. It would be best if all issues pertaining the cross cutting affecting our country were integrated well in the curriculum from primary to tertiary level.

    Veronica
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    What is known about the topic in our teacher education curriculum in Malawi:
    the negative impact of climate change on agricultural activities such erratic rainfall and soil erosion

    What is not yet known about the topic include:
    the extent to which the effects have affected the earth
    It would be good if the topic could be integrated in each of the subjects being taught so that students appreciate the seriousness of the issue.

    Veronica
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    in reply to: Earth System #4943

    1. Anthropocene
    the earth is made up of different parts and all these are affected by human actions.

    2. Earth as a System
    The earth is described as a system because it has different parts which help each in functioning such as the atmosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere. all these spheres depend on each other such that if one is affected the others are affected as well. Humans are part of the biosphere thus their activities affect the entire system such as our agricultural activities, manufacturing activities and transport activities.

    These videos have been so informative graphically to appreciate the relationship that is there between our activities as humans and the entire system of the earth. This knowledge will surely be of help to my students to appreciate the need of sustainable development.

    Veronica
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    Learning action 1 was profound to me because it has helped me to deepen my understanding of SD in my context. Also it has helped me to view my work using lens of SD. I appreciate so much because I didn’t have such knowledge.

    From now on wards, I will make sure that all my work plans are inline with SD and I will also orient my students on the same.
    Of course as a country we have a work to do especially on our curriculum to make it more inclined to ESD. More on this will be shared in the assignment presentation.
    To my colleagues, I would emphasize that they too must integrate issues of ESD in the work.

    Veronica
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    Our vision and mission for Chiradzulu TTC is as follows:
    To be a leading center of excellence in primary teacher education.
    Mission: Training primary school teachers who are holistic responsive to contemporary needs of learners and society through CPD’s, research and outreach programs that enhance social economic development.

    According to my understanding of sustainable development, our vision partly reflects it in absence that the excellence in the teachers may have a positive impact on the future generation. However, it’s not clearly shown how the excellence would be achieved.
    The mission statement reflects sustainable development because of the aim to respond to contemporary needs of the society. This would make a positive impact on the current generation as well as the generation to come.

    The mission statement also reflect the objectives of ESD such as the objective of achieving quality education through research, CPD’s and ICT.

    My reframed vision and mission is as follows:
    To be a leading center of excellence in sustainable primary teacher education

    Mission
    Training primary school teachers who are responsive to contemporary needs of learners and society through CPD’s, research,ICT, and outreach programs that enhance sustainable social economic development.

    Veronica
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    I have understood sustainable development as activities, processes that are relevant and helpful to humans and the whole ecosystem at the moment and they will remain so in the future. In the area that I reside, there are critical issues such as deforestation and water pollution. These human activities have an implication on the future generations.
    This has motivated our community of practice to do a change project which can address those problems.
    my understanding of the the definitions of ESD and SD will surely help us to have a change project which is really sustainable.

    Veronica
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    I am impressed with the project of Mary Mount of recycling waste. we are also have a problem of litter at our campus, and even surrounding communities. Plastics are everywhere. For sure, this has influenced me to go that direction as well. we will discuss as a group on the way forward.
    A lesson that i have learnt after going through the case studies and the news articles is that, you can have an initial thought on a project, but implement a different one. we need to be open minded.

    Veronica
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    Hello everyone.

    I am Veronica Mtawali Kaunda, a teacher educator at Chiradzulu Teachers College, located in the southern part of Malawi. This course got my attention and interest because it has the potential of making an positive impact on our institution and the communities surrounding. as a group, we have agreed to embark on a project on reducing drop out rate of girls in primary schools, as it is a concern to most of us. We are also considering a project on the environment because there is deforestation in the areas surrounding, as such people have problems in sourcing firewood. After each member has gone through the power point presentation, we will discuss on which one to embark on.
    I am looking forward to learn more from this course.

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