Professional Development Session takes new phase at OLA College of Education

OLA College of Education, Cape Coast is integrating the Techniques for Effective Teaching (TFET) in the teaching and learning process. The Techniques for Effective Teaching (TFET) programme is a professional development kit designed to support Basic school teachers. The kit comprises teacher training video modules, interactive training materials, and durable classroom learning materials.

Covering 14 key elements of child-friendly learning—ranging from academic learning of literacy and numeracy to social skills like developing self-confidence among girls, understanding differences, and extending empathy to other children—the TFET kit is delivered through a two-tier “tutors” model, in which a cohort of “tutors” undergo the first tier of training, and then replicate the experience to their student teachers.

By the end of the training, participants will be able to:

  1. Recall key messages from the TFET modules. (Knowledge)
  2. Facilitate TFET training content and related activities and discussions, to support teachers acquire new knowledge, skills, and techniques in teaching. (Practice)
  3. Design one’s version of TFET training and train teachers its contents that will enable teachers to create child-friendly learning environments for children. (Practice)

The Principal of the College, Dr. Mrs. Regina Okyere-Dankwa, has always been in attendance at such sessions.

Dr. Mrs. Regina Okyere-Dankwa reiterates that education is a never-ending process. It doesn’t stop after earning a degree and starting a career. Through continuing education, career-minded individuals can constantly improve their skills and become more proficient at their jobs. In the field of initial teacher education in Ghana, College management needs to encourage tutors to pursue professional development, not only to ensure the best learning outcomes for their student teachers but also to be more effective and satisfied in various other aspects of their work.

When tutors discover new teaching strategies through professional development, they can go back to the lecture halls and make changes to their lecture styles and curricula to better suit the needs of their student teachers. However, these changes are hard to evaluate because they are typically implemented gradually. Professional development for tutors makes them more efficient in their presentations and course evaluations by exposing tutors to new delivery methods, evaluation styles, and record-keeping strategies otherwise referred to as portfolio building.

The Professional Development sessions are organized weekly by a team of Professional Development Coordinators at OLA College of Education.

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Documentation Unit

OLA College of Education

Cape Coast

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