Several strategies were highlighted to improve student performance, which included some of the following: set objectives, students should take ownership, teach students how to learn, care for your students, be prepared to walk an extra mile, class discipline and class rules and the example of the lecturer.
During the second session, Mr Tredoux concentrated on the ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES OF THE LECTURERS.
He continued during the third session with the LESSON STRUCTURE and underlined the importance and role of PREPARATION by both lecturers and students. He also explained the different parts of a lesson plan and factors to keep in mind when developing this plan.
During the section “introduction to new material” Mr Tredoux concentrated on two aspects:
Firstly, common practices of truly great teachers/lecturers. He discussed that great lecturers possess the following characteristics: have credibility, communicate clearly, stimulate interest, teach with style, take the risk of creativity and value and respect students.
Secondly, an effective way to involve all the students in the class during a lesson is by using group work. The lecturers discussed the advantages of this method in small groups.
At the closing of the training session, lecturers were left with the following quote as food for thought:
“Both he who expects great things of others, and he who expects little, will receive what he expects”