ATLP (Active Teaching and Learning Practices) is ECCs own specially created system. ATLP is practical and theoretical guide to active, and effective, teaching and learning.
What is ATLP?
ATLP is a set package including:
– A book
– New classroom materials
The ATLP book is written in Nepali and based on Nepali standard curriculum for grades 1-5. The first part of the book is theorhetical knowledge about a teaching. How to set up a classroom, how to lesson plan, effective teaching strategies, how to use your new materials, etc, etc. The second half of ATLP is a practical guide. It offers over 150 games and activities that teachers can do in their classroom with the new materials they are receiving.ATLP trained teachers go through a long process. They attend 2 days of group training where they learn about the ideas written in ATLP and practice playing games and doing activities with their new materials. Then they get two days of in-class training in which our team works alongside the teacher in their classroom to help them try new methods, introduce new materials, and start the process of active teaching.
Each ATLP classroom gets a shelf full of new teaching materials. Before our intervention, these classrooms have NO teaching materials. Students might have one notebook and pen they bring to school. Our package includes: Markers, crayons, individual whiteboards, notebooks for each student, pencils, English vocabulary cards, Nepali vocabulary cards, blank vocabulary cards, dice, scissors, tape, chart paper, and at least 30 age appropriate books.
Between the training, the book, and the materials, teachers have everything they need to move forward and succeed in teaching in a much more effective manner!
In-effective Teaching in Rural Nepal
Education in rural Nepal is stuck in a memorization based learning system. Kids are sitting all day long repeating after the teacher, copying from the notebook, and reciting long lists of letters and numbers. Quite simply, that is NOT the most effective way for students to learn. Especially not students at the elementary level.
There are a few main flaws to this. First, students don’t understand what they are learning because they are never asked to use it, only to memorize it. Secondly, with the really young students doing verbal recitation based learning means as a group they know something, but it forgets about the individual student who does not understand. It eliminates individualized learning, checking each students progress, and discourages students to speak up and ask questions if they don’t understand. Additionally, this teaching style doesn’t promote higher-level thinking or problem solving, both of which are extremely important skills students should be learning to succeed in life. And lastly, it’s not any fun for students. If students aren’t enjoying their time in the classroom (to some extent) then they aren’t motivated to be in school.
The reliance on this system comes from a few problems. The first is that they aren’t taught any other methods. And the second is that they don’t have any materials available to try and do something different!
ATLP looks to address this issue in both ways.