LIBERIA: This video clip demonstrates an actual lesson plan and how the instructor, Sunnie, teaches his students. His math lesson is on finding factors and explicates this concept by providing two methods. He verbally and visually describes how you can accomplish this lesson. He is quite clear but talks a bit fast. Students may not completely understand him at the pace he is teaching. His lesson takes a grand total of six minutes; however, his lesson is not to teach the actual students but to provide a brief glimpse to other educators how this lesson can be taught. He did an excellent job with the resources he had and verbal clarity to convey the concepts of the lesson. Some suggestions are providing tangible visuals so that students can see how practically and in real-life situations this concept can be used. While rote memorization was popular traditionally, the education system has encouraged instructors to incorporate lessons practically in students’ lives so that application could cement their knowledge into their everyday lives.
LIBERIA: This video shows how to play simple games for students in the classroom. This video demonstrates perfect collaboration because it pushes each individual to come up with a participatory activity or learning activity for students to learn or practice a skill. The first game is called Two’s Game, which puts all the students in a circle. There are four beats. The first two beats are claps and the second two claps are multiples of twos. When a person makes a mistake, they start over. It is good for students, aged 10-13. The second game shown is the Body Game, which reinforces the names of body parts in the form of the song “Heads, Knees, and Toes.” It allows students to point to body parts and name them. The game slowly goes faster and faster. This game is encouraged for 12-15 years of ages. The third game employs the tune “Singing in the Rain” and teaches students to follow instruction, point out body parts, and practice recognition skills. This game is good for ages 3-7.
This video clip practically shows how instructors in different communities collaborate and share lesson plans and learning strategies. These learning skills can be incorporated in all types of classrooms. Instructors from different parts around the world can watch this video and gather ideas and tweak lesson plans to appropriately suit the level of the students in their own classroom.
LIBERIA: This video tells a brief history of modern-day Liberia. Due to the war, a vast number of children were orphaned or adopted as child soldiers. Education was not important at the time. The president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, introduced free primary education for the students of Liberia. The video examines the story of one particular family, the family of Atleta Suomie. Although she was out of school for several years, she is very motivated to learn and attend school. She helps her father at the store and afterwards, attends school. The public school portrayed in the video is crowded and lacking in facilities. Due to the lack of teachers and an abundance of students, classroom instruction is extremely difficult. The challenges; however, are being tackled by the government of Liberia.
Although there is one teacher to a hundred students, the teachers make instruction possible. Even if the class must be moved outside where there might not be seats, the students bear these unfortunate circumstances to learn. The teachers seem to do a lot of repetition for the students who are in the far back and roaming about. The students also study with each other and share notes before the test day. These types of learning and instruction strategies were shown in the video clip.
The organization UNICEF, their partners, and the help of international governments have taken the initiative to build schools and facilities to further education. This will allow for night school and late night studying for students. The people working on the project will also take the skills learned into their own community.
The video is a great example of a community that faced much destitution due to the war; however, they exhibit extreme resilience toward these hardships and also exude hope, to rebuild their country and promote education. It portrayed hope and high expectations for students and the country of Libya in this healing process.