AEA VN (Hoa Binh): CCM and integrating CCM into the school curriculum
Improving the teaching methods and skills for teachers to support the learning of ethnic minority children and disadvantaged children is one of the key elements of the project and is also relevant to the tendency set by the Ministry of Education and Training toward innovations in the teaching methods. On this basis, in April 2018, the project organized training about Child Centered Methodology (CCM) for 32 teachers and administrators of 3 primary schools in the project area. The purpose of the CCM method is to promote students’ creativity and activeness; the teachers only act as a motivator and assist the students in discussing the key content of the lesson. Therefore, students not only accumulate the knowledge but also acquire soft skills for which students will develop comprehensively. The training course was fully equipped with knowledge of CCM teaching methods and techniques such as question-and-answer, games, brainstorming, group discussion, observation and visualization.
Group discussion in CCM Training for teachers from primary schools in April 2018. Photo credit to Mui Phan/AEA Vietnam
The results of the CCM lessons indicated the support and effective coordination of the education department of the area, school leaders and teachers, on the preparation of lesson content, teaching materials, and time arrangement as well as the implementation. Basically, the teachers implementing the lessons have learned how to apply the CCM methods and techniques. Particularly, the visual method and start-up games not only helped students understand the knowledge, but also made them more interested in learning. 99% of the students rated the lessons that applied the CCM method and techniques as very interesting. In addition, the officers of the Da Bac Education and Training Department and the AEA staff highly appreciated the quality, techniques and teaching methods of CCM lessons as well as the close attention and guidance of the school leader board. This is the basis for successful integration of the CCM into the curriculum.
Applying the gaming method in Math lesson at Tien Phong Primary School. Photo credit to Mui Phan/AEA Vietnam
Group discussion method is implemented in the Vietnamese lesson at Vay Nua Primary School. Photo credit to Mui Phan/AEA Vietnam
Mr. Khanh – One of ten teachers of Tien Phong Primary School was sent by the school to participate in the CCM training course in April, 2011 and also selected to conduct the first CCM lesson at the school- said: “The CCM teaching method is not a new educational method. In the past, the Education and Training Department of the area had also conducted training courses for teachers but the training was not profound and did not reach all teachers. Although some teachers have tried to apply, due to limited capacity, time and necessary equipment, the results were not clear. Therefore, they still apply traditional teaching methods. After being trained and taught about the CCM method for mathematics, I found that it is not difficult but requires the instructor to be enthusiastic, spend more time on preparing visual materials, select appropriate methods and apply methods which have flexible connection. Especially, it is necessary to create a happy atmosphere and brand-new experiences in the class to inspire students to study more and make them excited about the lesson.”
The math lesson was conducted using CCM method and techniques by Mr Khanh at Tien Phong Primary School in May 2018. Photo credit to Mui Phan/AEA Vietnam
However, in order for teachers in the school to be able to effectively conduct CCM lessons in all subjects, the AEA project will provide support for organizing monthly group meetings to share and exchange experience at the beginning of the new school year. Particularly, the commitment and guidance of the education department, the leaders of the schools in the implementation of CCM teaching method will help this activity to achieve the expected results. In addition, for further implementation throughout the school, the project will continue to provide frequent guidance on the CCM methods and techniques that can be integrated into professional meetings in the new school year.