My initial thoughts (selfishly) after this, my third trip to the Gambia, is about HE pedagogy. It was challenging (refreshing, positive) to have to teach – direct teaching – without recourse to the law of the rectangle, the whiteboard, the interactive WB, powerpoint, video footage. How do we manage without the technology? How does the technology dominate the teaching – and does it affect the ‘message’?
So here’s the song (to the tune “London Bridge is falling down”) I made up and I’ll ponder its significance at another time:
Watch the children every day, every day, every day;
Watch the children every day: Observation.
See what they can nearly do, nearly do, nearly do;
See what they can nearly do: that’s assessment.
Of course the idea of teaching “without” these things already presupposes a negative model of teaching in Gambia College. It wasn’t like that at all. What I had as ‘raw materials’ (if we can use that image, and I’m not at all sure I like it) was a sense of committed good will that was forgiving of my foibles, and a readiness to work.