Active Teaching & Learning

Active Teaching & Learning


Active Teaching and Learning Handbook

Great teachers recognize the limitations of the traditional lecture style of instruction and rote memorization to student learning. Simple presentation of materials without engaging students in the learning process is not enough to ensure student success. Students need to talk about what they are learning, apply their knowledge, and participate actively in classes to improve their understanding and retention of subject matter.

To advance this goal and Project Zawadi’s mission of supporting quality education in Tanzania, the Tenda Teachers program worked in collaboration with Tanzanian and USA education experts to publish The Active Teaching and Learning Handbook: 70 Learner-Centered Teaching Techniques to Actively Engage and Motivate Students in Tanzania.

The handbook details how the student-centered approach to teaching and learning can be successfully used in classrooms in Tanzania. It has become the basis for a series of intensive teacher training workshops. For more information on trainings including upcoming training dates and locations, please contact Adrian Maganga, Director of Teacher Training

The handbook is available for download and use, free of charge.  We only ask that you properly attribute materials used to the Tenda Teachers Program of Project Zawadi.

E-Learning Tanzania!

As additional support to Tanzanian teachers, a series of E-Learning modules are being developed in cooperation with British educational consultant Linda Webster. These E-Learning modules will be available in English and Swahili, are in Powerpoint format, and can be accessed from anywhere there is internet access via mobile device, tablet, or laptop.

Each module contains a complete lesson explaining a concept or technique from the handbook. Lessons are reinforced with short video clips, filmed in Tanzanian classrooms, demonstrating the technique and how they can be implemented in typical school environments in Tanzania . The modules are linked to the National Teacher Competency Framework, include opportunities for teachers to practice in pairs or small groups, and opportunity for reflection


on the techniques presented. At the end of each module, teachers are assigned tasks to accomplish to put their new skills and knowledge into practice. Each training module is being designed to connect with the previous trainings and the concepts to build upon one another as the teacher progresses through the series.

An initial series of seven modules are in development and being beta-tested at classrooms in the Nyamuswa area. Project Zawadi’s Director of Teacher Training will be working with participants to do follow-up coaching, classroom observations, and gather feedback to continually improve the modules.