It’s a wrap! A memorable journey of KTP Kindy participants in becoming trainers of PPNP
The KTP Kindy team has organised the second phase of Training of the Trainers (ToT) workshop for 12 day-care educators from Persatuan Pengasuh Negeri Pahang (PPNP). It was also a wrap for KTP Kindy programme. The workshop was held from 23 to 24 September 2017 and it was a continuation of the first ToT workshop. Therefore, the participants were the same ones as the participants from the first ToT workshop which was held earlier in UMP Gambang Campus. The chosen location for this recent workshop was Kota Bharu, well known for its crafts, culture and superb food.
The aim of both workshops was to produce English-speaking trainers among selected day-care educators. While the first workshop developed their confidence to train in English, the end goal of this second workshop was to further strengthen participants’ skills and confidence as well as finalise the teaching content for them to cascade their knowledge to their PPNP members. The participants were placed in groups of 3 based on their strengths: English Communication, Effective Storytelling Techniques and Heart Intelligence.
The first day of the workshop began with discussion that was followed by a presentation of their complete teaching plan to their mentors. Each group’s teaching plan should cover 2 hours of teaching and learning activities. The mentors made their final revision of the participants’ content and delivery techniques and contributed ideas to further improve the participants' teaching plan. The next step is for the participants to conduct their session to their mentors for their seal of approval.
The final step is a complete mock teaching by the 12 participants. This was the highlight of the second phase of the ToT programme. If the first workshop focused on one small part of their teaching plan, this second workshop concentrated on enhancing the whole teaching plan. They were required to present their respective teaching sessions before the trainers. The evaluation aspects were still similar to the first phase of ToT, which were looking at the way they handled participants during the course of activities, the effectiveness of their communication, the correct use of sentences and grammar and their time management.
All in all, the KTP Kindy ToT programme has achieved its objective of instilling confidence in its participants to conduct workshops in English for other PPNP day-care educators. The participants’ passion in their mock teaching was praised by the trainers and some suggestions were given to further improve the training. The participants were also advised to begin their training with the staff in their own respective nursery so that they can develop their self-confidence further.