On Pedagogical Principles
The Teachers training college vies to train teachers to work in communal Mozambique where there is lack of teachers and intends to train teachers who become mind, body and soul operatives as progressive partners in a better life in the communities of Mozambique. But teaching is the core their activities and we have found out that this is best achieved through learning by doing – that is through practice in the primary schools.
The Pedagogical Practices is a remarkable training practice enriching the student teachers with hands on knowledge. The students are divided into groups of two and three students per class and teaching all subjects in a given class. While one of the students teaches, the others are observing for analyzing the lessons and discuss after the lesson what was good and what can be improved on, under direct supervision of Teacher Training College teachers and the primary school teachers, who work in close cooperation with each other, to evaluate the progress of the student.
The practice takes place every morning on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. On these days, the students give lessons and also participate in extra-curricular activities at the practice school for example: maintenance; school garden; meetings with parents and organizing free time activities like games and plays in order to get a broad understanding of the important role education plays in society.
To become good teachers they learn different methods in the pedagogical subjects; group education, use of materials and facilities, participative learning, pupil centred education, lessons by guest-teacher, excursions and the importance of preparation of the lessons.
The most interesting for the students is the Psycho Pedagogy lessons where they learn how to implement and how to secure the transmission of the matters to their pupils and they learn how not to think that the teacher knows everything and the pupils nothing but make use of the knowledge the pupils have on beforehand by receiving ideas and opinions throughout the lessons.