SCHEMES OF WORK
1. Understanding the syllabus.
The classroom teacher may not necessarily be involved in the initial stages of curriculum development, but (s)he is expected to interpret the curriculum and implement it correctly.
This calls for a thorough understanding of the syllabus and the content, in order to achieve the stated objectives.
The teacher is expected to act like a policeman or a judge who is called upon to administer the law though he did not make it.
It is therefore very important that the teacher be thoroughly conversant with the curriculum in order to implement it successfully.
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2. Preceding and succeeding syllabus content
In most cases topics from the syllabus may not be arranged in the order in which they are supposed to be taught. Some topics will require the knowledge of the previous ones while others are quite independent.
The teacher should not only identify the essential learning content but also arrange the content in logical teaching order considering the proceeding and succeeding syllabus content.
Syllabus contents of related subject:
The mistake which many teachers make is to scheme for their subject without considering the contents of related subjects. This is very wrong and should be highly discouraged.
Quite often the teaching of a given topic, in a given subject may be impeded by lack of skills or knowledge to be acquired in a different subject.
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Existing scheme of work for the subject
If a scheme of work is already available for the subject, it would be a waste of effort and time for the teacher to break new ground again. In this case, the teacher can revise the existing scheme to suit his/her students and to bring it up to date.
Reference material and examination
The teacher should be familiar with reference material that is available for effective coverage of the topics in the scheme of work.
There is nothing more disturbing than finding out that a topic that is already covered could have been more interesting, enjoyable and even better understood if certain materials or teaching aids that are available in school had been utilised.
The type of examination the students are being prepared for should bear in mind that some levels require more revision time than others and therefore, scheme for revision appropriately.
Although there are 13 weeks in one term, it is not usually possible to use all these for effective teaching for a variety of reasons. For purposes of determining how much material can be covered in any given time, it would be misleading to assume that a subject requiring 9 periods per week has 6 x 13 periods available for teaching.
The number of effective teaching periods varies according to both predictable and unpredictable interruptions. Effective teaching time must therefore be estimated before topics are selected.
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The most common interruptions that are likely to disrupt a scheme of work include:
- Public Holidays
- Examinations (should be schemed for) if they are internal
- Revisions (should be schemed for)
- Open days
- Sports days
- Planned school breaks e.g. mid-term break e.t.c.
The teacher/instructor should check with the administration of the school or Youth Polytechnic dates for such events before scheming.
Although the new syllabuses under the 8-4-4 framework give time estimation for each topic, these should be taken as guidelines only. Finer adjustments need to be made depending on the time available for teaching.
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COMPONENTS OF A SCHEME OF WORK
Refers to the organisation/institution one is working or training in.
Part 1 refers to the grade level in training e.g. technician. In case of colleges and other institutions, some means of identification are used e.g. K.T.T.C. contribution Tech. part 1.
This refers to the subject being schemed which may be theory or practical. This refers to a particular term within a given year. Years may vary from organisation to organisation depending on time of entry.
Refers to the time the scheme of work is completed. This should be before instruction commences.
DATE OF REVISION
Due to overlapping or under planning experienced during instruction or unforeseen interruptions, it is necessary to revise the scheme of work in order to accommodate the unexpected difficulties. This date should be indicated in the space provided in the form.
The topics in the syllabus needs to be rearranged in the order in which they are supposed to be taught. This is because some topics are build up e.g. before one learns to multiply he should have done additions, e.t.c. The syllabus topics should then follow that order.
Most organizations are specific in time allocation and each week should be spelt out in the week column. The numeral representing the week should be distinctly written centrally in the week column.
Weeks should be separated by a line running across the page especially when the same scheme of work form contains more than one week.
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NUMBER OF PERIODS
The subject may have one, two or more periods in one week. Some periods may be single, double or triple. Numbering of the period can take the form either ordinal or cardinal system.
Ordinal systems refers to the order in which periods for that subject appear on the timetable. In either system, numbering should be done as reflected on the time table for that subject.
A line, beginning from the column of periods should be drawn straight across the page to separate the periods. When two spaced periods are indicated on the timetable in the same day, then there should be two distinct rows for two periods. The numbering process should be repeated for the other weeks.
SUB-TOPIC: LESSON TITLES
This should be clear and definite. The instructor should single out all the sub-topics/lesson titles in a particular syllabus topic. He should then estimate what sub topics/lesson titles will require a single period, double period or triple period, and then scheme accordingly.
Each sub-topic/lesson title should be followed by an objective(s) which is meant to pinpoint the anticipated learning behaviour of the learners. The specific nature of the sub-topic/lesson titles does not permit broad objectives which might not be realised by the end of that period.
The objectives must be stated in such a manner that there is a measurable aspect manifested by the end of the lesson e.g. the lesson title Simple interest might have the objective – “students should be able to calculate simple interest on given principals using methods of (a) direct production, and (b) simple interest formula”.
The lesson title conduction of heat in metals might have the objective – “trainees will be able to classify good and bad conductors of heat after carrying out the experiment, described in the worksheet 4”, etc..
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These are the central ideas which the teacher anticipated to use during the lesson. They are an elaboration of the sub-topic/lesson title. They form the backbone of the lesson.
Key points should be stated in a specific, precise manner, preferably in form of phrases which conveys the full meaning intended.
Under no circumstances should key points be stated as activities or active in sense.
(Student activities, assignment, homework, practice).
For any concept learnt, the teacher would like to see his/her learners put it to practical use. In this column the teacher should think of specific activities that the learners will perform while in the class and Nos. 11, 12, 18 for homework, students will answer comprehension questions after reading the passage on page 35 or their class text book e.t.c. Applications must be designed in order to realise and consolidate concretely the objectives of the lesson.
(Tools Equipment, Apparatus, Chalk Board, Chart e.t.c.)
Resource materials for specific content coverage used in scheming are necessary and should be noted down with their relevant pages for ease in reference during lesson planning. References include books, handouts, worksheets, journals, reports, etc.
It is necessary for the teacher to indicate the books, their authors and relevant pages. Teaching aids are an integral part of an effective lesson.
Aids that the teacher intends to use should be indicated in the scheme of work. Teaching aids are usually in the form of apparatus, equipment, materials and of course the real thing if readily available and appropriate. The teacher should not indicate a teaching aid which will not be available in class.
Most student teachers forget to include teaching aids in the scheme of work.
DATE WHEN TAUGHT
Remarks in the scheme of work should be made immediately the lesson is over. The teacher is supposed to indicate whether what was planned for the period has been covered, whether there was over planning or failure of lesson and reasons for either case, e.t.c. remarks suggested are meant to help the teacher in his consequent and future planning.
Remarks such as “excellent” “done”, “OK”, “well done”, “satisfactory”, “taught”, etc. might not be very useful to the teacher. Such remarks as “the lesson was not very well done because of inadequate teaching aids”, or “pupils were able to apply concept learnt in solving problems as evident from supervised practice”, e.t.c. are appropriate. After the remarks, it is necessary to write the date when this lesson was taught.
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Scheme of work
Scheme of work is a long term plan which
is prepared by the teacher for a week, month or a term in order to facilitate the process of teaching and learning.
- Some teachers wrongly claim that they are knowledgeable, skillful and experienced enough to continue teaching without any scheme of work.
- Such teachers end up doing work haphazardly or in trial and error manner and they finally fail and embarrass both learners and the school authority.
- You are strongly advised to prepare your subject scheme of work always before the school term starts
CHARACTERISTICS OF SCHEME OF WORK
- It derived from the syllabus
- It shows a logical sequence of topics and sub-topics to be taught at a specific tim
- The scheme of work has different components divided into two parts,namely introductory part and matrix part
COMPONENTS OF SCHEME OF WORK
The components of scheme of work are
divided into two parts:
- Introductory part
- Matrix part
The introductory part
This part contain the following:
- Ministry: This part show the ministry of Ed.
- Year: This part show the year in which the scheme of work will be implemented
- Name of school: Show where the teacher is working
- Name of the teacher: show the teacher who planned and who is going to use the scheme of work.
- Term: Show the term in which the scheme of work will be implemented.
- Subject: Show the name of specific subject.
- Class: Show the name of the specific class.
The matrix part
This part contain 13 components:
- Specific objectives
- Main topic
- Sub topic
- Teaching activities
- Learning activities
- Teaching/learning materials
- Reference book
Description of matrix components.
Competence: Is a statement which specifies the ability that is expected to be exhibited by learners after they have gone through the topic(s) for a given class.
- It derived from the syllabus.
- One competence can be build by a combination of subtopics and specific objectives.
Objectives: These are statements which specify the behavior to be showed by the learners. these statements are derived from the topic in the syllabus.
Month: Is a column that indicate the month in which the topic will be taught.
Week: Is a column that indicates the week in which topic or subtopic will be taught.
Main topic: This column indicates the topics which will be taught in that particular month.
Sub topic: This specifies the area/ subtopic of the topic to be covered.
Periods: A column that indicates number of periods budgeted for a particular topic or subtopic.
Teaching activities: A column that indicates a list of operational activities which will carried out by the teacher in the process of teaching a particular topic or subtopic.
Learning activities: A column that indicates activities which the learner will perform in the process of learning a particular topic or subtopic.
Teaching/learning resources or materials:
A column that indicates a list of teaching aids that will be used to facilitate teaching and learning a particular topic or sub topic.
References: A column which indicates a list of textbooks, supplementary books or any other resources that will be used in teaching and learning a particular topic/subtopic.
Assessment: A column which indicates the kind of assessment that students will be subjected to. This will ensure that assessment of learners as well as process of
teaching and even the materials used are assessed so as to allow for improvement in future.
Remarks: A column used by the teacher to fill his/her comments about how far the topic/specific objectives have been achieved as well as appropriateness of materials and process.