One of the areas identified by the Kenyatta University faculty members for building capacity is in the area of teaching large classes. KU teacher educators often teach education courses with 250-500 students, including methods courses. We have had previous professional development on teaching large classes more generally, and decided to have a three-day workshop aimed at supporting teacher educators in actively engaging students in learning in the subject methods courses. SU team members Marcelle Haddix, Jeff Mangram, Joanna Masingila and Moses Ochanji led the workshops.
The strategies we discussed on Day One of the workshop were (a) Opening Question, (b) Cold Call: No Opt Out/Stretch It, (c) HRASE Questioning, and (d) Two-minute Paper. After discussion and experience with each strategy, workshop participants planned how to use at least two of these strategies in their upcoming lessons.