JICA introduces TKJ method to improve teaching approach
Personnel from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) introduced the TKJ method among students, teachers, the principal, and the Minister of Education on March at the Palau High School to help improve holistically the approach in teaching the students, especially in the subject of Math.
The TKJ method is conducted in such a way as to let students talk about the current conditions that affect their learning process in the subject of Math. They presented the causes and solutions to the problem they are facing in front of teachers, the principal, and the Education Minister Sinton Soalablai. [restrict]
During the activity, students were divided into groups and each group was then asked to present their observations about the causes and solutions to their problems as Math learners. At the end of their presentations, students were asked actions they would make if they were the principal, the Education Minister, and Math teachers.
Among the learning problems identified by the Math learners during the presentation were the lack of teachers’ training and actual educational background on the subject, distractions brought by technology such as the social media, and poor class management, among others.
Education Minister Soalablai said in his speech during the activity that he was impressed by the students’ presentations.
He told the students that the Ministry never blames the students but the poor class management.
JICA Math Specialist Tatsuo Morisako along with the other JICA personnel, emphasized the importance of hearing the students’ voices in addressing the different problems they face as learners. (Rhealyn C. Pojas/Reporter) [/restrict]