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close this bookLife Skills for Young Ugandans- Secondary Teachers' Training Manual (UNICEF, 254 p.)
close this folderSection Five: Preparing Your own Units
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View the document5.1 INTRODUCTION
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View the document5.3 HOW TO PREPARE AN ACTIVITY
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You can make your own activities by following these simple guidelines.

1. Section

2. Topic (or sub-topic)

3. Introduction

This gives the reasons why a particular topis is being taught and how it relates to the students and the life skills they require.

4. Activity title

Your topic may have more than one activity.

5. Objectives

These should be SMART.

· Specific.
· Measurable.
· Attainable.
· Realistic.
· Targetted.

6. Life skills to be taught

7. Materials

Activities may need a variety of materials in order to facilitate and provoke participation and discussion. The most common materials are large sheets of paper and marker pens. Where these are not available, the chalkboard can be used.

It is essential that these are prepared in advance, especially if there is a handout as nothing can kill participation and enthusiams more than lacking the right materials at the right time.

8. Time

All activities should be about 30-40 minutes in order to allow the lecturer or teacher space to introduce the topic and bring the lesson to a close.

9. Procedure

This outlines the steps of the activity.

10. Learning points

Prepare your checklist of points you want the students to learn from the activity, in terms of knowledge, skills and attitudes.

11. Hints

These are points to remember so that the lessons are well organised. They also remind the lecturer or teacher of those factors which might hinder the achievement of the objectives.

12. Extension Activity

These are supplementary activities, either for the purpose of review or to provoke further activities and thought among students. Although time is often tight, such activities are very important as they help the students to practise on their own and internalise what they have been exposed to during the activity.