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close this book Forestry training manual Inter-America Region
View the document Information collection & exchange
View the document Acknowledgements
View the document Trainer guidelines
Open this folder and view contents Training program overview
View the document Forestry observation guide for site visit
Open this folder and view contents Getting ready
View the document Conducting the training program
View the document Weekly evaluation form
View the document Session I day one
View the document Daily schedule for technical training
View the document Session II special projects
View the document Session III The forest of the world, peace corps forestry goals, the individual volunteers' roles
View the document Session IV Language class
View the document Session V Exercise I: Record keeping
View the document Session VI Exercise II
View the document Session VII Flowers, seeds, the beginning
View the document Session VIII Spanish language class
View the document Session IX Non-verbal communication
View the document Session X Basic site selection, planning and layout of a nursery
View the document Session XI Spanish language class
View the document Session XII Cultural values
View the document Session XIII Soil preparation, seed bed sowing, and reproduction by clippings
View the document Session XIV Spanish language
View the document Session XV Communication through illustration
View the document Session XVI Fertilizers, watering and containers
View the document Session XVII Spanish language
View the document Session XVIII Protection and record keeping
View the document Session XIX Individual interviews
View the document Session XX Planting trees
View the document Session XXI Spanish language session
View the document Session XXII Introduction to extension
View the document Session XXIII The principals of pruning and thinning
View the document Session XXIV Spanish language
View the document Session XXV Volunteer's role as an extensionist
View the document Session XXVI Pacing, plane table, rustic transit and compass
View the document Session XXVIII Spanish language
View the document Session XVIII Forestry extension
View the document Session XXIX Forest menstruation
View the document Session XXX Spanish language
Open this folder and view contents Session XXXI Working with groups as an extension worker
View the document Session XXXIII Spanish language
View the document Session XXXIV Lesson plan and use of visual aids in teaching
View the document Session XXV Small research projects
View the document Session XXXVI Individual interviews
View the document Session XXXVII Soils
View the document Session XXXVIII Spanish language
View the document Session XXXIX Community analysis introduction
View the document Session XL Soil erosion
View the document Session XLI Spanish language
View the document Session XLIII Watershed management
View the document Session XLIV Spanish language
View the document Session XLV Review of expectations - mid way
View the document Session XLVI Spanish language
View the document Session XLVII Species report
Open this folder and view contents Session XLVIII Forestry issues
View the document Session XLIX Spanish language
View the document Session L Field trip overview
View the document Session LI Ecology teams give presentations
View the document Session LII Individual interviews
View the document Session LIII Review of field trips
View the document Session LIV Project planning: goal setting
View the document Session LV Spanish language
View the document Session LVI Resources
View the document Session LVII Compost heap - insect collection - light gaps
View the document Session LVIII Spanish language
View the document Session LIX Cultural shock - are we ready for it?
View the document Session LX Grafting and fruit trees
View the document Session LXI Spanish language
View the document Session LXII Professional approaches to interaction with host country officials
View the document Session LXIII Final interviews
View the document Session LXIV Graduation

Weekly evaluation form

Date: __________

Name: __________

1. I have gained the following__________

2. On a scale of 1 to 10 my learning this week has been

a. __________

3. This week has been (respond to all that applies):

__________Informative

__________A rehash

__________Motivating

__________Stretching

__________Too much in too little time

__________Unnecessary

__________Valuable

__________A waste of time

__________A stone dray

4. This week has (respond to all that applies)

__________Challenged me

__________Reinforced my technical skills

__________Made me more confident

__________Enabled me to polish communication skills

__________Improved my group interaction skills

5. Feedback on the training program

6. Feedback to Trainers

7. Things I would like to see included in training program

Staff Meetings

It is important for trainers and co-trainers to meet daily. We found that the time when participants were occupied with Spanish classes was best. The following is a suggested agenda:

1. How have sessions gone since we last met?

2. Are we ready for next sessions?

3. What kind of help do we need?

4. Any participants we are concerned about?

5. Any feedback for each other?

6. Role clarification for trainers.

The day before personal interviews staff meetings tend to run longer as staff decides on feedback for each trainee/participant. It is important that staff have consensus on feedback they provide to each trainee.

Presenting the Sessions

Format

Each session design includes one or more exercises directed at the goals of the session. The information provided in the design includes:

1. Session/Exercise Title,

2. Total time required to complete session/exercise

3. Overview statement describing purpose of session/exercise,

4. Procedure and activities - sequenced and timed steps which describe what trainer and participants are required to do at a particular point in the program,

5. Material required,

6. Trainer Notes: Special instructions relevant to a particular session or exercise.

Review/Study the Training Program Guideline

Even though each session is described in detail it will be necessary for you and any costaff to review carefully the entire design to assure that there is an understanding of the overall sequence of activities and of specific trainer activities/responsibilities for each session. In reviewing the design for each session you should do the following:

1. Review the trainer and participant materials;

2. Review the purpose/goals of each session and determine the relationship of the session to the previous and subsequent sessions, and the total course;

3. Prepare session/exercise goals/objectives on flip chart. Note: Write these in your own words rather than copying them verbatim from the guidelines;

4. Be sure all the materials are prepared, equipment is working, and that the space needed is properly set up for training;

-Prepare flip charts before the sessions; if an easel is not available, paper may be tacked or taped to the wall;

-Prepare any lecture notes required - keep these to a minimum - Gather copies of all handouts and worksheets,

5. Review the sequence of activities, the points to be discussed, and materials several times before the session to become thoroughly familair with the session and its content'

6. Assign shared responsibilities of co-trainers .

7. During the presentations, keep in mind the structure of the session, i.e., introduction, major points summary.

If you are not confident of your own knowledge as to the content of one of the sessions, you may want to look for an outside resource to cover that session. We had a soil specialist cover the session on soils and a person actively engaged in agro-forestry cover the session on agro-forestry.

Adding to the Given Design

It has been our experience that outside speakers do not necessarily add to the design. In fact, we had to redo two sessions when speakers did not cover material they were asked to cover. Be sure experts are expert and focus their talks on the required topic area.

Inviting a speaker because they speak Spanish does not always mean his/her Spanish will be understood. Inviting a host country expert is good because the trainees need to hear articulate host country nationals and see the resources available.

Sequence for Session/Exercises

For each session/exercise the trainer should:

- Explain purpose of the session/exercise,

- Review specific goals and objectives,

- Summarize major activities contained in session/exercise,

- Provide time for participants to record in journals.

Remember the time allotted for each activity is approximate. More or less time may be required or desired depending on group size and needs. while some flexibility is "built-in., scheduling should allow for adequate coverage of all activities in each session.

WORDS ABOUT TRANSITIONS

One key to any training program "hanging together" is the participants' understanding of how the pieces (i.e., sessions and exercises) fit together.

It is important to bridge each exercise and/or session with the one(s) that precede and follow it. These transitions are done simply by summarizing what has already happened/been accomplished:

Thus far we've had a chance to get to know each other, review the goals of the training program, and reach agreement on what we might expect from this training.............

Then link it to what is going to happen:

In addition to being helpful in "hands on" nursery management, this session will also generate useful data in conducting small research projects.

Each session/exercise needs to be explained with these linkages in mind. As you prepare to introduce individual activities take a few moments to determine what these transitions are and which ones you need to highlight as you explain the goals of each activity.