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Getting started

Project Kakuma Teacher Guide

Sign up

Declare your interest for teaching for Project Kakuma by signing up here. Once we have confirmed your interest, you will receive an email containing the lesson topics and a topic sign up form; once you have signed up for the topics, you will be added to the pool of Kakuma teachers.

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Flexibility

Flexibility is important in teaching, but it is essential in Project Kakuma. Why?

  • We have over 175 volunteer teachers from around the world. In order to participate in this project, they need to balance their teaching responsibilities, familial responsibilities, tech requirements, and time differences.
  • The situation in the camps changes quickly.
  • We don't know which students we will teach until the morning of the call.
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For this reason, it is impossible for us to plan to have a specific teacher teach a specific group of students on a particular day. Instead, we need our team to be incredibly flexible, ready to teach on short notice This, means, for example, that you will likely receive a request to teach a lesson with less than 48 hours notice. If you are unavailable, you can certainly decline; still, if you will always require more than 48 hours notice, this project may not be a good fit for you.

The Schedule

Once you have been added to the team, you will receive an email containing a link to the schedule. Please note that the dates are placeholders, not necessarily planned dates. So, for example, while we might have a call scheduled for a particular day, we won't know if the call will actually occur until the date is much closer.

The advantage of the spreadsheet approach is that we can "shift" the entire list down if a call is not completed. Thus, if there is no call on a particular day, every topic will be pushed back. This approach will allow us to focus on the continuity between the topics.

Please note, too, that each lesson title is a link to the page featuring the teachers who signed up for them. So, as we get closer to a call, we will send an email to those teachers to figure out who is available.

Creating a Lesson Plan and Planning

Kaylyn Dorland and Kristine Holloway have put together a three-part lesson plan, which is available here. Please use this plan to organize your lesson.

When the lesson is finished, please send us a copy of your lesson plan. We will add it to our library, available soon. Sharing your plan with us will help us track topics and student learning.

Please note that these topics are based on the Kenyan curriculum. You can learn more about the curriculum here.

Connecting

Connecting with one of the classes can take as long as 45 minutes. Please be prepared for numerous missed calls and connection issues. Still, there are some things you can do to increase the chances for success:

  • Don’t rely on wifi. Instead, make the call from a computer plugged into a network via an ethernet cable.
  • Call from a place where the internet speed is good. For example, if you are in North America, you might want to try calling from your school: given the time difference, you will likely be the only person in your building, which means there will be no one else on your school network.
  • If possible, use a web cam with a resolution of 720p, not an HD web cam. HD cameras push more data, which can cause lag (especially on poor connections).
  • If possible, please take some pictures while teaching. You can take a picture using your smartphone or a screenshot.

Troubleshooting

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Pictures and Reflection

Please take pictures and screenshots during the call. We’d love to have these images shared with us and with the world via social media. Please use the hashtag #ProjectKakuma

We would also like to hear your thoughts about the call. Our colleagues will learn a lot from your experience, so please fill in this form following the call. Please tell us about anything that you think is relevant, such as:

  • The school name and the age of the students you taught (remember that we often don’t know these things in advance)
  • The effectiveness of the lesson
  • Troubleshooting issues
  • Things we might want to change

Frequently Asked Questions

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