Ouma Justine examines LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION with senior three students. It was period 5 on the time table at 11.00a.m. The” agric teacher” entered the senior three class at Dr. Lucille Corti Science College. He wrote on the BB the words “LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION “as the students organized their note books.
What is livestock? Mr. Ouma asked.” It refers to domestic animals such as cattle, dogs, chicken goats, sheep, cats”, the students enumerated. In this lesson the teacher guided the students to raise the points to the sub-topic entirely. They uncovered the importance of livestock production as source of food, source of income, raw materials for agro vet industry, raw materials for leather industry, biogas production, and electricity and so on.
The students also discussed that livestock production has its challenges. They range from diseases to malnutrition. Others are price fluctuations, competition from other sectors, inadequate financial resources to improve the sector. Others include inadequate knowledge, poor veterinary services, bad roads, and unwillingness of the owners to change from traditional to modern practices. Etc.
Generally the students had a wealth of material in them. Child centered approach to teaching is the way to go. With a new topic the students can also be guided to raise the points from known to unknown. Students can delve into books, previous notes, experiences, group work etc in order to build facts on the topic at hand. Mr. Ouma was met at a post-observation event and they agreed that the lesson objective was achieved. He was encouraged to embrace the child centered teaching fully and never let go of it. He was encouraged to give enough questions for the students to build the notes.
OBSERVED BY THE COORDINATOR, Sr. Felicity Therese Drakuru