Recently we (the VVOB team in Cambodia) welcomed Philippe Mollet from the MIRA observatory in Grimbergen. His 3-week stint at the Kandal teacher training college started with a focus group. Participants discussed and selected the 15 most interesting items from a list of 30. In true “Mission Impossible” style, Philippe got 10 days to prepare the workshop.
|Image courtesy P.Mollet|
A nice way to impress for example is to ask them who big the Moon is in the sky. You can be sure they will show it much bigger than in reality (you can actually cover it with your little finger, even when there’s a “supermoon”)
The workshop’s programme was more content driven than other workshops, responding to a need by teacher trainers to improve their understanding of these often abstract and complex issues. Besides, tools and activities were offered (where possible low-cost ones) to teach astronomy in their own class.