Hello again friends! I am back from my trip to Africa and can’t wait to share my experiences training these wonderful teachers with you all!!
In case you are unfamiliar with how I ended up traveling to Africa to train teachers, you can click on the image below to find out how this journey all began.
5 Main Goals of the Conference:
1. To empower teachers
2. To open teachers’ minds to a different way of teaching that will promote active learning in all students. (To move from a traditional style of teaching to a more inquiry-based style)
* In Uganda, all teachers use a traditional style of teaching that involves mostly lecture and memorization. There is no real critical thinking involved and no real way for teachers to assess if students are really
* Many teachers believe: ‘it is my job to present the information, and it is the students’ jobs to understand. Once I have taught the lesson (via lecture, memorizing definitions from a text, or restating facts) then my
work is done.’
* Teachers use this traditional approach because that is all they know. They were taught with the same
rote memorization approach, and were trained only in this style at their teacher colleges.
3. To show teachers the importance of making connections between what is known (backgrounnd knowledge) and new information (what is being taught).
4. To show teachers how language and the written word are the keys to all other learning.
* In Uganda, there are over 50 different mother tongue languages, but the national language is English. That means that every…single…student is learning English as a second language. They require, but are not currently receiving, a bilingual education curriculum. Everything is taught in English only.
* The new curriculum we are writing for Uganda will be bilingual. Students will learn in their mother tongue the first week. The second week, they will receive the same instruction in both their mother tongue and English. The third week they will receive very similar instruction, but in English only. In this way, students will be able to make connections across the two languages and connect their second language (English) to their mother tongue.
5. To learn just as much from the teachers (if not more) than I could ever teach them.
How I Accomplished the 5 Main Goals:
What is Teaching?
Goal One: Empower Teachers
What is Learning?
Goal Two: To open teachers’ minds to a different way of teaching that will promote active learning in all students.
2. I modeled the think-aloud approach several times. I wanted to show teachers that there is more to teaching than just reading a book, or parts of a textbook and memorizing definitions. I used the think-aloud strategy to show them how we should be modeling our thinking before, during, and after we read anything to our students.
Learning is About Making Connections!
Goal Three: To show teachers the importance of making connections between what is known (backgrounnd knowledge) and new information (what is being taught).
|Teachers are the bridge responsible for connecting what students already know to what they are expected to learn|
Language is the key to all other learning
Goal Four: To show teachers how language and the written word are the keys to all other learning.
Learning from the Teachers
Goal Five: To learn just as much from the teachers (if not more) than I could ever teach them.
|Teachers trying out some inquiry lessons that they wrote together!|
…on Friday afternoon. Teachers put on a drama:
|The drama was about a bus driver who lets all kinds of negative influences onto his bus while he keeps pushing Jesus to the back. It was such a great message!!|