August 2010 Blog Posts (10)

Facilitator Workshops in Gilgil

Wednesday, August 11th and Thursday, August 12th


There have been so many "Aha" moments the last two days both for Canadian and Kenyan teachers. As we exchange ideas and thoughts about teaching and our classrooms we're learning how to work together. On Wednesday we split into two group to work on differentiated and inquiry based learning. As we presented our ideas and information we used collaborative learning techniques to group the Kenyan teachers so they were able to…
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Added by Kimberly Brown on August 29, 2010 at 19:41 — No Comments

EBB 2010 Workshop for Naivasha District, Kenya

There was a week-long flurry of activities at Utumishi Boys’ Academy, Gilgil when over 140 educators engaged in discussions around four teaching learner-centred methodologies in the third round of EBB workshops in Naivasha district – Kenya. The group guided by the theme ‘Focus on Learning, not on Teaching’ began by developing three outcomes around which the assembly would articulate issues in the interest of teacher professional growth. The objectives of the week were to;

 Model and share… Continue

Added by Moses Muthoki on August 29, 2010 at 9:30 — No Comments

Collaborative Teaching and Learning





Tuesday, August 10, 2010



Today our facilitator workshops focused on collaborative learning and teaching. There was lots of laughter as we shared ideas throughout the day. We facilitated an introduction to collaborative learning using a

reading circle approach that had the Kenyan teachers reading their…

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Added by Kimberly Brown on August 15, 2010 at 3:00 — 1 Comment

First Day of Facilitator Workshops

Monday, August 9, 2010



This is the first day of facilitator workshops with the Kenyan teachers at Utimishi Academy. Many of the facilitators arrived last night so we had a chance to get to know

each other over supper. Today there was an amazing amount of great discussion

about Professional Learning Communities (PLC), the graffiti activity questions

prompted…

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Added by Kimberly Brown on August 15, 2010 at 3:00 — No Comments

Planning for Facilitator Week

Thursday, August 5 and Friday, August 6, 2010





We’re busy planning for the upcoming facilitator workshops. We had worked on our handout packed for the four teaching methodologies that we are presenting next week. This was the best thing that we ever did because now

we can focus on planning and using the handouts as a guide.





We were also watching…

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Added by Kimberly Brown on August 15, 2010 at 3:00 — No Comments

Referendum Day

Wednesday, August 4, 2010



The schools are all closed now for a term break. The break came early due to a referendum vote today on changes to the Kenyan constitution. All Kenyans need time to vote either yes or no to the changes.

We’ve been asking about the changes so we have a bit of an understanding of the

importance of the referendum. Some of the changes include: decentralizing the

government and giving more power to local…

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Added by Kimberly Brown on August 15, 2010 at 3:00 — No Comments

Utamishi Boys Academy

Tuesday, August 3, 2010



This morning we visited classrooms at Utamishi Boys Academy in Gilgil. The school is our home for the next three weeks until we return to Nairobi on our way home. Utimishi is a

National boarding school for secondary students who have performed at the top

of the grade eight national exams. The majority of the students at Utamishi

have parents who are police officers. Half of the students are away for…

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Added by Kimberly Brown on August 15, 2010 at 3:00 — No Comments

New Haiti?



Haiti Trip Summary

In case you are wondering how my trip back home went I would prefer to tell you what you do not usually see or read about in the mainstream media. Sure, there are obstacles. Seeing the destruction, the litter, and the makeshift tents, Port-au-Prince and the surrounding areas seem like a war zone. Yet, there are signs of hope, for…

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Added by Vitalem Alriche on August 13, 2010 at 22:13 — No Comments

Facilitators Preparations for The Teachers Seminar

After five days at Utumishi Boys' Academy preparing for a week long Naivasha (Kenya) District teachers seminar, it feels anxious to think about the outcome of the collective effort. The nitty-gritties have to be combed through but then that is just the start. The week was not just exciting seeing the team disagree on principle then concede and agree to a particular way that all the same delivers the objective but also provided a time to reflect on what influence a teacher wields.



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Added by Moses Muthoki on August 13, 2010 at 13:07 — 1 Comment

First Day Visiting Schools in Kenya

Monday, August 2nd, 2010




Today was our first day of school visits. We traveled over incredibly bumpy, washed out roads that Canadian drivers would never venture down unless they had four-wheel drive vehicles. But there we were in our Kenyan matatu van venturing where no van should be going.

Our first school visit was to Ngetiti Primary School in Gilgil. After a adventurous drive and a wrong turn or two we ended up at…
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Added by Kimberly Brown on August 12, 2010 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

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