We finished day three of our teacher trainer workshops last weekend. That was the day that the teachers used the skills that they have acquired and developed over several years of Education Beyond Borders (EBB) workshops. The fourteen teachers have attended teacher training methodology workshops in collaborative teaching, differentiated instruction and inquiry learning.
Jesse, a secondary teacher from Shiston Secondary School, has been attending workshops since EBB's beginning in Leguruki Ward in 2011. That first year we first introduced collaborative instruction techniques. The fourteen teachers have also attended workshops to develop workshop facilitation skills and acquire more in depth knowledge on the three teaching methodologies. During the past two years they have practiced their skills and co-planned then facilitated teacher workshops with Canadian EBB team members.This year they are working with Canadian EBB members as mentors then planning, preparing and facilitating teacher workshops on their own for the teachers of King'ori Ward.
One of the trainer groups is planning the first day of teacher workshops focusing on collaborative learning while a second group is presenting differentiated instruction on day 2. Withing those workshops the trainers need to plan an opening for the two day workshops, facilitate a community agreement, plan for tea/lunch breaks as well as an assessment for each day's workshops then an evaluation of the two days. Another group is planning a one day student conference to promote leadership skills including team building and communication. For each workshops we expect sixty participants.
There were many details to discuss and prepare. The teams spent time making posters, prepping materials, trying out activities, agreeing on wording for materials and practicing their workshops. It was a busy time and we look forward to successful workshops.
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