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Teacher's Summer Institute - highlights from week 1
The forty plus teachers who attended the first week of our Summer Institute were a little shy on Monday, as products of a rather dry and strict educational system. But they themselves experienced the enthusiasm transmitted by interactive and empowering teaching methods, and by Tuesday were already asking for more workshops to pass new styles and methods on to their students.
Dr. Moise Baptiste of Ithaca College began by challenging the teachers to seek out their own power to transform the educational system, and through it, the next generation and the future of their entire country.
Howard University Speech and Hearing Clinic Director, Dr. Martine Elie drew the teachers into her presentation about different teaching and learning styles, and how to mix up different styles to reach all the students.
Visit Dr. Elie's blog to read her impressions of TSI: http://teachforchangeinhaiti.
Atlanta based, Haiti-born teacher Corinne Rochelin, drew on her mother's experience of teaching in Haiti to recreate the Haitian classroom to the teacher's great amusement, while showing them how to use simple resources and techniques to really inspire
students to love reading and make it part of their daily lives.
Tiffany Malone, a Program Supervisor with STAR Autism in Culver City, California, returned to TSI this year to give teachers a wealth of ideas and insights on how to reinforce positive behavior in their classrooms, and create the best possible learning atmosphere instead of "punishing" unwanted behavior and discouraging students.
YogaKids International CEO Don Weing explained to teacher's how simple yoga exercises can help children be more alert and better retain the lessons they learn in the classroom, while also helping teachers and student combat stress and feel generally better about themselves.
Suzanne Rochelin, Program Director ofEducate Haiti Now, and Ecole Shalom Educational Director Fernande Mondestin enlightened teachers respectively on best practices for effective school administration and lesson planning.
Stay tuned to see what happens during the second, week-long session of the HAC - EHN Summer Teacher's Institute, with even more presenters, and 62 teachers already preregistered.