Modern Methodologies Applied Thanks to the Library
By Rachel Isser - Project Leader
Teachers are able to give more personalized class
One of our greatest challenges as an instution here in Ecuador is convincing our teachers to try new strategies and methodologies with their students. Our teachers all grew up with traditional teaching styles that mostly included copying and dictation for reading and bland repitition for math. Now that they are teachers themselves, it is difficult for them to expand beyond what they already know.
But this year with the new library, we see the teachers coming out of their shells to try something new. Change is gradual so we are focusing on one methodolgy: Learning Centers. In this strategy, a teacher organizes four different activities, many that the students can do independently. Every 10-15 minutes, the students will rotate around the tables until they have tried every activity. Since the classrooms are quite small, this stragey is best implented in the library. Learning Centers allow the teacher to work with just four or five students at a time, ensuring that each one really understands the material and providing extra help where it's needed. They also incorporate play and problem solving into the class, and provide access to the books more frequently than when they spent the whole day in the classroom.
We created a schedule for the library where each teacher had a weekly slot and they are all taking advantage of this new opportunity. We are very pleased that the library has provided the space and opportunity to give our students a more dynamic and effective education.
We'd also love to remind you that Giving Tuesday in just a few days, on December 3, your donations here on Global Giving will be partially matched! Giving Tuesday is a movement worldwide to celebrate generosity and you're invited! Keep our library up and running and become part of the movement!
Students rotate between various activities
Nov 20, 2019
Our Project is Funded!
By Rachel Isser - Project Leader
Natural sciences class
Thanks to all of your generous support, our Environmental Education Program for the 2019-2020 school year is fully funded! And just in time, as there is only one more big activity scheduled before the end of the school year in January: A field trip to the rural the community of Rio Muchacho to plant trees and visit the Rio Muchacho Organic Farm.
So far, we definitely feel that the program is starting to make its mark on the students. We understand that true environmental awareness takes time but we are proud to see small changes in our students’ habits and attitudes. And this was just the first year! Now, we officially make the program annual by opening a second year of fundraising for the Environmental Education Program. Soon, we will be closing this year’s project and you will stop receiving updates. To continue supporting the Environmental Education program follow the link below to make a donation.
And don’t forget that in just two weeks on Giving Tuesday, December 3, all of your contributions to our projects will be partially matched! Giving Tuesday is a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity, and you are invited! Take advantage of this opportunity to get matched and join the movement!
The first semester has passed and we have put our new library space to great use! In addition to being a place of reference for students to research and check out books, the library has also become a place to host activities for students, teachers and parents.
During the mornings, many teachers bring their students into the library to work on theatrical activities or group work. In the afternoons the library may host teacher development workshops or meetings with parents. The library has become a site where all branches of our educatonal community, students, parents, and teachers, can come together for the common goal: creating an enriching environment where Canoa's children can learn and grow!
As you may have heard in the news, there are massive protests happening all over Ecuador. This has caused the Ministry of Education to close schools for over a week now. There are no students to enjoy our beautiful library! With the economic paralysis we are experiencing, we expect the coming months to be very difficult for our Los Algarrobos families to contribute with tuition.
Please consider a donation to help get our families and teachers through this tough time!