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.
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