| Mar 20, 2017
2017 Magical Classroom Training
From the 20th-24th of February, 23 bright and eager teachers from rural areas all over Guatemala gathered with the Magical Classroom curriculum development and administrative team for an intensive training, learning the method to the magic of each classroom. Taking place in a retreat center in the wilderness, the setting was conducive to an extremely successful training: by the last day, the teachers had not only learned extensively about how to create the most high-quality and enjoyable education for their students, but bonded and found a group cohesion as well. The training covered all of the lessons and activities that form the content of the schools, from learning to identify the date and count attendance as a group, to reading stories, playing games, and listening to pre-recorded materials. Teachers also discussed strategies to handle any challenges that might arise with their students, as well as the importance and implementation of nutritional programs. Everyone was given the opportunity to practice leading activities, and trainers did a fantastic job of encouraging questions and interactive sessions to assure that time at the training was utilized in the most beneficial way possible.
Displays were posted on the walls of the center, demonstrating how simple materials can be used to create uplifted and educational classroom decorations. Teachers also had one-on-one and small group meetings with the administrative team, clarifying their roles and responsibilities as Magical Classroom participants. Tablets were distributed to everyone, containing the lesson plans and content for the year, and equipping teachers with the ability to take pictures of their classroom and students in action! Benchmarks and goals for the students’ growth were discussed, contributing to the teachers’ foresight of where their classrooms should be by the end of the program. Cooking together, sharing meals, playing games and learning in a way that was both engaging and fun, the training made for an unforgettable and extremely effective start to the 2017 year of classes. We can’t wait to see the magic that lies ahead, knowing the teachers are well-prepared, enthusiastic and ready to go!
Contributed by Drew: intern from Boulder, Colorado- excited and grateful to get to witness these highly important projects that are nourishing youngsters all over Guatemala!