|The last day of the Meynaa School English teachers' professional development workshops, I asked the teachers to reflect back on all the various strategies I'd taught them.|
|First I had the teachers brainstorm their own individual list of all the different instructional and classroom management strategies I'd taught during the training.|
Next I had the students pair up and share with each other their list
|George wanted to begin with giving his students "Explicite Instructions." In other words, being very clear and specific.|
|Chinchu would like to begin using the praise with specifics strategy. This is where the teacher praises a student, and tells them specifically why they are being praised. i.e. "I'm very happy with the way your raised your hand today and asked permission to sharpen your pencil. Good job!"|
|Aravindan explained how he would incorporate a bell work or start of class activity.|
|The lead teacher, Ahamed, presented how he'd use graphic organizers.|
|"If the last five days of these professional development workshops was an animal, what animal would it be and why?"|
This was my final reflective question to the English teachers. As soon as I asked the question, the ear-to-ear smiles were immediate!
|"A dolphine because it is so intelligent."|
"A baby elephant because it can grow big."
"A rabbit because it hops around."
"A cat because it is so sneaky!"
"A horse because of the beautiful view when riding it."