Our July 2017 event was a blast! We learned loads from the Haitian teachers and I hope that they are equipped with some new ideas for their classroom this year. We offered a 2-day workshop for 24 teachers that was followed by a 2-day “Creative Camp” for about 150 kids.
The Top 5 Things I Learned
Here are my top five tips for anyone looking to test out a program similar to this one.
- Bring teachers with you. I had one teacher on my team (thank you Julia Smith) and she was GOLD for the project!
- Demonstrate each challenge. Once the teachers see you do it, they’ll jump in immediately.
- The teachers have smartphones, but don’t assume they’ll use them to teach.
- Find physically active creative challenges. Dancing, throwing, clapping, etc. Keep it lively.
- Keep the challenges simple. You should be able to explain each one in less than 2 minutes.
A more detailed article on all of our learning objectives and findings can be found on LinkedIn.
Did This Website Content Work?
To be honest, not really. As I describe in the LinkedIn article, the teaching/learning style that we observed didn’t fit the “read it out loud” model that we took to Haiti. The teaching style that we saw work best was:
- Demonstrate the activity for the teachers
- Test the activity with the teachers involved
- Have the teachers do the activity on their own
- The teachers relay all of the ideas to the students without the need for a written copy of the challenge
Even though the technology wasn’t a perfect fit, the workshop and Creative Camp were a lot of fun for everyone involved.