Round 3: CoP Trainings
Kicukiro June 18th
The first training of the third round of ATER trainings took place in Kicukiro on June 18th at Kingdom Academy. The number of attendees was the largest yet – 45 primary and secondary teachers participated in the one-day training. After introductions and a warm welcome by local CoP leader Mariza Munah, the teachers started off with a speaking warm-up to get the teachers talking, thinking and moving, before heading into the presentations of the day. The first presentation was entitled, “Teaching Grammar – Another Way”, looking at an alternative method for covering grammar in the classroom, known as the “Test-Teach-Test” method. Following a short tea break, participants were then treated to an entertaining and educational presentation by ATER Executive Secretary Juliet Mahoza on “Teaching English with Crossword Puzzles”. Participants learned the many uses of crosswords in the classroom and how to make them fun with the use of puzzles. Following lunch, the last presentation of the day looked at the use and benefits of “Icebreakers in the Classroom”, a look at 6 different short speaking activities that get students talking and involved. The training finished with concluding words from the ATER leadership thanking participants for their presence and making plans for the next training in November.
Huye June 24th
Huye’s third ATER training took place on the 24th of June in downtown Huye. After warm greetings by local CoP leader Sedar Bazompora, and a quick icebreaker activity by Robert Palisin, the twenty-five attending teachers took part in a presentation from Robert on “Introducing Grammar in the Classroom”, known as the “Test-Teach-Test” method. This is used to create a more student-centered approach and create a better timing and pacing for teachers when covering grammar. This was followed by local Huye secondary teacher Nzeli Rudasigwa’s presentation on “Speaking Activities” – the necessary points that a teacher needs to think about and focus on when doing a speaking activity. Participants were able to take part in new activities themselves as they learned the finer points of running a successful task. Upon the completion of the speaking presentation, Robert returned again to discuss warm-up activities that the teachers could use whenever they wanted to interject a speaking task into their lessons, continuing the theme of speaking in the classroom. After three presentations, the teachers then took a well-deserved lunch before hearing concluding words from ATER president Richard Niyibigira as the day’s training came to a close.
Kayonza July 1st
The third ATER training of the year in Kayonza took place in Muzizi on July 1st. Despite holding the training on a holiday, 17 motivated teachers showed up to hear four presentations on relevant classroom topics. Peace Corps education volunteer Hannah Gann started the proceedings with a discussion on “Student Motivation”, identifying factors for student success in the classroom. Following this presentation, local primary teacher Ruth Shingiro taught a demo lesson on “Comparative Adjectives”, showing her own method of covering this tricky topic in the classroom. The theme then switched to reading – English language Fellow Jessica Griner led a discussion on “Motivation and Reading” – ways to get students interested and excited in integrating reading into their school and home lives. A follow-up presentation was led by Robert Palisin, who presented on “Types of Reading Activities”, demonstrating the different types of reading skills that can be practiced in the classroom. After a hard-working morning, the participants enjoyed a buffet lunch to finish of the day of presentations. Hannah Gann brought participants back for a formal ending with a ‘Thank you” to all of the teachers for their attendance, and for a group picture to remember the day.
Muhanga July 2nd
Muhanga’s third training took place in a new venue, G.S Gitarama, on July 2nd. Three presentations filled the day for participants, focusing on a variety of topics that had been requested on the previous feedback from theteachers. Local CoP leader Sonia Kamaliza officially started the day with warm greetings to the teachers, as well as motivating words to get the teachers’ minds focused on the presentations to come. Robert Palisin began the proceedings with the classic warm-up “3 Things in Common”, as teachers got chatting and thinking for the day. The first presentation was led by Robert, who focused on “Reading Activities”, looking at the different types of reading skills that can be practiced in the classroom, such as reading for gist, reading for detail, scanning, etc. Participants then took a short tea break, and then were treated to a presentation on “Debating”, run by Sonia Kamaliza and Salomon Niwenshuti. Sample debates were organized and run by teachers, who then participated in a group discussion on the relevant qualities of a debate, and how to make a successful one. The third and final presentation was led by Robert Palisin, who focused on short speaking activities that teachers can pull out when in need of fluency work in their lesson. After a long and successful morning session, teachers broke for lunch to relax and reflect on the morning. The group reconvened after lunch to finish off the training, by providing feedback, presenting Robert with a gift, and taking the traditional group photo!
Ngoma July 8th
Ngoma’s third training of the year took place on the campus of INATEK in Kibungo on July 8th. Ngoma chapter member Juvenal Habiyaremye provided a warm welcome and introductions to begin the day, with a welcome by Ngoma CoP leader Amini Ngabonziza, followed by a warm-up by English Language Fellow Robert Palisin. The first presentation of the day was “English for Specific Purposes”, an in-depth look at the field of ESP in the classroom, led by two local instructors, Vincent Bigirimana and Damascene Mutsinzi. Participants received a look at the finer points of teaching ESP and took part in sample activities used in the classroom. Following a tea break, Robert Palisin led a discussion reviewing different types of reading skills in “Reading in the Classroom”, focusing on the different types of reading that can be practiced with students. After breaking for lunch, participants returned for the third and final presentation of the day, “Teaching English in Rural Areas”, by local teacher Tanganyika. Effective techniques for dealing in a more rural context were covered, with a special focus on fundamentals points teachers can include to make up for lack or resources. Mr. Ngabonziza officially brought the training to close by thanking the participants and requesting a traditional group photo.