Last night we told you about the participation of principals and vice principals of the Orange Walk District in the 4th annual Belize/Alberta Literacy Project. But the initiative does not only benefit principals and vice principals, but also teachers who are sharing in the expertise of the Alberta, Canada educators. For the past two days 20 teachers have been part of the “Learning Coaches” part of the initiative which is taking place at the Louisiana Government School. Our news team was there today and filed the following report.

Yari Catzim- Reporting

Brenda Elder- Rotary Club of Alberta, Canada

“I am helping them with training on curriculum assessment, effective teaching strategies, alternative discipline, and behavior discipline issues and plan. We are working on literacy as well and the idea is that next week the teachers will be coming to sessions and these teachers will be presenting to them and they will be experts in that area and they will be presenting to teachers of Belize these ideas and share them and hope they help them on their own classrooms.”

workshopThese teachers present here are participating in the “Learning Coaches” program which is a section of the Belize/Alberta initiative carried out since 2007.

Brenda Elder is the instructor. The focus for the training is divided in four main areas: CAPS, Alternative Teaching Strategies, Literacy, and Alternative Discipline.

Brenda Elder- Rotary Club Alberta Canada

“We have four primary goals that we are looking to at the first one we called it CAPS and it is looking in dept at curriculums and objectives, looking at assessments, period of interventions at a school level, so if there is a problem or an issue with the students, what interventions can be and it is looking at spirituality as well into the classrooms. The second one that we look at was looking at alternative teaching strategies, looking at ways to improve the lesson plans to engage the students in the classrooms, to have them more involved and have higher learning expectations and retain information more, we are looking at literacy’s our third primary goal and as to bring literacy into the teachers lessons throughout the day not just within the language arts section but in the science and math and learning how to improve literacy and the little activities that we can do and the last one we are looking at is alternative discipline and that is doing discipline in a positive manner by engaging the student having them involve and trying to reduce the issues in the classrooms by having a very good lesson very well planned and in that way nobody having the students so involved that they are not going to be disrupted, they are excited about being there, they are motivated and they want to learn.”

Percival Gideon, a teacher at San Francisco RC is one of the learning coaches. One of the topics that caught his attention was Alternative Discipline.

Percival Gideon- Teacher San Francisco RC

“We have a problem with corporal punishment; we know that Belize has passed that law that at no school corporal punishment should be involved; now we need to find alternatives. This year we are finding alternatives for corporal punishment now if we cannot be doing corporal punishment in the classrooms then what are other alternatives and so these Canadians are coming with alternatives, for example we have strategies that we need to teach in the classrooms so that we can avoid going to the extremes of using corporal punishment so that is the idea of the workshop to allow teachers to have some ideas what they can do in the classrooms so that they don’t go to the extreme of putting themselves into corporal punishment.”

For Gideon, adapting positive discipline strategies is a method he is looking forward to implementing this school year.

Percival Gideon- Teacher San Francisco RC

“When it comes to discipline it engages lot of stuff, but one of the typical ideas is that if you have a structure plan, if you involve students on activities then that minimizes them to go to the extreme of behaving bad, if you give them positive reinforcement, treat them fairly, if you be a friend to them then these are alternatives for students not to be engage in attitudes where you will need to punish them.”

The training ends today. The 20 participants are now required to go into their respective schools and train their colleagues on the material they learnt.Last night we told you about the participation of principals and vice principals of the Orange Walk District in the 4th annual Belize/Alberta Literacy Project. But the initiative does not only benefit principals and vice principals, but also teachers who are sharing in the expertise of the Alberta, Canada educators. For the past two days 20 teachers have been part of the “Learning Coaches” part of the initiative which is taking place at the Louisiana Government School. Our news team was there today and filed the following report.

Yari Catzim- Reporting

Brenda Elder- Rotary Club of Alberta, Canada

“I am helping them with training on curriculum assessment, effective teaching strategies, alternative discipline, and behavior discipline issues and plan. We are working on literacy as well and the idea is that next week the teachers will be coming to sessions and these teachers will be presenting to them and they will be experts in that area and they will be presenting to teachers of Belize these ideas and share them and hope they help them on their own classrooms.”

These teachers present here are participating in the “Learning Coaches” program which is a section of the Belize/Alberta initiative carried out since 2007.

Brenda Elder is the instructor. The focus for the training is divided in four main areas: CAPS, Alternative Teaching Strategies, Literacy, and Alternative Discipline.

Brenda Elder- Rotary Club Alberta Canada

“We have four primary goals that we are looking to at the first one we called it CAPS and it is looking in dept at curriculums and objectives, looking at assessments, period of interventions at a school level, so if there is a problem or an issue with the students, what interventions can be and it is looking at spirituality as well into the classrooms. The second one that we look at was looking at alternative teaching strategies, looking at ways to improve the lesson plans to engage the students in the classrooms, to have them more involved and have higher learning expectations and retain information more, we are looking at literacy’s our third primary goal and as to bring literacy into the teachers lessons throughout the day not just within the language arts section but in the science and math and learning how to improve literacy and the little activities that we can do and the last one we are looking at is alternative discipline and that is doing discipline in a positive manner by engaging the student having them involve and trying to reduce the issues in the classrooms by having a very good lesson very well planned and in that way nobody having the students so involved that they are not going to be disrupted, they are excited about being there, they are motivated and they want to learn.”

Percival Gideon, a teacher at San Francisco RC is one of the learning coaches. One of the topics that caught his attention was Alternative Discipline.

Percival Gideon- Teacher San Francisco RC

“We have a problem with corporal punishment; we know that Belize has passed that law that at no school corporal punishment should be involved; now we need to find alternatives. This year we are finding alternatives for corporal punishment now if we cannot be doing corporal punishment in the classrooms then what are other alternatives and so these Canadians are coming with alternatives, for example we have strategies that we need to teach in the classrooms so that we can avoid going to the extremes of using corporal punishment so that is the idea of the workshop to allow teachers to have some ideas what they can do in the classrooms so that they don’t go to the extreme of putting themselves into corporal punishment.”

For Gideon, adapting positive discipline strategies is a method he is looking forward to implementing this school year.

Percival Gideon- Teacher San Francisco RC

“When it comes to discipline it engages lot of stuff, but one of the typical ideas is that if you have a structure plan, if you involve students on activities then that minimizes them to go to the extreme of behaving bad, if you give them positive reinforcement, treat them fairly, if you be a friend to them then these are alternatives for students not to be engage in attitudes where you will need to punish them.”

The training ends today. The 20 participants are now required to go into their respective schools and train their colleagues on the material they learnt.

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