December 8, 2017

The Classroom is Speaking!

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This blog was written by Learning Leader Alice Vanderkooy who is working alongside co-leader Diane Stronks with Haitian educators and leaders as part of the Ambassador Training: Collaborative Learning Walking Together project.

Thursday already! We began the day by talking about the qualities we want to encourage in our graduates. Dan Berends suggests in his blog that there be an additional set of characteristics that focus around the concept of student flourishing. Beyond evaluating academic achievement, how do we measure whether our students have recognized their ability to transform culture?

The ambassadors gathered in groups of 4 or 5 to come up with suggestions, then posted their work so it could be shared for an “I like, I wonder” activity. One of the pedagogical protocols (Gallery Walk) of Project-Based Learning, this allows everyone a voice. Again it was an example of group work and critique in action. How wonderful to see everyone working together, becoming passionate about their ideas, differing respectfully! When Madame Louisinette Casseus, director of CRECH, came by to look at what we had been doing, she was blown away by how the “classroom was speaking.” “What do you mean?” I asked. “Everywhere in the room, you can see what you have been living and learning this week. What a beautiful display of how we want the classrooms in our schools to look!” 

In the afternoon, we asked the participants to apply their learning of the week by creating an action plan for themselves and their communities. “How do you hope to use what we have done together in concrete and practical ways?” They spent the rest of the afternoon working out the details of that action plan. We were blown away by the proposals they presented on Friday. You can read more about this on Diane’s blog.

The rest of Friday was a time of celebration. Several of the participants serenaded us with songs, one of the pastors, Jacques Alexis shared the gratitude of the whole group, certificates were handed out to everyone and then we ate, drank and were merry!

It has been a week of getting to know a group of beautiful people. Their enthusiasm, their desire to serve God and their communities, their passionate discussions and their laughter were contagious. They and we look forward to a continued partnership.



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