We talked a little bit about their teacher training program and how no matter how 'trained' you are, and what you focus on, the problems in classrooms - especially in poor areas of Latin America - are rarely what you expected and prepared for. I've worked teaching and teacher training in Guatemala and parts of Mexico and here are 3 examples from my experience in development :
Problems and REAL PROBLEMS
- Setting up a cohesive school-wide behavior/reward program to improve conduct and help rookie teachers with discipline.
- Scheduling a Monday morning meeting so teachers can work on the curriculum together, share ideas, integrate lessons and cooperate thematically.
- Showing the teachers how to use the computer lab and integrate technology into their lessons and curriculum.
- Chicken population per classroom.
- Mysterious whole student bodies disappearing for days, coming back and explaining they all had to go "Protect the Forest" -- What? Protect the Forest?? From elves???
- Teacher-Student Marriages