The Hardest Job

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As I mentioned in my last blog, New Hope hosted a team of 5 teachers from Washington, DC to plan and lead a week-long teacher development training for the 15 teachers of New Hope Academy. It was an incredible week of training. One of my favorite quotes was from Teacher Faith, “We have learned more in one week than in 2 years of formal education in Kenya.”

Together, these 5 women bring decades of experience in education. The team included classroom teachers, a principal and a special educator bringing their expertise to a group of teachers that are hungry for knowledge and skill to better their teaching and improve the lives of their students. The training included learning how to breakdown skills in a standard, backwards planning, and writing a SMART objective. They also did fun, team-building activities and learned other practical skills they can incorporate into their classrooms immediately like checks for understanding, attention grabbers and celebrations. At the end of the week the New Hope Teachers participated in “teach-backs”. They taught lessons about Kenya to our visitors. I learned a lot about Kenya!

The week included modeling teaching methods that can be incorporated immediately into the classroom.

The week included modeling teaching methods that can be incorporated immediately into the classroom.

And lots of team-building activities. Teaching is collaborative!

And lots of team-building activities. Teaching is collaborative!

Teacher Margaret and Madame Tunga planned delicious meals for us all week!

Teacher Margaret and Madame Tunga planned delicious meals for us all week!

Our boy, Stephen, got some much needed tutoring from our team members.

Our boy, Stephen, got some much needed tutoring from our team members.

At the end of the week, we celebrated by walking to the local pizza place for lunch!

At the end of the week, we celebrated by walking to the local pizza place for lunch!

Big thanks to these beautiful and talented women!

Big thanks to these beautiful and talented women!

One thought on “The Hardest Job

  1. Way cool! What a wonderful use of some unique and specially skilled folks. Looking forward to your thoughts on how to sustain the nourishment of the teachers and continue to improve the education in Kibera!

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