Did you know that the importance of early mathematics is overlooked?
On Friday, the teachers at Precious Treasures International Primary were refreshed on important ways to make math come alive and move from the abstract to concrete for young learners. This workshop covered:
This week I had the pleasure of conducting 2 workshops with the Department of Education and teachers from Providenciales, Middle Caicos, Grand Turk, South Caicos and North Caicos to explore Language Acquisition in the Linguistically Diverse Classroom.
Itâs not uncommon to find students who are coming to school with very little knowledge of the English language. Itâs important that teachers are equipped with the mindset and strategies to help their students thrive.
In our sessions, we explored:
âï¸Creating Safe, Inclusive and Supportive Environments
âï¸Understanding Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Education
âï¸Oral Language and Vocabulary Development in the Early Years
âï¸Teaching English Language Learners
âï¸Stages of Second Language Acquisition
âï¸Approaches to English Language Learning
This week has been a treat, because I have gotten to facilitate one of my favorite education workshops two days in a row! Yesterday I worked with the staff at the International School of Precious Treasures. In addition to having a little team building fun, we explored creating inclusive classrooms.
We wish the teachers at ISTCI an awesome academic year!
Yesterday we spent our morning with Precious Treasures International School exploring Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Education. Our session was filled with lots of learning and ah-ha moments!
DEI in Education is a powerful workshop that explores the awareness of topics such as inclusion, ethnocentrism, stereotypes, unconscious bias, micro aggressions in the classroom and more.
We wish the teachers at PTIS an awesome academic year!
As a trainer, I have the pleasure of working with teams in many different fields. When I train educators, it feels like "going home."
Yesterday, I jumped on the Ferry and headed over to spend the morning in North Caicos with the teachers at Adelaide Oemler Primary. Often teacher training sessions are not done as the school year is about to close out, but Alignment for Educators is an important one, regardless of the time of year. Alignment for Educators focuses on guiding participants to have clarity on their intentions and aligning their mindsets and actions to achieve these intentions.
Last week, Mrs. Guilmise had the pleasure of joining a group of teachers from the Department of Education in Grand Turk to be trained on 'The Brain Power Classroom,' a program that focuses on building mindfulness, focus and emotional wellness in students. They spent time being trained by facilitators from New York, and then had the opportunity to try out the strategies and techniques that they learned with students at Ona Glinton Primary School and Eliza Simons Primary.
Learn and Lead looks forward to supporting schools as they embark on a journey to improve the daily wellness of their students.
Yesterday I was excited to take part in "Nurturing Young Minds, Building a Strong Foundation." This workshop. a joint initiative between the Early Childhood Department of the Ministry of Education and UNICEF, targeted parents and teachers of children between birth and 4 years of age. The day began with Mrs. Lakeisha Gardiner - Wilson, Nutritionist, from the Ministry of Health. She presented on the "Importance of a Healthy Diet for Young Children."
Learn and Lead focused on some of our favorite topics - Early Stimulation, Positive Discipline and Self-Regulation. The first 1000 days of a child's life are so crucial to their development and their overall emotional, social, academic development. This was a great initiative by the Department of Education and UNICEF.
The early language and literacy skills of a student lay the foundation for all future learning. The ability to read is considered a critical factor in the ability to live a healthy, happy and productive life. Without the skill of reading, it makes all other learning challenging.
The early years of a child's life are critical years for brain development and are when the foundation of language and literacy development occurs. Once a child enters school, the teacher usually becomes central in developing this foundation. Our students benefit when we understand the process of learning language and literacy and become Master of It.
Today we had the pleasure with once again working with K1 - grade 2 teachers from around the Turks and Caicos Islands. We focused on 'Effective Early Language and Literacy Development,"
This afternoon I had the opportunity to work with 6 teachers from Ianthee Pratt Primary School. They were unable to attend last week's webinar on Exceptional Learners, and we welcomed hosting them in our conference room.
Topics we discussed included:
Small group sessions provide an opportunity for increased discussion and learning.
This afternoon we enjoyed facilitating a webinar on Exceptional Learners in the Primary Classroom with Primary School teachers from across the Turks and Caicos Islands. We focused on 4 key areas:
1. Understanding Special Education
2. Understanding Exceptional Learners
3. Addressing Diverse Learners
4. Managing the Inclusive Classroom
We hope that the teachers in attendance gained a few tips and tricks to help them in the managing of their inclusive classrooms.
Today we had the pleasure of working with some of the K1-Grade 2 teachers from around the country. We had such a great time sharing and learning together!
We explored âThe Importance of Early Mathematics.â Often in the early years, because literacy is so important, math takes the back burner. The thing is, math is just as important, and in many ways lays an essential foundation for literacy development.
The topics covered in todayâs workshop were:
Yesterday evening Learn and Lead hosted its first parent workshop since 2019! It was such a pleasure!
Jumpstart 2023 is a positive parenting workshop that focuses on:
We look forward to more parent workshops in the future!
Yolande Robinson, M.Ed.
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