|Here I am presenting in Flores Costa Cuca (drenched in sweat)|
This past month, here at the office we´ve been giving workshops to all the school principals of the state (590!) on how to improve evaulation techniques in the classroom. USAID has a program called Reforma en el aula (Reform in the Classroom, YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK, PEOPLE!) that produced a great book full of little gems on how to make better tests, how to use debate, selfevaluation and a ton of other tools to make sure students are learning and not just attending school.
|NOTE THE PROJECTOR SCREEN!|
BUT, what does excite them is how to teach better. And that´s what this past year has been (for me). Working with teachers on how to teach better. Specifically how to teach reading better.
When I was home, I went to visit my nieces´ preschool classroom and I was blown away. They had a treasure chest, dress up clothes, colorful rugs, A PLAYGROUND! When I came back to Guate I was in this mentality ´what a difference´, not good, not bad, just what a pronounced difference that money makes in how we live our lives, how we educate, how we operate, how we function.
Please take a look at the projector screen we used at our most recent workshop in Flores Costa Cuca. You are not mistaken, that is in fact a white bed sheet. Now, how practical is that! Super portable, super easy to hang anywhere, no need to lug some huge projector screen, or spend hundreds of dollars to buy a huge projector screen and install it. Call me crazy, but THIS. IS. GENIOUS. I love the juxtaposition of using the technology of a projector, with a bed sheet. Sometimes money makes us impractical. Just as poverty makes us creative.
Now, I´m sort of looking at everything and saying, Wait. One. Second. This is only one example. There are thousands. Hundreds of thousands of brillant little things here that make me think, ´Hey, that´s really smart´. This is not just in Guate, it´s in the US, in Nigeria, in Turkey, in France, in the Philipines. So I´m on a new mission to start appreciating these details of creativity...
p.s. Killed the third mouse in my house yesterday. Pia is turning into a hunting dog (I´m not opposed). My house being nicknamed ´La Ratonera´ by my host fam is endearing, right???