The Preschool and Lower Elementary Training Modules are a series of workshops, organized by the ERC and offered to teachers from different schools in Lebanon and surrounding countries. Each Module consists of three coherent workshops designed to present the most recent educational theories and to create change in teachers’ beliefs about teaching and learning in the 21st Century. Our professional team of teachers and coordinators – Samia Boulad, Riad Chirazi, Dima Mneimneh, Ghada Mdhoun, Lina Jaroudi, Sana Kaedbey, Doha Berjawi, Carla Oud, Rosie Khalil, Solange Khoury, Eliane Lteif, Dania Baghdadi, Asma Doughan, and Fatme Kammoun – are the capable leaders and presenters of this program. They design their workshops with systematic efforts to help teachers bring about change in their classroom practices, in their attitudes and beliefs, and in the learning outcomes of students. Teachers who attend a whole Module are offered a one day observation in IC preschool and elementary classes to see the flow and harmony of teacher and student practices that make a classroom an active learning environment for all.
Saturday, March 12 brought 41 preschool and lower elementary teachers from 24 schools to the Ras Beirut campus for the first workshop session in Module C, “Educational Theories in Practice.” Rosie Khalil presented “Visible Thinking Routines” offering participants practices and resources to enrich classroom learning and develop learners’ thinking. These practices help teachers make student thinking visible to both themselves and others. Fatme Kammoun introduced the participants in her Arabic workshop “New Methods for Teaching Arabic Lessons” to various methods used in constructivist teaching.