Dr. Lubke Conducts Teacher Training in Nicaragua (February 2016)
By Dr. Jean Lubke, EMID Executive Director
For the fourth time since 2010, I have been given the wonderful opportunity to work with a small elementary school in Leon, Nicaragua to improve instructional practices.
It is rare for a teacher in Nicaragua to have any instruction in pedagogy and even rarer to have a teaching certificate. Over the course of the past six years, the teachers have learned constructivist and cooperative learning strategies, classroom engagement, Thinking Maps and other NUA instructional strategies, inquiry-based science, how to use recyclable materials to teach art and how to teach art fundamentals, how to use manipulatives in math, and how to create lessons.
In a country where most instruction involves recitation and transcription, engaging instruction is an exciting option which also aids in classroom management issues.
The photo is from one of the morning community-building getting-to-know-you activities.