Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Teachers are inspiring!

The School has been fortunate to benefit from the generosity of the Smith Foundation to fund highly experienced teacher trainers to bring new skills to the talented and committed teaching team at St Jude’s.

My posts, here and here, describe the visits of these trainers, Amy and Freda, who visited the school in December 2006, followed by a visit by Amy in April 2007. Here is what Amy says about her April visit.

Today was my first day back at St Jude since December. I spent the day talking with teachers and observing in classrooms, looking for evidence of progress in teaching techniques. The evidence was everywhere I looked - Rooms full of student work, word walls, and informational materials - Small group hands-on work going on in almost every classroom I visited - Highly engaging instruction and strong positive interaction between teachers and pupils. I can honestly say I saw more progress than I had ever expected. Work still to do, but so great to see teachers accepting the challenge so readily!

Mr Peter and Mr Koringo discuss leadership principles

When the new Usa River campus opens, senior teachers from St Jude's will lead the school. Amy is working with them to develop a leadership capacity based on democratic and shared leadership strategies. She notes that the senior teachers are a great find for the school, bringing knowledge, experience, and a strong commitment to the children and the goals of the school.

Success builds on success, and excellent teaching depends on inspiring leadership. St Jude's has it in spades!

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