Mar 212011
 

posted by Bereket Aweke

“Community Building not only makes students physically refresh
but also set their mind for learning”

Mr.Habtamu – Science Teacher at CHA, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Grade 5 students at Children’s Home Academy always start their Science lesson with community buildings. The community building may be a simple stretching exercise or other activities first demonstrated by the teacher but later lead by students. Watch below two video clips:
1—one of their morning Community Building techniques
2—and the reflection of students on Community Building.

—student chooses and leads community building exercises

“…it is good for our mind and we can get refreshed and are happy to learn…” student

 

 

 

 Posted by at 4:20 pm
Mar 172011
 

posted by Bereket Aweke
On March 11, 2011 I visited Falcon Academy, a school with two Branches in Addis Ababa and more than 2500 students from Pre K – College Preparatory. The school is one of the many schools who took part in the October, 2010 professional development training. The following video clips are of students using Thinking Maps and talking about thinking. See the post a couple of days ago for a teacher’s reflections on the Thinking Schools training and the use of Thinking Maps.

A Student Demonstrating A Thinking Map

 

A Student Commenting #1

 

A Student Commenting #2

 Posted by at 3:55 am
Mar 152011
 

posted by Bereket Aweke
On March 11, 2011 I (Bereket Aweke) visited Falcon Academy, a school with two Branches in Addis Ababa and more than 2500 students from Pre K – College Preparatory. The school is one of the many schools who took part in the October, 2010 professional development training. The training was part of the ongoing effort to familiarize Ethiopian schools to Thinking Schools Approach by Thinking Schools Ethiopia.  After the brief moment I had with the school CEO Mr. Dereje, he decided to bring his all staff to the one day professional training organized at Children’s Home Academy. The intent of my visit this time was to see how much is acquired from that one day training on Introduction to Thinking Schools Approach.

Mr. Dereje was very welcome to give me a tour of his school and facilitate a discussion with administrators and team leaders. I was very fascinated by the depth of our discussion on how to improve our schools, further trainings and other bilateral assistants. Watch below the interview with Mr. Addis English teacher, demonstration by a student as well as student’s comments.

“…I have started up using Thinking Maps…managing my own classrooms…now every single individual in my classroom is very much engaged in what we try to do…this has become a two way communication…” Mr. Addis – English Teacher

 

 

 

“…need to come up with a better teaching learning process [for students and adults a learner centered approach]…”

 Posted by at 3:43 am