A Year in India


Teacher Training Workshop
November 26, 2008, 11:10 pm
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AYV educators during a photo essay workshop activity

AYV educators during a photo essay workshop activity

Though I tend to focus a lot on the Adobe Youth Voices students, a huge part of my work here revolves around AYV educators.  Each AYV site (government school or NGO) has two teachers/facilitators that I work with to run the video production program.

Last week, my coworker Chandan and I held a teacher-training workshop.  As if in reaction to my previous gripes about non-interactive learning, the workshop was largely activity-based (which is unusual in the Indian education context).

An example from the storytelling portion of the workshop: we split the 30 teachers into six groups and gave each group five puppets.  The puppets ranged from a robot to a Ganesh to a mango tree.  The educators built a story around these characters.  One teacher later told me that she had never thought to use a character as a driving force for a story.

In addition to this learning, I noticed that the participants really seemed to be having fun during these activities.  To me, the casual, humorous tone of the workshop was as important as the hard work and focus that came out of it.

This report describes the workshop in more detail.  Photos are posted here.

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