In June 2013 the i-ACT team traveled to the Darfuri refugee camp Goz Amer. One main purpose of this trip was to train and select teachers for the first Little Ripples preschool. This video clip shows a few of the highlights captured during the training. A strong emphasis was placed on consistent routines, as well as, exploration and active learning through play accompanied by strong adult support and expansion on language. As you can see in the video, the teachers enjoyed exploring the new learning materials. While the teacher trainees explored learning materials, Expert Teacher Advisors Jocelyn Tucker and Melissa Holcombe discussed and modeled how each activity could be used to teach children skills from 5 important learning domains: Social-emotional, language and literacy, cognitive, mathematical, and physical development. Following the intense four-day training, teacher prospects had the chance to put their newly learned skills to the test with a mock classroom of children…they passed with flying colors! The teachers were successful at incorporating play and language into their instruction. I have such confidence in the teachers chosen to instill a love of learning in each and every future Little Ripples student.
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