Moroccan Schools District are set up in a similar fashion as school districts in the United States. There are schools, districts, regions (counties), and states (provinces). This conference was scheduled for all of the English as a Second Language Teachers in the Province to come together and talk about instructional strategies. Dr. Chester Tejada and myself presented throughout the day on instructional strategies that focused on Kagan, Wormeli, Marzano, and Lemov and also on technology strategies. We challenged teachers to try at least one strategy in their classroom. What a great group of educators to collaborate with and the feedback was tremendous. What a skilled group of educators.
Chester and I were honored to be front and center in a panel discussion with all of these educators. There were questions comparing the US and Moroccan educational systems and also just basic pedagogical questions that were thought provoking.
Presentations Are So Much Fun
Presentations work best when I can talk about what I actually do in my classroom. Chester and I did just that. We actually took presentations that we had used in conferences in the US and merged them into this presentation. The picture on the left is of a Socratic Smackdown example and the teachers really had fun with that. Some purposely distracted while other interrupted to show how students may act. Most importantly, we all learned some really cool things about teaching from each other. This was such a fun day.
These are some pictures from the conference but I do want to focus on the first picture of the two ladies in the first picture. They are young teachers and were so complimentary of the presentation. I told them thank you of course but also told them the best teacher was actually my wife. They were so surprised that I said that and asked if they could speak with her sometime. As a result of this conversation, one of the teachers and my wife have met on Facebook, did a video call, and email each other. The power of Global learning.