One of the most effective ways to prevent monotony in a classroom is through a communicative and at the same time a fun type of learning.
In line with the celebration of the 1st Provincial Day Care Workers Week, hands-on training activities were laid down to about 200 day care workers representing the 54 local government units of the province.
The thrust of the celebration is to train the workers and recognize their commitment of providing guidance and intelligence to very young children in the government-operated schools.
The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) in partnership with Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Incorporated (RAFI) invited Marco Brazil, founder and executive training director of the Institute of English Teaching to Children (IETC) and associate of International Teacher Development Institute (iTDi) to train the barangay volunteers.
He has been into few countries like Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore and Japan spreading his advocacy that learning and teaching especially the English language should be fun and easy.
The education advocate has been teaching children and training teachers for almost two decades incorporating games to teaching.
Teach from the heart, not from a book
Teaching profession is never easy. But if lessons are integrated with exciting games and surprising discovery; teachers and children will learn new things together.
Brazil’s style is to teach kids in the most creative and enthusiastic way by awakening their curiosity to details.
He said that the kids will remember the lessons if the teachers will let them have a first-hand experience.
“If you are teaching the simple verb, let them do it. Allow them to jump, run, crawl or slide. They will remember it because they have tried doing it with his or her classmates”, Brazil added.
The speaker advised the teachers to step down to the children’s level and never force the young ones to level with them or else going to school will be traumatic for the kids.
Instead of doing the normal lecture and review style, engage the kids to a conversation allowing the kids to share his or her ideas.
“This is my passion, and I want to share this to all of you. Passion is contagious, and I know you will be able to share this to your children,” Marco Brazil said.
Memorable not memorized learning
For Elizabeth Valiende, 39, who has been serving as a day care worker for 22 years in Barangay Luka, Oslob, the one-day training was comprehensive.
“I will echo everything that I have learned in this training to my colleagues. The training was one of a kind; lessons for shapes, colors and the teaching techniques were all new,” Valiende said.
Vladimira Artajo, a day care worker in Balamban for 12 years, volunteered herself to every activity during the training.
“I thought we will just have a usual program and did not expect to learn so much today. That is why if there’s an opportunity to be a volunteer, I always volunteer. It was an experiential learning for all of us,” Artajo said.
Meanwhile, Vice Governor Agnes Magpale said that the Cebu Provincial Government is planning to increase the cash incentives that the day care workers receive during Christmas.
“We certainly appreciate the dedication that you had shown and this would go a long way,” Magpale stated as she salutes all the sacrifices of the barangay volunteers. (CLDR with SWU Interns; Sharmaine Puyod and Chindez Libor)