Elephant Thoughts

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE- December 2005 / January 2006


Over Christmas break the summer teaching group travelled to Mirik, India to conduct a 3-day Teachers Training Workshop with local teachers from several private schools in the area.  Elephant Thoughts is funding this education venture through its International School Support and Improvement Program.




The Canadian teaching team presented workshops on "Working with Words", using math manipulatives, using newspapers to teach reading, and creating bilingual story books.  I presented a workshop for the group of 30 Indian/Nepali elementary and middle school teachers on using "Reading 44", a North Vancouver School District #44 classroom reading initiative which assists teachers to explicitly teach reading skills and strategies at all grade levels.  The North Vancouver School District generously donated a set of "Reading 44" resource books for each of the 7 local schools participating.  The program is based on the belief that the ability to read is fundamental to success in all educational programs.


I talked about differentiation of curriculum in the classroom and how all students don't learn at a similar rate, with the idea that we can work collaboratively with other teachers to group students according to needs.  This can allow small group and individual teaching time, and fosters peer interaction.  I also discussed Special Education in Canada and how best to include special needs children in the classroom.



Mirik is located near the India / Nepal borderDarjeeling tea estate



Night perspective over India and Asia




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