20 Access teachers and teacher assistants attended the “Ensuring Quality Formal and Non-formal Education through the Access Program” Teacher Training
December, 12 2015
This event was a perfect opportunity for the teachers from Edinet, Ribnita, Hincesti, Grigoriopol and Causeni who are about to finish the program, to pass their best practices, and share their proficiency with the new generation of teachers from Taraclia, Vulcanesti, Anenii Noi and Soroca.
The "Ensuring Quality Formal and Non-formal Education through the Access Program" Teacher Training was officially opened by the American Councils Moldova Country Director, David Jesse, who stressed upon the importance to develop and maintain an innovative character of the Access Program non-formal education model and outlined the new perspectives of the Moldovan quality-based education development.
In addition to that, the teacher from Edinet, Emma Matreniuc, who had attended the previous summer (July, 2015) the Access International Conference in Sibiu, outlined the key elements of the practical approaches to Integrate Core-subjects into EFL Classes through Content-based Instruction, presenting the thematic unit "Holidays Marathon" - a common methodological outcome of the international collaboration of 10 Access fellows from Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine and Moldova.
The practical value was b enriched by active discussions 6 most experienced Access teachers and teacher assistants initiated within 4 Access Literacy Centers to offer experiential solutions of the issues related to: (1) Dealing with Teaching Multilevel and Mixed-ability Access Classes (monitored by: Daria Prozorovschi, our Access- Hincesti teacher); (2) Ensuring Authentic Assessment and Evaluation in the Access Instruction (monitored by Corina Ceban, Access Balti teacher); (3) Maintaining Access Students' Motivation & Program Retention (monitored by Emma Matreniuc, Access Edinet teacher), and (4) the Access Teacher Assistant's Work (monitored by Doina Morari, Access program assistant, Iulia Sorocan, Access-Edinet teacher assistant, and Olga Taran, Access-Grigoriopol teacher assistant).
It was also a perfect occasion for the teaching assistants to talk about their most successful community projects, to reflect upon the obstacles they have had to overcome, the stages they have gone through and to talk about the impact these projects have had on their students and on their communities. In addition to that, a few tips for working with Movies in the Classroom, as well as some exciting games and activities have been shared with them by the Access Program assistant, Doina Morari.
Furthermore, special guests joined the event. APAO Kate Bartlett from the U.S. Embassy Chisinau didn't miss the chance to meet all the people who put so much effort to make the English Access Microscholarship Program Moldova successful in their regions, to thank them for their hard work, to welcome the new members, and to encourage them at the launch of a new exciting experience.
A delightful addition to this intensive and productive day was the traditional Secret Santa, an activity that allows the teachers and teaching assistants to get closer to each other and to bring the Christmas spirit around.
All and all, the teacher training was very productive, intensive, and a lot of fun, given that the members of the Access Program Moldova are always happy to see each other and spend time together.
Below are the presentations about the final projects made by the
Access teacher assistants from Causeni, Edinet, Hincesti, Grigoriopol and Ribnita:
Iulia Sorocan, Edinet- Different, but Equal