2014 Teacher Training
In August a team of education specialists from the U.S. traveled to LWB's Believe In Me Shaoguan School for the purpose of leading a special education teacher training. The team, consisting of a speech and language pathologist, an educational occupational therapist, a school psychologist, a special education teacher, and an elementary school teacher, met with 31 teachers and school managers from across China. The training schedule was organized so that each morning the China teachers would attend workshops covering a variety of topics, ranging from math and language activities to fine and gross motor skills development. The U.S. team was able to share their knowledge and experience, while answering specific questions from the China teachers concerning the students in their care.
One of the best outcomes of the teacher training was that the U.S. team was able to demonstrate educational strategies and activities to enrich the lives of the students. The children joined the teachers and training team to participate in the afternoon sessions. These afternoons provided a fantastic opportunity to model the strategies taught in morning workshops and allowed the teachers to try out the activities. The students were encouraged to make choices and given the opportunity to be "class helpers." They were able to particpate in "messy," hands-on activities, and their achievements were celebrated.
The week of the training passed very quickly with a lot being accomplished in a relatively short amount of time. The teachers returned to their schools armed with many new ideas, a greater understanding of the needs of their students, an array of new supplies, and the knowledge that they belong to a team that is so much bigger than their own individual classrooms. The U.S. team returned home with a greater appreciation of the environment the teachers and students live and work in, as well as a renewed dedication to the work that is being accomplished through LWB's schools. All of this was accomplished due to the incredible generosity of our sponsors who give out of love and compassion. For this we are so very thankful.
Through education the children we help are gaining hope, stimulation, joy, self-confidence, and the knowledge that they are important. They are being given opportunities to shine. We can’t wait to see what the future will bring!