My father passed on a couple of lessons that “stuck”. A person has to keep her/his promises, he insisted. So, I said at some point in these postings that I would update you about the progress of my Dominican colleagues in offering an education for young people. Today I keep a part of that promise.
With Miguelina Jorge’s leadership, the Diocesan education department is offering a series of virtual workshops readying teachers to plan and present a hybrid curriculum of online and face-to-face learning. I’ve been attending as a participant observer and the experience has been wonderful.
A professional presenter, courtesy of Susaeta (an educational materials company HQed in Santo Domingo), offered a set of principles, research findings about best teaching practices and plenty of resources in an atmosphere that models the interactive, constructive environment that the teachers will hopefully use to engage their students. Zoom is good, I’m thinking.
Yes, I was observing and participating all right. I’m in this screen shot in the second row from the top
Teachers participated in small groups, as shown in this photo series. The small groups met at 5 schools across the Diocese. They socially distanced with gusto, as the visuals document.
More workshops in the coming two weeks means more postings. The pandemic prevents my attending start-of-the-school-year activities. But, nothing prevents me from virtually participating and passing my observations on to you the readers.
Bendiciones in this difficult time. Take care. Be safe. Till next time.