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Update From Beirut

September 14, 2010

We’ve had a great couple of days here in Beirut. Yesterday we met with our Lebanese colleague Nayla Hamadeh to discuss plans for this week’s training. The discussion over lunch turned to International College’s desire to assess the effectiveness of our training and of constructivism in general. One thing led to another and before you know it we had outlined a process that would attempt to measure student growth, teacher effectiveness, and the amount of exposure students have to constructivist-based teaching. It is all fascinating stuff that we are excited to share with our colleagues stateside. It seems that it might fit nicely with some of what the “Race to the Top” is attempting to do.

Nayla and Bruce make notes on their place mats regarding student, teacher and program assessment.

Today we met with Nayla and her colleagues, Nawal, Maha, and Georgette to specifically review tomorrow’s plans and set up our classrooms. Nayla will be co-teaching with me and Maha will be interning with us. Nawal will be co-teaching with Bruce and Georgette will intern with them. This is the first time that Lebanese teachers will be co-teaching one of our institutes. A year from now we will be gone and they will be on their own. This is an important step in the process of International College gaining independence regarding this classroom model.

You might ask, “What’s the weather like?” It is sunny and nearly 90 degrees F during the day. We are grateful that our apartment and classrooms are air conditioned.

The view from our classroom

The second best thing behind the wonderful colleagues we have to work with here is the food. I can’t get enough of it.

More Later.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Maha permalink
    September 15, 2010 1:27 pm

    Beirut is glad to receive Jack and Bruce, with them the winds of educational change are blowing and we are happy to be part of it!

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