This workshop was held in Riyadh on Saturday, 5 Oct 2013 for (female teachers only) at Al Faris International School at around 9:00 am to 11:00 am.
Who presented it? It was Katrina Baran. According to the intel that was given along with the abstract, Ms. Baran has taught ESL/EFL since 1999, and has delivered teacher training workshops in South Korea, Mongolia, the United States, UAE and Saudi Arabia. She holds a BA (hon) in Lingusitics/CTESL, a certificate in Online Learning, an MA-TESOL at the School for International Training (USA) and is currently pursuing a DELTA.
So what I really like about it? Ms. Baran defined what discovery learning was and how it could be instrumental in the teaching strategies with the involvement of technology. She discussed the steps when it comes to bridging the gap between discovery learning and the circumstances that are prevailing in schools. Be it the preparation time or the content of the course, it was about exploration and problem solving for the generalization of knowledge, integration and creation.
Ms. Baran insinuated that establishment of applications that were broader in applications was the key. If the students were encouraged to learn at their own pace, that would definitely lead to the what she called the ‘guided discovery’. in their already existing knowledge, they could be allowed to build more or in other words, they could extend on that knowledge to bring in new ideas. Of course, that’s where the facilitator comes in, the trouble shooter who would design the lesson in a such a way as to make the students drift. That’s right, I used the word ‘drift’ according to how I analyzed the concept of guided discovery. And along with the experience, they get to learn the skills and not the facts. Not to mention the implementation of technology in the execution of a lesson in class would do the enhancements in so many ways.
What I did learn from this workshop? It’s an everyday discovery for teachers as well in how to make their lessons prim and proper and it truly is a journey. And I know that even through failure, there’s a discovery. On that note, happy discovering!
Thank you Katrina Baran