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September2017

PlayadelCarmen,Mexico
AdaptedTeachingMethodforChildrenEducation

Objectives

Increasethelearningofstudentsineverylesson.
Encouragecreativitywithinthelessonplanningforthevolunteers.
Togothroughtopicsindifferentwaysandduringlongerperiodstoallowflexiblelearning.

Summary

AnewteachingmethodhasbeenusedforbothGreenActionsandEnglishLessonsacrosschildcare
projectlocations.Thisnewmethodcreatesaflexiblelearningenvironment,withvolunteersplanning
lessonsaroundonetopiceverymonth.

Figure 1. Ludoteca kids enjoying the new method of learning.

Report

SincethebeginningofAugust,anewteachingmethodhasbeenemployedwhenplanninganddeliv
eringGreenActions(i.e.lessonsabouttheenvironment)andEnglishLessons.Thisnewmethodre
quiresthestaffandvolunteerstocreatealessonplanbasedonagiventopicforthemonth.Thisplan
isstructured,alwaysbeginningwithanicebreakerandendingwithagoodbye.Thisstructureallows
formorecreativityandflexibilitythanthepreviousteachingmethod.

TheformerteachingmethodreliedheavilyonusingacomputersoftwareandtakingtheHublaptop
toeverylesson.Theclasswaschosenfromthesoftwareandplayedtothechildrenusingaflashcard

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styleoflearning.Followingthis,wasanactivityrelatingtotheflashcards.Thismethodseemedfruit
lessasthechildrendidnotretainasignificantamountofinformationthatwastaughttothem.The
repetitivenessofthelearningwasatechniquethatwasnotyieldingresultsandthuswaschangedto
thenewsystem.

Thissystemsetsoutthetopicspermonth,andallowsthevolunteersandstafftoworktothechildrens
individuallearninglevels,increatingtheplanforeachlesson.Thiswayeachchildslearningabilityis
abletobecateredfor.Theclassesbeginwithanicebreakerandendwithgoodbyes.Afterthelesson,
thevolunteerswriteupareportdetailinghowtheplanwentandwhathappenedduringthelesson.
Foranexample,thismonththetopicisautobiography.ForthefirstEnglishclassatLudoteca,the
volunteersinchargeofthislessonsettheobjectivestoteachthechildrenhowtoexpresssimplede
tailsaboutthemselvesinEnglish.Phrasesabouttheirname,age,andthingstheylikewerewrittenon
aboardandreadouttothechildren.Inturnthechildrencontinuedtogooverthesephrasesindivid
uallyandingroups,whilstalsowritingtheminabook.Afterwardsthechildrendiddrawingsofthem
selvesandhadfunintroducingthemselvesinEnglishtoeachother.

Toevaluatethemonthslessons,attheendthereisanexaminationtogooverthetopicagainwith
thestudents.Thisexamistogaugehowthechildrenretainedtheinformationandwhatareaneeds
tobeworkedonmoreforthenexttopic.Aswellasthis,thevolunteersrecapthepreviouslesson
beforeintroducingnewinformationtokeepitretained.

Whilstthisisstillonlyaverynewwayofteaching,ithasalreadyprovedwildlysuccessfulduetothe
responsefromthestudents.Thechildrenseemtobeenjoyingthelessonsbeingdeliveredmainlyby
peopleinsteadofthecomputer,andthevarietyanduniquenessthevolunteersbringtotheplans.

Figure 2. GVI volunteers delivering English Lessons to kids of last grade of Contando con un Amigo.

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