Enjoy some testimonials from the teacher-participants in project Stage 1: Teacher Training
How was the overall experience of the training?
“Very positive, today I think it has been really encouraging. I really appreciated the opportunity to meet people from different schools. I love the way we sparked off on one another so somebody would give one idea that would lead to something else and you could see how that would work very well perhaps with the higher classes in a secondary school.”Carol Bailey, French teacher, Foley’s school
“It was really good, I actually learned a lot, I gave my own thoughts, and because we had this discussion with so many different people we got to see how people are thinking about this, and that we all want change but we are not really putting the effort ourselves. But if we all come together then we do start to come up with solutions and start thinking how to teach young people, so I think this whole process of discussing it’s the first step. So, we can move on and hopefully get everyone else involved.”Melina Chrysostomou, Physics lab Technician, The Senior School
How willing are you to bring this program to your classroom?
“I am willing to do that. I ‘ve actually already committed to enough school clubs for students to bring me an idea to practice and so with a colleague we are looking in the geography department to bring it to their classroom as part of their curriculum so they’re looking into it, in order to see if that’s possible to do, but I think that students can benefit from this so I want to push it forward.”Maria Monou, Physics & Science Teacher, The Senior School
“Very willing, I already tried to adapt my schedule for next year to include it in our syllabus, I am thinking which ages would be more appropriate to work with because I find that critical thinking outside safety guidelines is harder with younger students, but I am willing to try it with even my younger students because we need to change the way that education is happening and maybe this is a start.”Natalie Shaka, Geography, The Senior School
What is one thing that you are taking away from this experience?
“I think the importance of collaboration with people from different backgrounds and people that you haven’t spoken to before. It’s nice to build upon different aspects and get different ideas from things you haven’t really thought about before, and that communication and collaboration I think it’s something that maybe during a normal typical traditional classroom we don’t maybe get enough of.”Maria Monou, Physics & Science Teacher, The Senior School
“There is a desire to change, it’s very realistic. So, the evaluation of the problem here especiallyCarol Bailey, French teacher, Foley’s school
perhaps in Cyprus where we are not as environmentally aware, and also the realization that it’s the youth of today that are going to provide us with the answers to these problems so we have to get a move on and start bringing them on board.”