Workshops

TRC views the teaching process as one that involves far more than a transfer of information. We believe that education is the development of thinking, problem solving and communication skills. It requires an understanding of concepts and fosters attitudes of respect for self and for others, and that learning takes place in secure, non-threatening environments. At our workshops we aim to demonstrate and build on this philosophy.

The workshop programme provides opportunities for professional growth and creates a forum where teachers can meet and exchange ideas. It responds to expressed needs, but is also designed to stimulate interest, and demand, in new topics.

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Promoting Critical Thinkers through Art, Play and Story-Telling

Dates: 22nd & 23rd May 2017 | Time: 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The most successful classrooms are those that encourage students to think for themselves and engage in critical thinking. Students who think critically are excited about their learning and are eagerly engaged in the classroom activities. This workshop will highlight strategies to promote critical thinking in children through Art, Play Experiences and Story Telling.
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Action Research

Dates: 17th May 2017 | Time: 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Action Research is a disciplined inquiry executed by teachers with the intent that the research will inform and change their practices in the future. Action Researchers take time to reflect critically on the strategies they use in their classrooms as it allows them to realise that it is the most effective endeavor to ensure what they do is bringing desired results. Action Research is carried out within the context of the teacher’s environment with the students and at the school in which the teacher works—on questions that deal with educational matters at hand.
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Inclusive Education in the Early Years

Dates: 15th & 16th May 2017 | Time: 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Meeting the needs of diverse students is critical for creating an effective learning environment. Inclusive education values diversity and appreciates the unique contributions each student makes to the  classroom. In an inclusive environment all children with and without learning disabilities thrive. This workshop lays the foundation for working with children who have different needs and developmental level.
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Designing Displays in the Classroom

Dates: 11th & 12th May 2017 | Time: 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Displays play an important role in supporting learning in the classroom and provide a visual dimension to a concept. This workshop will highlight techniques for designing effective displays and ways to use them for promoting active learning.
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Understanding the Influence of Media on Our Children

Dates: 9th & 10th May 2017 | Time: 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

This workshop will explore how media literacy is an integral part of being literate in today’s world. We will be looking at ways to integrate media literacy in the curriculum, helping students, parents and teachers become critical thinkers and mindful consumers of traditional and new media. The workshop will offer practical activities and teaching strategies for media literacy at different grade-levels.
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Working Collaboratively with Parents

Dates: 25th & 26th April 2017 | Time: 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

This workshop will address the importance of parents as stakeholders and teammates, and how best to communicate with them. Issues in dealing with parents at different levels of schooling from both teachers and administrators perspectives will be discussed and solutions identified through collaborative learning techniques.
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Teamwork

Dates: 17th & 18th April 2017 | Time: 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Teamwork is a part of everyday life. Great teams are energizing and productive. In an effective team, everyone understands how to contribute in ways that support team outcomes that go above and beyond what any individual could accomplish alone. This workshop will highlight stages of team growth.
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Inquiry-based Learning

Dates: 13th & 14th April 2017 | Time: 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Inquiry-based Learning implies involvement that leads to understanding. Furthermore, involvement in learning implies possessing skills and attitudes that permit children to seek answers to questions while they construct new knowledge. This workshop will explore ways to enhance children’s understanding and their thinking skills.
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Mysteries of a Mixed Ability Classroom – Unlocked

Dates: 8th April 2017 | Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m..

Each learner must be enabled to make meaning of what teachers seek to teach. The process of making sense of new knowledge is influenced by the students’ prior understanding, interests, beliefs and how they learn best. Learning takes place effectively in a classroom where knowledge is clearly and purposefully organized and students are actively involved in the learning process. This workshop will address strategies to make this possible.
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Curriculum Experiences

Dates: 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th April 2017 & 5th May 2017 | Time: 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The participants will understand the concept of a School Curriculum. They will explore the vital elements and different stages in developing an effective primary school curriculum. This short course has been designed for novice and in-service primary level teachers with one or two years of teaching experience.
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