From helping a child get to that ‘aha’ moment to helping shape the lives of the next generation - teaching is a challenging profession yet incredibly rewarding. It takes a passion for learning, but it also takes time, skills, and proper lesson planning. That is one reason our Learning 4 Fun program is partnering with the U.S. Embassy’s Regional English Language Office (RELO).
To further develop students’ teaching skills, on March 29, student volunteers who teach English to children in local communities took part in the “Learning to Teach Workshop” given by RELO consultant, Ms. Kelly Hill Zirker, who specializes in teacher training.
Ms. Zirker shared lesson planning and classroom management strategies with our volunteer student-teachers. She explained key points about lesson planning and then guided students in coming up with their own lesson planning ideas. Over seventeen students attended the workshop.
“This is an opportunity for our High School students to practice teaching and develop their patience, empathy, and problem-solving skills. The Learning to Teach workshop provided everything a volunteer-teacher needs to give great lessons,” said Mr. Marc Sacco, Learning 4 Fun Facilitator, and Computer Lab teacher.
Learning 4 Fun
Learning 4 Fun provides High School students the opportunity to teach, learn, and serve. They volunteer their time and talent to help others, and in doing so, experience the inner satisfaction of teaching. During the 2018-2019 school year, students volunteered to teach English to children at São Judas Tadeu Institute, a day care center in Lago Sul.
Regional English Language Officers are U.S. State Department specialists. They design and manage programs to promote language learning and support teaching English in countries around the world.