The paragraphs below was written by Laurie Henninger (my second closest sitemate, who lives in Catarman). This is our story about BKP.
Hi PC Philippines community! This is Laurie Henninger here in Catarman, Northern Samar and I’d like to brag about a terrific training that we had here in my town for two days, April 11 – 12, 2014. PCVs Aimee Allen, Rickey Larkin, Stephanie Li and I along with seven BKP trainers put together a Bagong Kulturang Pinoy training for all the teachers at our schools. The Training and Development (TnD) Division of Northern Samar was vital in helping get the memo organized and signed by our superintendent to make this training become a reality
The title of the training was “Thinking While Reading (TWR) and First Steps in Engaged Reading (FSER)”. About 200 teachers from all four PCV schools as well as Carrie Ladd and her two CYF counterparts from Calbayog were in attendance. The training had a lot of games and activities focused on student centered learning. Teachers in all grades, kindergarten through 10th, in all subjects came in attendance. BKP is a non-profit organization founded in 1998 to establish a reading culture among children in underserved communities in the Philippines. Its three-fold goal is: 1) the children are reading, 2) they are reading regularly, and 3) they are engaged readers. The seven trainers were all Filipinos from the Manila area and were very fun to learn from and hang out with afterwards.
About 40 first grade cuties from my school Catarman I Central School were invited to observe some story-telling and acting done by the teacher participants. FSER had a majority of elementary teachers who focused on various literacy-based lessons that illicit a student’s imagination and confidence in learning to read. TWR had mostly secondary school teachers and taught ways to teach engaged reading to students who can already read. BKP also gave each of the four PCVs a box of books and materials for the teachers to use in the coming school year from the lessons they learned in the training. We had a great time and we are looking forward to use what we learned in the future.
In addition to the BKP training, I also had a site visit from three of my favorite Peace Corps staff.
Meet Annie (new RM), Nanay, Tatay, Me, Doc Mara, and God-like Boni in the light (old RM)
My friendly neighbor just dropping by…
GUESS WHO IS COMING NEXT WEEK?… (SUPER EXCITED!)