Educators and other professionals across sectors have likely experienced job-related training. How much of it is awesome? How much of it did you sit through thinking, "I could be grocery shopping!" At REAL School Gardens we have participated in-and conduct a lot of-training. So, we are always asking ourselves, "What makes training matter?" For educators, research suggests the following:
- Teachers train in teams (with other teachers they work with regularly)
- Administrators participate in training alongside teachers.
- Training is "on the job", situated in the context which teachers find themselves daily.
- Opportunities to reflect on teaching practices with colleagues.
- Coaching. Having someone who helps you to implement new practices.
We strive to provide training for educators that meets these criteria and another as well...FUN!!! At our latest training, with T.A. Sims Elementary School in Fort Worth, TX we had a blast. The training mirrored the above promising practices:
- We trained the entire teaching staff-45 educators
- The Principal, Assistant Principal, and Dean of Instruction all participated. (AP Benavidez is pictured practicing journal strategies to use with students)
- Training took place in their own school garden-not offsite a a place they will never teach children
- We had time to reflect as a whole group and with partners about our practices and how gardens support our instructional goals
- We will follow-up with with our Teacher to Teacher trainings where we provide coaching and model teaching with students present
For more information regarding how your school can participate in REAL School Gardens training, contact Scott Feille firstname.lastname@example.org