Teach Middle East Magazine Jan-Feb 2018 Issue 3 Volume 5 - Page 14

CPD TRAINING IN DUBAI EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS A CPD workshop entitled ‘Enabling Environments’ held in Dubai recently proved so popular that pre- registrations reached capacity before the event, with teachers from across the region having to go on a reserve list. Organised by UK-based sector provider of storage systems and staging, Gratnells, the event saw 62 teachers enjoy presentations delivered by Nicola Reynolds, a qualified teacher and trainer, working for Quest, a Dubai based training organisation.The event was held at the showroom facility of EduFun, a Gratnells and EDX local distributor and ran for two and a half hours, split into 2 sessions. The first session was ‘Making Maths active’, and Nicola explained how to inspire young children in their understanding, and participation in Maths. Various techniques were explored using EDX manipulatives, and teachers particularly liked the number strings, geometric shapes, and interlocking cubes. The event was held at the showroom facility of EduFun, a Gratnells and EDX local distributor and ran for two and a half hours, split into 2 sessions. Teachers agreed that using play, and collaborative activities, was a great way to break down any pre-conceptions about Maths being difficult, or not interesting. Edx Geostix were used to explore geometric shapes and basic algebra, introducing new vocabulary, and offering fun ways to make genuine mathematical geometric shapes. The second session was based on ‘Enabling Environments’, and explored the opportunities to use teaching spaces to engage children, making them feel safe and involved in the teaching process. Safety and security was identified as a critical early need – children who are at ease will learn much better, and associate school with a positive environment. Identity and ownership was also highlighted as a critical component of the classroom atmosphere. A place to store personal things, and pieces of work, is seen as critical – usually a storage tray, with the students’ name on it. Pieces of work, from the classroom, displayed on the walls give a sense of pride and belonging Less formal classroom styles allow for more flexibility in teaching methods, and also allow the teacher to express