Yesterday, our IPDS Chile students gave a presentation that was open to the School of Education at Universidad Mayor. When we first went into the room, only 3 or 4 UMayor students were present. It seemed that not many people were going to be in attendance. Nevertheless, some of the students in our group were a bit nervous. I am sure their nervousness only increased as students and faculty continued to file into the room over the next 10-15 minutes. In all, I believe there were about 50 people in the audience. It was so humbling to think that so many people wanted to hear our group’s presentation.
A couple of our students asked a student from UMayor if he was receiving extra credit for his classes for attending the presentation. He said he was not and that he just wanted to attend. He also stated that he did not believe others were receiving extra credit either. We were a bit surprised by this, but definitely energized by their interest!
In the presentation, the students provided a general overview of education in the United States and then provided a more focused discussion on the topic of student engagement. They talked about what student engagement is, what it looks like, and the benefits. Then, they discussed and modeled two different strategies – interactive read-alouds with children’s literature and the use of individual response boards. The presentation ended with a question/answer period. There were many questions from the audience. Here are a few of the questions to provide an idea of what the audience wanted to know:
-In the U.S., how does a teacher get the funding for the materials that were demonstrated in the presentation?
-What do you think about the use of standardized testing in the U.S.?
-What do you think of the schools and teachers you have visited here in Chile?
-Who creates the curriculum in the U.S.?
-How do you think the election of Donald Trump as President is going to affect education in the U.S.?
The students handled all of the questions very well and showed great passion for the field of education. Overall, I believe the presentation was a success! We are very thankful to Universidad Mayor for giving us the opportunity to share.
P.S. On a completely different topic… I have had a bad cold the past few days which of course is no fun at all. My host mom, Nidia (who is probably similar in age to my own grandmothers), has been making me the same gross concoction of lemon juice, honey, and hot water that my Grandma Patti made me when I was sick as a child. She also gave me some ointment (like Vicks) to rub under my nose and on my chest when I go to bed. It’s good to know that grandmas everywhere share the same tortuous (yet effective) treatment methods! :)
Hi. I'm a professor in the Exceptional Education Department at SUNY Buffalo State. I am thrilled to be heading back to Chile for the 3rd time for IPDS Chile 2017. I am looking forward to experiencing all Santiago has to offer, continuing to practice my Spanish skills, and guiding our wonderful group of student participants through this amazing experience!