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.