Each day during the 4 day workshop offered by Telescopes to Tanzania, we asked a different question. What do we know? What do we want to know? How do we find out? And on the last day, What did we learn?
Responses to the last question included: How to use effective teaching aids. Teaching and learning is a two way traffic pattern between student and teacher. Interact with other teachers. I learned about Pluto. THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX.
What did we at Telescopes to Tanzania learn? Open a door for teachers and creativity, learning, interaction, ideas, and visions will spill out, beyond any modest outcomes we had imagined.
After 4 days, we are tired and filled with joy. It was an honor to distribute certificates of Completion and shake the hands of 16 wonderful, excited science teachers.
What next? Each teacher will now be an ambassadors for the Centre for Science Education and Observatory . They will visit other classrooms and schools inviting other teachers to THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX.
At the end of the day, many teachers and Board Members from the Centre joined Sue in celebrating her 67th birthday.
Cutline picture #1 Sue and Chuck Ruehle of Telescopes to Tanzania with their friend and teaching partner Mponda Malazo of Universe Aware Tanzania prepare for the final day of the Ambassador training in Usa River Tanzania.
Cutline picture #2--- For a final project teachers prepare hands on student centered activities. Making the connection between geography, physics and astronomy one group uses a lime to demonstrate the mantle, crust and core of the earth.
Cutline picture #3 Completion ceremony!!! a District Education Officer, and Centre for Science Board members, join Sue Ruehle in presenting a certificate of completion to all 16 workshop participants,
Cutline picture #4---Celebrating 4 days of connecting Astronomy to the Science curriculum through hands on /inquiry base teaching--- participants, presenters, Centre for Science Board members and a District Education Officer gather for a final photo.
Cutline picture #5--- Women dance to present wraps to Sue Ruehle as they celebrate her birth into a new year. (17 July Sue turns 67!!)
Cutline picture #6---Yesterday I celebrated my 67th birthday in Usa River Tanzania. Mama Kyara adds to the material brought for my birth into a new year. To see more of our trip check out Telescopes to Tanzania.