The Early Education Department of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education held recently a series of virtual training workshops and seminars for the coordinators and teachers of the foundation stage and kindergarten.
The workshops came within the framework of the annual plan to support the teachers and coordinators and to improve their performance.
Nearly 841 teachers and coordinators in the foundation stage took part in the workshops and seminars. The participants were divided into 52 groups on Microsoft Teams and completed 82 hours of distance learning within the programme that was satisfactory, according to them, as the content of the programme and its interactive presentation met their training needs.
The “Reflection on Professional Practices” workshop for the literary track coordinators focused on the importance of professional reflection in building sound convictions by following models to deeply reflect on the professional practices by the coordinator.
The “Differentiation Behind the Screens” seminar was held for the coordinators of the scientific track and the English language. Under focus groups, the coordinators received insight on how to define the concept of differentiation and its application when teaching students to continuously understand their learning needs and patterns (remotely).
A number of recommendations were developed at the end of the seminar to achieve differentiation and to consider individual differences during distance learning.
English teachers attended the “Online Syndrome” panel discussion to reflect and exchange their experiences and ideas about e-learning practices.
A training workshop was also delivered for female teachers of the literary and scientific tracks on “Considering Classroom Differentiation when Asking Questions”. The workshop focused on explaining the concepts of classroom questions and individual differences to the participants, the skills for forming thought-provoking questions for students, and how to design activities that consider individual differences among students in the classroom.
A seminar titled “The Moon Fell Asleep” for kindergarten teachers focused on the importance of the story in the pupil’s life, the need to select the appropriate story according to his/her age, and the art of story-telling.
The workshops came within the vision of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to provide permanent, innovative, pioneering, and high-quality learning opportunities for the Qatari community.