This is a story about teamwork and opportunity
The number of teachers who can attend our CTPS training is conditioned by the number of students in each of the schools. For the Elementary School "Ali Gashi" from Drenas only four teachers were chosen to actually listen to the training live, although there was a great interest coming among other teachers as well. Therefore in order to meet the needs of their fellow colleagues, these four teachers decided to organise cascade trainings on CTPS and micro:bit for additional 30 teachers from classes 6 to 9.
After the initial trainings for schools leaders and teachers in CTPS and micro:bit, during the mentoring visits an immense interest started coming from other teachers that couldn’t attend the initial training delivered by the British Council. Since another training wasn’t possible due to the criteria, the trained teachers decided to organise trainings themselves for their fellow colleagues. The interest was great! Another 30 teachers showing up in trainings, who all now practice techniques of CTPS in the learning process as well as support their students to solve everyday challenges using coding options of micro:bit.
Being persistent pays off
Further to the above challenge, there was another one coming up with the next deliverable, that of establishing a coding club and selecting participants. Due to poor infrastructure and lack of lap-tops the ICT teacher Mr.Bejzë Bytyqi was being challenged to deliver this important part of the project. So he went to the neighbouring school “Mehdi e Sylejman Bytyqi” who jumped into assistance by lending six lap-tops. He provided the possibility to every student from classes 6-9 to show the skills of coding with micro:bit, and in the end 22 students were selected, and each individually was provided with a micro:bit. These students continuously code with micro:bit, and present their work during the extra hours at the school.
“This is a huge and important step for us, to compete with our peers from Europe.”
– Lavdije Idrizi Bytyqi, teacher