how to successfully transition students from summer to school?!

September 11, 2017

  The heat is a great excuse for indulging ourselves and our children in free time, lemonade and of course ice cream. Summer is truly a magical time filled with less structure, more freedom and fresh air-filled adventures. But as we dig deeper into August the reality of the new school year begins to emerge, and we know we cannot deny it much longer. Change is coming, and before we know it we will be right in the middle of September, We know we should begin to plan for the school year, but we do not want to let go of summer. We may lament the end of summer but there may also be some sweet relief when our children are back into the school year routine. The reality is that every season has its beginning and end and our summer is much closer to the end now than the beginning. So, how do we transition ourselves and our children from the summer into the school year without it diminishing our last couple of weeks of freedom? Gradually Adjust Bedtimes and Wake Times There’s a reason why so many kids go to bed later and sleep in during the summer: Much of the summer is relatively unstructured for kids. Sure, there are occasional days that necessitate an early start—waking up early to get to camp or make it to swim team practice for example. But most parents allow their kids huge leeway in terms of their summer sleep schedules. A week or so before school starts, experts recommend setting a strict bedtime and making it 10 minutes earlier each subsequent night until it’s appropriate for school. Similarly, wake them up (or set an alarm in their room) and make the wake-up time 5 or 10 minutes earlier each morning until they’re on an optimal schedule. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kids get the following amount of sleep: Children aged 3 to 5, 10 to 13 hours Children aged 6 to 12, 9 to 12 hours Children aged 13 to 18, 8 to 10 hours Ease Into Healthy Eating Routines Since a large chunk of most kids’ summer fun involves lounging around the house and blissfully doing nothing (often with friends in tow), there may be a large stash of junk food in your house. As summer winds down, let kids finish what’s on hand, but vow to replenish with healthy after-school snacks. Remember that what kids eat has an impact on how well they do in school. Develop a Game Plan — Together. Discuss goals for the upcoming year, triumphs from the year before, and some skills he would like to improve. Goals might include: Making three new friends or sitting at a different desk every week Becoming captain of the football team or Making the honor roll Sharpen Skills. Add more factual brain-bending activities into the everyday mix. Sudoku games, crossword puzzles, word searches, and trivia all encourage your child to sit still, focus, and complete a task from start to finish   Technology can be our friend not our foe.  Encourageyour children to use technology in a positive way by using electronic calendars or scheduling tools. In fact, your children might be able to teach you a lesson or two in the use of these helpful applications. The end of the summer is also a good time to refresh their knowledge though ask them to pay a visit to EKB.EG and discover content for the upcoming semester.   Back to school isn’t just a transition for students, it’s a transition for the entire family. Advance preparation will go a long way toward ensuring it’s a great year for all!

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A visit to El Orman Orphanage: Looking through their eyes.

July 17, 2017

Al Orman orphanage in 13 Dr Mahrouki Street Agouza, was set up in 1993 to care for girls and boys whose families could no longer look after them.  Today, the orphanage has 7 boys aged 8-10 and 10 girls aged 16-27.   As part of the holy month of Ramadan members of the Teachers First team visited the orphanage to spend time with the children and the house mothers.  The orphanage provides a much need refuge for children and mothers providing stability, comfort and an opportunity to access education.   One of the house mothers shared her story with us.   “I am originally from the suburbs, then I moved to Cairo to finish my degree in Cairo University and improve my life, but I didn’t find a place to stay in. I felt lost alone and had nowhere to sleep.  I was lucky enough to become one of the house mothers at this wonderful orphanage.   Every day I get to help the children and I hope to inspire them to continue with their education so they are never put in my position”   The day was filled with fun activities and the smile on the children’s faces where the only reward the team needed.

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Embrace change through Teachers First

April 13, 2017

Between the 9 th and 21 st March the Teachers First education team delivered a workshop to 1,387 teachers. The theme was Learning and Teaching. The workshop covered a whole range of activities and strategies that participants could then take into their classrooms. By practising the activities in a workshop environment this gave the participants the confidence to try them in their own classrooms. Many mentioned that the development of Communities of Practice really enhanced their teaching and the feedback session at the end of the workshop allowed teachers an opportunity to reflect and share on their experience and learn from each other. A clear message coming out of the workshop are that teachers are willing to change, they want to embrace change to improve the lives of their students. Ms. Soaad Fawzy a teacher from El-Shahied Ziad Faragallah told one of the Teachers First education team: “I joined the project convinced that it was only useful for young teachers or people new to teaching. I didn’t think teachers who had been teaching for a long time like myself could change. I know, with my colleagues, feel we can lead change across Egypt, starting with my own school. Teachers First encouraged me to change my behaviours and acquire new skills from different areas that were impossible for me to acquire before”

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Teachers from 6 Governates reflect on their introduction to Teachers First

April 6, 2017

Teachers from across 6 Egyptian Governates recently benefited from a Teachers First professional development workshop. The teachers came from all stages of the education process and 95% of participants taught the full range of curriculum subjects. The workshop introduce participants to the concept of the Egyptian Learning Society, Communities of Practice, Understanding the Role of the Teacher and the Reflective Teacher.   The teachers enjoyed the workshop activities and the opportunities to share ideas.  The uniqueness of the Teachers First Program was very appealing with useful tools such as Lengo and The Learning Library.  Everyone recognised the challenge of changing teacher behaviour but all the participants left the workshop feeling empowered to make this change.  A teacher from Kafr Elshiekh commented “I have been working as a teacher for 30 years, but for the first time I have stopped and reflected on myself and how I behave inside in the classroom”

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New Teachers First Website and App Released!

December 25, 2016

We are pleased to announce that we have new versions of the Teachers First website and App.  There is a new layout for the content on the website and you can now download the App from the Google Play Store.   A full list of improvements is below: Website (https://teachersfirst.training) New layout, all content is on one page that makes it easier for people to find content. Improved forums where people can have discussions and start their own topics. Ability to give and get credits to other users (previously the website could only self-credit). Undo credits. You now share your entire framework instead of specific areas of the framework. Whole site is faster and easier to use. Android App (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lengo.app.android.teachersfirst) Now published on the Google Play Store making it easier to install and update. New design that allows you to quickly see all content. Search inside the app makes finding granules much faster. Ability to give and get credits from the app.

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Deadline Extended!

December 5, 2016

In order to give schools more time to apply we have extended the deadline for expressions of interest in the Teachers First Program until midnight on December 8th 2016. Click onhttp://teachersfirstegypt.com/application-form/application.php and complete the form.

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TEACHERS FIRST- CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

October 30, 2016

The highly successful Teachers First Program which is changing teacher behaviours has just celebrated its 1 year anniversary. 550 schools are now part of this pioneering program but Dr Tarek Shawki, Secretary General, Presidents Specialised Council for Education wants more to sign up to benefit from the positive impact it is having on teaching and learning. “I believe that this program is crucial to the development of teachers across Egypt. By being part of it teachers have the opportunity to improve the life chances of their students “ Hanan Radwan, a teacher from Alsayeda Aesha Secondary School in Cairo is also encouraging schools to apply and she tells us why. "Teachers First had an obvious effect on my professional behaviors as a teacher as it made me believe in collaborative work. We became "WE" instead of "I" and sharing experiences became the basis of my practice. Teachers First also puts us in a continuous state of professional development through self, peer and assessor evaluation” The deadline for expressions of interest is 4th December 2016. Although currently the program only has a limited number of places it is hoped that as the project grows, more schools will have the opportunity to be part of it. Schools can express their interest in participating in the program by clicking on http://bit.ly/tfround2 by visiting teachersfirstegypt.com and completing the application form. About the project: Teachers First is a program run by Imagine Education (UK) Ltd together with the Specialised Council for Education and Scientific Research as part of the Egyptian Learning Society Program. This program aims to involve at least 10,000 teachers who use a prototype of Point of Learning called Lengo, a unique digital system developed by Imagine Education that aims to improve the quality of education. Imagine Education (UK) Ltd is an education consultancy with an award-winning history of providing e-content, strategic consultancy and training initiatives across the globe.

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«احتفالية رئاسية» بأول دفعات «المعلمون أولاً»

October 19, 2016

نظم المجلس التخصصى للتعليم والبحث العلمى، التابع لرئاسة الجمهورية، احتفالية، أمس، بنجاح المرحلة الأولى التجريبية بمشروع «المعلمون أولا»، حيث تم استعراض أساليب التدريب الجديدة التى استخدمتها المدارس التى شاركت فى المشروع وتكريم مجهودات المعلمين المشاركين. وأعد المشروع «المجلس التخصصى للتعليم»، بالتعاون مع شركة إيماجين إيديوكاشين للاستشارات التعليمية، من أجل تمكين المواطنين أن يحققوا أقصى استفادة ممكنة من المعرفة فى مجتمعات التعلم. ويهدف المشروع إلى إنشاء جيل جديد من المعلمين الخبراء فى موادهم الدراسية وفى عملية التعليم ليكونوا قادرين على تحليل كافة أهداف التعليم بطريقة مختلفة ومبتكرة من حيث بيئة التعليم المثلى وتجربة التعليم المناسبة ونمط التقييم ورفع مستوى مخرجات العملية التعليمية للطالب، وتحسين جودة التعليم ورفع مكانة المعلمين فى المجتمع وتأسيس أول مجتمع «يتعلم» فى العالم وقوى عاملة على أعلى مستوى قادرة على تحقيق النمو الاقتصادى للدولة. ويعتمد المنهج العلمى للمشروع على فرق من سفراء التعليم الذين سيتواجدون فى المدارس، وسيعملون على بناء ثقافة الابتكار، كما سيبذلون قصارى جهدهم من أجل نقل وتطبيق رسالة المشروع إلى كل الفصول الدراسية، وسيعملون على إحداث تأثير جذرى على كل الطلاب، وسيعمل سفراء التعليم بالتعاون مع المعلمين الآخرين، وسيتعاونون سويا على تطوير شكل ومنظومة التعليم، كما سيقومون بالتركيز على السلوكيات الاحترافية والتربوية، ومن خلال تطبيق هذه السلوكيات فى الحياة المدرسية اليومية سينجحون فى تطوير عادات وسلوكيات جديدة، ما سيساهم فى إحداث تأثيرا إيجابيا على الطلاب والمعلمين. قال الدكتور طارق شوقى، الأمين العام للمجالس التخصصية التابعة لرئاسة الجمهورية، ورئيس المجلس التخصصى للتعليم والبحث العلمى، خلال احتفالية بنجاح المرحلة الأولى التجريبية فى مشروع «المعلمون أولا» فى أول ١٠٠ مدرسة- إن تخريج أول دفعة من برنامج الرئاسة لتدريب «المعلمون أولا» «أمر يدعو للسعادة»، مشيرا إلى أنه يوم جميل، معتبرا المجموعة الأولى تمثل الأمل الكبير لمصر ومستقبل التعليم. وأضاف أن الرئيس عبدالفتاح السيسى لديه رغبة كبيرة فى تطوير التعليم بالرغم من المشاكل، لذلك كانت المطالبة بمجتمع «يتعلم- يفكر- يبتكر»، مؤكدا أن الفكرة مثيرة جدا، ودعم الرئيس القوى وصندوق «تحيا مصر» لها. وتابع أن نتائج التدريب واضحة وجيدة على المعلمين المتدربين وسيكونون نواة جيدة لتطوير التعليم. وأوضح أن التدريب مختلف تماما وحديث، حيث إنه يغير أداء المعلم تماما، وتم تدشين موقع إلكترونى لتبادل الأسئلة بين المعلمين وبعضهم البعض، وبينهم وبين المدربين، بحيث يحكم على تغيير أدائه من خلال رؤية زميله ومدربه لهذا الأداء. وأضاف: «وظيفة المعلم اختلفت وتغيرت، حيث يلتقط الرغبة والدهشة للأطفال وينميها (تغير فلسفى) نريد من الطلاب كيفية الطهو وليس حفظ طريقة الطهو». وذكر أن أى تقدم يصل إلى المعلم فى عملية التدريب يسجل إلكترونيا عن طريق كارت ذكى يسجل بياناته عن طريق جهاز الكمبيوتر حيث إن المعلم يستطيع من خلال هذا الكارت أن يتعرف على التقدم الذى حققه وتطور أدائه كما يحصل على نقطة كلما تقدم فى الأداء الذى يدفعه للتنافس والكد للتقدم فى الترتيب بين زملائه. وعلى صعيد آخر، كشف «شوقى»، خلال اجتماع لجنة الاتصالات وتكنولوجيا المعلومات بمجلس النواب، لمناقشة مبادرة المجلس الرئاسى «بنك المعرفة»- أن هناك مشروعا يجرى التحضير له لتطوير منظومة التعليم سيتم الإعلان عنه فى سبتمبر المقبل. وتابع أنه تم تخريج أول دفعة تضم ٥٠٠ معلم من إجمالى ١٠ آلاف متدرب على أحدث أساليب المنظومة التعليمية والتدريس ضمن مشروع «معلمون أولا».

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Dr.Tarek shawki in the teachers first celebration: The president wants to much to develop education .

October 18, 2016

"A presidential celebration of the first group of graduates of the teachers' first project" A celebration was organized yesterday by the specialized Council for Education and Scientific Research affiliated to the Egyptian presidency to celebrate the success of the first prototype phase of "the teachers' first project. The new techniques of training that had been used by the schools that participated in the project were displayed and the efforts of the trained teachers had been honored. The specialized council in a cooperation with imagine education company made that project for enabling the citizens to gain benefits form what is called the learning communities .The project aims to create a new generation of professional and specialized teachers in their subjects and in the learning process so that they can analyze the aims of education in a different and creative way .They will accomplish that through creating the best learning environment , choosing the right learning experiences , the right kind of evaluation , raising the quality of learning outcomes , and improving the quality of education as a whole .The project also aims to raise the position of teachers in the society and establish the first learning community that can achieve the economic growth for the country . The scientific method of the project rely on teams that are called ambassadors of change who will be in schools and who will work on building a culture of innovation .they will also do their best to transfer and apply the vision and message of the project inside their classes and will work on having a radical change upon all the students. Those ambassadors will also cooperate with other teachers to improve the educational system through focusing on developing some professional and pedagogical behaviors .By applying those professional behaviors in their school communities continuously, they will be able to develop other new behaviors and that will have a great positive impact upon the students as well as teachers. Dr.Tarek shawki, the secretary-general of specialized councils affiliated to the Egyptian presidency and the Chair of the Specialized Presidential Council for Education & Scientific Research, stated during the ceremony that celebrating the graduation of 100 schools from is something that brings happiness and he expressed that the first group represents a great hope for Egypt and for the future of education. He added that the president Abd El.Fatah EL.sisi has a deep desire in developing education despite all the problems that we face so there was a claim of a society that learn, think and innovate and he also assured that the idea is very interesting and without the support of the president and Viva Egypt box it would not see the light. He also said that the results of the training is obvious on the trained teachers in a good way therefore those teachers will be a good start to develop education .He clarified that the training is completely new and different as it changes the performance of the teachers totally .He mentioned also that a website has been created so that teachers can share ideas and knowledge with one another and with the trainers as well and that their performance will be assessed by themselves , their peers and their assessors . He added that the job of the teachers changed in a great manner therefore the teachers need to consider the curiosity that they see inside the eyes of their students so that they can make a good use of it. He said that we need to teach the children how to cook not to only memorize the recipe. (( Just to clarify that point that was mentioned in the newspaper : he said that as a comment of something he mentioned about his family life .He said whenever He watches a food program with his wife , she knows for sure that he has a very a good memory so he memorizes the recipes very well and can tell her the ingredients of any recipe .However when It comes to cooking he fails and she excels because it's not enough for you to know the ingredients of the recipe but you have to know how to use the ingredients to have a beautiful dish , the people clapped a lot for that a mazing example )) . He mentioned that whenever the teachers make a progress it's recorded through a smart card and that this application is called Lengo. Through that application the teacher can assess his progress by giving himself points and he will also be able to get other points from his peers and that this system will encourage the teachers to

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