Terms & Conditions of how to Apply for the Teachers First Program

October 8, 2017

The Ministry of Education and Teachers First are excited to announce the next phase of Teachers First. For you to be considered for entry into this phase, you must complete and submit this online application. Please take note of the following information: This route is the only way teachers and schools can be part of Teachers First The application will be open from 12 October 2017 and will close on 24 October 2017 at midnight. All Schools wishing to be considered must have completed and submitted their application online by this time. ‎Applications must be made by Schools and not individual teachers, preferably by the School Principal or someone with sufficient authority within the School. Schools are to only complete the application once. Multiple applications may result in the School not being accepted. ‎Schools must be Government funded schools. ‎Schools who have already taken part in Teachers First will not be considered and are asked not to apply. ‎Schools who applied during the previous phases of Teachers First and were not successful, are encouraged to reapply for this coming phase. Please complete the application fully. ‎Schools who are successful in their application will be notified of this via the MoE and their Moderia. We apologise that due to the large number of schools applying, it will not be possible to inform schools who are unsuccessful. ‎All sections of the application must be completed to be considered. ‎Following acceptance into this phase of Teachers First, schools are committed to fulfil all their obligations in supporting Teachers First within their school. All schools who are successful will be notified of their ‘Induction’ session at the point of acceptance into this phase of Teachers First. Attendance at the ‘Induction’ session is an essential requirement of participation. Should you not be successful at this point, there will be future opportunities for your school to become part of Teachers First.

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1st academic day photo competition

September 27, 2017

OFFICIAL RULES   Competition begins 23/09/2017 12:00pm and ends at 3/10/2017 5:00pm   Eligibility: The competition is open to all k-12 teachers in Egypt. Photographs must reflect experience during the school day.  Photographs taken off school premises are not eligible. You can enter as many times as you like but you must have a different photograph for each entry. All entries become the property of Teachers First.   How to Enter: upload a photograph to the Teachers First Facebook page.  Comment on what’s happening in the photograph. Photographs can be JPEG, GIF or PNG format, all photos must be submitted within the first academic week. Entries must include: Name of the teacher Name of the School and Modorya Explanation of what is happening in the photograph Entries must comply with the following content guidelines to be eligible: Content cannot be sexually explicit or suggestive, unnecessarily violent, or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, gender identity or religious. Content cannot promote alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons, any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous, or any political agenda or message Content cannot be obscene or offensive, endorse any form of hate. Content cannot contain materials embodying the names, likenesses, photographs, or other indicia identifying any person, without permission. There will only be 1 winner.  The prize awarded will be a Teachers First goodie bag.   WINNER NOTIFICATION: The All decisions are final.

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Why Children Need Physical Education

September 14, 2017

  Physical education is an integral part of the total education of every child in Kindergarten through Grade 12. Quality physical education programs are needed to increase the physical competence, health-related fitness, self-responsibility and enjoyment of physical activity for all students so that they can be physically active for a lifetime. Physical education programs can only provide these benefits if they are well-planned and well-implemented.   Physical activity positively affects several vitally important areas of health. Steady amounts of physical activity will prevent obesity and will help to maintain proper levels of blood pressure. Additionally, physical activity will ensure students grow up with healthy bone structures as they continue their skeletal development. Finally, cholesterol levels will also be kept in-check with daily physical activity. As we all know, students who are physically healthy will be in school more often and absent less and will be better able to focus on their learning. Strengthened Peer Relationships: Physical education can be a major force in helping children socialize with others successfully and provides opportunities to learn positive people skills. Especially during late childhood and adolescence, being able to participate in games and sports is an important part of peer culture.   Physical activity stimulates brain plasticity. Brain plasticity allows our brains to be more 'fluid' and 'moldable' so to speak. When this happens, our brains are able to make new connections as well as able to strengthen existing connections. The more and stronger neuronal connections we have the better able we are to learn and retain information. This obviously has huge implications for our students on how and when they learn. Self Discipline: Facilitates development of student responsibility for health and fitness.   Improved Judgment: Quality physical education can influence moral development. Students have the opportunity to assume leadership, cooperate with others; question actions and regulations and accept responsibility for their own behavior. Stress Reduction: Physical activity becomes an outlet for releasing tension and anxiety, and facilitates emotional stability and resilience. Improved Self-confidence and Self-esteem: Physical education instills a stronger sense of self-worth in children based on their mastery of skills and concepts in physical activity. They can become more confident, assertive, independent and self-controlled.   Experience Setting Goals: Physical education provides children the opportunity to set and strive for personal, achievable goals.

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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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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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