It just sounds so good when they say it.

As we transition to a one-year program, the opportunity to rethink what TTT stands for is now. At TTT’s inception, we were a group of teachers committed to training other teachers. It was easy – we were teachers training teachers. But now, as we have grown and matured as an organization, we are more than just a small group of …

Patience will be our virtue

Young boys pointed at me and Jane, as we walked to the van, yelling, “Blan! Blan!”, which is a common reference for a white person in Haiti. Obviously, we knew it would be difficult to become invisible, as we peeked into classrooms. Regardless, it was an exciting opportunity to observe teachers and meet with school leaders. It is imperative that …

11.2.17

I learned about 10 months ago when my daughter became engaged to be married that I would most likely miss this week’s teacher training seminars. To have attended all but 1 one-day seminar over the past seven years, somewhere in the range of 15 seminars is an honor and crazy feat. The amount of learning I have gained from observing …

A Dedication

Alex and Judith, two names spoken countless times throughout the first three years of Teaching Training Together. On my first trip to Haiti in October 2010, an arrangement was made to meet with a school leader of Nehemiah Christian Academy. Relaxed by his English, Alex and I chatted about supplies and curriculum. During this conversation, I asked if his teachers …

Frames of (our) mind

I am one who adds something to a list even after the task is complete, relishing in the stroke of ink that crosses it off. But the crazy does not end there because I also have a habit of keeping those lists and other scraps of paper. My explanation for this odd behavior is that it brings me great satisfaction …

Unexpected

Unexpected perspectives are beautiful. Home from Seminar 2, I reflect on two new perspectives. We stumbled upon the first perspective one month ago. At the end of each day, our participants complete an exit survey. Up to this point, we had required each teacher to individually complete a survey to measure their recall and understanding. And then, an idea developed …

It Must Be Worth Her While

 When interviewed in 2013 on the CNN production of “Girl Rising”, director Richard Robbins commented, “… Unlike a lot of big global problems that we face in the world, whether it’s global warming or religious conflict or the AIDS epidemic, we actually know what the solution is to this problem. We know how to educate girls. Most of us know …

Nobody likes a “know-it-all”

At the birth of Teaching Training Together in 2010, we wondered if it was possible to strip away marketing influences and waning trends to reveal the longstanding and universal methods of teaching. We committed to research educational theory from a global perspective, as opposed to a Western… American… Northeastern… Massachusetts… perspective. It was our hope that these methods could be …

Would you rather be a bus driver or a taxi driver?

I read of a study by Maguire, Woollett, & Spiers (2006) who examined the brains of London taxi drivers compared to London bus drivers. The results showed that the hippocampus’ of taxi drivers were larger than those of bus drivers. The hippocampus is the region of the brain that specializes in acquiring and using complex spatial information to navigate efficiently …