YHS and Sumba have a grat friend in Cat Wheeler, a Canadian but long-time resident in Bali. She has helped Sumba through YHS many times, and when her friend Maria Doye voiced an interest in giving a workshop, Cat immediately suggested Sumba.
Maria is an international curriculum teacher, trainer and developer working in Indonesia, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, England, India and many other countries.
Cat contacted YHS who quickly organised the workshop, inviting the teachers of the three primary schools of Potto Katillu, Kareka Karara and Bondo LengaTeachers Practice the Games Method in Teaching
Initially Doubtful, Finally Enthusiastic
At first, some teachers were hesitant and reluctant to get involved because they thought the methods Maria uses were like just playing. But when Maria explained the benefits and they used her methods directly, the teachers became enthusiastic and actively involved.
According to Maria, all children want to have fun and they learn effectively only when they are having fun. In order for the children to behave well and increasingly engage in their learning, the teaching must reward them with small gifts or appreciation.
Maria introduced nine methods that the teachers practised, using posters, cards, atlases, and balls in the workshop, but, she said, the teachers can use just about anything that is available to them.
At the end of the event, Maria presented teaching tools to each school.
By the end all the teachers were enthusiastic, although some said that they would have love the workshop to last a whole day rather than the 2-3 hours which were available on this visit. Maria is planning to come again in 2020 and will hold workshops with more participants and more adequate time.
Thank you, Ms. Maria Doyle and Cat Wheeler.