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TESOL Trainers Scaffolds Myanmar Teachers Into Success

TESOL Trainers just completed a professional development initiative with Total Learning Academy in Yangon, Myanmar training the faculty at Total Learning Academy in scaffolding students into success through iCOACH, a peer coaching program.

Santa Fe, NM, September 08, 2012 --( TESOL Trainers just completed a professional development initiative with Total Learning Academy in Yangon, Myanmar.

“This series of initiatives had two objectives,” said John Kongsvik, the Director of TESOL Trainers. “The first was to help all teachers develop their understanding of scaffolding in the classroom. The second was to train a core group of teachers and administrators oniCOACH©.”

Over the week-long training, about 200 teachers had 12 hours of training on the Gradual Release of Responsibility, its components, and model lessons on scaffolding from all content areas. The workshop concluded with groups of teachers presenting a lesson that captured the components of scaffolding.

“We are all excited to try these techniques out in the classroom,” said one teacher.

In addition, a core group of teachers received experiential training on iCOACH©, a peer coaching system. Over the course of three days, these teachers explored the components of iCOACH©, went through the process as both participants and facilitators, and designed an implementation plan for their schools.

“We were really looking for something that we could do to help our teachers improve their skills on a continuous basis,” said Mohan Aiyer. “John Kongsvik’s iCOACH© program is just the thing.”

TESOL Trainers will return to Total Learning Academy towards the end of the year to provide Part II of both the scaffolding series of workshops and iCOACH©.

For more information about how you can bring these practical, effective, and experiential programs to your school or district, please contact John R. Kongsvik, the Director of TESOL Trainers.
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