Next to facilitating evaluation sessions of the Teaching for Learning Manual: A reference guide for results-oriented teachers in Belgrade, the CDRSEE, in cooperation with the respective Ministries of Education, implemented five evaluation workshops across the region. The workshops took place on February 14th in Podgorica, February 22nd in Tirana, March 7th in Skopje, March 28th in Pristina, and March 29th in Sarajevo.
The workshops were highly productive in opening discussion on the manual and acquiring much needed feedback on in its impact, effectiveness, and best practices for use. Teachers, inspectors, pedagogical faculty staff, association members, and ministry personnel were among those that contributed to the highly diverse evaluation of the manual. The workshop in Skopje addressed issues of contextual changes that translation of the book has instigated. It brought to light the importance of terminology and the nuances of language distinctions across the region, as well as contrast with the manual’s language of origin, English. Amongst the conclusion from the workshop in Tirana was the enhanced benefit that the use of learning resources offers. In particular, the workshop’s attendees emphasized that the manual’s impact was significantly enhanced when utilized with visual tools such as smart tables, televisions, flip charts, projectors, and even simple chalkboards. The workshops in Podgorica, about which you can read more about here, offered several useful suggestions that can enhance the impact of the manual. One of the suggestions brought up the notion of replicating best practices and modelling the teachers who utilized the manual most effectively. These suggestions, along with other ideas and inputs from the workshops, have been highly welcome by the CDRSEE and the relevant Ministry staff who oversee the manual’s rollout in schools and amongst teachers.
Next to offering suggestions and raising the manual’s profile, the predominant feedback from the workshops has been highly positive. Participants most often praised the manual, and in particular its ease of use, coherent structure, and the valuable suggestions it offers in improving teaching methods. Collectively, they have been an ideal launch of the manual across the region and have set forth high goals in reforming teaching methods and education practices.