This year, the meeting was fixed with 15 stands, plus a mobile art studio classroom. All with the purpose of showing the activities conducted at the School of Teacher through classroom workshops, training routes and other allies.
The Yellow Pavilion Plaza Mayor was the meeting place for the educational community of Medellin for the fifth version of the Encuentro, a space for reflection and discussion on improving the quality of education, pedagogic innovation and implementation of new learning environments .
Master School teachers and administrators called to live this experience through online communications and visits to educational centers and institutions.
The day began on Thursday November 17 at 9 am with workshops, lectures and talks in five classrooms, dedicated to the teaching of language, the potential development of teachers, the teaching of science, systematic investigation of the pedagogical practices and meaningful learning experiences of teachers in classroom research.
Such is the case of the program implemented by the Universidad de los Andes and the Ministry of Education of Medellin called "Little Scientists", which seeks to renew the teaching and learning of science experiment at school, through the Teaching Strategy Teaching Inquiry-Based Science (ECBI).
Claudia Vasquez, Program Coordinator, explained that this strategy, with nearly 20 years, was endorsed by several Nobel prizes in the world and is part of the education policy of France.
"In Colombia reached 10 years ago. It began with training for teachers to replicate the experiences, which are 1 to 2 years, a whole plan of training and professional development very well supported. In Antioquia came 5 years ago and is administered by the School of Engineering of Antioquia "he says.
On arrival in Medellin, the program implemented the working tool "Discovery Box", a series of activities, experiments and games in electricity, energy, environment and health, developed by the Siemens Foundation in Germany.
Cardona Dew, Project Coordinator, University of Los Andes, explains that the schools in the cities can be also with the traditional tools of the program, which were developed in the United States also makes an invitation to teachers and principals to to join this cause to teach through inquiry, for which to develop new training sessions next year.
"Human beings learn by doing, observing, manipulating, making mistakes, making do is a natural human being, and what better way to learn science than doing and experiencing. The call for teachers is to give children the opportunity to learn from a learned differently than us, it was chalk and board "concluded Dew Cardona.
57 public schools and 211 teachers in the city have benefeciado of the partnership between the Siemens Foundation, the Ministry of Education of Medellin and the University of the Andes.