MOBILIZING ACADEMIC MENTORS TO ELEVATE STEM EDUCATION ACROSS THAILAND
Great teachers are the key ingredient to improving education, and so the Chevron Enjoy Science Project organized a workshop and classroom observation activities in Khon Kaen from 23-25 August for academic mentors. During the workshop, a team of experts from Columbia University’s Teachers College conducted training on high impact practices with an emphasis on classroom observation skills. In addition, mentors learned how to apply varied cognitive demands in assignments based on Bloom’s Taxonomy, which states that learning consists of six levels: recognition, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and assessment.
Following the workshop, mentors visited eight lead schools in Khon Kaen to observe teaching and learning activities in action. Mentors provided constructive feedback to teachers, helping them to improve their teaching methods immediately. In this way, the mentors directly transferred the knowledge gained from the workshop to scores of teachers in Khon Kaen.
The Enjoy Science mentor program welcomed seven new members from Lampang, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani, and Trang. There are now 24 teachers spread across Thailand involved in the program. The mentors are vital to achieving the objectives of Enjoy Science, because they will be able to share high impact practices with thousands of teachers throughout Thailand.