William McKinley School 39 kindergarten teacher Lynn Baumann spent her short summer break preparing to teach teachers in Uganda, Africa.
Baumann along with three other teachers from Indianapolis traveled to Arua, Uganda, in July and facilitated a “Best Practices in Teaching” workshop for local teachers.
Often, teachers in Uganda may have 100 students in their classroom and have only a chalkboard and chalk as teaching materials.
Some of the “best practices” the teachers taught the Ugandans included using “peer modeling,” putting brighter students with those that are struggling.
“This experience was both challenging and rewarding,” said Baumann. “After seeing the schools in Uganda and meeting the teachers who work in them, I consider it a privilege to have had the opportunity to help make a difference in a small way.”
The Indianapolis teachers raised money before their trip to pay for the teacher materials and the participants’ rooms and meals for four days. Extra money from the fundraising efforts was also used to purchase tote bags with school supplies for the teachers including scissors, notebooks, glue and pencils.