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July 2013

David's Blog

Caribbean delegation take part in NSCC Leadership Learning Forum

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Christopher Columbus by his miscalculation of the earth's diameter ended up in North America and the West Indies, yet he made claim, in absolute "disregard" for the native people. To say the least Halifax and Grenada have that much in common. For that reason I take liberty to assert to having come into practical contact with a phenomenon that would henceforth impact my modus operandi as a leader at TAMCC as well as in my personal life.

Far from the learnedly team of people at NSCC, with whom I have now developed such collegiality and fraternal relationships, further from the exciting and picturesque Province of Nova Scotia, I have experienced real power in the creative design of space for effective learning. If the learning environment which Claudine, ably supported by Bobbi, created, and in some instances had happen by sudden inner impulse, was influenced by how she perceived our expectations, then her logic is a replication of her sensitive understanding of the aesthetic value of the principles and activities that facilitate effective learning. The learning space in which we worked added a whole new dimension to made certain of learners success

The daily reallocation and reconfiguration of the space in which we were to work was in itself energizing and the inspiration I got to share and hear was something unfamiliar. The entire experience has taught me even more how to appreciate coming out from battle, battered and lethally wounded by the shrapnel of knowledge thrown out by the powerful explosion of leadership stories and innovative thoughts. This was the character of the active and collaborative sessions that permeated the unofficial-styled leadership learning forum.

This was great Claudine, Bobbi, Katie, Janet, Craig, Dave, Kevin, Greg, Sheila, Zoran, Hermia, Irwin, and with meek turtle-like compliance I plead guilt for the sin of pride in my input in such a rewarding exercise.

David Fleming
Dean, School of Continuing Education
T. A. Marryshow Community College (Grenada)

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Marlene's Blog

Caribbean delegation take part in CCEDP

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Hello everyone. I am Marlene Abraham-Finlay, and I am from Grenada – the Spice Island of the Caribbean. I am part of a seven (7) member delegation from the T. A. Marryshow Community College, and was privileged to participate in two of the CCEDP courses - “Facilitating the Adult Learner” and “Assessing and Evaluating Adult Learning”, at the Truro Campus.

The journey began as we engaged in our first group activity – identifying issues teachers face in the classroom. We quickly realized that it didn’t matter which Community College, campus or discipline we represented, the challenges were similar (maybe even identical). We could all relate; the platform was set.

I can vividly remember the micro-teaching sessions. They were so creative, informative and interactive. Who would have thought that so much could be taught in just 10 – 12 minutes? The feedback was meaningful and rewarding. Thank you Cathy McLean (our facilitator), Jill, Rick, Nikki and Dennis! You were a great team!

Our second course reinforced the need to ensure that our lessons are outcomes based; to create classroom environments where the teaching strategies, assessment and evaluation techniques are all aligned and geared towards ensuring that learning takes place. Emphasis was placed on the need for self-reflection and peer assessment (feedback). The seminars were remarkable.

As great as the classroom sessions were, the best part of this experience has been the interactions with the NSCC staff and faculty, as well as the people of Nova Scotia. From our first meal at Murphy’s (Truro), to our chats in the cafeteria, the time you took to share with us the culture and history of Nova Scotia, to Paul who was always willing to help with our IT needs, to our facilitators (Dave, Taralee and Maria), to a splendid lunch at Larry’s. You embraced us and made us feel welcome, part of your ‘family’. Thank you, NSCC! Thank you, Zoran – we couldn’t ask for a better host!

As a member of faculty and an administrator, I am leaving here enriched; and eager to share the techniques and strategies learnt with my staff and faculty.

Marlene Abraham-Finlay
Dean – School of Applied Arts and Technology
T. A. Marryshow Community College (Grenada)

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Lisa's Blog

Caribbean delegation take part in CCEDP

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Hi my name is Lisa Francis-Charles and I hail from the lovely Island of Spice, Grenada. I was selected to be part of a team to travel to Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) for a study tour. I can speak volumes on how much this tour has benefited me as a lecturer and by extension my students. However, I would like to speak about the friendships and relationships that I have developed in Nova Scotia.

Often times when one relates traveling experiences, you would hear about the ‘beautiful places’ and while Nova Scotia is known for its rich history and breathtaking sights, I was far more intrigued by ‘ the beautiful faces’. From the very first time I met my NSCC colleagues, I felt like I was part of a family. Whether it was a facilitator, IT specialist, librarian or just the custodial staff I was welcomed with warm greetings. My days were filled with giggles and chuckles during mealtimes, work times and fun times. I am inspired to create a classroom environment that survives upon these qualities like diversity, love, fun and most of all learning.

Speaking of learning, the phrase "community of learners" is something that I have experienced at NSCC and is something that will stick with me. Learning can only occur if we take the time to truly evaluate ourselves. The ability to give honest and open feedback certainly helps to build others. Accepting feedback without qualms or fears demonstrates maturity and lifelong learning.

Lisa Francis-Charles
Faculty
T.A. Marryshow Community College (Grenada)

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Andrea's Blog

Caribbean delegation take part in CCEDP

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Greetings from Grenada. My name is Andrea McLeod, and I am one of the team from the T.A.Marryshow Community College, St. George, Grenada here in Nova Scotia to complete two CCEDP modules. I arrived knowing that I would be taking modules in ‘Facilitating Adult Learning’ and ‘Evaluating and Assessing’. I knew that I’d be lodging in the dorms at the Truro Campus, and I knew that it would be hard work. What I did not know though was what a great group of people I would meet, and how easy it would be to make some great connections and firm friendships!

The journey to Halifax was long and tiring, so on Monday morning I had hoped for a gentle introduction to the first module – no chance! Dave Freckleton made sure that we started as we meant to go on, at full speed. This proved to be an intensive, but very rewarding course which really made me think about the structure of my lessons, my delivery and content. My group became a second family, we laughed (and nearly sometimes cried) together, and I cannot forget the pearls of wisdom I departed the ‘micro teach’ sessions with. I now know how to inspect a wet suit, wash my clothes without shrinking them (great props Lisa), make apple sauce, and pull off a very convincing card trick. More importantly though I was reminded of how important the communication in the classroom is, thanks Audrey.

Week one was followed by a great weekend break in Halifax. Lovely strolls on the waterfront, good food at the Economy Shoe Shop, and shopping at the mall. ‘Historical Halifax’ has it all, and really knows how to entertain. The people are very friendly and helpful, and always willing to impart a gem of information about the region. It really is like home away from home, just without the blazing sun, but the good weather did make an appearance for a few days at least.

Week two was a little easier, dorm life was good, and new groups and acquaintances were formed. Again, in my group we bonded quickly and taught each other so much. The support was great, and many laughs were had along the way. The highlight for me was the seminar day, where so many assessment and evaluation techniques were shared, and I was forced to look at my course through fresh eyes. These two weeks have really been refreshing, and I cannot wait to put some of these new strategies into practice when I return. However, with the festivities at the waterfront for this last weekend and a fabulous day at Larry’s home on Sunday I’m not sure that I want to leave! Thanks NSCC for a wonderful learning experience.

Andrea McLeod
Faculty
T.A. Marryshow Community College (Grenada)

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Lorin's Blog

Caribbean delegation visit CCEDP

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As a staff of the T.A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC), Grenada, I was excited when I learnt I was to be part of a team of seven (7) employees visiting Nova Scotia, Canada. Although this was not my first trip to Canada, it was my first trip to Nova Scotia, so of course I wondered if Halifax and Truro will be similar to Scarborough which I visited back in 1996. I am not sure if it is because of my maturity or the company but I have concluded that I am drawn to the life style of the people of Nova Scotia because of their kindness and warmth far more so than I remembered of the people of Scarborough. Again, back in 1996 I was still a teenager, so who knows, maybe if I visit Scarborough today, I might find out that all the people of Canada are the same, extending warmth and kindness to all they meet!

To return to the essence of my blog, TAMCC and the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) are working together to develop a curriculum in Cultural Studies which will be beneficial to our two countries and so as part of the team, four members of TAMCC have been selected to be trained in Facilitating the Adult Learner and five members were training in Assessing and Evaluating Adult Learning. These two courses are part of NSCC's Community College Education Diploma Program (CCEDP). To complete the training five members of the TAMCC team stayed at NSCC Truro’s Campus from July 14 – 26, 2013.

The conclusion of these training left me with the knowledge of how best to incorporate the BOPPPS method into lesson planning. This course confirmed to me, that to totally engage a class room of learners; facilitators need to employ differentiated learning. I am also armed with the different classroom Assessments and Evaluation techniques and methods of incorporating them into my future lessons. Preparing and delivering micro teaching lessons to other faculties and receiving and giving feedback has allowed me to grow stronger in my profession. I believe these new techniques will enable me to understand the current level of my learners and the ability to transfer additional information to them in a most efficient manner.

While the training impacted powerful messages and gave us new insights into many useful classroom delivery styles, assessment and evaluation methods; what was profound to me was the sincerity of the fifty (50) or more Canadian faculty members that experience the training with us. Not once were our suggestions not taken seriously or any recommendations ignored. We were treated as equals in and out of the classroom. Thank you to NSCC and the wonderful people of Nova Scotia. Hats off to our facilitators, Dave, Maria and Taralee!

Lorin Alexander
Faculty
T.A. Marryshow Community College (Grenada)

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