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August 2013

Livingston's Blog

Caribbean Delegation take part in CCEDP

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I have always felt that educators were taken for granted, because of the positive impact we have on the development of societies and more over countries yet in most cases our efforts go unnoticed without reward. The past weeks that I spent in Nova Scotia not only engraved that thought in my mind but opened my eyes to a whole new level on understanding of my contribution as an educator.

Firstly I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the NSCC family who afforded me the opportunity to take part in the assessment and evaluation course. I’m appreciative of the way in which they received me and within such short time made me one of them. The staff, evaluators and participants alike all played their rolls in making it a learning experience like no other.

The course was laid out in such a format that made it comfortable for all, as it was not only a learning experience but a sharing one. The micro-lessons gave us the chance to share what knowledge we had, whether it was a brief history of my country or excerpts from our distinctive professions. Feedback from our peers was very important as they revealed our strengths and weaknesses, where there was need for improvement and or reinforcement, because as educators we are not always afforded the luxury of getting honest constructive criticism from our peers.

I admire the comradery displayed by participants as nothing was too great or small to share. The interesting chatter in the cafeteria or the various excursions to the local pub demonstrated that in the scheme of things we were also allowed to have fun. I can honestly say that not only have I acquired new friends but also a wealth of knowledge and different teaching styles that I have place within my arsenal for future references.

Congratulations are extended to the partnership between NSCC and CFBC as my experience is a testimony of the great relationship that they have started. I do hope they continue to harvest such bountiful rewards in the years to come.

Livingston A. Generlette
Lecturer, Building Department, Technical Division
Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (St. Kitts/Nevis)

Posted by NSCC Intl 06:45 Archived in Canada Tagged education caribbean nova_scotia teaching learning community_college st._kitts Comments (0)

Michael's Blog

Caribbean Delegation take part in CCEDP

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Over the last couple weeks I have come to appreciate more the concept of the "learning Organisation". I have experienced at NSCC through its CCEDP the real value of peer sharing and peer assessment. Having taken the course on assessment and evaluation I am now armed with a number of CATS which will allow me to be a better teacher and definitely enhance the teaching/learning process.

Not only did I learn some mechanics of assessment and evaluation but the teaching methodology allow participants to interact with each other and share their knowledge etc. This allowed me to experience the warmth and hospitality of Nova Scotians and dispelled any doubts in my mind that this partnership will really be a great learning experience. From the food at the cafeteria, the drinks at the pub (voluntarily paid for by participants), the rich discussions at the table which was not always course related, all added to a tremendous experience so far.

I say kudos to those who were imbued with the wisdom to choose NSCC as a partner and long live the relationship between our two institutions. I hope that this good work that has started will have a fruitful completion.

Michael A Noel
Lecturer and Associate Dean,School of Arts And Sciences
TA Marryshow Community College (Grenada)

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Abraham's Blog

Caribbean Delegation take part in NSCC Leadership Learning Forum

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They say that there are more questions than answers and I had enough questions to fill an extra piece of luggage. What happened next, I did not anticipate.

I was introduced to the idea of Strengths based Leadership in previous conversations with Claudine and I had to take the test in preparation for the Leadership Training Forum. This was a frustrating exercise! I needed time to weigh the options before making an appropriate selection. But before I could do so, the allotted twenty seconds elapsed. I was convinced that I flunked the test. Then the results came, I am Deliberative.

Thus began the Journey – literally. A small group of strangers, telling stories, many times beginning with the words, “I never told this to anyone before…”. Was it the genius of Claudine, the intimacy of the red van, the warmth of our hosts, or the trinkets on the tables? I may never be able to tell. What I do know, each person got the opportunity to exhale. What’s more, we all took in a new, deep breath of fresh air. Inspiration!

I fully recognize and thank everyone for making the visit of the seven (7) member team from TAMCC a resounding success. In addition, I will use this blog to document the persons who participated in the Leadership Training Forum: Claudine Lowry, Katie Orr, Hermia Anthony, David Fleming, Janet Byrne, Bobbi Dunham, Craig Collins, Kevin Quinlan, Dave Freckelton, Greg Russell, Sheila Mac Crimmon, and Zoran Kondali.

So I leave, still with questions, a different set of questions, but I don’t need the extra piece anymore.

Irwin Abraham
HR Manager
TA Marryshow Community College (Grenada)

Posted by NSCC Intl 07:08 Archived in Canada Tagged education travel nova_scotia teaching grenada learning leadership community_college Comments (0)

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