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20 teachers participate in ‘Kids Helping Kids’ workshop

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TWENTY public school teachers participated in the Commonwealth Council for Arts and Culture’s “Kids Helping Kids” workshop on Thursday at Kanoa Resort.

The workshop was funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and was facilitated by Dr. Lori Phillips of Pacific Resources for Education and Learning to provide teachers with “knowledge tools” such as observational drawing.

Dr. Lori Phillips of the Pacific Resources for Education and Learning facilitated the “Kids Help Kids” workshop at the Kanoa Resort for teachers.

But the workshop was not just about learning to illustrate, Phillips said. “It is about the art of seeing and observation. Observation is the most important thing in science and in social studies…. So when you observe something, you really take the time to know what the details are, how they function,” she added.

The teachers were challenged to draw the things the children see on their island, and to write about them in the native languages.

“In Hawaii, we’re using this with English language learners,” Phillips said. “They will draw, let’s say a real turtle in front of them. They are observing the turtle. They will start labeling the parts of the turtle — the bulging eyeballs, the shell that is oval. They write the labels in their drawings…. If they write ‘oval,’ they’re learning that word. They’re learning the word ‘shell’ and so on. The language is being learned through the image.”

Twenty public school teachers participated in the “Kids Help Kids” workshop hosted by the Arts Council  in partnership with the Pacific Resources for Education and Learning.

She said training the student to observe closely will revolutionize the children’s learning process.

One of the workshop participants, Donald Mendiola, said using illustrations to teach language is very helpful.

Mendiola teaches Chamorro and Carolinian Language and Heritage Studies at Hopwood Middle School.

Arts Council staff members, standing from left, Greg Perez, Andu Agulto and Frank Deleon Guerrero; seated, from left, Erica Trinidad, Lucy Selepeo and Abick Muna.  Photos by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

Arts Council executive director Parker Yobei said the workshop has been conducted in all the states.

“We see that it works,” he added. “Incorporating art in the classroom can be a very powerful tool for student learning.”

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