Bangkok, Thailand. The Blikstein TLT Lab, in partnership with the Darunsikkhalai School for Innovative Learning (DSIL), facilitated a series of teacher professional development workshops in Bangkok, Thailand during the last week of August as part of a 5-year initiative funded by the Suksapattana Foundation. The grant encompasses research, graduate student support and professional development for educators.
Hosted at the DSIL campus, the four-day workshop consisted of activities and interactive sessions on topics such as collaboration and Complex Instruction, balancing content and project-based learning, and action research. The workshop was attended by a wide range of teachers from around Thailand–representing both urban and rural communities, as well as a variety of subjects and grade levels.
Throughout the workshop, teachers incorporated feedback from Associate Professor Paulo Blikstein, TLT Lab research collaborator and Utah State University Research Professor Deborah Fields, TLT Lab Program Manager Jonathan Pang, as well as DSIL faculty (and 2014 FabLearn Fellow) Nalin Tutiyaphuengprasert. Through the combination of activities and guided working sessions, teachers found actionable approaches to redesign lesson plans incorporating innovative pedagogies and practices. The workshop concluded with a poster session in which teachers presented their redesigned lesson plans and the changes made to their curriculum over the course of the workshop.
Thank you to DSIL faculty–Eve Samart, Chom Jarusrose, Nu Nusen, Jas Anu-Sir, and Nalin Tutiyaphuengprasert for being such gracious hosts!
Related research publication:
Fields, D.A. & Blikstein, P. (2018) What is Constructionism? Views from a Thai perspective. Constructionism Proceedings 2018 pp. 203-213. [PDF]
Read more about FabLearn, a program of the TLTL, here.