After spending the morning at Universidad del Pacífico, both groups joined together at Colegio Nuestra Señora del Carmen (Colegio Carmelitas, or Carmelite school), a private Catholic school in the Miraflores district. We met with the primary section principal, señora Rosa Ana Dongo. Although this is her first year as principal, the school is CELEBRATING 60 YEARS in existence!
It was clear from our conversation and a tour of the school that there is a focus on academics as well as on enhancing students’ personal experiences. In the classroom, teachers use small groups to create a sense of belonging and build positive relationships between students. In these small groups, students select their own topics and engage in activities to develop research and problem-solving skills. During the school day and in afterschool activities, students also have the option of participating in workshops for the arts and sports including music, dance, visual arts, volleyball and basketball. The pictures below include some of the student performances and art work that we had the privilege of enjoying.
La señora Dongo also shared information about the instructional strategies, school-wide approach to positive discipline and teacher selection process at Colegio Nuestra Señora del Carmen. This school was an excellent example of how to balance students’ academic and developmental needs. I learned a lot and look forward to hearing more from the Comparative Education group who will return to the school tomorrow.
~ Faneshia Jones