As part of its Community Connections initiative, the University of Wollongong in Dubai hosted the first workshop in the Professional Development Program (PDP) for high school teachers on Saturday, November 25, 2006. Titled "How to Get the Best Out of Your Worst Students, the half-day hands-on workshop was attended by more than 40 teachers from 20 schools in Dubai and Sharjah. Dr Raed Awamleh, Dean at UOWD, welcomed the participants and Ms Lois Smith provided an overview of the PDP and its benefits.
Associate Professor Lien Els from UOWD gave the keynote address and spoke about motivational theories and how to engage students actively in the learning process. This was followed by a small group discussion session, where participants were given a series of classroom scenarios and asked to propose practical teaching strategies for dealing with them. The sessions were moderated by experienced facilitators and each group presented the outcomes of their discussion at the final session of the day. A raffle draw was held before lunch and two lucky teachers won a free PDP enrollment and other gifts.
The PDP is organized by the Program for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (PELT) at UOWD and consists of three workshops to be held in February, March and May 2007, covering topics of relevance and interest to school teachers in the UAE. The program is open to all high school teachers, however, seating is limited to 50 participants. To find out more about the PDP, please visit the PELT website or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org