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The learning crisis in Afghanistan

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Although access to schooling has improved significantly in the last decade, fourth grade Afghan students are still not learning. After 4 years in primary school, only two-thirds of Afghan students have fully mastered the language curriculum for the first grade and less than half of them have mastered the mathematics curriculum for the first grade.

Teach… El cambio apenas comienza

Ezequiel Molina's picture
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El 31 de enero de 2019, presentamos oficialmente Teach, la nueva herramienta de observación de aula del Banco Mundial, como parte del lanzamiento de la Plataforma Mundial para Lograr Maestros Exitosos. Desde el evento, hemos recibido muchos correos electrónicos y comentarios en línea (ver aqui y aqui) de maestros de Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, República Dominicana, India, Perú y El Salvador; encargados de formular políticas de Côte d'Ivoire, Colombia y Ecuador; organizaciones no gubernamentales (ONG) de Jordania, Liberia y Guatemala, y de investigadores de Brasil, Filipinas, Puerto Rico, Senegal, Perú y Venezuela. La mayoría de sus mensajes se centra en dos cuestiones principales: 1) Cómo implementar Teach, y 2) Cómo se puede usar Teach para apoyar a los profesores y mejorar sus prácticas de enseñanza. Este blog tiene como objetivo abordar estas materias. Si tiene más preguntas, visite nuestra página web o escríbanos a [email protected].

Teach … The change is just beginning

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Also available in: Arabic  



On January 31, 2019, we officially unveiled Teach, World Bank’s new classroom observation tool, as part of the launch of the Global Platform for Successful Teachers event. Since the event, we’ve received many emails and comments online (see here and here) from teachers in Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, India, Peru, and El Salvador; policymakers in Côte d'Ivoire, Colombia, and Ecuador; NGOs in Jordan, Liberia, and Guatemala; and researchers from Brazil, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Senegal, Peru, and Venezuela. Most of their messages focus on two main questions: 1) How to implement Teach and 2) How Teach can be used to support teachers and improve their teaching practices. This blog aims to address these questions. If you have additional queries, please check out our web page or email us at: [email protected].

Teach: Enfrentar a crise da aprendizagem, uma sala de aula de cada vez

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Apesar do enorme progresso feito para que mais crianças estejam em sala de aula, estamos no meio de uma crise global de aprendizagem, onde um grande número de crianças conclui o ensino primário sem sequer possuir competencias básicas de literacia e numeraciaO que explica este fenómeno?  Para responder a esta pergunta, considere os seguintes exemplos de salas de aula onde as chances de levar os alunos ao sucesso são improváveis.

Teach: Abordando la crisis de aprendizaje, aula por aula

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A pesar del enorme progreso realizado en lograr que haya más niños en el aula, nos encontramos en medio de una crisis global de aprendizaje, donde un gran número de niños finalizan la educación primaria sin siquiera poseer las habilidades básicas de lectura, escritura y aritmética. ¿Qué explica este fenómeno?  Para responder esta pregunta, considere los siguientes ejemplos de aulas donde las posibilidades de éxito de los estudiantes son muy bajas.

Teach: Tackling the learning crisis, one classroom at a time

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Despite tremendous progress in getting children into the classroom, we are experiencing a global learning crisis, where a large share of children complete primary school lacking even basic reading, writing, and arithmetic skillsWhat explains this phenomenon? To answer this question, consider the following examples of classrooms that are unlikely to put students on a path to success. 

What The Wire can teach us about psychometrics

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In the first season of The Wire, an American crime drama television series, a young girl who lives in a poor and crime-ridden neighborhood asks Wallace, a teenaged drug dealer, for help with a math problem. It's a word problem that has multiple passengers getting on and off a bus and that asks how many passengers are on the bus at the end of it. The girl is lost. Wallace reframes the problem for her, describing a situation in which different buyers and sellers of crack cocaine take and give her different numbers of vials. When she answers correctly, Wallace asks her why she can't do the same problem when it's in her math book. She explains that if she gets the vial count wrong, the drug dealers will hurt her, so she must get it right.

Mi profesora Estela

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Cuando tenía 13 años, mi profesora de literatura, Estela, propuso a la clase el siguiente ejercicio:  observar dos dibujos y escribir una historia sobre cada uno de ellos. Miré los dibujos: uno era de un hombre con traje y corbata que cargaba un maletín y usaba un lindo reloj. El otro era del mismo hombre, pero tenía barba crecida, ropa rasgada y zapatos gastados. Escribí la primera historia sobre un hombre exitoso con una familia increíble, y la segunda sobre un hombre pobre, triste y sin amigos. Estela pareció decepcionada y me preguntó si las personas se definen por su ropa. Ese día, mi profesora habló sobre prejuicios y yo aprendí algo que no olvidaré jamás.

My teacher Estela

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When I was 13, my literature teacher Estela asked the class to look at two drawings and write down a story about each one them. I looked at the drawings: one was of a man in a suit and tie who was carrying a suitcase and wearing a watch. The other was of the same man but he had a beard, torn clothes and broken shoes. I wrote the first story about a successful man with an amazing family, the second about a poor, sad man who had no friends. Estela seemed disappointed and asked me if people are defined by their clothes. That day, my teacher spoke about prejudices and I learned something that I won’t forget.

Ayudar a cada docente a dar lo mejor de sí

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Ecoles Oued Eddahab school in Kenitra, Morocco. Photo: World Bank

En todos los países hay maestros dedicados y entusiastas que enriquecen y transforman la vida de millones de chicos. Son héroes silenciosos que suelen no estar entrenados, no tener materiales didácticos adecuados, o no recibir reconocimiento por su trabajo. Son héroes que desafían las estadísticas y hacen posible que los chicos aprendan con alegría, rigor y propósito.

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