At READ for Life we have started professional development sessions every Friday afternoon with our core staff. We have a new little routine that goes something like: jigsaw puzzles (and progressing to other puzzles and logical thinking activities); grammar and then training in teaching methods.
I know the jigsaw puzzle idea is a bit out there! But we are looking to develop problem solving skills in our team and jigsaws are a great introduction. Problem solving and critical thinking is something that is not included in the Ugandan Curriculum and up until a couple of weeks ago some of our staff members had never seen a jigsaw puzzle before. It’s quite a novelty and we have started with 9, 12, 16 and 24-piece jigsaw puzzles. Looking forward to adding many more pieces in the sessions to come.