I had the honor to have been invited to lead a workshop entitled Enhanced Creativity and Motivation at the Universidad de Granma in Bayamo, Cuba. I arrived on Sunday morning at the Holguín airport, and was warmly greeted by Prof. Nieve Solo Gómez, the Director of the Language Department. The professor and her daughter, Helga, who is also a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, proved to be the most wonderful hosts I could have hoped to have.
Early on Monday morning, we were all ready and eager to finally begin a project that had been in the making for almost six months. The group of participants was made up of 40 teachers and advanced speakers of the language, who came from the same campus and from another one 100 miles away. Their dedication and enthusiasm was contagious! Each activity was more energizing than the previous one. There were moments of deep reflection, introspection, and journal writing as well. Although the images on the video above do not do justice to so much work, they are a testimony to the fun and the learning experiences we all shared.
Upon the completion of the 10 hour workshop, I was thrilled to read the highly positive feedback from the participants. The only complaint was that it had been too short! Dear Cuban friends, I’d be delighted to go back in a heartbeat! I came back home with my heart full of love and more ideas to put into practice with my students here in Virginia and at the upcoming workshops.
To the Universidad de Granma and the participants in my previous workshop in Bayamo who made this visit possible, thank you so much for your trust in me and for your inspiration. Beautiful hearts like yours are the reason why I happily devote most of my time and energy to teaching and learning. I couldn’t feel more fortunate.
¡Hasta pronto, amigos!