By Marina Rosales López and Mario Sebastián Caal Jucub
Date: March 28 (12 Kej)
Location: Auditorium of the Instituto Normal Mixto del Norte “Emilio Rosales Ponce,” Cobán, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala
Coordinators: Marina Rosales López and Mario Sebastián Jucub
Participants: 35 participants and 2 instructors
The workshop began at 8:00 a.m. with an invocation with the participation of thirty-five persons and two instructors. The participants came from five municipalities of the Department of Alta Verapaz being the following: San Juan Chamelco, Carchá, Cobán, San Cristobal Verapaz, and Tactic; the majority were Q’eqchi’ speakers and some Poqomchi’. The participants were for the most part teachers of various grades and students of teaching for primary schools. It took place on this date taking advantage of the recess for holy week the Wayeb’ celebration that happens in the north region of the country. For this reason the event was divided into two parts, the first being calendrical and the second being about the ancient writing. The first part was taught by Mario Sebastián Caal.
Subjects covered in the first part were the following:
- Brief history of the Maya people.
- The use of the Maya calendar with emphasis on the present and its use in daily life.
- Brief explanation of the Tzolk’in.
- Approach to the Ab’ (Haab) calendar and the year bearers.
The method used was lecturing accompanied by projected slides and student participation. Also photocopies were used of instructive materials that served to engage the students at various levels.
The second part was taught by Marina Rosales López who used an explanatory method by means of a slide projector for illustration as well as providing photocopies to the participants. Also they did various exercises in which the students worked individually as well as in groups.
The topics covered were the syllabary, organization, and composition, with emphasis on the rules for writing, logograms, emblem glyphs, among others. They did exercises in small groups using the syllabary to write words and their names, and finally using logograms.
Achievements and conclusions:
The instructors were committed to developing the students’ skill in accordance with the CNB (the basic national curriculum), and in the case of teachers in training they would use the workshop to develop their teaching skills, also in accordance with the CNB.
Ninety-five percent of the participants were beginners, and of course they wished for a follow-up workshop. In the photo you can see the results produced at the conclusion of the workshop.