Monday, 01 June 2015
By Office of Teacher Education
NIE News June 2015, http://www.nie.edu.sg/nienews/jun15/?q=contents/international_practicum
Above: Assoc Prof Ivy Tan (extreme right) with faculty members of Stockholm University
Since 2012, NIE has been providing our degree student teachers the opportunities to go overseas to do their five-week Teaching Assistantship.
Our international partnerships have expanded since then, and they now include: University of California, Santa Barbara, USA; University College Capital (UCC) and VIA University College, Denmark; Zurich University of Teacher Education (PH Zurich), Switzerland; National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan; University of Waikato, New Zealand; University of Helsinki, Finland; and Linkoping University, Sweden.
In March 2015, NIE signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Stockholm University, Sweden. Stockholm will be another place for our student teachers to go to.
Incoming International Practicum
Our local schools have been graciously giving students from our international partner-universities the opportunities to teach in their schools. To name a few, St Andrew’s Junior School, West Grove Primary School, Boon Lay Garden Primary School, Westwood Primary School, Nanyang Primary School, Corporation Primary School and Wellington Primary School; Chung Cheng High (Main) School, Yishun Town and St Andrew’s Secondary Schools were our partner schools last year and early this year.
From 2013 to early 2015, 36 international students have passed through the doors of these schools and its classrooms. These have provided unique opportunities for them to build greater depth in pedagogical approaches in different cultural and social settings.
Above: Ms Yingting and Ms Chao Ngin (middle) with UCC students
This was what Ms Jane Sara Robinson from the University of Waikato, New Zealand, had to say about her learning journey here:
“My greatest area of improvement was classroom management. Through this exchange, I was given the opportunity to witness the various types of classroom management strategies demonstrated by my co-operating teacher and other teachers. One of the strategies that I will use when I get back is the assignment of group leaders and assistant group leaders. Instead of having the teacher give out and collect worksheets to the students, the students can assist. This will help the teacher save a lot of time and focus on conducting a more effective lesson.”
Above: Ms Sim Pei Jin (back row, middle) with her UCSB students
Above: Assoc Prof Eddy Chong (middle) with Ms Latai Ella Charlton-Fa’apoi (from left); Ms Raina Robin Clary; Ms Emma Jayne Sheely and Ms Jane Sara Robinson from the University of Waikato, New Zealand
This article first appeared in NIE's quarterly publication NIE News in June 2015.