Comments from UCSB Staff on NIE Student Teachers (Jan 2013)

The chance for prospective US and Singaporean teachers to learn from each other is a critical step to establishing international standards of excellence in teaching.  In-depth understanding of other cultures is a priceless contributor to excellent teaching across all subjects."

- Prof Jane Close Conoley, Dean, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, UCSB, and Interim Chancellor, UC Riverside, Jan 2013

"The five Singaporean teachers provided for us at UCSB a lens on our local public school educational system. By listening to their comparisons describing teaching practices in both countries, we gained a deep insight into our own strengths and weaknesses. Our adventurous and curious Singaporean friends were amazing ambassadors for their school (NIE) and their country. ....”

- Peggy Lubchenco, Coordinator, Teacher Education Program, UCSB, Jan 2013

“I benefitted from the experience because I had to continually articulate my philosophy on education.  This caused me to reflect on my practice and opportunities to progress.  It was also rewarding to know I was advancing the participant's skill set…  ”

- Travis Bower, Dos Pueblos High School, Jan 2013

“Having a foreigner’s eyes watching my practice and offering feedback, as well as discussion of how things are the same or different in another country were wonderful. In some cases, it was reaffirming of things I do. In others, I was provoked to look deeper at how or why I do certain things and to perhaps consider “other ways” of doing certain things. It was great.  …”

- David Haggerty, Dos Pueblos High School, Jan 2013

“… was the model student teacher. He came into class and dove right in to our curriculum. He read all the texts that we were working with, did outside research, contributed to discussions, and helped the students with their work. My students absolutely adored him…”

- Monica Kaplan, Dos Pueblos High School, Jan 2013

“My student teacher impressed me in many ways … watching and probing, searching and observing all the time. His weekly reflection documents showed his excellent attention to detail and reaffirmed to me the value of this experience to him. Then, he wouldn’t be content with just observing, but he went on to think deeply about what he was seeing ... drew many thoughtful conclusions and made many meaningful connections ...”

- David Haggerty, Dos Pueblos High School, Jan 2013

It was a pleasure having … in the classroom. She was positive, inquisitive, caring, and genuine when working with the kids.  It was amazing to hear and discuss both our educational systems. We both surprised each other with how different, yet similar the education children receive in both countries ... I always asked how she learned mathematical concepts in Singapore verses how it is taught here. Since then I have implemented teaching strategies that she has shown me.

- Rania Azzam, Ellwood School, Goleta, CA