Teach [part 2]
Were we the best teachers in the world after this first week… not even close, but were we on the right road… absolutely yes! I think the best thing about the program was that it offered so much time for reflection, and topics for discussion.
So, another major aspect of the program was the input sessions with our course tutors. I say input sessions as they actually were us ‘putting in and discussing examples from the classroom’ sessions! The course tutor introduced the topic, presented the knowledge, taught the skills, and we…we provided the examples! You see, as the weeks went on, we built up thousands of different experiences, with hundreds of different students, in dozens of schools! This made these input sessions so much more engaging than my old university lectures! We were able to sit as a group, discuss our own experiences, and really learn from them. This meant that as the program went on, we were able to use these experiences, put into effect this knowledge and in the end become better teachers! Of course, like every program, there were assignments! I am not going to sit here and tell you I enjoyed the assignments… I’m not even sure it is possible to enjoy an assignment! But did I see the value in the assignment, I think I did! If I didn’t then, I can assure you…I DO NOW! For example one assignment, ‘Unknown Foreign Language’ was us taking language lessons, in my case Norwegian, and reflecting on our experiences as students. Providing us with the opportunity to reflect on a lesson from a students point of view was so valuable! It allowed us to empathise with the student who went silent when we asked a difficult question, or the student who spoke, but made a mistake. These assignments allowed us to design our own lessons, create our own activities, tailor our own teaching style and prepare for the world of teaching!
Stay tuned for “Travel” [part 3]
By Emmet / Nov 26th 2018