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Jungle Adventure, February 2014 – Di Dalam Hutan

June 30, 2014

Ok, so it’s been a few months since we’ve been back. We’ve finished the semester and these student teachers have graduated. But we’re all still reminiscing about the adventures that we had just a few short months ago in Malaysia! Here is our story about one hot Saturday afternoon in February, when this group of student teachers decided to experience the jungle.

Ready for A Jungle Adventure!

Ready for A Jungle Adventure!

Now you may think it’s odd to have an ATV park in the middle of the jungle. But it’s there–the rock says so–and it’s truly IN the jungle.  We’d heard all about it.  We had to experience it first-hand. We got loads of directions from friends at the school on how to get there (all of them different).  Finally, we piled in the van and found our way in to the jungle.

a Jungle village

Village at the edge of the jungle

The further inside the jungle, the narrower the road....

The further in, the narrower the road….

We cautiously eased our van up the ever-narrowing jungle road, hoping to find the much talked about ATV Adventure Park.  And, finally, just when we thought the road was about to end, there it was.

With the motto “Respect the Jungle!’ the group was off on an adventure.

See you later!

See you later!

And what’s a jungle adventure without a little drama?

f Lost in the jungle

Lost in the jungle!

With two secondary science majors on board, they insisted on having the full jungle experience.

Jungle river swim… Is there anything more refreshing?

Back home, several hours later, these adventurers were washed and refreshed and ready for another adventure–this time on the town!

Paige, Rachel, Amanda, Chase, Robin & Mitch: All cleaned up and ready for more!

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Meet the 2014 Student Teachers

March 9, 2014

Teaching is what the student teachers came here to do, and they were eager to get into the routine of teaching.  They seemed to settle in fast, thanks to the support of their cooperating teachers and the enthusiasm of their students, who were very excited to have American teachers.  Take a few moments to get acquainted with this group, the 3rd cohort of Wilkes University student teachers in Malaysia:

1.  Amanda Bast is seeking certification in Pre-K through Grade 4, Early Childhood, and Special Education.  Under the tutelage of Miss Jeaniene Ganisan, Miss Amanda is teaching Mathematics, Moral Education, Physical Education, Art, English, and English Oral to some very lively and lovable second graders.  Meet Miss Amanda:

Miss Amanda by the board with Miss Jeaniene in blue

Miss Amanda by the board with Miss Jeaniene in blue

Miss Amanda with the children of Standard 2.

Miss Amanda with the children of Standard 2.

2. Paige Trusty is near completion of her degree in Mathematics, with a secondary teaching certificate enabling her to teach Mathematics to students in grades 7-12 (Form 1-O/A Levels). Her cooperating teacher is Mr.  Casey Dhevan.  Meet Miss Paige:

Paige Trusty with the students of Form 4B (Sophomores)

Paige Trusty with the students of Form 4B (Sophomores)

Miss Paige gives plenty of real-life examples.

Miss Paige gives plenty of real-life examples to help her students wrap their minds around linear graphing.

3. Chase English (all 6’6″ of him) will soon be certified in Pre-K through Grade 4.  He has established a wonderful rapport with students and staff alike!  His cooperating teacher is Mr. Alfred Sy, who has welcomed Mr Chase as an equal partner.  Meet Mr. Chase

Mr Chase at the new Jungle Jim for the Kindies.

Mr. Chase at the new Jungle Jim for the Kindy students.

Mr Chase with two colleagues en route to class

Mr. Chase with two colleagues en route to class

4.  Mitch Yamrus is pursuing his degree in Biology with a teaching certificate in Secondary Education, 7th through 12th grade.  Mr. Mitch is being mentored by Miss Zainurain Binti Zainal Abidin, and he is teaching Biology and General Science to Forms 1-5 (High School).  Meet Mr. Mitch:

Mr Mitch and Miss Ain

Mr. Mitch and Miss Ain

Mr Mitch teaching a lesson ecosystems....

Mr. Mitch teaching a lesson on ecosystems

5.  Robin Sorber will soon graduate with a degree enabling her to teach Pre-K through Grade 4.   Ms Robin’s cooperating teacher is Mrs. Lalaida Appukutan, and Robin is feeling very comfortable with her colleagues in the Kindy .  The children have really taken to Miss Robin!  Meet her:

Miss Robin looks after the Kindy Students after a swimming class.

Miss Robin looks after the Kindy students after a swimming class.

Miss Robin gets these enthusiastic reactions no matter who she tells!

Miss Robin gets these enthusiastic reactions no matter what the question!

6. Last but not least is Rachel Gill, who is soon to graduate with a degree in Chemistry and a certification to teach secondary students. Her cooperating teacher is Miss Shariza Sharir, and the two of them have become good partners and colleagues.  Rachel teaches Chemistry and General Science to students in Form 1-5 (Grades 7-11). Meet Miss Rachel:

Miss Rachel running a lab

Miss Rachel running a lab

Miss Rachel runs a basic lesson on cell structure.

Miss Rachel holds an introductory lesson on basic cell structure.

While their days are filled with teaching and lesson planning, they do manage to get out and experience the sights of the local area.  Next: the 2014 trip to Hindu holy site, the Batu Caves.

March 7, 2014

Just a few photos will show you why Wilkes keeps coming back to Sri Utama: Old friends and new friends getting together to serve our students!

Miss Komal, Pn Khairi, Pn Rosemiah, MIss Annie (Principal), Prof gina, and Pn Junaita

Miss Komal, Pn Khairi, Pn Rosemiah, MIss Annie (Principal), Prof gina, and Pn Junaita

Mr How in the middle!

Mr How in the middle!

Miss Amanda with Cooperating teacher Miss Jeaniene, and Wilkes alumn Miss Becky Gallaher

Miss Amanda with Cooperating teacher Miss Jeaniene, and Wilkes alumn Miss Becky Gallaher

MIss Rachel with Cooperating Teacher Miss Shariza, Seconary Chemistry

MIss Rachel with Cooperating Teacher Miss Shariza, Seconary Chemistry

New student teachers Miss Rachel, Mr Mitch and Miss Paige

New student teachers Miss Rachel, Mr Mitch and Miss Paige

Miss Amanda with two of her new students

Miss Amanda with two of her new students

Wilkes Alumni Miss Kate McGurk and Miss Becky Gallaher--teaching grades 4 and 6.

Wilkes Alumni Miss Kate McGurk and Miss Becky Gallaher–teaching grades 4 and 6.

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Nice to meet you, Sri Utama!

March 7, 2014

Just a few photos will show you why Wilkes keeps coming back to Sri Utama: Old friends and new friends getting together to serve our students!

Miss Amanda with Cooperating teacher Miss Jeaniene, and Wilkes alumn Miss Becky Gallaher

Miss Amanda with Cooperating teacher Miss Jeaniene, and Wilkes alumn Miss Becky Gallaher

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New student teachers Miss Rachel, Mr Mitch and Miss Paige

New student teachers Miss Rachel, Mr Mitch and Miss Paige

Rachel & Shariza

Turkish Coffee, Apple Tea and Whirling Dervishes

February 17, 2014

Arasta Bazaar is not far at all from the Blue Mosque, so we ventured there to do a bit of shopping.  A cafe there had live musicians playing enchanting music, to which a Whirling Dervish twirled and twirled.

Here are Paige, Amanda and Rachel.... See the Whirling Dervish behind them?

Here are Paige, Amanda and Rachel…. See the Whirling Dervish behind them?

 

 

Robin, Chase and Mitch enjoying the hot coffee as much as the outdoor heaters!

Robin, Chase and Mitch enjoying the hot coffee as much as the outdoor heaters!

Whirling Dervishes are from the Sufi Muslim sect, who believe in love and service.  They seek truth and perfection through following the ways of Rumi, mystic and poet.  The ritual that we saw, as we sat and warmed ourselves with Turkish coffee and apple tea, is performed only by the Order of the Whirling Dervishes.

Coffee Dervish dark

This thick, rich coffee is a little pick-me-up for Rachel after a full day of traveling--and with another day to go!

This thick, rich coffee is a little pick-me-up for Rachel after a full day of traveling–and with another day to go!

Ah-h-h.... Apple tea!

Ah-h-h…. Apple tea!

For more information about the Whirling Dervishes, visit http://www.whirlingdervishes.org/whirlingdervishes.htm.

Selamat Jalan! (Bon Voyage!)

February 16, 2014

A group of faithful friends and family members showed up on our departure date, January 28, in spite of the fact that it was freezing cold!  Good byes were shared and we were ready to get on our way.

Group at Wilkes

The 2014 cohort is sent off by members of the Wilkes Education Department, joined by old friends and family members, on one of the coldest days of the winter!

William waves

Jumpa lagi!

Faithful friends

Faithful friends

Selamat Jalan! (Bon Voyage!)

February 16, 2014

A group of faithful friends and family members showed up on our departure date, January 28, in spite of the fact that it was freezing cold!  Good byes were shared and we were ready to get on our way.

Group at Wilkes

The 2014 cohort is sent off by members of the Wilkes Education Department, joined by old friends and family members, on one of the coldest days of the winter!

William waves

Jumpa lagi!

Faithful friends

Faithful friends

2014 Student Teaching Abroad: The 3rd Malaysian Cohort

February 16, 2014

Can it be that time again–so soon?

In the Fall of 2013, we selected six bright, talented, and lucky Wilkes student teachers to get ready for the third trip to Malaysia in January of 2014.  This experience is subsidized by Dato’ Fawziah Abdul Karim, the CEO of Sri Utama Schools in Malaysia, and our students spend the first seven-week placement at the Kuala Lumpur school.

6 new teachers

Our new student teachers!  Front, L to R: Robin Sorber, Rachel Gill, Amanda Bast;  Back, L to R: Mitchell Yamrus, Paige Trusty, Chase English

6 + 2

New student teachers with two veteran teachers from last year: Nicholas Barno and Jennifer Earley, both from the 2013 cohort.

Lucky for us that we had several “old-timers” from the past two cohorts to assist with the orientation.  Nick Barno, now employed at the Sri Utama School in Johor Bahru, near Singapore, and Jennifer Earley both shared this privilege last year as part of the 2013 cohort. They joined us for one of the sessions.

Also joining the sessions were Stephanie Wilkie, from last year,  and Matt Duffy, who worked at Sri Utama on a 3-month contract during 2013.   Becky Gallaher, a current Sri Utama teacher at the Kuala Lumpur school home on Christmas break, shared stories and videos about the students and the school, to the delight of everyone.

Becky Gallaher, currently employed as an international teacher at Sri Utama in Kuala Lumpur, leads an orientation session

Becky Gallaher, currently employed as an international teacher at Sri Utama in Kuala Lumpur, leads an orientation session

Orient w Steph, Becky, Matt

Matt Duffy, former Sri Utama international teacher, Becky Gallaher, and Stephanie Wilkie from last year’s cohort, assist in the orientation

William and Victoria Morrison, family members of student teaching supervisor Dr. Gina Zanolini Morrison, came along to share their points of view.  Each year they have been able to join the experience in Malaysia and are eager to go back again during 2014.  We wonder what adventures await us!

Old friends were able to get together for an after-orientation dinner (L-R): Stephanie Wilkie, Matt Duffy, William Morrison, Victoria Morrison, Gina Z. Morrison, Becky Gallaher, and Amanda Coombs

Old friends were able to get together for an after-orientation dinner (L-R): Stephanie Wilkie, Matt Duffy, William Morrison, Victoria Morrison, Gina Z. Morrison, Becky Gallaher, and Amanda Coombs

William and Victoria Morrison join the orientation session

William and Victoria Morrison join the orientation session

Building Our Scholarship Record: Presenting at the Global Summit on Education 2013

January 9, 2014

While our student teachers were abroad, we felt it was a great time to help them get their feet wet by stepping into the world of international scholarship.  So they decided to assist in a research project and present their results at the 2013 Global Summit on Education at the Dynasty Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

GSE Conference March 2013

GSE Conference March 2013

Dr. Caroline Maurer, then the Associate Dean of Education at Wilkes University, came all the way over to KL present her paper on her research with the students.   The title of that paper was “Using Multicultural Literature for Global Learning” (Paper #103, available at http://worldconferences.net/proceedings/gse2013/toc/index.html).

Dr. Maurer and the Wilkes student teachers present their research on Global Literature to an audience of global scholars.

Dr. Maurer and the Wilkes student teachers present their research on Global Literature to an audience of global scholars.

These future teachers were poised and professional representatives of Wilkes University– true global ambassadors!

Wilkes University student teachers with an international group of scholars at the GSE Conference, March 2013

Wilkes University student teachers with an international group of scholars at the GSE Conference, March 2013

As a footnote, Dr. Gina Zanolini Morrison, the student teaching supervisor, also presented a paper at the conference about the link between Sri Utama and Wilkes University, entitled “American Teacher Trainees in Malaysia: Preparing Both Sides for Success” (Paper #40 available at http://worldconferences.net/proceedings/gse2013/toc/index.html).

Lions & Dragons Visit Sri Utama!

March 8, 2013

The Chinese New Year Lion Dancers made their way to Sri Utama schools on February 22, 2013, one of the last days of Chinese New Year.

One of the New Year Lions delights the students.

One of the New Year Lions delights the students.

Below, the clown taunts and teases the lions while the instruments in the back keep rhythm to all his movements.  Their eyes blink and their mouthes open and close so expressively that they each seem to have their own personlity!

Frolicking New Year Lions

Frolicking New Year Lions

Here, one of the not-so-brave little lions stops to ponder whether or not he can make it to the top!

Fear of heights?

Fear of heights?

After the lions have enjoyed teasing the children and honoring the elders of the school, the dragon takes a turn.

The New Year Dragon is brought in to usher in the Year of the Snake.

The New Year Dragon is brought in to usher in the Year of the Snake.

Afterwards, we get a chance to congratulate the troupe and wish them all the best of luck!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!