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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.

2014 New Year Lions Visit Sri Utama

March 9, 2014

Chinese New Year is celebrated for 15 days. On the last day, Chap Goh Meh, Sri Utama was visited by two mischievous New Year Lions and their entourage–to the delight of all!

Close-up Lions

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The children enjoyed the prankster’s antics, as he taunted us and teased the lions.

The New Year Clown with the Kindergarten classes

The New Year Clown with the Kindergarten classes

Chairman of Sri Utama, En Hassan, jokes with the Clown

Chairman of Sri Utama, En Hassan, jokes with the Clown

Mr. How with a New Friend

Mr. How with a New Friend

If you don’t feed the Lions the Ang Pow (the red envelope with Lucky Money inside) they will try to frighten you into it!

Prof Gina feeds the lion

Prof Gina feeds the lion

But Pn Noorita is not afraid!

But Pn Noorita is not afraid!

Finally, the group makes the presentation of fruit and well wishes to the Chairman of Sri Utama.

Presentation w expl

And a good time was had by all!

2014 Wilkes Student Teachers Celebrate the Year of the Horse at Sri Utama Schools, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2014 Wilkes Student Teachers Celebrate the Year of the Horse at Sri Utama Schools, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Selamat Datang! Welcome to Malaysia, 2014!

February 17, 2014

We finally arrived at Sri Utama School in Kuala Lumpur, after leaving our homes about 48 hours earlier.  We had had a great flight, but we were glad to be at the end of that long journey.  This was January 30, 2014, on the Eve of Chinese New Year.

We were greeted at the airport by Wilkes alumn Nicholas Barno, who now works as a teacher in the Johor Bahru Sri Utama School.  Nick took us to meet the administrative leaders of Sri Utama, and they took us out for roti canai and teh tarik– all time favorites in this country (and what we will probably miss a lot when we come home).  Kate McGurk and Becky Gallaher, also Wilkes alumni who work at the KL school, were there.  It was a happy reunion!  Have a look at this gang:

Whole gang

Above photo, from left to right: Nadia Hassan, Matthew Bryant, Nawwar Hassan, Gina Zanolini Morrison, Chase English, Rachel Gill, Nick Barno, Amanda Bast, Robin Sorber, Mitch Yamrus, Paige Trusty, Kate McGurk, Becky Gallaher, Omar Joseph.

 

Matt Omar Nadiya

Roti 3

Roti 3+

Nawwar, Nadiya, Omar & Matt

Paige ('14), Kate ('12), and Becky ('12)--Old friends together again.

Paige (’14), Kate (’12), and Becky (’12)–Old friends together again.

Thank you, Sri Utama, for welcoming us once again!

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

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).

2013 Jungle Trek

January 9, 2014

Before we get to the 2014 cohort of Wilkes University student teachers going to Malaysia, let’s catch up on the 2013 adventure.

3. JUngle

Of course we HAD to go into the jungle! We ventured into the jungle that is part of FRIM (the Forest Reserve Institute of Malaysia).  It was hot but so beautiful.  And very peaceful.

7. Gp on the rock

We followed the path deep into the jungle outside of Kuala Lumpur. We even crossed the high, hand-made suspension bridges….  Well, at least the most adventurous among us went up into the treetops!

Suspension Bridge

Suspension Bridge

What a wonderful connection to nature we experienced during that Sunday afternoon in March 2013.  Right, Stephanie?

1. butterfly on Steph's nose

Malay Wedding

March 8, 2013

Our group has had some good luck on this trip, and we’ve seen and done so many things we never expected to be able to see and do!  Getting invited to a Malay Wedding was a very special cultural experience.

The Bride and Groom: Shazreen and Soffuan

The Bride and Groom: Shazreen and Soffuan

Besides the wonderful wedding food, which featured traditional items such as nasi minyak (special tasty rice) and beef rendang (tender beef slowly simmered in coconut curry), we were entranced by the sound of the traditional gamelan music.

Gamelan Musicians from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, KL Campus

Gamelan Musicians from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, KL Campus

Here we are with the bride and groom, whose mother is a professor at UTM and a colleague of our student teaching supervisor.

Standing with the Newlyweds

Student Teachers Standing with the Newlyweds

And at our table, we met two other UTM colleagues, Dr. Ary and Dr. Shadiya.  It was a great day all around!

Going around the table, from L: Dr. Gina, Dr. Shadiya, Dr. Ary (who met at UTM) Cartier, Stephanie, Jenn, Nick, Amanda, Abby

Going around the table, from L: Dr. Gina, Dr. Shadiya, Dr. Ary (who met at UTM) Cartier, Stephanie, Jenn, Nick, Amanda, Abby

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!

Faculty Sessions: KL & JB

March 5, 2013

The student teachers had the rare opportunity to get some professional experience as training facilitators during two faculty sessions–one at the Kuala Lumpur school, and one at the Johor Bahru school.

KL Role Play w Cartier

KL teachers really get into their role-playing assignment with Cartier.

(Question: Is it fair to have this much fun when you are teaching and training?)

KL Role Play

KL teachers acting out “problem” student behaviors–They are a LITTLE too good at this!

Am & Jenn w KL teachers

Amanda and Jennifer get the KL teachers going on a group activity in the Effective Lesson Planning session.

They assisted with the planning of the two sessions and joined in as group facilitators.

Computer lab Big Smiles

One happy bunch of teachers at the KL Classroom Management Workshop! Standing in the back: Abby, Jennifer & Puan Jamalliah

JB teachers

JB teachers at the Effective Lesson Planning workshop. In the front: Nick and Jenn. Standing in the back: Matt Duffy, a Wilkes grad who came to JB on a short-term teaching assignment.

JB Teachers w G

JB teachers discuss the new DLP: Daily Lesson Plan.

JB lunch time:  that all-important part of any Malaysian gathering!

JB lunch time: that all-important part of any Malaysian gathering.