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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.

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.

2013 GirlPower

January 9, 2014

Our Wilkes student teachers wanted to run a program at Sri Utama that empowered girls to get interested in sports.  So we all put together “GirlPower” and gathered the girls together for an after-school introduction to American sports.

Getting Started with GirlPower

Getting Started with GirlPower

We soon learned that these Sri Utama girls had a lot of energy and spirit!  It was hard to keep up with them!

*Running

The program ran for two weeks after school, and we all enjoyed every minute of it.  We hear there’s a request to bring it back this year….. Anybody interested?

Sri Utama-Wilkes University GirlPower exercise

Sri Utama-Wilkes University GirlPower exercise

In Transit – Jan 29 & 30, 2013

February 10, 2013

At about 4:30 AM, the next cohort of student teachers gathered at the Henry Student Center at Wilkes University, with family and friends there to send them off.

AParents

Ms. Beth Spencer of the Education Department and Dr. Gina Zanolini Morrison, the student teaching supervisor, get the van ready for the trip while goodbyes are said.

Beth& Gina

The students are packed and ready to go!

Cin Van

Soon, we are crossing the George Washington Bridge and getting close to the JFK airport.

CGWBridge

Finally we get on the Emirates Air Airbus 380 and are ready for anything. Can you believe it’s Jennifer’s first plane ride? (Hint: She’s the one with the biggest smile!)

CinPlane

Twelve hours later, we stop at Dubai Airport in the United Arab Emirates for a short layover before finishing the journey. It was really a great flight!

CinDubai

In those quiet moments during our 18 hours in the air, between watching movies and sleeping and chatting, the same thing was on everyone’s mind: What would it be like in Malaysia?

Dinner with Dato’

February 24, 2012

Ever since our arrival almost four weeks ago, we’ve been treated to the famous Malaysian hospitality.  Malaysians take great pride in their food, and they eat 6 times a day.  The day after we came, our host Dato’ Fawziah took us all out to a new restaurant, the Mulut Cafe.  What a treat!

Katie, Kate Marrissa, Dr Gina, Becky, Felicia and Tom

Dato' with Felicia and Katie

While waiting for our food, we presented the gifts that we had brought for Dato’ and her staff.  We thought they might enjoy a few things from our home: local candy, a photo calendar of beautiful Pennsylvania scenes, Hershey’s chocolate, postcards from Philadelphia, souvenirs from New York, real maple syrup, and official Wilkes University binders and pens.

Marrissa with Sri Utama staff

Puan Jamalliah, Dr Gina, and Dato'

Dato’ seemed to enjoy the gifts, but not as much as we enjoyed the food!  The icing on the cake, so to speak, was the birthday cake for Mr How.

Dato' with Puan Siti and Mr How

It was a great night and a warm welcome to Malaysian hospitality.  Thanks, Dato’!

Dato', Puan Siti, Kate, and Katie