AFL: Well, you will get to try out a few things, but the entire process cannot be observed in 2-4 days at the PH. I am fully aware of the fact, but still, I think you perhaps learn how to take notes about children and what systems/strategies you need, especially with a larger group! And here you get practice in observation - the whole situation of having a new teacher for a while is a chance and a challenge on both sides, and how you document what you observed can be very important in forming an opinion and also not losing thoughts that you have at the time. I saw some good techniques that can fit into formative attitude towards teaching and these little experiences you have not will perhaps be remembered and used later.
The topic: Well, I am not sure if we are breaking down cliches, but at least everyone is in the process of learning! So at times I think the topic was poorly chosen, on the other hand I think that it's a topic we see in Swiss schools, so here is a chance to deepen knowledge.
|Zoe Buechel (she's mine, so I can publish her:))|
The kids or the students? I had this discussion with Kathleen and I have to hope that what we are doing is beneficial to both!! I know for the kids it is exciting to be somewhere else, with new people, new places, new ideas, new chances and friends, but I am not sure that I have met the balance for the students. We will see in a few weeks!
So thank you for the work well done!!