Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Supporting Pre-Service Teachers – A New Model « Penn-Finn Learnings 2013

Supporting Pre-Service Teachers – A New Model « Penn-Finn Learnings 2013:

 "Yesterday, I had the privilege of visiting the Normal Lyceum of Helsinki, a 7-9 school in downtown Helsinki Finland. This school is unique, as it is owned by the University of Helsinki and serves as a teacher training school.

When a student teacher, referred to in Finland as a trainee, is working toward completion of practicum, they are placed with a teacher trainer from a University. The University of Helsinki is one of eight practice schools in the country of Finland, and has a partnership with the Normal Lyceum of Helsinki.

We arrived to the school at 8:45AM, and we were provided an overview of the facility by school officials. Then were sent off in three groups to attend 75-minute lessons in math, chemistry and English. Sure I was interested in what was happening in the teacher-student interactions as the lesson proceeded, but it was the back of the room that really got me thinking of some new possibilities."


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