Getting into Practical Teaching

This is my first reflection in this blog post since I started my teaching practice, I will keep reflecting my learning in this and in the following posts.

The standard operating procedure in Finland for studying ”Professional Teacher Education”  is to complete a session of teaching practice. This teaching practice not only requires an experience of tutoring but also gives a clear insight into how to interact with students. It is truly a growth contributing process for both the students and also in my case; a student of teaching studies.

I got two interesting and experience worthy, teaching practice offers from Centria Ammattikorkekoulu and Haaga Helia Ammattikorkeakoulu, I went through the course contents, how much could they have benefited me, whether these courses would fulfill my desired gains? starting and ending dates (duration) and other practicalities. Initially, it seemed possible to have both courses for my teaching practice. Centria’s teaching practice started first and is ongoing currently in a smooth way, matching my schedule too. But gradually, I realized that it’s not possible to have both teaching practices at the same time. Both demand time and it was not possible to focus on both at the same time. Finally, I decided to agree on Centria’s UAS teaching practice and denied the offer from Haaga-Helia UAS.

At Centria UAS, my supervisor offered me a Qualitative Research Methods course for my teaching practice. This course suits me and I was feeling confident and lucky having this course for my teaching practice. this topic goes well with my subjects of teaching and I also have a thorough knowledge of it. My teaching practice goals were to enhance my teaching competencies in planning, classroom teaching and in assessment, as these are the most integral sections in teaching and when I got this teaching practice offer, I realized that this is the best course where I can enhance my desired competencies.

Course Description:

Professional Studies and Module THESIS PROCESS:

­Research Methods 6 credits:

­Qualitative Research Methods and Quantitative Research Methods

Content:  

  •  What is a good research
  •  Student as a researcher.
  •  Qualitative Research methods: Interview. Observation. Case study. Analysis of texts.
  •  Conducting a qualitative research project
  •  Validity and reliability

Goals for the Module and the course:

The students will be able to do graphical description of quantitative and qualitative data. They are in command of quantitative research process and have basic skills of collecting data for their statistical survey, making a data matrix and analyzing that data with a statistical programme and interpreting the gained information in the form of report. They have basic skills of collecting data for their qualitative research project, analyzing that data in a professional manner and interpreting the gained information in the form of report.

General Info:

Divided into 16-17 h lectures + 37-38 h independent studies

Students need to be present enough in class:  70%

Initially, I had a few observation classes, where I observed how the teacher is teaching, how he/she prepared this session, communication with students, questioning and answering, especially when a large number of students (around 80 students) in class and it was interesting to observe how a teacher is engaging all students, Very first point came in my mind was about Assessment, at the end of course teacher have to assess individual assignments, presentations, student’s participation in class, it is really challenging to make a fair assessment of 80 students class.

According to Finnish standards of teaching studies, there is supposed to be proper detailed planning before any session that is conducted with the students. High moral and ethical standards are practiced in Finland. There is no compromise on education or imparting it. Attention is given to every lesson that needs to be delivered, over time is considered almost a norm by teachers and detailed thorough discussion is mandatory between teaching assistants and heads. The education system of Finland is described as one of the best in the world because of its foolproof system and how everyone in the system conforms to the requirements by no pressure but their ethical nature and developed understanding of loyalty with students and their passion for their further growth. Universities in Finland are also considered as the best in the world because of their uncompromising standards of delivery and selection of staff. Finland believes in empowering its economy by giving a good education to its students!

I will write about my first planning session with my supervisor in my upcoming post :J

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