Two student teachers, Anthony Bigornia and Sara Nieuwenburg, from the University of British Columbia’s International Service Learning, http://students.ubc.ca/career/international-experiences/international-service-learning, just returned from a three week practicum at Stand Tall. They were chosen from among many applicants to initiate our new partnership with the International Service Learning Centre. In June, a new candidate, Sunjum, will be joining our Stand Tall team for her practicum.
Both Anthony and Sara showed tremendous flexibility and creativity in their approach to learning. They worked alongside our Stand Tall teachers both in lesson planning and classroom teaching and also led extracurricular activities in sports, art and music. Their experience teaching at the school not only added to their understanding of cross-cultural differences in teaching methods and practices, but also had a very positive impact on both the students and teachers at Stand Tall.
Here’s some of what Anthony had to say about Stand Tall,
” Whereas in Canada, most students take education for granted, education was special to the learners especially in this school. I have heard stories of the difficulties of life that some of the students face and of how they have had to drop out of Primary school for various reasons. Stand Tall however has become a second chance for many of them, and Stand Tall in comparison to government schools is adequately equipped and is also quickly becoming a model school for innovative practices. Students here genuinely enjoy school and they are earnest about wanting to do well.”