It is that time of the year when we host student teachers from Hope Liverpool University. Each May term, Hope College participates in an exchange program with Hope Liverpool. Just as we host their teacher candidates, Liverpool Elementary Schools host Hope College teacher candidates.
The goal of the program is to help these future teachers experience global teaching and learning settings and through that experience understand the commonalities and differences in helping all learners to achieve.
Over the past three years, we have hosted 30 student teachers. This year, we will host 15 teacher candidates and they will be placed in grades 1-5 and PE. Some student teachers you may hear about: Miss Mikaela Clarke, Miss Sophie Clarke, Miss Amy Durman, Mr. Thomas Faulkner, Miss Chloe Leech, Miss Lindsay McQueen, Miss Abigail Warburton and Miss Hannah Whales.
Miss Robertson, the classroom teacher at Stanstead Primary, has visited Georgetown on two occasions in the past. She was very excited to introduce her group of 18 students to our class of 25 students.
The students had the following questions for us:
Why do we call rugby football?
Why do we call football soccer?
Why don’t we wear uniforms?
What are our ages?
What are our names?
How many children are in our building?
How many teachers are in our building?
How do we get to school?
What are our favorite colors?
We looked up Stanstead Primary on Google Earth and got as close as we could to taking a peak. Because the Google Mapping Car has not driven down the street, we aren’t able to get close up…but we are able to get close enough.
As we wrapped up our skype session, the children at Stanstead were preparing to go home for the day — they are six hours ahead of us!
Look for more news from the children in YEAR 4 on Miss VanArkel’s blog during the upcoming school year.
Many of the teachers have posted welcome photos on their classroom blogs. If you child has a student teacher placed in his/her classroom, be sure to listen for a British accent to emerge over the next two weeks!
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