My early experience…

“The greatest sign of success for a teacher … is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’” — Maria Montessori

It such an lovely weeks when I become a new teacher in this school. I was introduced to all the teachers and students in an assembly. In front of all these cute students, I introduced my self – Hi everyone and very good morning! I am Nurul Syazwani Ali Hassan and your new Mathematics teacher.

I was having induction session with assistant coordinator where she briefs all about the curriculum. This school is an International Baccalaureate (IB) school where the curriculum is based on IB curriculum from Cambdrige. This school also having IGCSE examination for the only for 11th grade students. As a teacher, it is very important to know all about the curriculum and also co-curriculum activities in the school that we are working. I can see the different between national and international education and that is the most interesting part where I am now can see the other side of education. As my first experience, I will gain so much of it to become the best teacher some day.

In this early weeks, I was given a mentor who will replace by me on the next semester. In IB curriculum, there is two semesters in a year where each semester consist of two quarter (6 months each quarter). I need to observe my mentor teaching and learn from it how to teach an IB student. What I notice is that it is only slightly different than usual where questioning session is a lot in teaching IB students.

I went through all the documents and read all the information carefully so that I did not miss any important information. As my second week in this school, I am familiar already with IB curriculum and how is it going. I also familiar with the school’s calendar and the duties. With the helps from the teachers and my mentor, I am able to get adapt in the environment shortly. I have tour the school during these first two weeks.

I will teach a Middle Year Programme (MYP) students where it is 7th to 10th grade of students. To teach IB students, a teacher must highlight “What I am Learning To (WALT)” & “What I am Looking For (WILF)” on whiteboard for the entire lesson so that the students and teacher are keep on ‘track’ on what are the topic is. Recap session is very important since the lesson is relate with the previous lessons. To end the lesson, teacher should giving exit task to the students and it could be a questions in a text book or questions from the teacher that summarize all the lesson for that topic.

I am very excited and cannot wait to take over a class and how it looks like. I am also was given to relief a teacher who not able to come to school. For now, I need to relief a 4th grade class. For me, to handle lower grades having different challenge with the higher grades in terms of their age and attitudes. Definitely there is much different to handle. However, that is the things that a teacher must prepared – multi tasking! Be as much multi tasker as you can and it will helps you to become an excellent teacher.

Lots of things to share. Wait my next posting!

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