An insight into the Summer Immersion Programme!

Saratah with President Jackie Jenkins-Scott

Saratah with President Jackie Jenkins-Scott

The following are recollections of the events that took place during the Summer Immersion Programme:

The Parent Teacher Communication module have given us a more insightful lessons on parental involvement. Parents are a child’s first and enduring teachers. They play a crucial role in helping their children learn.  It has made us realise that success in the education of children depends, at least in some part, on the involvement of their parents. If a child sees that their parents are enthusiastic about education, they are far more likely to view their schooling in a positive light, and be more receptive to learning. Parents from the panel also provided us with useful information on how teachers could use possible strategies to get parents to be involved in the school community. Being a parent, I was able to relate to some strategies I would use to build a strong and constructive relationship with my children’s teachers. Thus I realised that parents often want to be more involved in their children’s schools but are uncertain how to do so. In order to make, parental involvement a reality, we must find ways among the the community and the school to guide and support parents to engage them.–Saratah Ramasamy

 

Valery at the Spectacles Island

Valery at the Spectacles Island

The site visits have truly been an enriching experience for all of us, especially the visits to the different childcare centers in Boston. Looking at the  way that the teachers worked with the parents in supporting the children’s needs and development is something we have yet to learn and improve on, such as the mindset to include parents into our center as an excellent source of support for the children’s growth and learning. The environment in these centers are very child-friendly and they cater to children with special needs, as well as promoting room for social diversity.At the same time, the visit to the Children’s Museum and the Museum of Science is a great source of learning experience as we have not only enjoyed ‘playing’ in the site, we have also learnt how we can adapt certain approach to suit the needs of our local children. –Valery Toh Wee Ray

 

Michelle and Nura during their site visit to one of the childcare centres

Michelle and Nura during their site visit to one of the childcare centres

I personally liked the way in which the educators showed respect to children by allowing them to make a choice for everything. It was not at all a top-down approach. It was more like the educator guiding the children towards their own learning and development. I also observed something interesting during the site visits and that would be the multiculturism in every classroom environment. Every child despite their race, language and culture is treated equally and never made to feel like they are a minority. During the site visits, i realize that teachers never complain about their children getting dirty and messy during activities because they feel this is how children learn and they come to school to get dirty and messy. These observations have made me think about how i as an educator am going to implement changes to meet the needs of every child and also their families and also to make learning as fun and enriching as possible for children under my care. –Michelle Thomas

 

Fidah and Dr. Crawford

Fidah and Dr. Crawford

I strongly believe that each one of us in the cohort is a strong source of support for the benefit of all children in Singapore. Therefore, I was very much interested to find out as to how we could stay connected and how others have stayed connected through the years. For instance, as members of the Wheelock Alumni, one would be informed of the major events that took placed in their classmates’ lives; weddings or birth of a new child. In addition, it was a proud moment for six of us who were featured in the magazine too. During the talk, it was mentioned that on the fifth year upon graduation, we would have a gathering session and i am most definitely looking forward to meeting and observing each other’s growth and development. I hope that we would establish the Wheelock Singapore Alumni and implement the changes that we wish to see happening to the Early Childhood field. I envision that this would be the strongest source of support and network that would make that change happen! –Siti Nurrafidah

 

Nura in front of the Roxbury Mosque

Nura in front of the Roxbury Mosque

 I learnt that I need to strengthen my resume to make it stand out to future employers. One of the strategies is to include 3 instead of 2 referees for more credibility to prospective employers as to my abilities to fulfill the responsibilities required of the position I am seeking. I learnt that little details play a part in determining my success in being selected to go for an interview. For example, faxing or e-mailing a brief introduction of myself to prospective employer as well as an attachment of my resume. I learnt to be more reflective and ponder about why I decided to be part of the early childhood field, what is rewarding about this career, what have I learnt in my journey to becoming a teacher and what is my career plan. I would ensure that these reflections are reflected in my resume in terms of my career objectives. During the mock interview, I had the opportunity to be interviewed by a prospective employer. I took this mock interview seriously as I had learnt from my conversation with a Singaporean who is teaching in Boston after completing her studies there in Early Childhood that if I want to teach in Boston, I will need to pass a required test before I could be considered for a teaching post in Boston. Therefore, I asked lots of questions to clarify my doubts about career opportunities. I certainly would like to teach in Boston one fine day and I am sure that the skills I had acquired in creating a resume will come in handy when it comes to nailing my dream job–Nurafidah A. Razak
 We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the wonderful people who have made this Summer Immersion Programme the most memorable one!