Call me Taya!

Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

— Oscar Wilde.

Hello Everybody!!

The blog that you visited will contain my activities during the Sea-Teacher program organized by SEAMEO. Okay before I will introduce myself first and then I will review a little to recognize what the Sea-Teacher program by Seameo.

LET’S START!!!

My full name is Putu Ciptayani Partama Putri but you can call me Taya. I come from Indonesia, more precisely Bali. Right now I am studying at Ganesha University of Education in the fourth year. I majored in Chemical Education. To be honest I really like to travel to places that I didn’t know before and really like challenges in any case. That’s why after I found out on campus opening an overseas practice teaching program I was interested to follow it. At first I was very lacking knowledge of overseas practice teaching but it didn’t deter me to join this program. Over time, I followed all the rules and illuminations conducted by the campus, starting from socialization, TOEFL tests, psychological interviews, influence using or speaking English, outbound interviews about country we want to go. And after many tests have been passed there is still one interview that will determine the placement of practice teaching abroad, namely a joint interview with Mrs. Autchariya Krautharot who is Assistant to the President for Foreign Affairs. And after a very long wait I finally with my colleague who came from the chemical education department got a letter of accept.

Okay now I’ll tell you about sea teacher

Sea teacher is Pre-Service Student Teacher Exchange in Southeast Asia. It’s the exchange is preferably for 3rd–4th year students whose majors are in Math, Science, English and Pre-school. It’s a project initiated by the Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO). By collaborating with universities in Southeast Asia, the project aims to provide opportunity for pre-service student teachers from universities in Southeast Asia to have teaching experiences (practicum) in schools in other countries in Southeast Asia. The period of exchange is for one month and based on the mechanism of cost sharing basis. The program takes place twice a year, usually in January – February and July – August. English is used in all activities relating to the teaching activities. In specific, the objectives of the program are:

To enable pre-service student teachers to develop their teaching skills and pedagogy

To encourage the pre-service student teachers to practice their English skills

To allow the pre-service student teachers to gain a broader regional and world view

To expose future teachers to diverse teaching and learning situations and opportunities, and the value of flexibility.

Orientation and Class observation Students’ roles and responsibilities are assigned weekly during the one month practicum as indicated below:

1st Stage = Orientation &Class Observation

2nd Stage = Assistant and Teaching Practice

3rd Stage = Teaching Practice

4th Stage = Reflection and Lesson Learned

The host universities are required to provide mentors to supervise and monitor the students throughout the practicum period, and provide the buddies during the program held.

And now, I joined in sea teacher batch 8.

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