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ECEC students urged to be 'wow' teachers

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ECEC students who showed off their creativity at the "Show & Tell" programme.

Early Childhood Education students at The University of the South Pacific (USP) held a successful Show & Tell programme at the School of Education (SOEd) at the Laucala Campus on 16 May 2019.

The students displayed their work in terms of learning & teaching resources coming out of microteaching lesson plans to mind maps/concept maps, big books for children, flash cards, rhyme charts, song charts, ganes and many activities that will stimulate and engage young children’s minds.

Dr Mesake Dakuidreketi, the Deputy Head of School commented that this is the first time for such an event and it is “indicative of great achievement from students and of course good guidance from senior lecturer, Dr Lavinia Tiko”.

He further noted that this should be the kind of work coming from all students in all programmes, that creative and innovative ideas are brought about to enhance student learning.

He added that ECEC is taking a lead in the School and it is important that other programmes follow suite.

Students from Tokelau shared their learning journey, adding that they learnt a lot through the guidance from Dr Tiko.

A student from Tuvalu said, ‘I will never forget this class and how I had to re-work on my tasks until my teacher was satisfied. We were drilled to get the best practices as we will be teaching young minds who will one day lead a nation”.

She acknowledged Dr Tiko for her guidance saying she had learnt a lot of things that would make her a great teacher.

Fiji students were also impressed with the unit saying said they learnt to be creative and innovative and were reminded of the need to relate impacts in the classroom teaching delivery.

“Be a teacher that create ‘wow’ learning environments. This course has really moulded us to be ‘wow’ teachers’,” one student shared.

Dr Sunil, the ED250 course coordinator was quite impressed with the initiative shown by ECEC students and further stated that this is the way to go for all teachers.

Dr Tiko thanked the students for their hard work and reminded them that they are in the business of nation building and a good nation will only come about from creative and innovative teachers who make impacts in a student’s learning journey.

She added that good parenting is also a contributor to nation building and “we all must aspire to be good parents”.


This news item was published on 20 May 2019 10:53:02 am. For more information or any High-Res Images, please contact us on email communications@usp.ac.fj


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