Presentation Type

Event

Start Date

23-4-2019 12:00 AM

End Date

23-4-2019 12:00 AM

Description

Best Our Husky Compact Reflection for "Engage as a Member of a Diverse and Multicultural World".

Abstract

This project was orchestrated by Levi Johnson, a graduate intern for the Confucius Institute (CI) as part of the College Counseling and Student Development program, and Kai Zhou, a visiting scholar at the CI, to strengthen and enhance the experience of 12 student intern teachers from across China. They have been involved at several locations around Minnesota and North Dakota teaching Chinese exploratory language classes, Chinese as a second language, and Chinese immersion programs. The goal of this project was to promote the personal and professional development of the student interns during this year long internship for their masters degree in China. After an initial week-long orientation on campus in August, each student teaching intern embarked to begin their experience at their respective school to start the academic year. To guide them in processing the experience together, we had weekly facilitated discussions using Zoom Media to connect and reflect upon positive aspects, challenges, and goals with their personal and professional teaching in Minnesota. We had a Mid-October retreat where we gathered together for leadership and team building activities, as well as further processing their experience and how they may apply the knowledge from the retreat into their classroom teaching strategies and interactions with their students. All were encouraged to create weekly blogs to share their critical reflections of teaching and learning within their classrooms. We will be participating in another professional development opportunity with all of them together at Saint Paul College for the Students United Advocacy Conference, to gain more cultural insight into changes in higher education and advocacy for student groups. Through this awareness they have a better understanding to serve their K-12 students who may be facing similar struggles and advocating for their success. We aspire to have this project model replicated at other CI locations around the globe.

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Cross-cultural Student Teaching Internship Engagement

Best Our Husky Compact Reflection for "Engage as a Member of a Diverse and Multicultural World".

Abstract

This project was orchestrated by Levi Johnson, a graduate intern for the Confucius Institute (CI) as part of the College Counseling and Student Development program, and Kai Zhou, a visiting scholar at the CI, to strengthen and enhance the experience of 12 student intern teachers from across China. They have been involved at several locations around Minnesota and North Dakota teaching Chinese exploratory language classes, Chinese as a second language, and Chinese immersion programs. The goal of this project was to promote the personal and professional development of the student interns during this year long internship for their masters degree in China. After an initial week-long orientation on campus in August, each student teaching intern embarked to begin their experience at their respective school to start the academic year. To guide them in processing the experience together, we had weekly facilitated discussions using Zoom Media to connect and reflect upon positive aspects, challenges, and goals with their personal and professional teaching in Minnesota. We had a Mid-October retreat where we gathered together for leadership and team building activities, as well as further processing their experience and how they may apply the knowledge from the retreat into their classroom teaching strategies and interactions with their students. All were encouraged to create weekly blogs to share their critical reflections of teaching and learning within their classrooms. We will be participating in another professional development opportunity with all of them together at Saint Paul College for the Students United Advocacy Conference, to gain more cultural insight into changes in higher education and advocacy for student groups. Through this awareness they have a better understanding to serve their K-12 students who may be facing similar struggles and advocating for their success. We aspire to have this project model replicated at other CI locations around the globe.