Other Key Program Elements
In addition to the core curriculum, there are a variety of other aspects that make the program especially successful, hands-on and effective at preparing students to become teachers.
Each additional element gives students an opportunity to practice and refine different skill-sets, which are taught during the year. Ideally, even by the end of 10 months (a relatively short period of time), the students will have sufficient practice with and exposure to a variety of skills and different ways which those skills can be put to practical use in their internships.
Inside the Classroom
Reading and writing class
Listening and speaking class
Critical Thinking Content
Professional Development for jobs and higher education
Guest speakers and short workshops
Outside the Classroom
Student Leadership Positions (ex. President, Student and House Monitors)
Weekly student meetings
Working together as a group
Teaching observation & practice in schools
Informal discussions with English- speakers
CBO visits & interviews
Special Projects with local community
Social days out in the community (festivals, celebrations, events, trips, etc.)
Guest Speakers and Extra Training
Background: Students also need additional skills or information not supplied by regular teachers. Students need exposure to more relevant skills and information to help broaden their knowledge and understanding of the situation and organizations working in Burma.
Description: During the course of the year, BHEEP staff are encouraged to invite foreigners and locals to the school for appropriate trainings to supplement what is being taught within the curriculum.
Occasionally, as it fits in the program and teaching practicum schedule, guests are able to do extended workshops. It is a good idea to speak with the guest speaker beforehand and work out their objectives within the time limits imposed. It is also important to give the guest speaker a good idea of the English level for which they must speak. Guest speakers can be provide a great opportunity for teachers to get time to do curriculum mapping, or do some strategic planning with the entire staff.
Are you willing to share some opportunity with out students as a guest speaker? Contact us . We are happy to hear from you.
Teaching Practicum & community involvement
Background: In order to prepare students to teach in MNEC Schools for two years following BHEEP Second Year, Teacher Trainers have searched out many opportunities to give trainees practical teaching experience with real students. These opportunities have taken many forms throughout the years, and are often largely dependent on schedules and relationships between Trainers and outside schools. The Program Coordinator can give contact information for partners from past years.
Description: In the 2015-16 academic year, we partnered with the Mon National School in Panga (a 20 minute drive from Thanbyuzayat) for weekly teaching practicum in grades 1-6. In the 2016-17 academic year, we partnered with Tong Pa Mon National School due to MNEC and MNS teachers suggestion. In 2017-2018, students practiced their teaching at Kaw Wan school. In 2018-2019, academic year, students practice their practice at Tong Pa Mon National School again due to the request of the school. These partnerships give students a chance to put into practice their teaching skills and apply their knowledge. They are essential to the students’ learning experiences.
Teaching practicum is taught using the Gradual Release of Responsibity Model. This model looks like the following:
I do it (GRR Stage 1: Teacher models the behavior) 🡪 We do it (GRR Stage: Guided practice together) 🡪 You do it (GRR Stage 3 and 4: Collaboration and independent practice).
The goal of the model is to move students towards independence and transfer the responsibility of learning to the student.
Background: BHEEP is an intensive, full-time program and can cause students to feel stressed, overwhelmed, overworked and sometimes lonely and homesick. In order to ensure students’ high energy levels, low stress, and comfort with each other and staff, it is necessary to intentionally spend time doing something playful, relaxing and fun.
Description: Social Events should occur at least once a trimester. In the beginning of the year it’s best for staff to plan the evenings all together – but later into the program the responsibility can be handed over to students, the best way to do this is for a staff member to work closely with the students responsible, give deadlines and set a date for the Social Event which the students must then be prepared for.
Examples of ways to spend Social Events:
Holiday & Birthday Parties
Talent Show (with a theme?)
Model Show (note: there will be drag!)
Karaoke / Music Night
Dancing (students often love to learn any variety of Ballroom dancing)