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Today our University Supervisor from Umeň University came to observe us teaching fifth grade students lessons about the parts of the body. The observation was very different from those that take place in the United States. Teacher candidates in Umeň are evaluated based on their supervisors observations and then are told if they need to continue to practice teaching for a certain amount of weeks or if they passed. Luckily, we passed!! The notes about his observation ...
Last week, our cooperating teacher had asked us to prepare a PowerPoint about ourselves and facts about the United States. We asked each of the classes what they would like to know about the U.S. and we used their responses as a guide to make the PowerPoint. The topics included: our family, our houses, our hobbies, our cars, our pets, places we've visited, stores we shop at, animals in nature, U.S. schools and students, our schools, ...
... ate dinner at a pizza place that is connected to the hostel. After dinner, we all just hung out and worked on projects.
- Umeň University is 70% international students
- The Swedish refer to Student Teachers and Teacher Students
- Almost everyone walks, rides a bike, or takes the bus to get somewhere - very few people have cars
- Sweden is one of the most green (eco-friendly) countries in the world
... arriving with us and the temperatures were starting to drop.
They left us at our hotel so that we could get settled and Tommy came back about an hour later to pick us up for lunch at their apartment and the activities for the rest of the day.
Tina had prepared a delicious artichoke soup for us. We caught up on the latest news and talked about the purchase of their new home. They will be moving in March.
We were invited to join Tommy┤s ...
... t seen our teacher since Wednesday.
Our students are afraid to talk to us or ask us questions, so if they have any they will ask a teacher in Swedish to ask us in English. I wish they would talk to us more! They just look at us a lot during instruction. Instruction is also all in Swedish, so we have no idea what's going on. We can't really help because we the students don't know how to ask us their questions in English. It's more difficult ...