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Nipissing Program 2015

2015 Program

Team Canada and Team USA

Primaria

On Tuesday, May 5th, the Nipissing teacher candidates had a full day of teaching in Sulmona! We became familiar with the infanzia (nursery school), primaria (grade 1-5), media (grade 6-8), superiore (secondary school), and adulti (adult education) school locations where we are teaching for the duration of our placement. While the schools all looked similar to our schools in Canada, we soon learned just how different their education system is in Italy. For example, the primaria school is a large, open building. However, in addition to classrooms, it includes some smaller spaces to provide one-on-one opportunities to enhance a stronger teacher-student relationship, rather than having only large classrooms for all students. As well, the elementary school has a large cafeteria. Each classroom has a scheduled lunch period, during which the students go to the cafeteria for a catered-style lunch, paid for by the parents of the children! We discovered just how important education (with healthy food) is for children in Italy. The classes are all taken very seriously, and by the equivalent to grade nine in a Canadian school, students in Italy, determine their chosen educational stream and career path for their future. Later in the day on Tuesday, we all had an opportunity to observe and participate in a class at the adulti school. The adult students, some as “young” as 70+ years, had a wonderful time singing and acting out “The Hokey Pokey” with us!

On Wednesday May 6th, after a full day of teaching, a group of our students were given the opportunity to play soccer against another university, a group of film students visiting Sulmona from the University of Colorado. One might say it was Team Canada vs. Team USA. Due to the busy schedules of our Nipissing students, there were only 7 students who were able to participate and represent Nipissing, whether it was through playing in the game or cheering on the sidelines. With the help of the team coach Christine Cho, the team started off on the right foot with energy and optimism. Although the team was not having much luck when it came to scoring goals, at the beginning, the appearance of Maria Cantalini-Williams helped the team to gain some momentum. The first half finished with the Nipissing students being up 4-1. The team struggled to keep the lead, but in the end we managed to finish on top with a score of 5-3! This opportunity was an overall great experience for those students who participated both on and off the field. The students represented Nipissing University in a positive and sportsmanlike manner!

As the week progressed, the teacher candidates have become more occupied with teaching and observing classes and, of course, lesson planning. Since the focus of our trip is the opportunity to teach in Italian schools, our Nipissing group is clearly ‘in our element’! Teaching has brought all of us much joy and a very different experience from that of a Canadian school. The group is getting to know one another and has had the chance to work closely with some amazing associate teachers here in Italy. As the trip continues, we hope to learn all that we can about the Italian education system and improve our own teaching practice. We also hope to soak up as much Italian culture as possible. We made a good start on this when we visited Pompeii and Sorrento on the weekend. More about that in our next update!

Ciao!

Team Canada and Team USA

Primaria

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