In Series 6 of Teachers Supporting Teachers Podcast we go local, global and international in hearing stories from pre-service teachers about becoming a teacher during a pandemic.
In this episode Susan is joined by Sharon Chin and Ainie Amanie from Institut Pendidikan Guru, Kota Samarahan, Sarawak in Malaysia. Ainie and Sharon share how they prepared, supported self and others, and taught across two different situations including a 3 month nursery / kindergarten placement undertaken face-to-face despite the pandemic in March 2021 and then a second placement that was online with pre-school for 3 months in October 2021. The emotions and experiences of "challenging" and "hope" are explored in this episode featuring an in-depth discussion about becoming a teacher. They shared how they survived their online teaching practice and how being flexible and being open to new experiences boost their wellbeing.
Series 6 team:
Executive Producer: Narelle Lemon (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia)
Producers: Susan Anak Musis Jantan (Institut Pendidikan Guru Kampus Tun Abdul Razak (IPGKTAR), Sarawak, Malaysia), Marcelle Cacciattolo (Victoria University, Australia)
Team members: Siobhan O'Brien (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia), Katrina Van Vuuren (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia), and Jan Drew (The Global Student, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia).
Connect to the why of this series:
The Global Education Consortium has been on pause during the pandemic with the closure of international borders. International teaching practicums have stop, however, the collaboration and partnership established between the Australian and Malaysian universities of this project has enabled the enactment of innovative ways of working. We are still connected. And we want to extend this connection in new and tangible ways.
We draw attention to how we want to:
· continue to build on relationships and strengthen the development of initial teacher educators and pre-service teachers as a community across international borders.
· utilise the power of storytelling.
· support impact of the pandemic on being and becoming a teacher.
· share, hear, and learn with and from pre-service teachers locally, nationally, and globally.
· be proactive, honest, and compassionate with one another.
· enhance global conversations about becoming a teacher and making personal and professional adjustments during the pandemic with a focus on wellbeing.
· create a space that is underpinned by compassion and empathy for varied lived experiences that we can all learn from.