Archive for June, 2008

Student Sarah Robinson: Life’s Transitions and Transformations

June 24, 2008

I’ve been working outside my home culture for a while. I am back now, but feeling a little uneasy. How do I know if I’m ready for graduate school? Where can I find meaningful and engaging professional development? Why should I come to SIT (and not a less expensive MA in Teaching closer to home)?

Responding to a note that posed a braid of such frequently asked questions, student Sarah Robinson reflects on her own decision-making and subsequent experience. She is currently at work on her final project, a portfolio of her teaching and learning competencies.

Hi _____ – thanks for the email! Ah, the beauties of transition periods…you gotta just love it (or not!). It’s funny because adjustments/transitions from living in different areas are topics that are frequently discussed here at school, since the student body at-large has significant international experience. (more…)

Competency 3: Teachers and Teaching

June 19, 2008

Teachers need to enjoy teaching. In this third in a series of 5 posts, teacher learning as practiced at SIT is viewed in terms of teachers and teaching. Which of these attributes were demonstrated by the great teachers in your life? (more…)

Student Ari Sukmana: ‘The Soul of SIT’

June 9, 2008

Fulbright scholar Ari Sukmana, an English teacher of rural Indonesians for 8 years, enlivened SIT classrooms with his sharp wit, inquisitive mind, and embracive spirit. From the perspective of his MAT colleagues, he has fulfilled Senator J. William Fulbright’s intention to “foster leadership, learning, and empathy between cultures.” In describing his learning this year, he demonstrates the essence of this MA in Teaching.

The Soul of SIT: PTOTP, Experiential Learning, and Social Justice

Before coming to study in SIT’s MA in Teaching, my teaching — in public and private schools — shaped my beliefs about language teaching and built my awareness of and sensitivity to social justice. I dreamt that I could pursue higher education and articulate my personal teaching theories and beliefs as well as apply my language teaching philosophy for the sake of social justice.

In 2006, I won the Fulbright scholarship and was admitted to three outstanding universities in the US. Initially, I chose SIT only because of its great reputation in the field of TESOL and its prominent professors. During my studies here, however, I discovered that SIT’s teaching philosophy is based on learning through experience for social justice and was greater than I had thought. (more…)

Conference: Learning and Teaching Language

June 6, 2008

To conclude each MA in Teaching (ESOL, ESL, Spanish, French), students convene a conference for language teachers. In May, students presented their workshops, papers, and demonstrations as well as served on committees for the program, plenaries, keynote speakers, registration, technical support, and social events.  A list of the presentations and presenters follows. (more…)

Student Intan Meutia: Willingness to Change

June 4, 2008

Intan MeutiaCut Intan Meutia taught beginning students of English in Rhode Island for her internship. Here she reflects on an important teaching attitude, willingness to change. Selected by the Ford Foundation as a promising leader of exceptional merit, she will shortly return home and begin furthering greater economic and social justice in Indonesia. By teaching English among communities that lack systemic access to higher education, she hopes to change her students’ visibility in the world as well as their own worldviews.

I believe that teaching means empowering students. Before coming to the United States of America, I had traveled to areas that were devastated by the 2004 tsunami. Most of the schools I visited had been severely affected by both the earthquake and the tsunami. (more…)

Brattleboro Reformer: ‘Go forward, dare greatly’

June 2, 2008

 School For International Training graduates from left, Susan Magdalen Wood Bardasz, Amanda Marie Bohne, Daniela Cazacu, Papa Bouna Fall and Meghen Fitzgibbens applaud their keynote speaker during the commencement ceremony, Saturday in Brattleboro. (Kimberly Hatch/Reformer)

School For International Training graduates from left, Susan Magdalen Wood Bardasz, Amanda Marie Bohne, Daniela Cazacu, Papa Bouna Fall and Meghen Fitzgibbens applaud their keynote speaker during the commencement ceremony, Saturday in Brattleboro. (Kimberly Hatch/Reformer)

‘Go forward, dare greatly’

by Chris Garofolo, Brattleboro Reformer
Monday, June 2

BRATTLEBORO – While the skies over the SIT Graduate Institute were overcast Saturday morning, the gray clouds could not dampen the mood during the school’s commencement ceremony.

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