Our BSU Teaches Blob welcomes our new ‘Co-Fellows’ for international student teaching, Drs Sarah Thomas (Secondary Education), Emily Spitzman (TESOL) and Jennne Ingle (Early Childhood and Elementary Education). Dr. MacMillan will remain involved as ‘Advisor’ to the new ‘Co-Fellows”.
We relaunched international student teaching after staying home during Covid. So, yes, we were back in spring 2022, 4th quarter, with five students in Ireland and three students in Ecuador; be sure to check out “News from Dublin” and “News from Ecuador” This past fall, 2022, Hally McLaughlin was in Zurich! Of special note, in “News from”, read Hally’s reflection on her experience.
Apryl’s (Quito, Ecuador), Tim’s (Dublin, Ireland) reflections of their international experiences.
This Spring 2023. we had students going to Dublin (Tim West and Danielle Vissering), Quito, Ecuador (Roslyn Dobyna, Felicia Prata and Apryl Danwah), and Hong Kong (Mikayla Chuong). Be sure to read Apryl’s (Quito, Ecuador), Tim’s (Dublin, Ireland) and Mikayla’s reflections on their international experiences. This fall 2023 (2nd Quarter), we have Paul and Steph going to Zurich, Lizzy, Maddie, and Mary to Dublin, and Raphaella to Toronto! We are now recruiting for Spring 2024! This spring we have sites in Dublin, San Pedro, Belize, Quito, Ecuador, Zurich, Toronto, and Hong Kong.
Hello, and welcome to the blog for BSU international student teaching. Here you will find information about students’ experiences through their student teaching placements locally, nationally, and especially, internationally.
Bridgewater State University prides itself on preparing students to excel in all areas of their lives. Through this blog, students and teachers will be able to communicate about all aspects of teaching. There are pages to read about students who have gone abroad, apps that others have found useful, and a place to ask questions and problem solve.
One (you) student teaches for 8 weeks (1st or 3rd quarter) in Massachusetts and then one has the opportunity to go abroad for 8 weeks (2nd or 4th quarter). Our sites are in 2023; Dublin, Ireland; Hong Kong, China; Shanghai, China (TBD); Quito, Ecuador; Zurich, Switzerland (only a fall placement), Kiryat Tiv’on, Israel, near Haifa, and San Pedro, Belize and Toronto. Each site is different – all are GREAT. If you need more information and an application, go to the Study Abroad website at https://bridgew-horizons.symplicity.com/index.php?s=StudentHome. Emma Lynch is our person in Study Abroad. Emma is great and will work closely with you.
As of May 2023 we will have had over 300 BSU student teachers go abroad for this life-changing experience. Over 10% of BSU student teachers take advantage of this opportunity. Of special note is that we have had four of our student teachers choose to continue their work abroad. Emma Albert, who student taught at the San Pedro Roman Catholic School in Belize, is now teaching at The Island Academy in San Pedro. Sarah Freudenberg, who also taught in San Pedro, has been running Camp Starfish a summer camp for kids with special needs, in San Pedro. Torey Johnson who student taught at Colegio Menor in Quito, is now teaching (I don’t remember the school) in Quito. And Emily Wiegand, who also taught at Menor, is teaching at the Island Academy in Antigua.
Interesting USA Today article about the rewards of teaching abroad https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/education/2019/05/06/teacher-salary-teaching-jobs-pay-international-schools-benefits/3622262002/
When we, Andrea Cayson, Gia Renaud, Sarah Thomas, Jeanne Ingle and other members of the faculty, talk with you about the benefits of teaching abroad, they will say to you, it’ll help you in getting a job. One of our student teachers this past fall said, as she was applying for teaching positions: “International student teaching in Dublin has been such an amazing talking point in interviews. I’ve noticed that interviewers are really interested to hear about my experience teaching abroad and ask about the difference in our school system and their (Irish). I’ve found (I’m told) that student teaching abroad has definitely set me apart from other candidates!”
The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) has recognized BSU’s, Global Learning Opportunities for Bridgewater Educators (GLOBE) and as a result, BSU received the 2017 AACTE “Best Practice Award in Support of Global and International Perspectives”.
Of note, is the story about two of our student teachers this spring, in Dublin, working with Ukrainian refugees …. https://www.bridgew.edu/stories/2022/teaching-ukrainian-refugees
Another excellent article https://www.bridgew.edu/stories/2022/road-again
speaks to Gretchen’s experience this spring 2022 in Ecuador.
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