We have hosted two teachers from South Korea, Kyung Jin Lee and YoonYoung Shin. Here they write about what impressed them ...
Reflection on my experience in Bishop Luffa by Kyung Jin Lee
I'd like to thank Bishop Luffa and Chichester University to let me have an honor to be here and have great experiences with the students and the teachers. Since I come here, not a single day hasn't passed without learning or getting inspiration for my teaching. I'm so excited that I will share what I learned and observed here in Bishop Luffa with my colleagues at school when I get back to Seoul, Korea.
More than anything else, I am so amazed at how you practice your school motto 'Everyone Matters'. I saw that every student is paid careful attention by tutor group teachers, all the subject teachers, the Heads of Houses, and the Heads of Key Stages. Even during the short time staff meetings in the morning, teachers shared what happened to individual students and asked other teachers to look after them.
Another thing that I want to share with my colleagues in Korea is Bishop Luffa Teachers' enthusiasm. I heard that the rubric for evaluating students' learning effort is the result of collaboration by the teachers who came up with the need to improve the old learning effort evaluation and voluntarily involved in the long hours of discussion and extra work. If you don't mind, I will definitely steal the rubric and use it back in my own school.
Last but not least, students' motivation to learn is one of the things that I can't forget. Especially on the third day of my visit, I went to a science class for Year 10. It was very hot in the classroom; the temperature went up to 31 degrees that day! However, the hot weather just failed to distract any of the students. All of them were very serious and focused on the lesson. Given that all the exams were finished and it was almost the end of the year, it seems that the students are very matured enough to have intrinsic motivation for learning. They seemed to really enjoy learning.
I also saw students' motivation to learning in my own Korean language class on Wednesday. It was Year 8 Spanish class that I and my colleague borrowed from Ms Richi. In the lesson, students learned about facts about the Korean writing system, 'Hangul'. Then they had some time to think over the reason why King Sejong invented 'Hangul'. I was so surprised that so many students volunteered to project their own ideas. Next, they thought about what historical events or movements in the UK has made lives of people here more equal and fair just as 'Hangul' did to the lives of Koreans. I think that students probably had an opportunity to have a deeper understanding of Korea and the UK by using higher order thinking skills such as inferring and comparing. Lastly, they learned how to write their names in 'Hangul'. Most of them understood my instruction about how to put individual consonants and vowels together into blocks and successfully wrote their names in 'Hangul'! The moment of their achievement will remain as my most precious time here in the UK.
I'd like to thank teachers and students in Bishop Luffa for their hospitality and support for me and my colleague. Especially, Ms Richi was always there for me and my colleague whenever we needed some help. I hope I can maintain liaison with Bishop Luffa. I hope that the students in my own school and this school can exchange their learnings and learn from each other.
My Experience in Bishop Luffa School by YoonYoung Shin
My visit to Bishop Luffa School for nearly two weeks has broaden my perspective about teaching and learning by giving me many new ideas that I would like to adopt in my own school in South Korea.
First of all, teachers' active involvement and passion for the students' learning and welfare has inspired me to reflect back upon my experience as a teacher and also the teaching culture in Korea. The notice and information the teachers exchanged in the morning meetings in the staff room were most directly related to taking care of the students, which showed the teachers were working closely together to look after the students. Furthermore, the way the teachers used accurate data and statistics to set specific goals for students to aim for was something I was deeply impressed with. This way of setting individual goals for the students seemed to be a big motivating factor in their studies.
In terms of the lessons, I enjoyed many of the student-centered classed in which students were actively participating in their own learning by taking notes of the lesson content and also by giving presentations about what they have learned. A lot of communication and collaboration was going on between the students through group work and they seemed to learn a lot from each other. Most importantly, behind all of this were the teachers who seemed extremely highly skilled, each with their distinct teaching philosophy. Some teachers constantly reminded the students of the communication skills while conducting their class, and some teachers focused on getting the students take initiatives in their own learning.
I thank Ms Richi and all the other staff in the school who were always willing to help us and share ideas about teaching. The experience here in Bishop Luffa with lovely students and excellent staff will be an unforgettable memory for us.