The Teach First NZ 2015 cohort successfully completed their Summer School teaching practicum last week, as part of their eight-week Summer Initial Intensive.
This year, the Summer School took place from Wednesday to Tuesday (five week days), and saw over 100 students from Teach First NZ partner schools Tangaroa College, Massey High School, Onehunga High School and Auckland Grammar School’s In-Zone Project filling the University of Auckland’s Epsom campus, where the classes were being held.
The Teach First NZ participants were given the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge they have recently gained to a real classroom setting, forming relationships with their students, preparing and delivering lessons, and ensuring their students met the learning outcomes. In turn, the opportunity to keep sharp over the summer break, extend their knowledge and to do so at a university campus (not to mention in mufti!) was welcomed by the students.
Teach First NZ CEO Shaun Sutton said “This year’s summer school was our most successful yet, with interest from schools growing each year. It goes to show how hungry students are to learn, even over the summer holidays. We look forward to offering the summer school programme to more school students next year, as way to boost their learning during the summer and offer our teachers important teaching practice”.