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Student teachers receive Lanzarotean education

Chichester students in Lanzarote

In January the University of Chichester took a group of year two BA Primary Education and Teaching (BAPET) and Adventure Education students to Lanzarote.

The initiative is now in its 16th year, but in the last two years a new development has enabled each to work in primary schools for a week and experience teaching and learning.

The director and staff at the Teacher's Centre in Lanzarote were welcoming to the students and went out of their way to accommodate and invited more to visit in the future.

Carmen Gloria of the Teacher's Centre worked hard to plan the school placements and make the students feel at ease in their new situations.

The trip was also greatly enhanced by support from Carlos Dizy and his family: Carlos has an Honorary MA in Education from the University for his long-term services to Chichester.

This year four BAPET students, Elura, Katie, Jess and Lauren, took the opportunity to go into schools, including Alcalde Rafael Cedrés and Concepción Rodríguez Artiles primary schools. Some of the students shared their observations from the experience:

"One of the most inspiring things I learnt whilst at school in Lanzarote was the school’s ability to include all pupils. We observed a few pupils who, we felt if they were living in England, would be referred to a ‘special school’ in order to cater for their specific needs. It was nice to see how these pupils were firmly integrated within the school family and treated the same as other pupils."

Chichester students in Lanzarote

"The most notable difference in the classrooms was the use of blackboards. In England we are very accustomed to seeing the whiteboard, so when we were presented with blackboards to write on we were all quite surprised! A minimal amount of technology is used in lessons in Lanzarote and there is large emphasis placed upon using textbooks and activity books.

However, it seemed that the lack of technology was not hindering children’s’ performance in school as pupils were completing work at a much higher standard than expected of pupils of the same age in England. Even when observing the nursery classes, all the pupils were learning English at a much more advanced level than we learn a second language in England."

"One of the most pleasant things I witnessed was the close bond between the pupils and the teacher. Children call the teacher by their first name and seem to have frequent, personal conversations with them."