Pre-programme training for teachers from partner countries (Cambodia, Malaysia, and Thailand) participating in the 2022 Asia Pacific Teacher Exchange (hereinafter APTE) in the first half of this year was held on April 9th and 16th by APCEIU. More than seventy people, including participating teachers from 12 study groups selected from three countries, officials from the Ministries of Education of each country, and school administrators, gathered online.
This training, which started with an introduction about APTE to enhance the participants' understanding, explication of the process prior to the exchange, and Q&A, consisted of sessions to promote the exchange between study groups at each school. The lead teachers of each study group introduced their schools and shared their goals and plans for APTE. The ice-breaking activity was followed to strengthen the bond of participants, in which they were divided into small groups to share their interests and aspirations. In particular, the participants shared affinities by posting their commonalities on Padlet. Through this activity participants also got used to Padlet, which is widely utilized in Korean classrooms.
As this is the second online exchange following last year, best practice presentations from the APTE participants in 2021 were also held. In addition to their thoughts on the APTE, the presenters gave vivid examples of the preparation process, ways to improve communication with partner schools, and know-how on real-time video classes and joint projects. The best practices were presented by Mr. Sasithorn Kiewkor of Phyathai School in Thailand and Mr. Mohd Hafiz Bin Mungin of SK Jalan U3 School in Malaysia for the primary schools. Ms. Chompoonut Solunda from Renunakhonwittayanukul, Thailand, and Mr. Farid Fauzi from SMK Sungai Kertas, Malaysia, presented for the secondary school teachers.
Hosted by the Ministry of Education and organized by APCEIU, 2022 APTE for the first half of the year will be started in late April for three months. Since 2022 APTE is being conducted as a school-to-school exchange, Twelve Korean schools and twelve schools from three partner countries were selected and matched.