In light of the surging fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the EDB announced the ‘Arrangement of Special Vacation in 2021/22 School Year’ on 28 Feb 2022 that all schools were to start the special vacation by 17 March 2022 connecting the Easter Holiday.
Under the ‘Special Vacation’, all KGs, local Primary Schools and Secondary Schools would be closed in March and April 2022. To keep up with our student teachers’ learning momentum and spirits, and to effectively adapt their teaching to changing contexts while serving the community at the same time, the Faculty of Education (School-University Partnerships) has collaborated with the HKU Admission Office and organized the following programme for the student-teachers to participate in on a voluntary basis.
“Enhance your CORE Online” for Secondary 4 and 5 HKDSE students
To provide extra help and academic support to local secondary school students whose studies are severely affected by the pandemic, the HKU Admission Office and our Faculty have jointly set up a programme of tutoring sessions - “Enhance your CORE Online” which were delivered in April 2022.
This new initiative is designed to help Secondary 4 and 5 students consolidate their knowledge in the three main core subjects - Chinese Language, English Language, and Mathematics – and to support them with their school assignments. The activity is free of charge and around 2,600 HKDSE students have signed up to attend each lesson. Nearly 30 students from the Faculty are committed to this programme.
To greet and encourage the participants, Professor A. Lin Goodwin, Dean; Dr Lo Yuen Yi, Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning); and Ms Promail Leung, Director of the School-University Partnerships Office, delivered their opening speeches at the beginning of the English, Chinese and Mathematics sessions (click here for the videos). The Faculty of Education greatly appreciate our students’ dedication in serving the community, and we would like to wish everyone good luck with their studies!
For more details on this project, please read at https://admissions.hku.hk/events/cheer-hkdse-students.
Online Mutual Aid Study Group for HKDSE Candidates
The School-University Partnerships Office and the “DSE 27771112” Centre of the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG) have launched the Mutual Aid Study Group (“Study Group”) for the HKDSE candidates. The Study Group aims to facilitate HKDSE candidates (especially those from deprived families and/or private candidates) to prepare for their exams including problem solving during their studies from November 2020 to February 2021. The HKDSE candidates may also share about their concerns (such as exam anxiety, pressure encountered and so on) with their groupmates and the HKFYG’s social workers and counsellors in the Study Group.
One briefing session was held on November 19, 2020 evening to co-construct the Study Group procedures and manage the participants' expectations. A total of 35 student-teachers from the Faculty are currently serving 130 HKDSE students through this Study Group. Subjects included Chinese Language, English Language, Mathematics Compulsory, Liberal Studies, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Economics, Business, Accounting & Financial Studies.
Online Mock Examination preparation for HKDSE Candidates
To better equip the HKDSE students for their DSE examinations, the School-University Partnerships Office and the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG) have launched the Online Mock Examination programme for the HKDSE students to practice their examination skills and review their academic knowledge.
A total of 21 student-teachers of the Faculty are currently working alongside the experienced in-service teachers and principals to coordinate the Mock Examinations in Chinese Languages, English Languages, and Mathematics. The student-teachers are also responsible for examination paper preparation, online mock examinations administration and the follow-up sessions. As of Feb 2021, there are about 600 HKDSE candidates who have registered in this programme.
Teaching Materials Development for Special Schools
Given the unique background of special schools in Hong Kong such as the Hong Kong Red Cross Hospital Schools, their learning support and teaching resources are limited in particular during the school suspension period. In light of the success of the “LIVE to LEARN, LOVE to SERVE” Campaign last academic year, the School-University Partnerships Office continues to collaborate with Ms. Promail Leung (from TELL unit) and 24 UG and PGDE students to work with the teachers in the Hong Kong Red Cross Hospital Schools to co-develop the following teaching materials including videos (for teachers and parents) and learning materials to cope with the huge learning needs. This project aims to serve around 1,000 primary teachers, students and parents.
For children at 5 years of age (School safety that you must know)
Stay Home Science Experiment: Primary School
To support students learning at home (停課不停學), the School-University Partnerships Office has worked with the student-teachers to develop a series of stay home (safe) experiment ideas in view of remote online teaching during COVID-19 school suspension since February 2020. The video series of “Stay Home Science Experiment: Primary School” (在家科學小實驗) consisted of editable teaching materials and videos for primary school students to conduct some interesting and safe experiments with simple materials from home. The teaching package was disseminated to in-service teachers to supplement their teaching, to enhance their students learning motivation and encourage meaningful learning at home. The said materials are now included in the HKEdCity resources depository as well. With the enthusiastic student-teachers’ support, new projects have been infused in the said resources depository and SUP website for dissemination.
The Faculty of Education at The University of Hong Kong is launching the “LIVE to LEARN, LOVE to SERVE” Campaign to showcase our students’ meaningful contributions to the community and what they have learnt through participating in different activities coordinated by the School-University Partnerships (SUP) Office amid pandemic.
It is crucial for our student teachers to keep up the learning momentum, so as to effectively adapt their teaching to changing contexts. This campaign reflects our students’ enthusiasm in lifelong learning and serving the community. It also shows that our students are inquisitive, generous and kind at the same time. When our students learn and serve the others in the community, they put love into these actions.
SUP Office is fully supported by the Faculty. Professor A. Lin Goodwin, Dean of the Faculty of Education, said, “There is a saying: ‘When the going gets tough, the tough get going.’ This exemplifies our student teachers who have demonstrated their strength of character and dedication to the teaching profession by continuing to serve students and support mentor teachers despite the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. I know you will be as impressed as I am of their enthusiastic embrace of e-learning, and the many creative lessons, activities and materials they have developed to enrich the learning of children and youth in Hong Kong.”
Dr Gary Harfitt, Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching) of the Faculty also remarked, “A characteristic of all effective educators is they are able to adapt their teaching to changing contexts. The ongoing school suspension brought about by the COVID-19 outbreak has meant that schools and universities have had to reimagine the teaching practicum that we have all come to take for granted. We are proud of our student teachers’ readiness to adjust to change and this platform allows you to enjoy some of their most creative contributions to teaching and learning in the local community during what has become our ‘e-practicum’.”
Video Series of “Top Tips for HKDSE English Exam”
We are fully aware of the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on this year’s Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE) candidates, and the amount of support they need. In spite of school closure, the key HKDSE written examinations remain on schedule. Knowing from school teachers and students that English is a subject of which support is most in need, and HKDSE candidates have had to continue examination preparations via online lessons during the school suspension, the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) students have helped to prepare top tips for HKDSE English Examination.
Our PGDE students also share their experience on how they prepared for various DSE papers in a series of "Top Tips for HKDSE English Exam" videos. This video series was initiated by Ms Tanya Kempston, Lecturer of the Academic Unit of Teacher Education and Learning Leadership, of the Faculty. The videos are concise yet full of useful tips on how to tackle different types of questions, encouragement from our students and so forth. Please watch the videos here:
Top Tips for HKDSE English Exam: Paper 1 (Reading)
Top Tips for HKDSE English Exam: Paper 2 (Writing)
Top Tips for HKDSE English Exam: Paper 3 (Listening & Integrated Skills)
“Physics Teaching Package” for Secondary School Physics Teachers
The SUP Office, together with the Faculty’s students provide support to Physics teachers by producing several sets of teaching materials for Physics teachers, which are suitable for both face-to-face and online teaching. These materials cover concepts which students often find difficult to understand. Each set contains a video with bilingual subtitles and a teacher’s manual for easy explanation to students. In addition, bilingual worksheets or handouts for students are also included in most of the sets.
The following materials are prepared by our students who are studying different programmes under the supervision of Ms Promail Leung, Director of the SUP Office and Senior Lecturer of the Academic Unit of Teacher Education and Learning Leadership of the Faculty. They can also be found in the HKEdCity resources depository.
Real-time Online Tutoring (ROT) Programme for HKDSE Candidates
The SUP and the “DSE 27771112” centre of the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG) launched a real-time online tutoring programme for HKDSE candidates. This programme assisted students in the preparation of HKDSE 2020, especially during the school suspension period. Our student attending undergraduate and PGDE teacher training programmes provided real-time online tutoring to answer questions from HKDSE candidates from March 17 to May 21. Subjects included Chinese Language, English Language, Mathematics Compulsory, Liberal Studies, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Economics, Business, Accounting & Financial Studies.
Two briefing sessions were organised to co-construct the tutoring procedures and manage the participants' expectations. A total of 66 student teachers from the Faculty have served 1,123 HKDSE students through this programme, which was very well received.
In addition, a data bank of the Q&A session was created for this programme for HKDSE candidates: http://27771112.hk/2020/03/20/dse專科專答問題庫/. Our students put a lot of effort to answer these questions. They also shared their experience and skills in answering different questions, and provided useful tips and caring advices to the HKDSE candidates.
“Schools Online Teaching Support (SOTS)” Programme
To sustain local primary and secondary students’ learning during school suspension due to pandemic, teachers were very busy preparing various online teaching materials. Given that most of our pre-service teachers are technology savvy and passionate in teaching, some of them were invited to assist teachers in supporting students’ e-learning during school suspension.
This is a collaborative project with school sponsoring bodies such as Po Leung Kuk and the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals. Apart from serving our 165+ Teaching Practicum schools, 63 students joined the SOTS Programme to support the teaching community at their own capacity. They offered different kinds of assistance in various disciplines to over 60 primary/secondary teachers in Government/Aided/Direct Subsidy Scheme Schools. We even extended the opportunity for our student teachers to contribute to supporting teachers in providing online teaching, learning and student support in more schools.
Teacher and Student Sharing
Workshop on “Unleash Your Creativity at Home” (激發•在家創意•網上工作坊)
The SUP Office and 17 student teachers jointly organised eight half-day online workshops for senior primary and junior secondary students on five Saturdays in May 2020. The workshops aimed at promoting daily creativity (4C's model in Creativity) through a series of engaging activities. Our student teachers conducted the workshops and they served 137 primary/secondary students and teachers.
In the workshops, our student teachers carried out group activities in breakout rooms, explained the importance of creativity and introduced ways to become more creative. We hope the workshops have been useful and fun, and we look forward to meeting you again soon!
The workshop was conducted by HKU student teachers
Group activities were carried out in the workshop
Participants gained a better understanding of “creativity”
Video Series of “Stay Home Science Experiment: Primary School” (在家科學小實驗)
To support students’ learning at home (停課不停學), SUP Office worked with our student-teachers to develop a series of stay home (safe) experiment ideas in light of remote online teaching. This series of teaching materials and videos are for primary school students to conduct some interesting and safe experiments with simple materials from home. The teaching package were disseminated to teachers to supplement their teaching for not only enhancing their learning motivation, but also provoking meaningful learning at home. Please watch the videos and download the experiment worksheets or user guides below (Chinese only). The materials are now included in the HKEdCity resources depository as well.
|Cultivating Curiosity of the Younger Generation
Leung Wai Hong, Willis
|The Fun of Learning is Everywhere
Law Kwan In, Jessica
Adapting to Change: From Online to On-site Teaching
On top of the student teachers’ e-Professional Practicum, some of our student teachers continued to serve their teaching practicum in an additional two-week face-to-face (F2F) teaching right after school resumption in June 2020.
Our student teachers have taken inspiration from working alongside school teachers, mentors and students (both on-line and F2F) during the lengthy school suspension. We received some positive feedback from our student teachers who are very grateful for these precious on-site F2F teaching opportunities particularly during these challenging times. Apart from their teaching repertoires, our student teachers understand better that they also have a responsibility to provide care and attention to their students beyond the e-learning platform.
Cheering Up Videos to School
To demonstrate our care to our close partner schools, Professor A. Lin Goodwin, Dean of the Faculty of Education, Dr Gary Harfitt, Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching) and Ms Promail Leung, Director of the SUP Office, have participated in filming of some short videos to encourage the primary school students to keep learning from home.
|Cheering Up Video for Aldrich Bay Government Primary School
(by Professor A. Lin Goodwin at 0:51)
(by Dr Gary Harfitt at 1:12)
(by Ms Promail Leung at 2:28)