Teaching practice

Teaching practice at Norssi

The Helsinki Normal Lyceum offers student teachers a versatile learning environment that extends beyond the school gates. We work in close collaboration with various communities and organisations, and our learning environment encompasses not only the classroom, but also the workplace through visits and work experience placements as well as cultural institutions, such as museums and theatres. We also collaborate with many educational institutions and non-governmental organisations.

As a research university unit, the Helsinki Normal Lyceum is also closely connected to faculties and departments in various fields, offering our pupils and students excellent opportunities for visits and study. Exploratory learning as a learning method offers pupils and students a natural way to approach matters and gives student teachers a chance to make use of their theoretical knowledge, experience and research skills. Learning to guide pupils and students in their learning is indeed one of student teachers’ key objectives in their teaching practice.

The objectives and implementation of teaching practice

In basic teaching practice, student teachers learn the working methods of subject teachers, strengthen their command of the subject and learn to guide comprehensive school pupils and upper secondary school students in their learning. Student teachers work in collaboration with pupils, students, supervising teachers and fellow student teachers.

Student teachers follow agreed plans and given schedules, and are familiar with the ethical guidelines for teaching practice and adhere to them. Teaching practice involves full-time study.

Student teachers plan and adjust their teaching in relation to the age, starting level and group of the pupils or students. They also use varied teaching methods and educational technologies.

Moreover, student teachers make use of their theoretical knowledge and apply it in justifying their pedagogic choices. They also reflect on their learning throughout the teaching practice.

Objectives and implementation

In advanced teaching practice, student teachers take a more independent approach to planning and teaching. In doing so, they acquire a deeper understanding of the working methods of subject teachers, strengthen their command of the subject and learn to guide comprehensive school pupils and upper secondary school students in their learning. Moreover, they apply their theoretical knowledge to practical teaching and reflect on their work.

Student teachers have a good command of the subject matter and use different working methods in a flexible and versatile manner. They adjust their teaching methods to meet the needs of different learners and work in collaboration with pupils, students, supervising teachers and fellow student teachers.

Student teachers are familiar with different assessment methods and can assess teaching in a varied way. They can also assess their own teaching.

Student teachers follow agreed plans and given schedules, and are familiar with the ethical guidelines for teaching practice and adhere to them. Teaching practice involves full-time study.