French teachers' reports
Report about discussion with visiting French student teacher and teacher
Before the visit
In both teaching units, one about the
equality of fractions and
their reduction in a 5th form class and the other about the
introduction of Pythagoras’s theorem and its demonstration in a 4th
form class, there was a fruitful cooperation (dynamism, didactical and
pedagogical reflexions, making the other feel confident…) between the
student teacher and the teacher during the preparation sessions but
also during the achievement of the units at Santa Caterina Institute in
Pisa. Their reports show in the same time this common work but also the
differences equally linked to the contents of the chapters dealt with,
to the mastery of the Italian language, to the experience of each of
them and to their personalities. The preparation sessions were focused
on three fields: the cultural dimension of a teaching unit in Italy,
including the particular aspects proper to the social and cultural
background of Santa Caterina Institute, the mastery of the language
(common language, common idioms in conducting a class, mathematical
idioms and vocabulary) and the mathematical contents to be taught.
Historical and cultural aspects of
teaching in Italy were taken into
account through exchanges with the host teacher, before and meanwhile,
of documents provided by the host teacher, through observing 9 hours of
lessons at Leonardo da Vinci Italian high secondary school in Paris,
through work on extracts from Italian books handling the chapters dealt
with, through studies of the education system and personal readings.
Before going to Italy, each of the two
teachers tested his teaching unit in the presence of the trainers.
During the visit
They adapted their teaching
units by practicing a subtle balance between their professional
practices in their classes in France and the teaching practices in the
host classes. For example, during their sessions in class, they
intelligently knew how to combine the management of space: the
teacher’s circulation in the classroom, with a customised help to the
individual work in class as they practice it with their pupils and the
lesson dialogue performed by the host teacher almost during the whole
A very particular care was paid to
the writing of the written and video displayed documents in their
didactical and pedagogical dimension, but also to anticipate any
difficulties linked to the practice of the language.
Reports and Videoclips
Click here to see the
report by Stéphane Herrero, teacher.
Click here to see the
report by Olivier Vogt, student teacher.