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Hello everyone. Welcome to my blog:)

This blog will be the report for my teaching practicum or internship experience under the The SEA Teacher Project Batch 8 in the Philippines (Sept 1-Sept 28, 2019). The SEA Teacher Project is held by SEAMEO (The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization). The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) is a regional intergovernmental organization established in 1965 among governments of Southeast Asian countries to promote regional cooperation in education, science and culture in the region.

The SEA Teacher Project or the “Pre-Service Student Teacher Exchange in Southeast Asia” itself is a project that aims to provide an opportunity for pre-service student teachers from universities in Southeast Asia to have teaching experiences (practicum) in schools in other countries in Southeast Asia.

My name is Risky Supriati. I'm from Tanjungpura University, Pontianak, Indonesia. I'm a 4th-year student majoring in English education.

It's such an honor for me to be one of the participants of this wonderful program. I do write a lot of stories about this seateacher program. Sharing is caring. Hope it will be beneficial. Don't forget to check out all of the stories peeps^^

If you happen to have questions or suggestions or comments, please don't hesitate to reach me. I can be contacted through my email:

The wonderful journey just began

Saturday, August 31, 2019. Goodbye Indonesia, Hello Malaysia, Mabuhay Philippines.
One thing described me today, I was super excited. Today was actually a quite hectic day. I had to attend a scholarship festival in the morning. I was representing the XL Future Leaders scholarship booth. I should be there until the end of the program which was at 5pm, but I asked permission as my flight will be at

Sunday, September 1, 2019.

Monday, September 2, 2019.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019.

Thursday, September 5, 2019.

Friday, September 6, 2019.

Saturday, September 7, 2019.

Sunday, September 8, 2019.

Saturday, October 5

    University of Santo Tomas Education High School or usually called UST-EHS for short is a private junior high school in Manila, Philippines. EHS was among the Top 10 performing private secondary schools in Manila based on the results of the National Achievement Test and the National Career Assessment Examination in the School Year 2011 - 2012. I'm so thankful for this lifetime opportunity to do my teaching my practicum in this school.

    This school is located inside the UST complex, exactly on the fourth floor of college of education in the Albertus Magnus Building. The school vibe is very lively and positive. I remember that everytime I went to the school, there was always a student played the piano near the lift. Here are the UST EHS vision and mission.

    A great school must also have its rationale and objectives, actually not only just have but also strive to achieve its rationale and objectives. Here are UST EHS rationale and objectives.

    The UST EHS also has core values of the school. These values embodied in the naming of the classes, for example, 7 Responsibility, or 7 Piety. There are 8 values for 8 classes, ranging from grades 7 to 10.

Further details about the core values:
1. Dignity - reverence for every person for he/she is being worthy of honor and respect because of his/her attitudes and actions
2. Honesty - being an agent of truth who stands for uprightness at all times and manifests transparency in making decisions and actions
3. Justice - the meeting of persons in a context of equality and acceptance in a Christian atmosphere of concern and sharing for the common goal
4. Patriotism - commitment of being an agent of change who promotes nation building and social transformation
5. Piety - the cultivation of Gospel and Thomasian values as well as Christian attitudes among the members of the school community
6. Respect for others - concern for the promotion of human rights and total human development
7. Responsibility - spirit of dialogue, partnership, participation, teamwork, and collaboration in all endeavors for the good of all
8. Simplicity - love of and living out of modest and simple life style

Some snippets of the school:

Student Teachers from Pontianak, Semarang, and Bengkulu with the UST EHS Principal, Ma'am Quintana. She is really kind and nice. Stay healthy Ma'am^^

1.1 School Profile

Shout out to all the teachers who were being really kind, helpful, and friendly during my internship program. 
Special appreciation for our beloved mentor, Ma'am Isabela B. Cabrera. Thank you very much ma'am. 
Special appreciation too for very kind teacher, the principal of UST EHS, Ma'am Quintana. She allowed us to print the lesson plan in the office. 
It's totally helpful for broke student like me. 
Thank you very much ma'am^^

1.2 Academic Support System

    After doing the observation, I saw that the teaching system here is quite the same as in my country, Indonesia. Classes are held from Monday to Friday, which is very good. In my country, Indonesia, some are still from Monday to Saturday. I believe students must have a good rest, so they can be happy and then learn more effectively.

  The school also has a flag ceremony every Monday, similar to Indonesia. This school starts the class at 7 am. The duration of each subject is one hour. But some can be two or three hours, especially for science and TLE (Technology and Livelihood Education). The class ends at 3pm according to the schedule of students below. However, when I saw my mentor’s schedule which was until 4, I guess the school provides 1 hour for extracurricular activity. This is really good.
Schedule of one of the classes that I observed.
My mentor's schedule
    For the teaching system itself, from my observation, I can say that the students are very active. I asked my mentor whether this school is the best school or what, because I was so surprised, the students here even knew the concept of homonym at grade 7. Isn’t that crazy? They are just really smart. It turns out that this school was in the top 10 performing private schools in Manila. The students here are selected by the test, and interview. Only those with high IQ can study here, and of course if they came from financially challenged families. This explains the reason why they are smart and fast learners.

   What I noticed also from this school is that there is a system called "Recitation Points". It is to help students if they have low scores on the exam but they are actually really active in the class. For me being active in the class is similar to respecting the teachers. They are really active might be because of the reward which is the recitation point. Interesting.

     In each subject, the class routines are almost the same as in my country. The teacher greets the students, then pray together, and follows by attendance checking. After that, start to proceed to the lesson with similar sequence like motivating, reviewing, explaining, discussing, and concluding.

     However, I found something really wonderful during my teaching practicum here, they have this activity called "Journal Questions". It is for students to reflect and connect the material or literature that they learned in the school to the real-life context. It is really meaningful and contextual. I also love to hear aka reading students' stories. It’s also a perfect medium for them to practice critical thinking, writing and grammar. When I become a real teacher, I am going to implement this activity. I remember one of the questions from this activity. The question was how do you show your love towards the people around you? It's a thought-provoking question. All the questions from this jurnal questions activity are thought-provoking.

1.3 Teaching System

     During my practicum days, my fellow student teachers, mentor and I, often when we were discussing about teaching or lesson planning, we accidentally also discussed about the evaluation system here. I ever asked her about how it works in this school. Here, my mentor told us that the performance task is the biggest percentage item. It is about applying the knowledge that the students just receive in the class. While periodical exams and mastery test are those who test students' understanding about the concept being taught. All works as the measurement tools to see whether the objectives are being achieved or not. As I also ever shared here about the recitation points, it will really help students if they are sick and cannot perform well in the exams or tests. I could not share more the details as I only taught here for just a month. 

1.5 Measurement and Evaluation System

The Philippines since 2015, according to people whom I asked before, just implemented a new curriculum. However, when I looked at the news, it was implemented in 2013. So, one of my friends from the Philippines, Eman, said he is one of the students that experienced the new regulation. He said to me that he actually can be a pre-service student teacher now like me, but, according to a new curriculum, it's a mandatory for him to join the senior high school for two more years. Instead, right now, he is still a sophomore. 

The curriculum name is the K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum. This curriculum divides the education stage of the students into three stages. The stages are elementary school (kindergarten-grade6), junior high school (grades 7-10), and senior high school (grades 11-12). By law, education is compulsory for 13 years. 

For the junior high school curriculum, the subjects of this curriculum are Filipino, English, Math, Science, Music, Arts, Physical Education, Health, TLE (Tech and Livelihood Education), and 3 other local subjects which are Araling Panlipunan, Edukasyon sa Pagpakatao, and Edukasyong Pantahanan at Pangkabuhayan. 


In UST EHS itself, the school is following the regulation from the Philippines government. The differences are just in the terms of values, graduate attributes, and institutional intended learning outcomes. The values differ from school to school I guess. Here, in the UST EHS, the values are called Thomasian Core Values. The attributes are called Thomasian Seal. Further details can be observed below. 

For further article about the curriculum, you can click here.


Below are some methods that I observed when the teacher taught the students in the UST EHS. The methods that the teacher used were varied depending on the timing and characteristic of the lessons.

Socratic Method
After the observation, I found that the Socratic method is the most used teaching method utilized by the English teacher aka my mentor. The teacher that I observed not just explained but also asked students many questions. Students were told beforehand about the material they would learn in the class, so they can be prepared. For example, when I observed the class, the material of that day’s meeting was about the story of Lam Ang. It is Philippines folklore. Then the teacher will ask the students about the story, from the beginning until the end. The questions are related to the story. When students answered and then they could get recitation points.

Lecture Method
When it comes to vocabulary and grammar related material, the method that she uses was the lecture method. She explained then usually, it was quite interactive as she involved students in the explanation by repeating the info (giving emphasis) and then asked the students about the example.

Group Work/Collaborative Method
There was also this thing called Performance Task, so when I was there, the students performed a mini-drama. It’s actually not really a drama. It’s more like dramatic reading. They were allowed to read the script. They were actually encouraged to maybe prepare music, however, they did not do that. But, at least, they still used some property to improve their performance.

Journal Questions Method
I oftentimes found that students also required to write about their reflection after the learning. The teacher usually gave them 5-10 minutes to write a paragraph answering the questions. The questions were about the moral value of the story that they just learn.

My conlusion about the teaching method is that the teacher here emphasizes more on student-centered methods. My teaching practicum only lasted for just a month, so I actually could not really say many things as I haven’t really seen many things.

I also noticed that the teacher did not really utilize technology or game. For me, this is neutral. As long as the students can achieve the objectives of the lesson, and they are spirited and happy when studying the subject, the technology and game are not that necessary. They might have already been exposed to technology when at home.

The learning materials were about Philippines folklores. They were Ibong Adarna and Lam Ang folklores. It always started with literature. Then, it followed by grammar, vocabulary, and other skills which were Subject-verb Agreement (grammar), Subject Pronoun Antecedent (grammar), Word with Multiple Meanings (vocab), Idioms (vocab), Types of Reading (Reading), Writing a Paragraph, and etc. 

The learning materials were from the book. Below are some snippets of the book. However, sometimes, it’s not enough. So the teacher usually made a comprehensive slide regarding the materials to be presented when teaching. As in learning language, students here are actively involved in all the four skills. They read they speak (answering questions or giving opinions), they also write (in the Journal Questions), and of course they listen too to the teacher.

There are many sources of learning not merely just in the classroom. In the first floor of the building, there is a library and as usual there are many books, magazines, and even computers. In the library, even, the playing room is provided. Because this school is a part of the UST, there is also a really big and super cool library named Miguel De Benavides library. Super cool!

     In the first week of the UST-SEA Teacher Batch 8 program, my friends and I were given the chance to observe several classes. My fellow student teachers (Aulia and Chrisna) and I who were guided under the same mentor Ma'am Bella were also discussing the teaching plan, the education system and also the curriculum of the school afterward. The curriculum used in the teaching plan at the University of Santo Tomas Education High School (UST EHS) is K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum. 

   The K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum is a new curriculum in the Philippines. It is being implemented in 2015. For me, when I saw the Curriculum Guide, this curriculum is detailed, neat, and contextual. The curriculum answers today's 21st century needs of human resources. For my subject, English, this K-12 curriculum is also called Language Arts and Multiliteracies Curriculum. It is anchored on the language acquisition, learning, teaching and assessing principles.

      I also really fascinated by this curriculum philosophy and rationale which are:

Language is the basis of all communication and the primary instrument of thought. Thinking, learning, and language are interrelated. Language is governed by rules and systems (language conventions) which are used to explore and communicate meaning. It defines culture which is essential in understanding oneself (personal identity), forming interpersonal relationships (socialization), extending experiences, reflecting on thought and action, and contributing to a better society. Language, therefore, is central to the peoples’ intellectual, social and emotional development and has an essential role in all key learning areas.

Language is the foundation of all human relationships. All human relationships are established on the ability of people to communicate effectively with each other. Our thoughts, values and understandings are developed and expressed through language. This process allows students to understand better the world in which they live and contributes to the development of their personal perspectives of the global community. People use language to make sense of and bring order to their world. Therefore, proficiency in the language enables people to access, process and keep abreast of information,to engage with the wider and more diverse communities, and to learn about the role of language in their own lives, and in their own and other cultures.

     I really admire that in the Philippines, English is the language of the instruction. When students study English, they are using English. Not only in English subject, but also in other subjects. It makes learning the language becomes more effective and interesting. As I experienced myself, all the students speak and understand English very well.

    The curriculum also has 4 standard items which are program standard, grade-level standard, content standard, and performance standard. It's all understandable and straightforward. The curriculum also covers many aspects that students need to learn. There are 8 aspects which are reading comprehension, listening comprehension, viewing comprehension, vocabulary development, literature, writing and composition, oral language and fluency, and grammar awareness. The idea of putting literature in the curriculum is really excellent. It truly enriches students' knowledge.

   The time of teaching-learning is also divided into four quarters for a year. There are 2 quarters each semester. In each quarter, there are 10 weeks for teaching-learning. It is also great that the school days are only from Monday to Friday. The school hours also start from 7am to 4pm. In Indonesia, it still needs to change because most of the schools still start from Monday to Saturday. I believe that having enough rest is very important so the students can learn more effectively in a perfect and healthy condition.

      Here are some snippets of the curriculum. 

   To see more on the teaching plan, you can open these following links:

   If you want a copy of the curriculum, you can email me at, or you also can visit the Departement of Education of the Philippines website. 

1.1 Curriculum

   This was my lesson plan for the very first and also second teaching practice at the University of Santo Tomas Education High School (UST-EHS). The material was about the Subject-Verb Agreement for Grade 7 in the first quarter. It was a grammar lesson. Actually, my mentor, Ma'am Isabella told me that the term of the lesson plan used in this school is called "A Detailed Lesson Plan".

   The lesson plan followed the K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum. The lesson plan consists of the learning activity for a week. But, for my case, I just made a lesson plan based on the material. It was because my mentor was teaching about the literary piece and there were three student teachers. We, the seateachers, aka pre-service student teachers, got the other aspects (i.e grammar, vocab, reading, writing, speaking) except literary piece. We also ought to divide the materials so everyone can get the turn to practice. So, it is one meeting lesson plan. This one material lesson plan is actually having the same concept as teaching plan in my country, Indonesia. The lesson plan is made according to the material of the lesson. One lesson plan can consist of 1 until 3 meetings, but one lesson plan only covers one material. 

   Here is one of my resources in making the lesson plan. It is the school official book entitled Language in Literature: Philippine Literature. I had to make the lesson plan follows the material from the book, but of course, I could be creative and explored more.

   Talking about the lesson plan here in the Philippines, the lesson plan here was unique and of course different from the lesson plan I usually made and found in my country. The lesson plan here starts with the identity of the school, then it follows by the grade, quarter, school year, and classes information. It is the same, but only in a different format. The lesson plan here has four tables. The first table contains information about the learning content, date of implementation, content standards, performance standards, learning competencies, Thomasian Core Values, Thomasian Graduate Attributes, Institutional Intended Learning Outcomes, Instructional Design Model, Teaching Strategies, and Teaching Materials/Aids. I think for these four items (Thomasian Core Values, Thomasian Graduate Attributes, Institutional Intended Learning Outcomes), they distinguish the lesson plan from this school to other schools. The second table contains the teaching/learning encounter. It consists of Teacher's activities and Student's activities. It contains the script of the learning. For the teacher's activities, it contains the routine, and strategies activities. For the student's activities, it contains student's expected answers or replies. It's very interesting. The third table is about the references or sources of the learning process. The last table contains the information as following: the writer of the lesson plan, the reviewer, the date submitted of the lesson plan, and the approval column by the principal.

   I'm so thrilled and excited to finally teach the students after on the first week we just observed and introduced ourselves. My very first class was with Grade 7 Piety on Tuesday, Sept 10, 2019, 8-9 am. Then after teaching, I had a mini-conference in a conference room of UST EHS. The conference was about my teaching feedbacks, so that I can implement it better tomorrow. I had to teach the same material to the next class, Grade 7 Responsibility, on the next day, Wednesday, Sept 11, 2019, 7-8 am. 

   Below was my lesson plan for the 1st and 2nd teaching practices.
1st teaching practice: 7-Piety, 8-9 am, Tuesday, Sept 10, 2019.
2nd teaching practice: 7-Responsibility, 7-8 am, Wednesday, Sept 11, 2019.

1.2 Teaching plan related to your major

   This was my lesson plan for the 3rd and 4th teaching practices. The material was about words with multiple meanings for grade 7 in the first quarter. It was a vocabulary lesson. Here was one of the resources for this material. This was taken from the official book used in the school.

   Actually, there were some differences about the date of implementation. It should be on September 17, and 18. However, there were 2 days of Walang Pasok, aka Classes Suspension on September 16 and 17, due to inclement weather. And I was also sick on the next day, so the real date of implementation was on Thursday, September 19, 2019. I felt quite surprised but really appreciate the mayor of Manila's decision to suspend the class. It was a very good step to make sure students be healthy and safe. 

   Below was my lesson plan for 3rd and 4th teaching practices.
3rd teaching practice: 7-Respo, 7-8 am, Thursday, Sept 19, 2019.
4th teaching practice: 7-Piety, 8-9 am, Thursday, Sept 19, 2019.

1.2 Teaching plan related to your major