NIE admission anyone? - Part 2

chilipeppers

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Hi! Anyone got the offer without going through the medical checkup? My status changed into shortlisted but have not received any medical checkup notification.

The status change is before the medical checkup. You’ll still need to clear the medical. Nothing is confirmed until you get the letter of offer.
 
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January batch: received updates about the earliest start date, medical not done yet.

Same here. Feb batch. Earliest start date is July due to CB delay. Was wondering if they will skip one window and bring us in in dec 2020 or perhaps just close one eye and bring us in a few weeks late (august 2020?).
 

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anybody got any updates from NIE? specifically those applied thro ntu under BA(ED)
 

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Hey, Boys and Girls.

It has been a really long time since I last took a peek at this forum, and reading the posts brings back the memories of those nerve wrecking days of just waiting for a reply. All I can say is to just try to go about your daily life, and do not get too hung up over receiving a response within the stipulated timeframe provided. Do not compare the response rate of others and yours, it will either torment you more, or give you relief, but either ways, MOE HQ has their own special ways of doing things so... just be patient.

Like some of you, I have been through the endless waiting too, but my successful attempt only came after trying for 4years. My last attempt in July 2018 was my successful try. But mind you, I was made to wait for 4 months before my first status changed, and only went for my EPT in Dec 2018. Then I was made to wait further for my medical test by another couple more months. I only received my letter of offer almost 9months later. Can you imagine waiting almost 9 months to get accepted into PGDE? So I waited 9 months to finally start my mandatory contract teaching in July 2019, but I also got pregnant at that time. Talk about immaculate timing, right? I should have just gotten pregnant during the waiting time! Well, my contract teaching got extended, and now I’m preparing to go to NIE in Dec 2021 whilst I continue my contact with my current school. Nevertheless, I am still thankful to have this chance.

Anyway, the road to get to where I am now has been arduous and tiring, mostly mentally draining. But I am just glad I persisted, as I knew being a teacher is ultimately a calling, not a job. I hope you are aware that once you decide to become a teacher, you are to bear the role of being a counsellor, role model, disciplinarian, nanny, friend and a parent from 0730-2pm. You have to truly do what you love, and be ready to make plenty of personal sacrifices along the way. Weekends won’t be the same, and there is no such thing as leaving work on the dot. Also, get ready to face the multitude of scenarios that will wedge you between your professionalism as a teacher and your sanity. Take this COVID HBL period, it literally threw a curve ball for all of us in school. But we had to just push on as a school unit, and put our mental and physical health to the back burner test.

The teaching never ends, but neither does the learning either. New day, new experiences, new knowledge. You are going to have to learn to unlearn, in order to learn. I just hope you are quick to adapt, and you are going to need to be humble and ask for help. Your students and your colleagues are going to be your best teachers. I got lucky and was posted to my alma mater primary school, and the teachers that taught me back then are still teaching. It was a full circle moment for my teachers and I. Their dedication is honestly admirable.

So, what kind of teacher are you going to be? The type that merely relies on regurgitation from texts and PowerPoint slides, or the type that is going to go beyond the call of your duty to nurture these young and impressionable minds? It is really not as easy as it seems, but I love every minute of it. I hope you guys find what empowers you to go forth in this journey, and may we finally meet on Dec 2020!
 
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Just putting it out here for any potential interview candidates for the Untrained teacher position. These are just a slew of questions I found online, there are no right or wrong answers. As long as you align your answers to your own beliefs (throw in the DOE or 21st Century CC as a bonus), you ought to clear the interview Q&A segment pretty decently. Remember, your words and answers are your weapons for this battle, but your disposition and character as an educator/role model for our future generation is even more vital. All the best!

*Potential Questions:*

What do you think the challenges a teacher would face when teaching primary school students?

What is one thing you hope to change in the school curriculum or think is a good change?

Any difficult situation that you have encountered so far, and how did you solve it?

Why do you want to take up this Diploma, especially when you have been working in your position for so long? What difference will you bring to the table?

Do you think streaming should be kept or removed?

iven the hectic schedule and amount of time teachers spent on admin matters, what make you so determined to still wanna be a teacher? (Basically asking you why do you wanna be a teacher. Try to elaborate a lot on this part)*

What time do you expect the teachers to sleep?

What do you plan to do while waiting for the results of this interview to be out?

Share some of your teaching experience?

Do you think Art is important in today's society?

What will you do to make Art more interesting and appealing to the children?

Do you think we should give second chance for people who committed something wrong in their childhood and allow them to be a teacher

What are the qualities you possess to be a teacher?

How would you deal with a difficult parent?


What do you think the job scope of a teacher is?

What do you think of admin such as attendance taking being part of a teacher’s job?

Should you support LGBT?

What makes a good teacher?

What are your strengths/weakness?

What is your career goal?

What 3 qualities should a teacher

What made you want to teach?

If you student came up to you and told you that she's pregnant, what would you do? Would you tell her parents even if she told you not to?

Teachers are quitting because of heavy workload. What do you think about this?

Have u read about the news on moe? What do u think of it?

What makes you a good educator?

Tell me some experience you had when a teacher inspired you greatly and what are some examples in teaching you believe could be improved on based on your personal experiences?

What are some recent changes in the school curriculum that you are aware of?

What will you be incorporating into your teaching methods in a classroom?

How would you handle this situation: Student A come to you and confide in you that Student B is bullying Student A.

What was the most trying moment in your life?

Scenario: A graduating class of Secondary 4 students want to book a chalet and have asked you to book the chalet for them and spend the weekend with them. What would you do?

Teaching is difficult. How do we know that you have what it takes to withstand the challenges?

How do you think you can sustain your passion for teaching in the future?

What do you think MOE expects of teachers like you?

Do you think you are a good role model?

Are you sure you want to go through 5 years with MOE?

If you could change the education system, what would change would you implement?

How will you handle rowdy students? What to do if the students are not interested in subject? Challenges faced with staff: How will you deal with difficult and questionable situations in staff and student relationships? What would you do if you find out that your colleague is behaving inappropriately towards another student? Subject: Do you know about the current ____ Syllabus ? ( ____ is whichever Subject you are shortlisted for ) If you are going to teach _____, how would you plan the lesson/how will you teach ? Why is there a need for ____ ? ( ____ is the subject you are shortlisted for ) Why is ___ important? (___ is subject.)

How do you show care and concern for your students?

How would you value-add to your lessons?

What is your opinion on sharing your personal social media handles with your students?

f a student of the opposite sex adds you on your personal Facebook account and chats with you about their problems or issues unrelated to school/subject and wants to meet, what would you do?

What do you think of student-teacher relationship?

What do you think of teachers who go clubbing?

what were some of the horror stories about teaching you have heard from your peers, relatives or anyone else?

Are you aware of the heavy commitments?

How will your friends describe you?

What do you think the challenges a teacher would face when teaching primary school students?

Your views on Ministry policies/reforms?
If PSLE is around the corner, an English teacher wants your Art period to teach his subject, what would you do?

they asked if i have read any academic magazine and share about an article that caught my attention

Tell us about a stressful period of your life and how you overcame it.

Give your thoughts on any of the MOE policies

What is one thing you hope to change in the school curriculum or think is a good change?

Your students are graduating and they're going to give you a card. In 2 or 3 sentences, describe what you wish is written on the card?

If one of your colleagues is giving private tuition outside the school, what will you do?

If parents do not agree with the curriculum you have planned, what will you do?

During the class, if a child is not cooperating, what will you do?
 

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Hi everyone!

I went for my interview in July 2019 and received the EPT email shortly in Aug (if i remember correctly). However, I was not called up for EPT. Shortly after, my status has changed to 'Shorlisted'

I am only graduating this May 2020 (I applied one year prior before graduation!). Till now, I have yet to receive anything regarding medical.. 2 weeks ago, I received another email regarding my EPT availability (which is odd because I've already received my EPT email last year!)

HR has clarified with me that all the paperwork has been done on their side...

Anyone has similar experience? :(
 

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Pri school Art application

Hello, I chanced upon this thread while I was desperately looking for people who are also interested to apply to teach Art in Primary School.

I am 21 this year and I come from a social work diploma in a local polytechnic. Upon graduation, I took up an art teaching internship at a child care centre (from my own initiative) and I actually liked what I was doing. It inspired me to become an art teacher. And it's great because I can use my social work knowledge in this field while at the same time do what I like, which is art.

I would like to know how will the interview process be like for art and do I stand a lower chance getting in since I come from a non-arts background? I do have an art portfolio but I don't know how many pieces should I be showing and what are they looking for. I also heard there will be an interview with an art specialist, may I know what questions will she/he ask? It would be great if I can get some advice on that so I can better prepare myself. I'm thinking of applying for the August 2020 window.

Also, I do not have 'O' levels. I took the Polytechnic Foundation Programme(PFP) right after 'N' levels so I do not have any academic result for Art to show. Will that lower my chances too?

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Hi, I am currently doing my contact teaching in Art and I am most glad to share with you what the process was like.

Portfolio: do have a myriad of completed works in various forms (drawings, paintings, ceramic works, calligraphy, photography, installation etc etc) Please ensure that they are not work in progress because they would like to see your art skills, not half baked attempts. I graduated from art school so my portfolio was pretty much done up with my diploma and degree stuff, and I simply showed the interviewers my works n the original folders. You are allowed to digitize them or get creative in your presentation. I am just old school like that.

Interview: I was interviewed by 2 principals, 1 MOE HR personnel. No said art specialist as you mentioned. But you will have to be ready in your short “lesson” presentation. My interviewers acted like little brats, and it was really to see your classroom management style and how you reacted. Please have a look through the long list of questions I have posted below, and answer them as sincerely as possible.

When I went for my teacher briefing, there was a girl that signed up for the diploma in art education that also had no prior background in art. But I would like to share with you that most of my cohort in the PGDE course were fresh Uni graduates or mid career like myself so you can manage your expectations. You can go ahead and try for PGDE but your chances will be better if you tried out for the diploma in art education first, become an art teacher with MOE and then get yourself upgraded by converting your diploma into a degree if the school decides to send you to study further. I have friends who did that instead of continuing uni after they finished their diploma. They felt that getting the Right exposure in the system was necessary. Lucky you to have time and youth on your side!

Hope I have sufficiently answered your queries. Good luck!!

Hello, I chanced upon this thread while I was desperately looking for people who are also interested to apply to teach Art in Primary School.

I am 21 this year and I come from a social work diploma in a local polytechnic. Upon graduation, I took up an art teaching internship at a child care centre (from my own initiative) and I actually liked what I was doing. It inspired me to become an art teacher. And it's great because I can use my social work knowledge in this field while at the same time do what I like, which is art.

I would like to know how will the interview process be like for art and do I stand a lower chance getting in since I come from a non-arts background? I do have an art portfolio but I don't know how many pieces should I be showing and what are they looking for. I also heard there will be an interview with an art specialist, may I know what questions will she/he ask? It would be great if I can get some advice on that so I can better prepare myself. I'm thinking of applying for the August 2020 window.

Also, I do not have 'O' levels. I took the Polytechnic Foundation Programme(PFP) right after 'N' levels so I do not have any academic result for Art to show. Will that lower my chances too?

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Thank you Origamimosa, very helpful for all of us trying to apply for art!
 

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In the 2019 batch that I was with for the teacher briefing, there was a group of them from certain schools that did not get to enter NIE in Dec 2019. Their reporting officer (RO) told them straight up that they were going to only enter in DEC 2020. This means that they will still be teaching on contract basis.

Your entry into NIE after your mandatory contract teaching stint is not confirmed to be within the same year (the duration is also not necessarily only limited to 4months, it is up to your Reporting Officer in the school you get posted to to decide if you are up to scratch).

Same here. Feb batch. Earliest start date is July due to CB delay. Was wondering if they will skip one window and bring us in in dec 2020 or perhaps just close one eye and bring us in a few weeks late (august 2020?).
 

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In the 2019 batch that I was with for the teacher briefing, there was a group of them from certain schools that did not get to enter NIE in Dec 2019. Their reporting officer (RO) told them straight up that they were going to only enter in DEC 2020. This means that they will still be teaching on contract basis.

Your entry into NIE after your mandatory contract teaching stint is not confirmed to be within the same year (the duration is also not necessarily only limited to 4months, it is up to your Reporting Officer in the school you get posted to to decide if you are up to scratch).

Happened to my friend before, was asked to do 1 more year of contract teaching. Eventually he decided not to redo and left.
 

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Allowance

This question seems slightly out of topic but I would like to know if i were to study diploma in education (art teaching), given that the allowance is between $1750-$2300 and assuming that I will receive the lowest ($1750), will my allowance stay stagnant for 5 years (2 yr study + 3 yr bond)? Or does it increase over time?
 

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This question seems slightly out of topic but I would like to know if i were to study diploma in education (art teaching), given that the allowance is between $1750-$2300 and assuming that I will receive the lowest ($1750), will my allowance stay stagnant for 5 years (2 yr study + 3 yr bond)? Or does it increase over time?

likely to increase abit as long as your performance is ok
 
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