The invisible string

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It was unclear

Every time I tried to run as far as I could

You reappeared in my life

You followed me everywhere I go

Like a ghost.

I wish I am as free as the birds flying on the sky

Not afraid of going anywhere I wish to

Because I believe

Deep down

That He has written something for me

My rizq, the day and place that I will surely die…

 

 

Sadly, you are holding me down

Like an invisible string

The one that I could not find to cut it away to set myself free

I told you to let me go slowly

I don’t want to be attached

Inch by inch

I received less questions

Less jokes

Less thoughts

You slowly fade away

What’s left in my mind is the memory of you.

You’re still haunting me day by day

Every single second of my life

I wish it was easier

But it is not

Because controlling these invisible things is like catching the air

It’s unseen, but you surely feel it’s presence

Though I am not in control of it

I am pretty sure that

Soon

I will be just

OKAY.

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Haiku #1: Togetherness

I remember when I taught my form 1 students about haiku and how to write them. I got several nice haikus and was a bit impressed with their capability of writing their own haiku. Here’s one of my favorites:

 

Today I am in love,

Tomorrow I am with you,

Soon I am missing you…

I love this haiku as it shows phases of a relationship, that nothing stays stagnant all the time. Sometimes you have to go through separation for your own goodness, or because of fate. It shows that life isn’t always the same. We don’t know of our future.

 

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Patience

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When our friends are being tested with something, most of us will automatically say “Be patient!”. That’s the best and shortest advice that we can give to sum up other possible advises that comes into our mind.

I am so lucky to have a housemate who always reminds me to have patience in everything I do. The way she says “Sabarlah…” is really comforting, and makes me believe that it is the best thing that I can do when I no longer have any other options in life. By having patience, you keep praying for the best in life, and leaving the rest to Allah.

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9 months reflection

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Time flies so fast that I haven’t realized that I actually stay in Felda Tenggaroh for 9 months. If I were pregnant, I might have already given birth!

I have so much to share about my experience in teaching. My experience won’t be the same as other teachers in town. My students are kampung (villagestudents. Most of them have less exposure towards English language. Majority of the students also do not use the language inside or outside the school. The challenge for us english teachers here is to motivate and create the supportive environment in learning English among students.

However, I am not sharing about teaching English today. This post is just a general post on my thoughts or experience on being a first year teacher in a government school. I won’t say that it is easy. I also did not have any idea what it would be like to be a teacher in a government school. I thought that all we should be doing is teaching, planning for lesson, focusing on academics and co-curriculum, and that’s it!

I was totally wrong.

When you are in a real school (government school), you will be wearing many hats- english teacher, classroom teacher, discipline teacher, sports teacher, motivator, nurse, event planner, designer, and so on. The list goes on and on.

Hence, I am sharing some of the so-called advises from myself for the future me, and other future teachers out there! 😉

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  • Do not delay until the last minute. This is real job. Not an assignment that you can repeat when you failed.

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  • Do not whine a lot. Try to work professionally and work on it! If you have problems in doing something new, ask someone who knows about it.

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  • Complete things one by one. Do not freak out. Your workload will simply increasing day by day. In my case, I am currently teaching in a small school with small number of students and teachers. Therefore, the same teachers will be doing the work. So much documentations and deadlines I can say… Hence, you have to work smart. Divide your tasks according to the priorities.

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  • Get organizedThis is so vital in helping you to work more effectively. Have specific files for specific documents or teaching materials for your own future reference.

 

That’s all I could think of so far. I will add more and update once I remember new things.

’till then!

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Stop ‘Bangau’-ing!

I attended an event this morning. Thankfully, the speaker they invited was very positive and I was inspired with the way he delivered his ideas. Three things that I learnt at the event were:
  1. Teknik berkomunikasi: “SALAM MESRA

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SALAM:
  • Sebut nama & salam
  • Ajukan soalan tentang diri pelajar
  • Luahkan pujian ikhlas
  • Ajukan soalan relevan (sesuai dengan keadaan atau situasi pelajar)
  • Minta diri (Contoh: “Okay, thank you everyone. I’ll see you tomorrow for the next lesson.”. “Jumpa lagi”
MESRA:
  • Memandang mata (apabila berkomunikasi)
  • Ekspresi muka (Wajah kita mampu mengubah emosi orang lain)
  • Senyum! 🙂
  • Rapatkan jarak
  • Anggukkan kepala (Sebagai tanda respon)

2. Stop ‘Bangau’-ing!

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  • Pernah dengar lagu bangau oh bangau? Ianya tentang memberi alasan. Jadi, berhentilah beralasan!

3. Bertanggungjawab dengan setiap pilihan kita (supaya rezeki yang diperoleh adalah halal dan berkat. Ameen!)

‘till then! 😉

Grammar lesson: Shopping for nouns

Assalamualaikum and good day, everyone!

If you are really following the form 1 syllabus, grammar section in the first chapter covers the topic of common nouns and proper nouns. Hence, for the activity, I decided to give a task for my students. The task is to shop for nouns!

How to play the game?

Students move in their group by carrying a shopping list from one shop to another. They have to list down common and proper nouns available using the letter at the shop as the initial letter. Give each group a number. Each group starts at the shop with their group’s number (E.g.: Group 1 starts at Shop 1).

Example :

Shop 1 : ‘C’

Possible common nouns: Cat, Car, Cereal

Possible proper noun: Coco Cruch, Cornflakes

Each 3 or more minutes, ask each group to move to the next shop (E.g.: Group 1 at Shop 1 moves to Shop 2). Rotate the turns until all groups visit all shops.

Materials

  • Labels : Small pieces of paper (Labelled with letters)

Example:

Shop 1 : A

Shop 2 : L

Shop 3 : I

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  • Shopping lists : A small piece of paper written name of groups on top
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I had 6 groups altogether, so I prepared 6 sheets of shopping list

Preparing for the activity

Paste the labels around the classroom’s wall for easy access.

Conducting the activity

  1. Firstly, give some briefing or explanation about what is common nouns and proper nouns.
  2. Secondly, brief the students on how to do shopping and how to play the game.
  3. The leader of each group collect the shopping list paper from the teacher.
  4. Then, students play the game (go for shopping). Teacher can play music for time setting.
  5. When students finished the activity, ask students to present their answers to the class, or just paste it on a huge paper for display. Teacher may read for others to save time. 🙂
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I asked students to display their shopping list on the whiteboard… Not so nice though… Huhu

Integrating with grammar rules

There are so many grammar rules that you can integrate with this game. You may ask your students to identify whether the common or proper nouns they found can be paired with article ‘a’ or ‘an’.

 

I hope you and your students enjoy this simple activity.

Good luck!

 

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Reading comprehension: Silent reading

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I just finished my form 1 class. They seemed to be excellent and intermediate students. Most of them can answer and respond to my questions pretty well. During my degree (and even now), I read that silent reading can be very helpful. These are some of the reasons that I think might make some sense of it:

1. Focus

As compared to reading out loud in groups or classes, students reading individually and silently can be really helpful as they can concentrate on reading alone, without the disturbance of speaking. They also may focus on the meaning of each word or even the context of the sentences.

2. Processing

By reading individually, students are given time to process those words in their head. Students also can comprehend the context of the sentences by making sense of each words they read.

3. Imagining

Well, I am a visual person. If I am reading something, it takes me a lot of time to complete a text (that’s why I hate novels! haha!). Reading silently gives someone a chance to create pictures in their head on the text they read, which helps in giving them some pictures about the whole text. Oh! That’s why I love reading texts with adjectives and descriptions. That explains why I love A.Samad Said’s novels and poetry. I could imagine!

 

Just a simple sharing for today. Starting from now, I always ask my students to read on their own first before discussing the meaning of unfamiliar words with them. Vocabulary enrichment is also a good exercise in reading. I hope they’ll be getting better at using dictionary. 😉

 

’till then!

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