Random Post after 1 year + being a school teacher…?

I always end up having lots of drafts. I wanted to write this and that, then postponed, and I have already forgotten to edit them… So I think I just need to write whatever that crosses my mind at this moment! ^_^

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I have already stayed in FELDA for almost two years time now. I think I can adapt quite well with my environment, work, and students . Sadly, one of my gangs has been posted to another school. So it’s just the two of us now. I have lots of new year’s resolutions too! (Well, I think it’s still not too late to share them now, it’s just February anyway :p ).

Some of my resolutions are ….

  1. to be well-prepared in everything I do
  2. get myself to be more productive (sounds too general. Well, that’s my yearly resolution!)
  3. have positive and supportive environment (surround myself with positive-minded people and create a good ‘mood’ in my work-space or at home)
  4. Get some furniture and paint the house!
  5. give more, expect less, but you can always expect something good out of something.
  6. have a strong faith in everything that Allah has provided a.k.a. REDHA

It’s some sort of a spiritual journey, I tend to understand myself more when I am living far away from my family. You tend to be more independent. I am glad that I have Izi, a very supportive friend, a good company too. I don’t know which one of us will get married first, but I wish we’ll get married on the same year! (Hahah! Out of topic!)

My second year…. I would say is easier than the first one. You have already get used to everything. The first moments might be a bit tough. I admit that I was not so good at everything. My work was a mess. We never learned on how to mark or count register, how to use all the online systems in campus. Hence, you become a student again in the real working condition.

However, remember that teaching is our main core business. Focus on the teaching of the skills… The grade falls on the second in my priority list, and that is what I believe when I teach students in Felda for a year. Even though their marks are not so satisfying as compared to students in the city, I wish that they learn at least how to speak in English. Perhaps certain new information from my class, or new vocabulary, new grammar rules, new memories…

’till then.

 

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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.

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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