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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Explorace (Part 1) : Elements in poem

Assalamualaikum!

Last Wednesday I made an explorace for my Form 3 students. I did it only because I’ve accidentally made a promise the day before, haha… Hence, I had to fulfill my promise by preparing a real explorace. Thanks to teacher Izi for brainstorming together at the same day I was about to do the explorace.


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Some of the materials needed

First and foremost, you need to prepare the materials for the explorace. Some of the things that you need to have are:

  • Checkpoints mark (with materials that they need to collect)- As for me, I put in different elements of poem in each number of checkpoint.
  • Colour-coded stickers (to show that they have been to the checkpoint)
  • Tasks and clues handouts

You may see in the photo that I had 5 different colours of stickers to differentiate each group.

 

1. Checkpoints

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One of the checkpoint labels that I put at the library

Put the labels anywhere needed. There are places where you may paste the checkpoint labels ‘clearly’ or not to paste them at all…

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So here’s an example of ‘clearly stated’ checkpoints (This is the teacher’s copy. Students’ copy has no place mentioned. They need to understand the clues given).

For certain checkpoints, you may give them tasks to be completed before they get their next clue…

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This includes speaking skill (to interact with people properly). In this case, my students had to interact with makcik kantin– the canteen workers. I was lucky that she agreed to help me! 🙂

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This part is funny, when you see all of the group members read at the same time. Haha

You may download the clues here:

2. Stickers

It’s all up to you! You may use coloured stickers that you’ve bought earlier, or print out colour coded stickers from the internet and paste them!

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3. Tasks and clues

The tasks are all depend on you! You may combine all skills they’ve learned before- it could be speaking to others, reading a poem correctly, or even solving a puzzle at every checkpoint. In my opinion, the tasks should vary.


How I did it?

My target was reviewing the poem that we’ve learned in class before- ‘Poisoned Talk’ poem. Hence, the explorace was done in finding different ‘elements of poem papers’ at each checkpoint so that they could prepare an i-think map afterwards. I had 6 checkpoints altogether.

Objectives:

  • To ask questions politely to get information
  • Reading instructions and respond correctly
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Students interviewing canteen workers

After they’ve finished all checkpoints, students were given a piece of manila card to prepare an i-think map on the ‘Elements of poem’ in the Poisoned Talk poem.

The lesson was postponed. The next lesson would be discussing the elements of the poem. You may do gallery walk, or three stray, one stay learning techniques. You may refer to PAK21 learning to get some ideas on the learning techniques. I found that as quite interesting. 🙂


My students’ response

Most of the time, when it gets hotter and students are tired in class, it’s best to get them out. I could see that everyone participated, at least in finding the checkpoints by reading the clues given. It’s a funny sight to see my students talked to the security guard politely in English and interviewed canteen workers to get their next clue! Haha…

A female student told me that she never liked English before, and now the interest grows little by little. They’ve started to flip the dictionary to understand the instructions. Well, I also got some funny response- “Teacher! If you do something like this for every class, I’m going to lose so much weight!!”. I just laughed listening to their responses!

“Do you like the game?”, I asked.

Most of them replied a “Yes”. I was relieved…

 

I hope yours will turn out well. Mine was for intermediate and low level of learners. If yours are excellent students, they should be doing pretty well, and the tasks or clues can be a little bit challenging.

Good luck!

’till then!

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