Chinese New year

New year, new resolutions. You may introduce them with new cultures as well.

As written in the Teaching Organizer, students should be able to read  and understand the printed media. Since the theme is about people, I am going to introduce two different celebrations of two different cultures which are Chinese New Year and Indian New year celebration as well.

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Chinese New Year teaching materials

Here are the links where you may find the texts and materials for Chinese New Year celebrations:

 

Out of idea

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Sometimes, when it comes to teaching, I just lost all my ideas and creativity. Sometimes I don’t know what happened. I tried so much to design all materials as best as I can to suit my students’ needs and level. Somehow, it makes me more confused on the topics and lesson that I have to plan. Is it because I have lack of knowledge on the syllabus that I have to touch on, or I am just a bit ignorant about the contents available in the textbook?

 

I am reminding myself that the textbook is there for a reason- as a guideline for someone who doesn’t know where to start (especially new teachers) in designing new lessons and finding suitable learning materials.

Haaahh…

Guess it takes years to master all the systems, harmonizing things and becomes an expert in educating students in learning English.

I hope everything goes smoothly for tomorrow class.

Seriously, I am at my worst condition right now in terms of motivation level and ideas in teaching, but sometimes it ends up smoothly haha.

 

‘Till then!

#teachwith ❤

Cameron Highlands trip and Strawberry scones recipe

Well, hello everyone!

School holiday is almost over, and we are about to start the new session of school, with new syllabus for form 1 students (KSSM stuff) and also new tasks! I hope 2017 will become a good year for me. Been looking forward to learn new things and share  more new stuff with you guys!


I went to Cameron Highlands several weeks before. Well, we planned for a holiday nearby, but nothing can beat my second hometown… I just love the serenity and cold, fresh air that surrounds me. Since it’s been a long time I haven’t had any scones in my life and hard to get any in Dungun, I decided to do some ‘food hunting’ in Taman Sedia. We were quite lucky as the farm was owned by my parents’ friend. We managed to have a lovely breakfast of scones on our last morning in Cameron Highlands. We also met my primary school teacher, a maths teacher who was well-known for her strictness in class one time ago.

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Had our scones with strawberry jam and butter

I used to try this deliciously made scones at the Lord’s cafe one time ago when we still stayed in Cameron Highlands. The taste was so good, creamy and sweet at the same time! The trip reminds me of the delicious scone taste, which finally I decided to do it on my own in Dungun for tea! So I did some research, a mini research on how to have a delicious and a recipe that could work pretty well. There’s an Irish vlogger on YouTube, Gemma Stafford whom I always follow her channel. Her recipes are always simple, yet workable. So I searched for her Irish scone recipe and found the video.


 

Irish scones recipe (originated from the Bigger Bolder Baking’s website)

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I changed the recipe a bit by adjusting the amount of whole milk (without adding any double cream to my scones.

Ingredients
  • 3 ½ cups (16oz ) Flour (I use all-purpose flour)
  • 5 level tsp Baking powder
  • 1 Generous pinch Of salt
  • ¼ cup (2 oz) sugar
  • 4 oz cold salted Butter (I used Buttercup brand for that creamy taste)
  • 1 egg
  • 8 oz whole milk
  • Milk to glaze
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl mix the dry ingredients together.
  2. Rub in the cold butter with your fingers until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  3. If adding dried fruit eg. Raisins, berries, citrus rind, chocolate chips add them now before you add liquid.
  4. Mix your egg with the milk and cream and pour into your flour mix (if you don’t have cream you can use only milk).
  5. With an open hand mix loosely your scone mix until your dough forms. The bowl should be clean from the dough.
  6. Turn your dough onto a floured work surface.
  7. Knead lightly to give your dough a smooth surface.
  8. Pat your dough down with your hand until around 1 inches thick.
  9. With a scone cutter cut out your lovely little scones. You will have around 12.
  10. Put on a baking tray, glaze the tops of your scones with some milk to give them a golden top when baked.
  11. Bake at 350oF (18OoC) for 35 minutes (well, this depends on the size of your oven and the quantity of scones that you bake at the same time).
  12. Enjoy with Irish butter, jam and freshly whipped cream. Scones are best eaten the day they are baked but the next day you can pop them back in the oven to freshen them up again.

 

That’s it! As easy as she says… I found that baking isn’t as hard as I thought before… Most importantly, just be confident, and just do it!

You may try my recipe, or refer to the original one and find out if yours work! 😉

Do not worry too much, and good luck!

 

 

HEBAT bacaan modules

Assalamualaikum and good day dear readers!

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‘HEBAT’ as it sounds like…

Today, I’m going to share a lot of HEBAT bacaan modules for teachers (or soon to be teachers) out there. HEBAT or known as  ‘Hayati, Eksplorasi Berfikir Aras Tinggi’ is actually a set of modules designed to improve the teaching and learning of reading. Basically, this program is done in order to prepare our fellow students for the future PISA test on 2018, due to the shocking result on 2012 PISA rank. Not only that, it is also hoped that through this program, students are able to be independent readers by mastering reading skills and higher order thinking skills (HOTS) in solving problems and responding towards any issues.

There are 20 modules altogether. Each module represents different levels of learners. Something that I love about these modules is there are complete lesson plan for each units, together with the materials. In short, teachers out there are lucky enough to have those materials being prepared for them. I was also quite shocked to see YouTube links being attached  in those modules!

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General overview mind map

Powerpoint slideshows : Training of trainer (TOT) notes on HEBAT bacaan

Feel free to download these files for your classroom materials.

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20 units of HEBAT bacaan modules

Module 1 : Movie Time

Module 2 : Pandemic

Module 3 : Bioenergy

Module 4 : Hello

Module 5 : Online shopping

Module 6 : Live well

Module 7 : Earth day

Module 8 : Evolution of television

Module 9 : Cloud society

Module 10 : Under my skin

Module 11 : Risky credit

Module 12 : Nano tech

Module 13 : Smart choices

Module 14 : Hybrid cars

Module 15 : Endangered species

Module 16 : Cold hard cash

Module 17 : Budget travel

Module 18 : State of mind

Module 19 : Inventions

Module 20 : Selfie

Resepi : Sambal petai ikan bilis rangup mama Dee

Antara resepi kegemaran mama yang saya paling gemar adalah Sambal petai ikan bilis. Memang jarang saya jumpa sambal yang begitu enak rasanya. Ikan bilisnya rangup, ditambah pula dengan sambal yang masam-masam manis dan tidak terlalu pedas. Secukup rasa!

Hm… Rasa pelik pula bila taip skema-skema ni. Ayat bahasa melayu saya kedengaran pelik sekali. Ish! Malaslah taip formal-formal sangat ni. Okay, let’s keep it casual yah? Eheh.

Resipinya mudah sahaja. Bagi orang yang masih tahap permulaan untuk belajar memasak, bak kata mama saya masakan sambal ini merupakan resipi yang termudah dan tersedap yang boleh disediakan dalam jangka masa yang singkat sahaja. Jadi, bagi yang takut-takut nak mula memasak (macam saya lah tu dulu-dulu), bolehlah mula berjinak-jinak dengan resipi yang mudah sebegini tetapi meletop!

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Lebih kurang macam ini lah rupa sambal petai ikan bilis resipi mama saya tu. Ikan bilisnya rangup! Nak ratah makan macam tu sahaja pun enak!


*p/s: Kuantiti yang dianggarkan adalah sesuai untuk satu hidangan, a.k.a. satu mangkuk

Bahan-bahan

Bahan yang dikisar:

  • Cili kering (Rebus terlebih dahulu)- segenggam
  • Bawang besar- 1 biji
  • Bawang putih- 2 atau 3 ulas
  • Belacan- 1 sudu kecil

Bahan lain:

  • Petai
  • Ikan bilis halus
  • Sos tomato
  • Gula melaka- 1 sudu kecil (pakai agak je)
  • Gula – 1 sudu besar (pakai agak je)
  • Garam- Pakai agak je ye (mohon rasa sebelum hidang)
  • Air asam jawa(Sedikit je, dalam 2-3 sudu besar)
  • Air masak (secukupnya)

Cara-cara penyediaan:

  1. Goreng ikan bilis sehingga garing. Ketepikan.
  2. Dengan menggunakan minyak goreng ikan  tadi, masukkan bahan-bahan yang dikisar. Kacau sebati dan masukkan gula melaka.
  3. Kemudian, masukkan sos tomato dan gula. Kacau dan tunggu sehingga pecah minyak*.
  4. Setelah kelihatan minyak timbul (a.k.a. pecah minyak), masukkan petai. Kacaukan. Tunggu sebentar sehingga minyak timbul lagi. Tambahkan air asam jawa dan air masak jika sambal kelihatan terlalu kering. Tambahkan sedikit garam.
  5. Akhir sekali, masukkan ikan bilis yang digoreng tadi dan kacau sebentar sahaja sehingga sebati dan segera tutupkan api. Pastikan ikan tidak dimasak terlalu lama supaya menjadi rangup apabila dihidang.

Memandangkan mama saya orang Terengganu, jadi kami gemar sambal yang sedikit manis supaya seimbang rasanya. Mungkin kalau orang Johor atau Negeri Sembilan mereka lebih memilih untuk makan sambal yang sedikit pedas. Well, c’mon! Depends on your preferences yah?! 🙂

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A good advice for those who are still afraid of cooking :p (Like I did)

Selamat mencuba!

 

‘Till then!

First posting in Felda Tenggaroh

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As someone who did not travel a lot, I was not familiar with Johor state. In fact, I could even count with my own fingers on numbers of time I visited this state before. To be honest, most of my classmates in TESL from Kelantan or Terengganu requested for their own states, including me. As expected, we did not manage to get our desired locations, instead, most of the east coast people are posted to Johor.

When I checked my result on SPP, of course, I felt so nervous thinking whether I will get the chance to be a teacher or not. I was so grateful that I got posted, even not in my own state. Trying to be positive, I told myself that I need to stay out of my comfort zone and take it as a challenge by living in a new place.

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If you ask Johorians about the district of  Mersing, most people will think of a small town, a very remote place in the state of Johor. Well, in my case, I thought of Mersing as a nice place which located near the beach, facing the South China Sea. It would have been so wonderful to be living next to the beach. However, my idea about Mersing was not the same as the day before. I just knew that I was sent to a remote place.  I think it is worse. I was posted to a Felda (a place surrounded by palm estate). My first impression was it is a remote area, a place where you hardly even find a shop or to buy things. It took me 40 minutes to reach the school from Mersing town.

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As we reached the school, I was fascinated by the beautiful musolla. It is finely decorated in and out. I went to the office and met the school pricipal with other two new teachers. I was lucky that the principal had already arranged a place for us to stay. Then, we moved into the house located nearby. It was quite shocking to see that the house that we rent was empty. Totally empty, except for the sink in the kitchen. Thank God that I brought along a mattress, a pillow to put my head on, and some cutlery to be used. My housemate and I sat for hours in the living room doing nothing, thinking of our own fate being sent here. As I scrolled through Facebook and Instagram, I think we were lucky enough to have a place to stay when some of our friends were still renting at hotel.


 

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After three months of staying and teaching in a new place, I think I can cope quite well here with my friends. We even have more furniture and things after several weeks we stayed here. To be honest, I am so thankful that I was posted here. The nature is a bit different due to different exposure and environment as compared to schools that are nearby the city or town. However, I take that as a challenge for me to utilize every single chance that I have in making them understand English and use it as much as they can. I hope I can keep this spirit until the end of my service… Hahah!

My advice to the next batch or future teachers who are about to get posted; know what you are doing. I am reminding myself as well to be prepared for any future conditions that I am about to face. Most importantly, to try our best in anything that we do. Real life is not the same as the one that you watch in Malay drama or movies… When you got back home, sitting on a nice couch, watching TV, your housemate makes a cup of coffee for you, bla, bla, bla… It’s nonsense! We (and most of the teachers) started with zero. And I told myself that I will remember the time when I lived in a tough situation. It makes you stronger, and appreciate things that you have later on.

‘Till then!

Good luck!

#teachwith ❤

Just like a butterfly

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It is a cycle,

Life isn’t stagnant,

That always change,

From one to another.

 

Sometimes it can be nice,

Sometimes it can be bad,

There are times when you are at your best,

But there are also times when you are at your worst!

 

One thing I believe,

When bad things happen,

There are good things ahead,

And I’m sure it’s true.

 

Our life is like a cycle,

Just like butterflies,

First you need to be on your own,

Only then you are free to explore things.

 

The first stage is the hardest,

The second becomes easier,

The next stage becomes better,

While the last is the best!

 

Just like a butterfly,

First you’re just an egg and stays in a place,

Next you’re a crawling caterpillar,

Then imprisoned in chrysalis to find strength.

 

 

Moving out slowly and carefully,

Trying to break the pupa and see the world,

Finally flying out freely,

Elegantly, happily!

 

Moving wings as far as you could,

Sucking honey from diverse types of flowers,

See a different new world,

And most importantly, you’re imprisoned!

 

You’re just free…

 

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