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! ūüôā

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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. ūüôā


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!

#teachwith ‚̧

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Form 3 Poem: Poisoned Talk

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Poisoned Talk 

by Raymond Wilson

 

Who killed cock robin?

I, said the worm,

I did him great harm.

He died on the branch of a withered tree

From the acid soil that poisoned me.

 

 

Who killed the heron?

I, mouthed the fish,

With my tainted flesh,

I killed tern, duck, and drake,

All the birds of the lake.

 

Who killed the lake?

I, boasted industry,

I poisoned with mercury

Fish, plant and weed

To pamper men’s greed.

 

Who killed the flowers?

I, moaned the wind,

I prowl unconfined,

Blowing acid rain

Over fields, flood and fen.

 

Who killed the forest?

I ensured that it died,

Said sulphur dioxide,

And all life within it,

From earthworm to linnet.


At first, I found it difficult to look for information about this poem, until I came across this slideshow on the poem analysis.

You may click this link to read the whole poem analysis for free (or maybe signing up, I’m not so sure haha).

Link : http://www.slideshare.net/MizMalinz/poisoned-talk-poem

You may also download this handout I prepared for my first class to introduce the poem and get students to familiarize themselves to the words in the poem itself, using pictures… ūüôā

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‘Till then ‚̧

 

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 ¬Ĺ cups (16oz ) Flour (I use all-purpose flour)
  • 5 level tsp Baking powder
  • 1 Generous pinch Of salt
  • ¬ľ 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! ūüėČ

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?! ūüôā

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

Selamat mencuba!

 

‘Till then!