It has been two days since we left 2015 and entered the brand new 2016. This is the time to reflect on certain things that occurred last year and to make things better for the current year. As for me 2015 will be the most meaningful year in my life as it had been an eye – opening year. I was given the opportunity to embark on an educational journey to The United States of America which lasted for 6 months and upon my return from the USA I proposed and implemented several classroom projects which I successfully presented in the ICELT Conference 2015 which earned me a gold award for my presentation. Besides I was also awarded the Top English Language Teacher Award 1st runner up during the conference. On the other hand, in the same year I was also promoted to a higher Grade ; DG48 under the Guru Cemerlang scheme. I see all these as blessings from GOD the almighty showering upon me continuously since I started my journey as a teacher. I have always believed that it is important to put your heart and soul in whatever things you do in order to be successful. That is what I have been doing all these while and will continue to do so….Therefore, when you are doing everything right there is no need a new resolution just continue what you are doing sincerely and in return you will be blessed……Happy New Year…
Thursday, 10 September 2015
My proposal on my latest work on project based learning is now listed and I will be sharing the wonders that my students did through their English language projects. PBL is my latest research interest and will be incorporating it with the latest buzz word HOTS and 21st century skills. I will be sharing successful low - tech, high - tech and no - tech projects that I carried out with my students... I love it and they love it even more....you want to know why...??? Not so soon...do come for my session and you will learn a large deal......
Tuesday, 11 August 2015
As a teacher whenever I grade my students' compositions and return to them, the questions that I get will be " Why do I get a C or D but almost all my sentences are correct?" How do you tackle this issue with your students?
Well as for me I will always look for concrete sentences in order to give an A or B for any particular essay. So how do we show to our students how does concrete and abstract sentences look like? Here is one simple activity which has worked very well in my Continous Writing Introductory Lessons to show high proficiency students the types of sentences that they should construct in their compositions in order to get A besides having idioms and proverbs... please click here to download them.
I was first appointed as GC in 2010 and ever since then there was no turning back. I know I have to keep working and working to keep my self abreast of whatever things that was happening around me. So what did I do to become a GC DG48 ? Here are a few simple things that I did and worked well with me :
a) Firstly I did a lot of sharing and documented them...How did I do my sharing...well through this blog...Well my online sharing did not just reach people in Malaysia but also from other neighbouring countries. I have received emails complementing all my work. That was an added advantage that went directly into my professional portfolio.
b) Secondly as a GC you have to always be innovative.. However your innovation should have received some recognition at least at the district level. Therefore, I did a lot of homework on innovation in ESL and came up with "Wheels of English" which I presented at MELTA Conference 2012 and rebranded it in Perak Innovative Teacher Competition 2014 which earned me a Bronze Award.
c) The most important thing as a GC is your performance as a teacher in classroom. No matter how many innovative and creative method you use, at the end of the day the evaluation will be based on your students' performance. Therefore, I made sure that my students do well in the public examination, it is not about getting As but it is all about improving from one level to another. Ever since I became a GC I made sure that I am given the weakest classes to prove my worth as a GC. Teaching the 'weaklings' is challenging but also a rewarding experience. I have taken up weak classes and recorded their performance in every examination and filed them. I had a few who failed in the public examinations and could not make it 100% pass...but that was due to students failure to attend school (I had some students who did not come to school for a whole year but turned up during SPM examinations).
d) Well how I made my weak students pass? first I identified their weaknesses and I created modules that will help them,,, trust me, textbooks and workbooks in the market do not cater to the needs of the weak students. Thus far, I have created about 35 modules, which I have used with different level of students. All the modules were used at school. My modules are not just modules, they were created with purposes. they come with objectives and the before and after use report with photographic evidence to show as a prove that the modules really work in certain circumstances.
e) I have also had my trial - and - errors in teaching. I have practiced various interesting teaching methods throughout the years and improvise them every now and then as preparation for the big day - the teaching and learning observation session. You have to really make an impressive lesson and make sure that objectives are achieved at the end of the day. The lesson must be interactive, interesting, hands - on as well as techno friendly and also you should prove that learning is taking place. Therefore, you should really look for ideas and practice them in your classrooms while improvising them...you do not want to mess up during your classroom observation don't you?
f) Some of my successful lessons were made into research topics and I wrote extensively about them and got them published in two jurnals one in Malaysia and another in Australia. I have also presented my work in various conferences such as ASIA - TEFL Conference 2014, MICELT 2013, ICELT 2014, MELTA 2012 and MELTA 2014 and I will be presenting again at ICELT 2015. Please be there!!
f) Having a good rapport with everyone at school is also important, because when the 'nazirs' visit you at school they will randomly pick some teachers and students for a private interview. Besides, the principal and seniors assistants will be interviewed too. Till today, I do not know what my teachers and students told the 'nazirs' during their visit.
g) Besides, creating modules, as a GC I also shared some of my work through publications. I decided to write in an academic magazine called 'Wadah Siswa' which I managed to write for 12 publications.
h) grade students work appropriately.....It may be time consuming....but the way you mark your students exercise books reflects you....
i) I have always believe in GOD and Hinduism has taught me to stay humble...Therefore I believe that being humble and accepting criticism will take you a long way....
Thursday, 2 April 2015
My ten weeks internship at Riverside Middle School came to an end last week. It was a journey of learning experience as a teacher. Throughout my internship, I came across many new teaching ideas and classroom practices that I value more than anything. I have to thank my teacher partner, Ms. Sharon Barnette who has 27 years of teaching experience. It was a bless to be partnered with her as she has been very open and understanding. We shared a lot of things during the 10 weeks of internship. Miss Barnette has always been very supportive and encouraging. She gave me the freedom to get thing done in my way and conduct the lessons in my own style. She never once stopped me from doing all the things that I wanted to do in RMS. Our relationship became so close that I almost shed tears when she gave me a hug before I leave the school for good.
As for the students, throughout my internship I realized that kids are kids no matter where you are. Students in RMS are not exceptional. They have the same cheekiness that our Malaysian students have. I did not see the difference in students’ conduct when I compared them to our Malaysian students. However I find that students in South Carolina especially those who are in RMS are very respectful. Well the way they see respectful here is not the formal greetings and wishings but they way students bring themselves. Students here are more casual in greeting their teachers which I really like ( I think I have blogged about this before). On the last day, we spent a few minutes together after the end of every lesson taking pictures.
Well, one of my friends said that…we started without any problems and had a smooth sailing throughout the internship and it is good that we leave when the sail is smooth rather than leaving when there is a thunderstorm… all’s well ends well…
Tuesday, 3 March 2015
Monday, 23 February 2015
The year of Ram 2015 has definitely brought smiles on the faces of my International friends as I had the privilege to host a Chinese New Year party for them along with my two other crazy Malaysian friends Lucy and Maisarah.
Earlier,we had the idea of celebrating Chinese New Year in a smaller scale for Lucy, however our plans continued to fan out and we ended up throwing a party to all our International teacher friends. One of the best things in our celebration was all of us cooked different dishes and none of them were Chinese, only Lucy made some Chinese dishes which were not really Chinese as they were fusioned with western dishes (according to Lucy). We enjoyed eating the cuisines from different continents and also managed to throw a surprise birthday bash to our beloved lecturer Dr. Klar A.K.A Hans. While having fun we also had the chance to meet other international friends who were there to join us in the celebration, we invited some and some were invited by others. There were 30 of us and Lucy thought her apartment was going to collapse, we managed some how. Besides throwing party, we also had some traditional Chinese customs introduced to our friends during the celebration such as the "Yee - Sang" and "Ang Pow" tradition. Well, the "Ang Pows were not given in USD but in RM, thanks to Maisarah she has a lot of RM1s in her purse which she brought all along to US . I contributed which ever RM I had in my pocket. Well, whoever got it will not be able to spend it and have to keep it with them unless they are planning to go to the money - changer..lol! During the celebration nobody was allowed to use fork and spoon, but only chopsticks, many of them managed to eat using chopsticks but the others just gave up and went to their old ways....haha. It was definitely a memorable event for me as well as for the other fellows. I'm not going to say much , the pictures below will say a thousand words......
|Yee - Sang prepared by Lucy|
|Surprise Birthday for Dr.Klar a.k.a Hans|
|Eat, Laugh and Love.....|
|Evans and Patrick from Ghana experimenting chopsticks|
Before I end, in Malaysia most of the time we are divided by colours, creed and religions. However, when we leave Malaysia and live in another country many of us learn to appreciate other Malaysians, regardless colours and creed. Here, Lucy, Maisarah and I are known as Malaysians not as Malay, Chinese and Indian...... We are trying to be the archtype of excellent Malaysians who can live harmoniously despite being different from one another....I just hope some people in Malaysia will realise this...