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This is my forth entry for this semester and I would like to start by wishing all my dear Chinese friends a very Happy Chinese New Year!!!

This is our year the RABBIT year and I am so looking forward for an eventful and promising bright year ahead 😉

Okie, I better not get side-tracked and be blabbering here so am going to get straight to work. Our 4th blog is a short review of one of the ICT tools given by Ms. Ng and I chose to write a review on K-E-R-P-O-O-F!!!

Well, I kind of liked the sound of it at first (it’s kind of funny and kids like stuff like this) and then of course once viewing the site, you can say I fell in love with it. After spending some quality time and also with the help of the video posted below, I comprehended its functions and how it can benefit many.

 

Functions…..

There are many interesting activities that we can do with our pupils in class using this tool. Kerpoof.com allows us to, spell a picture, create movies, make cards, make a picture, make a drawing and tell a story. That’s not all; there are also many fascinating lesson plans for the teachers to use in classroom. This would definitely captivate pupils’ attention as it is student-centered and fun-filled. Kerpoof would help teacher to do ‘wonders’ in teaching English language to pupils, especially those from lower language proficiency level.

Limitations….

Of course we can never deny the fact that there will always be drawbacks for everything. I noted that there are a few drawbacks for this particular tool despite the very obvious one; the need for internet to use the tool (The speed of the internet connection will contribute to the teaching and learning process). The tool does not cater for advanced level pupils; pupil who prefers activities that would challenge them and triggers the use of critical and creative thinking skills. The webpage consume some time when you want to navigate from one activity to another. The access is also limit and you need to pay to become the premium member to be able to have full access of the site.

 

When can it be used?

Personally I feel that Kerpoof can be used in schools in rural areas or with pupil who are below average proficiency level in English language. It can be flexibly used at any time; as set-induction, pre, while or post. Basically it is up to the teacher’s creativity in manipulating the tool for pupils’ maximum benefit.

 

User-friendliness….

It is user-friendly despite the fact that there is no proper manual or instructions. The activities are simple and we barely need much instruction; easily manipulated and taken advantage off by the teacher.

The suitability of the tool….

Kerpoof, in my opinion is suitable for pupils at any age as long as their proficiency level is average or below average. Above average proficiency pupils will find the activities quite boring as it would not be challenging them; it would be too easy.

 

As a conclusion, I will be motivated to use this tool in my class as long as there will be availability of proper ICT facilities and time in my future school. Even if there is no chance of me using it, I will suggest my pupils to try it on their own back home.

 

What is T-PACK?

TECHNOLOGICAL PEDAGOGICAL CONTENT KNOWLEDGE!!! It is a very beneficial framework to understand and also to be able to describe the knowledge that a teacher needs for effective technology integration in the classroom. Looking at the current era; the 21st century, everything is very much based on the advancement technology, thus teachers  are responsible not just to impart knowledge  based on the syllabus but also to expose pupils to technology via integration of technology in the classroom. I tried my level best to integrated as much as technology possible in my lesson. One of my lessons was on the topic Traditional Costumes, below are the details of my lesson that I believe I have successfully integrate technology.

LESSON PLAN

Class             : 3 Sapphire (below average proficiency level)

Enrollment     : 20

Theme           : World of Knowledge

Topic             :Beautiful Malaysia (Traditional Clothes)

Language Focus     : Nouns

Technology tools    : LCD Projector, Laptop, speaker.

The Procedure : 1. For set-induction, the teacher flashes a few pictures and illicit response from the pupils.

2. Teacher teaches via power point presentation

3. Teacher divides them into groups to complete their worksheet and also their word-maze.

4. Teacher then asks the pupils to be creative and design a 1-Malaysia traditional costume.

TECHNOLOGY – I used power point presentation to flash the different traditional costumes of each     race in Malaysia. I flashed a few picture and elicited response from my pupils for my set-induction and then proceeded with the power point presentation.

PEDAGOGY – I used CO-OPERATIVE LEARNING & POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT with my pupils. I set them task that requires them to work in groups to complete their worksheet and also the word-maze. When they presented their answers I gave them positive feedback and did my best to not hurt anyone’s feelings; my pupils who are all girls were very sensitive and were hyper-active despite their lack of English language use ability. I had to be very sensitive with them or I may do a considerable damage to their confidence and interest on the subject.

KNOWLEDGE – The pupils are aware of Malaysia being a multiracial country and they have seen the different kinds of traditional costumes but they do not know the proper names (nouns) of these costumes

CONTENT – I used the power point presentation to impart the content; names of the different traditional costumes in Malaysia.

So how the C-k is is being taught via P-k and how T-k helps the P to make pupils get the C?

Well, the focus of my lesson is to teach my class the different names of the traditional costumes worn by the different races in Malaysia and I used co-operative learning which was a success personally as the pupils managed to get all the answers correct except for the spelling part. The usage of power point presentation enhanced my lesson, pupils gave me their undivided attention and I really do doubt whether I could have made the lesson as interesting and successful as it was if I were to just use mahjong papers and ‘my not-so-good’ drawing skills.  Thus, I have to say that using power point presentation help me to convey my content for the pupils’ benefit. 😉

Please feel free to drop your comments and suggestions. Thanks a lot for dropping by 😉

TOP 10 WISHLIST!!!

My top 10 wishlist goes as below; I arranged it according to how I felt it fits best. You may agree or even disagree with me, your honest point of view is welcomed. So here it goes I WISH FOR ……..

10. MORE $$$$$
– No matter what we want t accomplish, $ is vital. $ is what makes our life flow smoothly or unevenly everyday. Thus I wish there would be more than enough funding to pull my other wishes through.

9. PROPER RESEARCH DONE PRIOR
– Honestly, I find the Malaysian Education system slightly hap-hazard; they happen to often change the syllabus. Like the PPSMI lived for a short period of time and when everyone is starting to get comfortable with it they have changed again. I do hope that the parties involved would do proper research beforehand and will stick to it and not change the syllabus as they feel it fits.

8. ESSENTIAL SYLLABUS, INTEGRATION OF ICT
– The syllabus must be essentially integrated with ICT. A standardized integration of ICT in schools, classrooms and lessons will benefit all. I am aware that many would say that is not possible due to the difference in SES and rural-urban area but if there is a standardized system than all school must tag along. And of course upgrading of rural schools would be vital; they must not be left out in any case.

7. ESSENTIAL ICT FACILITIES
– Schools MUST be provided with necessity ICT facilities if any school and its pupils were to be NOT left out with the fast-globalizing era. All school must have atleast 5 LCD Projector and each teacher owns a laptop. Schools must have science laboratories and computer rooms which is properly equipped with the necessities ( e.g lab apparatus and computers along with speakers and smartboard)

6. EFFECTIVE COURSEWARES.
– I personally find most of the CD’s in the textbooks redundant. Why I say this is because when I saw the year 4, 5 and 6 Science CDs, they were basically repeating what is in the textbook; which is boring, pupils can read from the textbook, it does not mean that reading from the CD via computer is more interesting and the pupils will learn better compared to them reading from the textbook as the content is the same in many ways. I wish for the CDs to have a different; diverse but not alien element and scenario but not swaying from the basic content.

5. PROPER TRAINING GIVEN
– Essential facilities and affective courseware would be unnecessary if no proper training on how to operate them is given/ provided. Teachers are NOT superhuman, though they do try their best to bring life to their lessons; teachers are normal human-beings who do need to learn how to operate the facilities I schools for maximum benefit of pupils. Without proper training, everything falls apart just like that; nothing gained.

4. A SCHOOL ‘MECHANICAL’ TEAM
– Each and every school must have their own technician and ‘mechanical’ team to prepare and repair the computers/laptops/LCD Projector and etc when it is ‘sick’. School organization must have a special ‘panitia’ for the purpose of maintaining the school’s ICT facilities. A few teachers must be sent for training and these teachers should hold responsibility of keeping the facilities in good ‘health’ at all the time. With such team in schools, there is no room for excuses like, the LCD is not functioning and the school needs to wait for PPD to do something about it.

3. PROPER VIRTUAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
– I am a firm believer of constructivism theory; thus is wish for a proper virtual learning which would benefit pupils and help to make teachers’ life easier. Pupils will enjoy the ‘hands-on’ lesson they would be getting and this would help them to learn and understand better of the content knowledge.

2. AWARENESS!!!!
– Personally, awareness of the needs and necessities of integrating ICT in everyday classroom learning by not just the teachers but also the pupils and their parents would do a great deal of help in working together, hand-in-hand for the betterment of the society and nation.

1. PROPER SCHOOL & IT’S FACILITIES
– This is on a personal note, I was shocked when I realized that two of my younger brothers were actually had been schooling in a school which has no proper electricity supply, even their school building looked like a wrecked building in a natural disaster. Their classroom does not have enough tables and chairs, most of the time they end up sitting o the floor. Never did I know of its condition until recently I heard my dad talking about it with a friend of his. He has been in the PIBG since my eldest brother went to that school and last year, after struggling for more than 8 years, they got the good news that the school will be renovated and properly supplied with the necessities. I conducive learning environment will influence the teaching and learning process, thus this is vital; the most basic.

Having said all that, my top 10 wishlist, I do intent to keep my words given the opportunity in the future. And I would like to also urge all my dear fellow friends to strive at all the possible moments to ensure that their wishlist is being made wish(s) come true

Season Finale !!!!

I am BACK AGAIN!!!!!!

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my dear friends and tutors a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! May this 2011 bring a lot of colours in your life and the ALMIGHTY Guide, Protect and Bless You all!!!

Happy New Year!!!

Honestly I have difficulties believing that I am now in my last semester. I have sailed through many rough ‘journey’ to reach where I am now. One of the tough rough journeys was going through my 3months of practicum. I was sent to Methodist Girls School1 (MGS 1) in Brickfields. My school session was in the afternoon. The school administrative board received my pair and I with warm welcoming. They were very eager for us to join them. I have to say that I was very lucky as the school teacher were very helpful and guided me well throughout my practicum. We were also asked to participate in other school activities like the ‘Khemah Ibadah’ Program, Jamuan Hari Raya and many more. I have a few pictures of my time in MSG 1; Memorable ones…

MGS 1 The School

Jamuan Hari Raya Aidilfitri

UPSR- Stationary Presenting Ceremony

1 Malaysia Day Activity

MGS1 is not a very big school, it caters for less than 300 pupils who vary from social economy status and most of the pupils there are from broken homes. The school lacks in certain facilities that the teachers can use; especially ICT related facilities. They do have 2 projectors (both cannot withstand more than an hour or so) but it is locked up in the headmistress’s room and it is a hassle to be able to use it as the IPBA trainees too want to use them. They do have a room called ‘bilik PPSMI’ but it is always locked up and to get access to the room is difficult especially when the headmistress is not around; which happens quite often. And it is takes quite bit of the teacher’s time to get the class settled down for each lesson. Hence I was not surprised to notice that some of the teachers are only using traditional method to teach the pupils, while others stick to textbook solely.

I was given Year 3 Sapphire (21 pupils) to teach English and Year 4 Sapphire (19pupils) to teach Science.  According to the teacher both these classes are first classes, but I noticed that the year 3 pupils are rather poor in their English Language and the year 4 pupils are kind of arrogant and a few had attitude problem. Thank God I took note of all these during the first week; when I was allow to observe the class. I planned my strategies well to make my lessons a successful one.

3 Sapphire

4 Sapphire

My very first lesson went very smooth; I had plenty of time to book and seek approval to use the LCD and set it up and test-run the LCD projector in the classroom as the pupils were in the music room. I was even very prepared with a back-up plan; Plan B, flashcards if there were to be any shortcomings. The pupils were surprised when they entered the classroom. One of the pupil asked me, “Teacher, apa itu?” pointing at my laptop and the projector. I explained to them and they were very excited. One even commented, “Pandainya, Cikgu ini, mesti best kita belajar”. They gave me their 100 and 1 percent concentration. They loved my PowerPoint presentation.

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In one of my lessons I tried using audio in class. I wanted to test the pupil’s listening skills. I manage to get hold of the speaker and it worked marvelously. Through that lesson, I realized that many of the pupils have listening difficulties; some easily lose concentration, some just cannot listen, while others get frustrated when they failed to fill one blank space. I had to play the audio more than 3 times for the class yet there were a few who failed to fill in at least half of the blanks. They claimed that they have never done such activity before. I personally pity the class as their English teacher was away on maternity leave and the substitute teacher did a very poor job in managing the class and she was so book-oriented. I was shocked when I observed one of her class; she was standing in front of the class reading a text while three quarter of the class was doing their own work. She did not demand attention; instead she just went on and on. I was mortified. I told myself that it is not just the pupil’s to be blamed but also the teacher’s attitude.

I did my very best to implement ICT in as many lessons as I could, but at times it is difficult to get hold of the LCD as other want to use as well. Despite helping to attract pupil’s attention, there were a few unavoidable shortcomings; especially in my year 3 classroom. In one of my lesson (my lecturer was there to observe me for this one particular lesson) I wanted to show the class a video clip on ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. What happen was; the speaker gave way. My laptop speaker alone was not enough for the whole class to hear and to my dismay, there were some road construction was in progress just by the class. I had no back-up as the speaker was well-functioning when I used it an hour ago before the lesson. The failure of the speaker ruined my whole lesson; the pupils’ could not pay attention, some were feeling bored and started doing their own work, some even started talking. I was luck as that was my first observation, so the lecturer just said to ‘ I expected more from you’ to me. Felt so de-motivated….

Overall, I realized that there is a place for everything, not every school has ICT facilities, and not all teachers are capable to use ICT to the pupil’s advantage.  As teacher’s we must be aware of our pupil’s needs and interest in order to accomplish a successful lesson.

Before I end my first blog of 2011, I would like to wish all my fellow coursemates, ‘ALL THE VERY BEST and hope you will enjoy reading my blog and would be generous and honest with your comments. Thank you very much….

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I came across this very article which I could like to share with all…..
 
During one of our seminars, a woman asked a common question. She said, " How do I know if I married the right person ?"

I noticed that there was a large man sitting next to her so I said, " It Depends. Is that your husband?"

In all seriousness, she answered " How do you know?"

Let me answer this question because the chances are good that it’s Weighing on your mind.

Here’s the answer.

EVERY relationship has a cycle. In the beginning, you fell in love with Your spouse. You anticipated their call, wanted their touch, and liked Their idiosyncrasies.

Falling in love with your spouse wasn’t hard. In fact, it was a Completely natural and spontaneous experience. You didn’t have to DO anything. That’s why it’s called "falling" in love… Because it’s happening TO YOU.

People in love sometimes say, " I was swept of my feet." Think about the Imagery of that _expression. It implies that you were just standing There; doing nothing, and then something came along and happened TO YOU.

Falling in love is easy. It’s a passive and spontaneous experience.

But after a few years of marriage, the euphoria of love fades. It’s the Natural cycle of EVERY relationship. Slowly but surely, phone calls Become a bother ( if they come at all), touch is not always welcome ( when it happens), and your spouse’s idiosyncrasies, instead of being cute,  drive you nuts.

The symptoms of this stage vary with every relationship, but if you Think about your marriage, you will notice a dramatic difference between the initial stage when you were in love and a much duller or even angry subsequent stage.

At this point, you and/or your spouse might start asking, " Did I marry The right person?" And as you and your spouse reflect on the euphoria of The love you once had, you may begin to desire that experience with someone else.

This is when marriages breakdown. People blame their spouse for  their Unhappiness and look outside their marriage for fulfillment.

Extramarital fulfillment comes in all shapes and sizes. Infidelity is The most obvious. But sometimes people turn to work, church, a hobby, a friendship, excessive TV, or abusive substances.

But the answer to this dilemma does NOT lie outside your marriage. It lies within it.

I’m not saying that you couldn’t fall in love with someone else. You Could.

And TEMPORARILY you’d feel better. But you’d be in the same situation a few years later. Because ( listen carefully to this):

THE KEY TO SUCCEEDING IN MARRIAGE IS NOT FINDING THE RIGHT PERSON; IT’S LEARNING TO LOVE THE PERSON YOU FOUND.

 
SUSTAINING love is not a passive or spontaneous experience. It’ll NEVER just happen to you. You can’t "find " LASTING love. You have to "make"  it day in and day out. That’s why we have the _expression " the labor of  love."

Because it takes time, effort, and energy. And most importantly, it Takes WISDOM. You have to know WHAT TO DO to make your marriage work.

Make no mistake about it. Love is NOT a mystery. There are specific Things you can do ( with or without your spouse ) to succeed with your marriage.

Just as there are physical laws of the universe ( such as gravity),

There are also laws for relationships. Just as the right diet and exercise Program makes you physically stronger, certain habits in your Relationship WILL make your marriage stronger. It’s a direct cause and effect. If  you know and apply the laws, the results are predictable. .. You can " make" love.

Love in marriage is indeed a " decision"… Not just a feeling.

 
 
The RULES set out by the world’s richest man ( Harvard Drop-out) are really facts & true;
more relevant & handy than what is taught in school! 🙂

WISE SPEECH & Welcome to the Real World…..FOR the 21st CENTURY young Men & Women

 If you are a "Young One" this message could be of great help to you, if you take it to heart.
 If you are "young at heart", pass it on to your children and grandchildren.
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This should be posted in all schools and work places
Love him or hate him, he sure hits the nail on the head with this! Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

Rule 1: Life is not fair – get used to it!

Rule 2 : The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3 : You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4 : If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5 : Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time..

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

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