Thursday, 4 February 2016

2 stars and a wish!

What we did in 5 Khawarizmi last week- a lesson in paragraph-writing.

Topic: Paragraph-writing
Time: double-period
Materials : mah jongs, marker pens, lots of post-it notes in different colours, masking tape
1. Get SS to recall 6-7 words studied from previous lessons. (a mix of verbs and nouns)
2. Put SS in groups of four and give them mah jong papers, marker pens. ( I had 6 groups therefore 6 stations)
3. In groups, they create a story in one paragraph (Yes, one. The aim is quality)
4. Groups must underline the words chosen to show they have used them correctly.
5. Gallery Walk- SS rotate clockwise and evaluate other group's work. They use 2 stars (positive comments) and a wish (what/how the group can do better). I learned this in the Differentiated Learning Course by ELTECs. The idea is assessment for learning can be done in the classroom while activities are taking place. Assessment need not be done by the teacher all the time but can also be done by peers.What did I do? I underlined the errors made on the mah jong papers and highlight them to the group :)

Give it a try peeps!
Happy teaching!

Today SS learn how to assess their friend's work by awarding them 2 stars and a wish ")

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Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Teacher Talk : Journaling

Been a while since I posted teacher talk matters. Here's one I received today :)>

salam are you? i hope school is better this year compared to 2015 :) remember last year i wrote to you about journaling project? i actually started it out with my form 3 students this year (on the 2nd week of school). i asked the students to write once a week (and of course they can write more if they want to) My question is that, am i suppose to read and give comments only OR should i underline the mistakes that they did (without correcting them) ? im not sure what i need to do after reading all of their entries. hihi.. so far im enjoying myself because the students need to do all the hard work while i just need to mark once a month ( at least this can the only reason for them to write outside of the classroom) if its not too much to ask, can you share how you mark your ss journals? hope to hear from you soon. May ALLAH bless all your hard work (teaching the ss, sharing materials on your blog etc etc) 



A lovely journal by one of my girls in SMK Canossian Convent :)

My reply

Wassallam, i'm fine Alhamdulillah. Good to hear from you and happy to know that you are taking up journal writing ☺. Since you want to encourage ss to write, comments will be more suitable than endless underlinings. I would encourage writing fluency in this case. You can highlight some glaring errors if you want but i will not do it too often. That can be done in the other tasks you give them. I hope you dont mind me sharing this in my blog. Your name will be anonymous of course. All the best!

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Saturday, 30 January 2016

Kluang NILAM Awards and endless meetings!

Where was I a few days ago? Was in PPD Kluang handing over the sponsored trophy to winners of NILAM. Although our rep Tharanisha got second place, we are proud of her! I did my small part by contributing the challenge trophies for English (primary and secondary). Felt really good to be able to do that :) May the Kluang rep do exceptionally well at the state level...was wondering if last year's winner was his brother...thought they look similar :)

Hope everyone's doing great in school. Me? Alhamdulillah although four weeks on feels like four months already haha! Seriously, school is different now and I wonder if what we are so busy doing now contribute to results or competency. My school is crazily and insanely busy with meetings every week. One wonders wether one needs to have meetings every week. Some meetings are just so pathetic. Only because one has to show in black and white that meetings have been conducted! There was a meeting just to discuss what to give to parents who donated for our recent parenthon! Lucky me wasn't there but pity those poor souls! I don't blame them for showing sour faces. To be honest, it is not so much that teachers hate their afternoons taken away but it is about making that time worthwhile. Believe me we have a lot in our hands so afternoons are much needed to grade papers, key in all the online apps etc. If ever an afternoon is needed please make it worth our while. Yes, I know you can call teachers in the afternoons but let's discuss something that benefits education. This seemingly insane situation will not subside for I believe next week we will have more meetings!

Cheer up peeps!
Happy teaching!

Winner from SJM

Thara with her winnings!

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Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Students' File

5 Syafie and their English file. It's easy when you've trained them to follow what you want :) I'm so lucky (Alhamdulillah) to have only 20 ss in this class. They are offering Lukisan Kejuruteraan. Bliss eh? Told them we are so fortunate this year and must make the most of the small number. 

Happy teaching peeps!


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Our English Board this week!

Thanks to Roshni and Intan for always helping me in doing up our board. The board is situated in front of the library for easy access ;)

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Sunday, 27 December 2015

Strategic Planning and Professional Learning Community

Apologies to those who sent messages. I've not been able to fix broken links or respond to your questions due to other work that needs to be done urgently. Today I hope to complete all the necessary docs for our first meeting tomorrow. The ppt. for my briefing tomorrow is also still not done. Spent the whole holidays editing Strategic Planning (2016-2018) and  a lot of time waiting for those who went for holidays and not sticking to the deadline! I'd like my responsibilities to be completed and done well although nowadays nobody is interested in doing the right thing anymore. Heard of "asal buat" (as long as it's done)? Yes, for documentation purposes, for visits by the inspectorates and officers, to impress...sigh. It's sad what education is turning into. A lot of time is spent on planning but not monitoring.

We need school leaders who are visionary and who walk the talk. We also need school leaders who get their hands dirty coaching and mentoring teachers in school. It's not enough to say we will focus on the process next year and not the outcome. You mean, it took you a whole year to realise that? And I seriously think middle management needs to MOVE and LEAD. It's very stagnant and sluggish! And for as long as I can remember, none of the middle managers gave any professional input to teachers. Such a shame with the majority of teachers being young teachers.

Well, I'm hoping for the best in 2016. Am hoping 2016 will be a wonderful year for me and you my dear blog readers where we are blessed with good health and happiness!

Read teachers! Please read in order to understand. 

Professional Walk for the admin

PLC forms and schedule...

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Sunday, 20 December 2015

Still work to be done!

School reopens in two weeks aiyayai! Been enjoying the hols so much. Am still editing the strategic plans sent by all sectors. Alhamdulillah manged to get the Form 1 scheme of work done and a module for Form 1. But I must admit this module is more of a compilation...taking all the shortcuts needed :) 
May 2016 be a great year and a year of good health! Ameen.

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