Sunday, 15 May 2016

Happy Teacher's Day! (The STAR: Mentors Beyond Chalk and Talk, 15th May 2016)

Thanks to the STAR for featuring me today.  Happy teacher's Day to all teachers out there! Keep the passion burning!

You can read the article here.

My students in 5 Al Khawarizmi will be thrilled to bits!

(credit: google images)

Happy teaching!

Those who can DO, Those who can do more TEACH

Friday, 13 May 2016

JOHOR SBP Professional Learning Community

Date: 11 May 2016 (Wednesday)
Venue: SM Sains Sembrong, Kluang

Thoroughly enjoyed myself doing this PLC. I could feel that adrenaline rush after years of not training teachers and gave it my all. This was a PLC for English teachers for the eight residential schools in Johor namely, Sekolah Tun Fatimah, SM Sains Muar, SM Kota Tinggi, SM Sains Johor, SM Sains Batu Pahat, SM Sultan Mahmud Iskandar Mersing and SM Sains Sembrong, Kluang (hope I didn't miss anyone!) Glad to be able to share for our professional development. My principal whispered that this will be an annual affair in sha Allah....SBP Johor should collaborate more and share materials and expertise. In this session we relooked assessment for Continuous Writing, dabbled in a bit of item-building, shared our programmes in school and looked at HOTs items in the SPM past years papers. 

Some of the programmes run by the schools were English in Camp, Public-Speaking, DEAR, Lesson Study, and performance-based extra classes. I was pleased when STF attributed its success in the 2015 SPM (GPS 0.93) to the setting system and journal-writing :) especially so with journal writing as I've been promoting this to my panel for years. Some times, it takes others to convince us of the benefits of something :)

Congrats to all teachers who were present! 

Happy teaching!

A teacher from SM Sains Sultan Mahnud Iskandar, Mersing sharing best practices in his school

Good to see many young ones eager to learn!

Those who can DO, Those who can do more TEACH

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Listening and Speaking: Form 1 Qayyim and 1 Kathir

This is a must activity that I will carry out if am teaching lower secondary. The students obviously have a lot to improve on when it comes to speaking English but I'm proud of them all the same. It was all their work with minimal help from me. I only provided them with some guidelines:

  • imagine your Fantasy Island and draw it
  • what would you like to have on the island and why
  • why is your island special compared to others
  • present it in class
And my cute little kiddos came up with....

Our island has a chocolate river where you can have chocolate every day!

Group 4....the winner! Love those food..these kids are hungy all the time!

hmmm...two dimensional

However difficult it is..let them speak!

1 Kathir boys in action


Happy teaching peeps!

Those who can DO, Those who can do more TEACH

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

What happened to Lulu in 5 As Syafie today

Date: 4th May 2016
Double period

In view of the coming mid-year exam next week, I decided to carry out some beyond the text activities based on the poem "What has happened to Lulu?" My students surprised me with their response particularly the telephone conversation between Lulu and her mother! The following is the rough lesson plan:


     (5 mins)
1.    Write one word to describe Lulu.
Post-it notes
2.    Sequencing the poem
     (10 mins)
2.    Sequencing the poem
Strips and envelopes
3.    Role-play
     (50 mins)
3.    A telephone conversation between Lulu and her mother
4.    Game
     (10 mins)
4.   Wheel of Fortune
Post it notes
Score keeper

For the role-play, provide the following situation:


Three weeks have passed and nothing has been heard of Lulu. 
Infact, she has found somewhere to live, made new friends and 
found a job. She decides it is time to phone home. Why? She 
doesn't intend to return yet. How will she feel as she dials?
 What is her mother 
doing when she calls? What is her reaction?

The students were given about 30 mins to prepare the telephone conversation. I need to compress the files first before uploading...perhaps in another post :)

Here's the link to the powerpoint I used.
Happy teaching!

One group was able to rearrange the strips correctly based on the poem...quite challenging!

Mind the dirty board! It could not be erased due to permanent ink...

Those who can DO, Those who can do more TEACH