Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Lessons in the Clouds

Using the ICT technology in the classroom was never my cup of tea until recently. 

The arrival of 41 units of personal computers called Chromebook 
changed my perceptions towards the ICT technology completely. 

The sleek mobile devices aren't alone. 

They are accompanied by Yes, the 4G mobile Internet network.

Yes really lives up to its reputation of being the fastest, 
widest and most reliable 4G mobile Internet network.

My first attempt with the Chromebook was a simple introduction to my blog.

The pupils were then whisked to this entry as the content 
of their lesson was embedded here.

The entry was a simple one, yet it captured the pupils' interest.

It definitely motivated me to plan more lessons in the clouds.

Despite the size and the condition of our Computer Room,  which is not enough to swing a cat,
the children were all attentive.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Let's write with the aliens ...

How do you guide your young charges to write?
Writing isn't a big problem.
Every Tom, Dick and Harry can write.
Do you agree with me?
However, getting them to punctuate is an uphill struggle for me.
Most probably because I'm teaching in a vernacular school where 
a huge numbers of kids habitually don't punctuate.
They are not to blame as the glyphs of their writing system
are made up of lines and strokes.

And, here I'm bringing in aliens into my writing class ...

Alien Punctuation

Kids, let's help these aliens to punctuate.


Monday, 27 January 2014

Where do you live?

Where do you live Xuan En?
I live in Taman Bersatu.
I live in a terraced house.


Where do you live You Xiang?
I live in Taman Charuk Nau.
I live in a bungalow.


Where do you live Syamil?
I live in Kg. Teduri.
I live in a kampung house.


Where do you live Daphne?
I live in Kg. Tebedu.
I live in a longhouse.


Where do you live Adam?
I live in Taman Mesra
I live in a flat.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Blue Cow in the Playground

Blue Cow wonders about the big world beyond her field. 
Not long after that, she arrived at a big playground 
with blue swings, a yellow see-saw and a big red slide.

blue swings

a yellow see-saw

a big red slide

Blue Cow walked over to the swings.
"I'd like to try that," she thought.
So she tried to sit on the swing but she was too big.

Then, she walked over to the see-saw. 
But, when Blue Cow sat on the see-saw, she could not balance with Joy,
the little boy.
Blue Cow was too heavy.

Joy asked Blue Cow to try the slide. 
But, she was stuck at the top of the slide.
So the children pushed and pushed until - pop!
Blue Cow slid down the slide and landed at the bottom.

Finally, Blue Cow asked the children to climb onto her back.
And they went for a wonderful ride around the playground.

"Hooray for Blue Cow!" they cried.
"Come back and play with us again!"

"I will," said Blue Cow.

Do, play or go?

Do you play sport or do sport?
In British English, you can "do sport". In American English you can "play sports".
When other words related to sports are used, we may use other verbs.
"What sports do you do?"
"I play basketball".

Observe these pictures:

play golf

go cycling

do archery

There are (3) three verbs that collocate with sports and other free time activities: go,do and play,
but they are not interchangeable:

  • Go is used with activities and sports that end in -ing. The verb go here implies that we go somewhere to practice this sport: go swimming.
  • Do is used with recreational activities and with individual, non-team sports or sports in which a ball is not used, like martial arts, for example: do a crossword puzzle, do athletics, do karate.
  • Play is generally used with team sports and those sports that need a ball or similar object (puck, disc, shuttlecock...). Also, those activities in which two people or teams compete against each other: play football, play poker, play chess.

skiingballetboard games
cyclinga crossword puzzlevolleyball
runningtai chisquash

Some exceptions to the rules:
  • You use do with two activities that end in -ingdo boxing and do body-building, because they don't imply moving along as the other activities ending in -ing.
  • Golf: if there is an idea of competition, you use the verb play. However, you can say go golfing if you do it for pleasure: Galven Kendall plays golf. We'll go golfing at the weekend. 
Try out these activities:

Friday, 24 January 2014

Lessons Planning ...

Lesson planning and teachers are synonymous.

As a teacher who has pledged to her students to learn all that she can in order to give her best to her students in their struggle to learn, I've never failed to plan my lessons.

The only difference between then and now is the duration of time spent in planning.

If I took up the whole day just to produce a decent lesson more than a decade ago, I spend a mere half an hour to plan four impressive lessons today.

And, I'm doing it for a great cause!

What cloud computing really means

What cloud computing really means

Thank you Eric Knorr and Galen Gruman.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Documenting One's Teaching ...

"Documentation is a process. 

It's not a product. 

If you produce a great documentation of your teaching process in a day, 
you do it to impress. 

However, if you document your teaching process through out the school year, 
you do it out of love for the job."

The above quote is truly Sophyta's.

But, well how many teachers documented their teaching periodically. Most of us are too busy since we're constantly bogged down with loads of paper work. These paper work are more often than not play a little role in our professional development, and they neither help in spurring our posse of students' interest to seek knowledge. Nonetheless, if the teacher did document her/his teaching, he/she is no doubt an exceptional one. I, for one have always tried my very best to keep track of my teaching but my documentation is very much far from perfect.

World of sports

Boys love sports. 

They like to play games.

They follow sports updates.

Girls love it too.

They care about games.

At least, my female students know the name of these sports and games ...

Do you play sports or games? What games do you play?

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

MBI Programme 1 2014 - Part 2

The first activity to strengthen the lingua franca was kicked off yesterday, January 21.

Students were bunched up in the hall during the Reading Hour.

My colleague, Madam Chew tested the Level One students's spelling skills.

All of them seemed very eager today. Many had read up their words at home.

Hope the fire in them will keep burning and smoldering till the last day of school.

Eager to answer: A Year 6 girl trying to answer.

Questioning session: The teacher throwing a question and a girl taking the challenge.

Reading session: Girls reading attentively.

Prize giving: Mdm Chew giving away a small prize to  Year 3 boy.

You got it wrong: Mdm Chew reacting to the wrong answer.

Sporting: Senior Assistant, Mdm Chia assisting the teacher.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

MBI Programme 1 2014 - Part 1

The first activity to strengthen the lingua franca was kicked off today.

Students were bunched up in the hall during the Reading Hour.

My colleague, Madam Chew handled the Level Ones while I dealt with the upper levels.

All of them seemed very eager today.

Hope the fire in them will keep burning and smoldering till the last day of school.

Taking down important info at the MBMMBI Corner.

Taking down important info at the MBMMBI Corner.

Taking down important info at the MBMMBI Corner.