Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Read It...Eat It ...

Day 90/365

It's catchy, isn't it?
That's our new reading programme and it was launched during break this morning.
Eager kids swarmed our hall. Excitement and curiosity were clearly shown on everyone's face. Hope their excitement will stay with our programme forever.

Monday, 30 March 2015

My Posse Who Didn't Do Homework ...

Day 89/365

This is the same bunch of students who used not to do homework.

They're the same bunch who avoided homework.

These very boys and girls used to be very ruckus and restless.

However today they're not their actual self.

They're very attentive and adorable. They attended to the given task with gusto.

They melted my heart once again.

Hope this newfound interest will be sustained...forever.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Scrubbing, polishing and refining ...

Day 88/365

It sounds weird, right? That's the name of the programme that we, district school ESL teachers, planned for our Year Six students. The programme is scheduled somewhere late next month.

We had station-based activities in mind. Our district language officer had drafted the big picture. We, teachers are tasked to devise grammar, vocab and sentence constructions activities for the kids. It isn't a piece of cake but we pledge to give our best.

As the saying goes, you'll reap what you sow. We shall keep our fingers crossed.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

My Posse Don't Do Homework ... (2)

Day 87/365

This batch of students is the last batch of KBSR group. They will sit for the major public exam in September this year. They were notorious too. They used to be the talk of the town. Most of their names, particularly boys, were in the Discipline Teacher's Log Book.

Things can change, so do my posse. They changed last year. They love English. They love to be in my class. They always look forward to attending my class. In short, they love me and I love them too. I'm a staunch believer of teaching from the heart!  

Friday, 27 March 2015

My Posse Don't Do Homework ...

Day 86/365

This group of students is feared by some.
They're shunned by the majority. They're hated by a few.

They're notorious. They're naughty. They're chatty. They're noisy. They're lazy. They always avoid homework.

Late morning today, I gave them a surprise. They had never thought of it. They had never dreamed of it. I took them to their favourite place, the computer room!

We had a grammar lesson. They got to know the possessive pronouns. In actuality, they've been doing possessive pronouns many a time. They were thrilled. They were attentive. They were not their old selves.

A little change made a huge difference!
I love them.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

She was our Boss ...she is our loved one ...

Day 85/365

Madam Aun dropped by today. It's her casual visit. To those who are new around here, Madam Aun was our school headmistress and she asked to be transferred back to her hometown late last year due to her health and age factor.

Madam Aun is well love by all; students, teachers, janitors and security guards respect and adorn her. She's caring. She's loving. She has a big beautiful heart. Everyone was important to her. Our well-being was her top priority and our well-being still is her concern.

In my two decades of teaching, she's the only head teacher who possesses this true leadership quality. I doubt the possibility of meeting another one. I'll keep my fingers crossed for the time being.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Oral Assessment ...

Day 84/365

Assessment is an ongoing process. Therefore, it has to be carried out throughout the year.

Assessment takes place  throughout my lessons. Students are being assessed every day and in every lesson. I know them since they stepped foot in the school. I've been teaching them since they were nine or ten. Their aural oral skills is taken care of well. They listen to their teacher speaking the language all the time.

Despite the challenges faced, my students love the language. They tried their very best to use the language. They took part actively in the games I created for them. Hence, oral assessment is a norm in my classes.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

LBI2.0 Clinic for Kids ...

Day 83/365

As planned, we, Chew and I, opened our clinic early this morning. The kids were excited, as usual, since it was the first day of treatment. Most of them came well prepared. Their parents who were given 'doses of medication' on March 10, had done their part. They have guided their kids to read and write. They have verified their kids' work.

There was only a boy who were left behind by his parents and siblings. He wasn't cared by anyone back home. He scrawled instead of write. His attention span was extremely short. He couldn't sit still for more than five minutes. He's my five-to-ten boy. He's a real challenge to us, teachers. In spite of that, I vow to change him!

Hope the next clinic would be a better one. We are trying our very best to conform to NCLB policy proposed by our education people.

Monday, 23 March 2015

What had happened...?

Day 82/365

What had happened to your school result, Madam?

This very question was posted to me when I attended an open dialogue with district and state education officers. It's never their intention to degrade or to humuliate any of us, teachers who attended the three-hour-meeting. It's their duty to hold the dialogue. They meant good.

Nevertheless, we couldn't help it. It wasn't the outcome that we wished for. It wasn't our goal. It wasn't our ETR! It's no one's fault. Nobody would want this to happen. It's beyond our control.

We had tried our very best to perform. We had done everything we planned. We had taken into consideration every suggested solution. We had loved and cared for our young charges. The rest was the God's will.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Take Away English ...(3)

Day 81/365

Today is the day. Take Away English was kickstarted at 1.00 p.m. on the dot today. Earlier on, our Headmaster announced the programme to students and teachers during the weekly assembly.

Overall, the pupils involved were very excited. They were very eager to answer each question posted. They were quick at responding and answering. I hope, the fire in them will keep burning forever and ever.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Take Away English ... (2)

Day 80/365

Among other things, similes and idioms will be the focus of Take Away English.
Children in my school know what is similes. They know what is idiom. They have been introduced to similes and idioms since they were in Year 4. They read similes. They memorise idioms every day. Nonetheless, they don't know how to use them in sentences. That's why Take Away English... is born.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Take Away English ...(1)

Day 79/365

Take Away English ...

The new programme will be launched this Sunday, March 22, 2015.
It's slated to take off at 1.00 p.m. in our airy school hall.
Years 4,5 and 6 pupils are directly involved in this programme.
The contents in their My Notebook would be utilised.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Kids aren't puppies ...

Day 78/365

Some kids are ignorant. Some are stubborn. They are as obstinate as a mule. They defy their parents who love them dearly.

Some kids are persistent and highly determined. They would not stop unless their goal is achieved. They would go against all odds.

Some kids are a plain fool. These buffoons and the nincompoops are like thorns in the flesh. They're invisible to our naked eyes but their existance is always felt. They poked and they pricked, most of the time.

I don't shun kids. I don't despise them. I like kids who are determined and persevere. In short, I like ambitious and inspiring kids. Nonetheless, as schoolgoing teens and tweens, they ought to set straight their mission. They shouldn't turn themselves into puppies.

Kids, falling head over heels in love with someone you might think is your soul mate ISN'T your priority. Studying IS!


Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Acne ...

Day 77/365

Adult acne is disastrous.

Once you have it, it will stay with you as long as possible. 

It wreaks havoc on your face. 

Your used-to-be-smooth face is now riddled with ugly deep, inflamed pimples and cysts.

Acne isn't just for teens. Many people have it as adults.
I got acne in my 40s, 
I got it for the first time as an adult. 
Dermatologists call this “adult-onset acne.”
Because of my acne, there were times I dreaded leaving the house. 
I hope it'll go away soon.
I'm yearning for my spotless skin.