Thursday, September 29, 2005

my micro-teaching

Yes!!! finally my micro - teaching is over haha. Well was kind of nervous today as you all can tell but hopefully i wasnt that bad. i started off by asking the class what are their views and understandings of weathering to see if they have any idea what weathering is and as usual only afew of you responded. So i decided to use a model of a rock (well it doesnt really resembles a rock due to my poor art skills haha) to give the class a very simplfied demonstration of what weathering is all about. i thought its a good and interesting way to kick start a topic which the students are new to. Not only does it arouse the students' interest as they get to see a so called "performance" by the teacher but at the same time the demonstration was easy to understand and follow.

Next came the lesson proper whereby ppt was used to deliver the lesson. Here i have to confess a mistake which i made. I totally forgot to issue out the worksheets before i started the ppt presentation haha. Only after a few slides were shown then i realised that and quickly issue out the worksheet haha. And i tried to cover myself by diverting your attention to the worksheets by saying that there are blanks in them and you must pay attention to the ppt in order to copy down the missing words hehe.

Because of the time constraint, i kind of like just briefly explain through some of the weathering types but given an actually double period class, i will definitely elaborate more on each of the processes.

Also i thought it was a good idea to give students additional resources for those who are really interested in the topic so that they can look up for more information in their own leisure time. some sample questions were also included to assess students' understanding of what has been taught. From the students' answers, whether correct or wrong, we can then deduce how they think or rationalise the concepts. i also included the preview of what the students will be doing for the next lesson so as to let the students get a feel of what to expect as well as ensuring a smooth transition flow.

Although i didnt have time to carry out the group, the first group activity is actually a fun way of getting the students to participate and it also test the students' understanding of certain concepts plus their memory work because if the students had not understand and remember what was taught they would not be able to piece parts of the strips together and eventually come up with an answer to the question. As for the second activity the rationale was not only to let students demonstrate what they have learn but also to let them be more creative as they are alllowed to draw, write, colour, basically anything they want that will convey their ideas of what type of weathering or weathering processes that will occur in a particular climate. At the same time it also trains them on their communication and presentation skills when they present their ideas to the whole class so that next time round they will be more vocal and participate more actively in discussion.

last but not least, regarding the blind parent who only speaks Malay incident. Hmmmm i must admit i was quite shock and didnt know what to do at first. the parent was like bumping around and could not understand English. Only when Mas explained to me what has heppened then i realised whats going on. Im not sure if i did the right thing by letting the parent to sit in class but he was like falling all over the place so i had no choice but to make him sit down first then we can talk things out. As for the language barrier, i had Mas to translate for me so its not that bad. But in my mind as i was handling the incident, i was asking myself should i let Mas go back home because her grandma is sick? i finally decided that i should let her go back but just then Mas said she didnt want to go back cos she would have to take care of her grandma and she didnt like it. Then the question popped up in my head again, " should i make her go back"? hmmm then i finally come to a decision and that i should make her go back at least to check and see that everything is ok. And perhaps i should also ask a students to accopany them to the general office and notify the OM and get the OM to phone Mas's grandma to make sure that the incident is real and that everything is ok. besides all these, im really at a lost as to what i should and can do . hmmm comments anyone?

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Another boring wed!!! although its a free day for me but cant seems to get any work done. Well at least im half way through my edu psych essay. Yes!!!!! haha. But haiz, tons of work coming up, but lucky next week is the one week break. YESSSS!!!! once again oppsss ok lets not get emotional here. but then again out of the 7 days i have to come back to school for 3 days but what the heck a break is a break. Talked to one of our classmate yest on msn, from her i got to know the rest of my classmates really well hehe. hopefully next time, we will all be terrific pals after our nie course. oh man its already 12 plus in the morning, ok good morning everyone but i have to sleep now. "good morning but i have to sleep" hmmm sounds contradicting ok whatever got to wake up early tomo so guess ill end here see u guys ard

sweet dreams

Thursday, August 18, 2005

comments on micro teaching #2

Hi guy, ok just had our second micro teaching yesterday and it was great really enjoyed it. i think Liyan and Yizhen did a great job on their part by delivering wonderful lesson. there are many stuffs that i learnt from them which i personally feel that is quite useful and innovative. For example, bringing real life samples into class to let students see and feel can create an interest in the subject and perhaps allow them to remember the facts better and longer as most of the students are visual learners. i also like Yizhen's activity of making the students draw on a plastic sheet over the photographs to test their understanding of fault lines. I thought this is very creative and useful as it incoperates both real life visuals with concepts taught in class. Liyan and Yizhen also showed great competence and confidence even though they are bombarded by questions from lily, our top student haha. i feel that teachers should develop this kind of confidence beacuse you will never know when and what kind of questions students will ask you. Sometimes even the most knowledgable teachers get tongue-tied because the questions come so suddenly and also because of the lack of confidence. Besides the great use of IT, both of them also have mind maps, diagrams, models and other visuals which i thought was good as it can illustrate the concepts clearly to the students.

However with the good points, there also a bit of setbacks here and there. let me brieftly just gothrough some of these. im not very sure if Liyan's method of confiscating students' ez-link and IC was a good idea. to begin with, when students are told to take out these items, they might tend to play around with it and because these cards are of quite high importance (especially IC), we wouldnt want the risk of losing them when the students play around with them. Also students might not give the teacher their cards when they are told and they might "play" around with the teacher saying that they "do not have any cards" in their wallets as what Daphne had said. In such cases, does the teacher snatch the wallet from the student or does she take her money instead as Rezal had promptly blurted out. I dont think this is a good thing to do hence on the whole, i think this method is not very feasible.

Also, i noticed Liyan did hit wesley on the shoulder as wesley was making alot of noise and refusing to coperate. I know Wesley deserves it ...oooppsss haha, but im not quite sure if this kind of physical contact is advisable, especially between male teachers and female students. So maybe there could be other ways to discipline the student instead.

Another thing which i feel is important is the fact that during Yizhen's lesson, Wesley and shu juan are kind of like sleeping, putting their heads on the table. Maybe Yizhen was too concentrated on the naughty "kids" at the back so she didnt see them. Even my CT once told me that sometimes the teacher know that the naughty students are sleeping but they simply ignore them because its better for the teacher to teach as the naughty students are sleeping and will not disrupt the lesson. BUt to me i think this is really a terrible thing to do because you will never know what is happening to the kid. He/she may not be sleeping, he/she may have just taken 20 sleeping pills and on the brink of death and you actually allow him/her to lie there for the entire period!!! So sleeping or not, students should always be awake and ready to learn when the teacher is in the class.

ok lastly, when wesley asked Liyan something about karst. Liyan tend to like just focus on Wesley and just answering to him. What i feel is that if the question is good and beneficial to the whole class maybe Liyan can ask Wes;y to repeat his question to the whole class and then Liyan can address the question with the whole class. In such a way the whole class is benefitted and everyone can learn something.

Ok think ill end here fingers tired already :) will shared my views with u guys again another time k. Thats all Folks....

Sunday, August 07, 2005

good day

good day but boring muhaha