English for Young Learners – Content Presentation

Assalamualaikum and good day to my readers 🙂

Yesterday on the 28th of February 2017, I have been given a presentation slot to briefly present the content of the new ENGLISH FOR YOUNG LEARNERS DVD at Pasir Mas District Education Office (PPD Pasir Mas) during PPD Pasir Mas Educational Media Management Workshop (Bengkel Pengurusan Media).

As requested by Pn. Rosnani, our lovely SISC+, here is the Powerpoint Presentation that I created for the session. Feel free to pass this around. You may also use this slide to conduct in-house training at your schools. Hope you find this beneficial. Click on the file name below to download.

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Happy Teaching!

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Fun Project: The English Language Study Planner & Journal 2017

Assalamualaikum and good day. Today, I would like to share about a small project I am doing with my students. This year, we are doing The English Language Study Planner & Journal 2017. Now, those who are familiar with me know that I am an avid collector of notebooks, stationery, planner and journals. I plan my days and journal my experiences. Planning and journalling have encouraged me to become a more organised person. Read my rationale below or CLICK HERE to skip to the download links.

Why planning and journalling?

I am not pushing my interests blindly onto my darling students, nope. According to Walker (2006), journalling provides the clinical advantages of enhancing students’ ability to reflect, facilitating their critical thoughts, helping them to better express their feelings and guiding them to write more focused arguments. In short, students who dawdle in journalling are more likely to produce substantial essays. For this project, I have combined both planning (pre-lesson) and journalling (post-lesson) to maximise the expected benefits. Planning ahead, for instance, can help reduce one’s level of stress and help them to become more decisive when it comes to making decisions (Stack, 2000). I intend to let students jot down their feelings before and after each lesson as an emotional outlet for them – a small space for them to vent. Keeping feelings to oneself is detrimental (Blake’s Poison Tree, anyone?)

Who are the target students?

Students with intermediate proficiency level and little opportunity to practise their English. *There are separate project templates for lower and higher proficiency but that will be discussed later. I created this project with secondary school students in mind, so adjustments needed to be done if you intend to use the same template at primary or tertiary level.

What it the ultimate goal of this project?

My ultimate goal is to get my students to be familiar with writing brief statements with correct sentence structures. Sometimes when they journal, they will repeat familiar structures before they find the courage to venture into more complex structures. Rather than hoping they can write flowery essays overnight, I’d rather they write in simple sentences that are correct. Complex and long sentences do not automatically make them appear “more intelligent”, especially if they are laden with errors. (Did you know that writing sentences that are simple in structure but are grammatically correct will award a mark of higher than 28/50 in the actual SPM examination compared to long, winded writing with complex structures laden with errors?)

 

What do you need to edit the document?

  1. Avenir font (download) and Brusher font  (download) installed on your computer. Without this fonts, the documents may not look as fine.
  2. A PDF viewer if you’re downloading the PDF version -AND-
  3. Microsoft Word for Windows or Mac. The files are originally edited on Microsoft Word for Mac in the Publishing Layout View (third view option from the left).

Core Pages Download Links

  1. Cover page:  [download#8#size]
  2. Study Pledge:  [download#9#size]
  3. Monthly Plan & To-Do’s:  [download#10#size]
  4. Daily Planner & Journal Page:  [download#11#size]

Extra Pages (Coming Soon)

  1. Weekly Journal Prompts
  2. Monthly Reflection
  3. Holiday Planner & Journal Tasks
  4. Progress Tracker

Binding

I suggest using the sweet and simple Management Files. It’s cost effective and durable. I use Campap and A-Star brands with my students. This is a picture of how it looks in my student’s file:

Have fun teaching and thank you for checking it out! Leave a comment if you’d like to ask me anything. Here’s a flipthrough.

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KSSM English Form 1 Teaching Organiser 2017

Hello everyone. I am not teaching Form 1 this year, but as a meticulous planner, Bujoer and English KSSM JU for PPD Pasir Mas, I feel compelled to create and share my version of the Teaching Organiser. Please check back for new uploads and updates. As I was involved with SPM marking that concluded on 22 December and then university matters the following week, I am a bit slow in picking up the pace. Better late than never, tho, right? This blog entry will house my KSSM Teaching Organiser files and other related uploads. Feel free to bookmark this page 🙂 Click on the file name OR the button to download.

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Living with PCOS (and the aforementioned impossible dream)

It doesn’t take long to notice the signs. I guess the signs had always been there. I just chose to ignore them. From gaining a lot of weight in a short span of time, irregular and absence of menses, pimples and acne suddenly popping up like nobody’s business, difficulty in losing weight even after trying so hard…. they were all there. Having the doctor confirm my suspicion felt much worse than I thought it would be although I was already bracing myself for the impact. Granted, I expected something worse. I am thankful that it isn’t so.

Still, I am now a PCOS sufferer. O…k.

It’s quite common but it’s a nightmare nonetheless. Imagine. You’re eating much less than your thinner friend but you find yourself having to try extremely hard to shed just 1kg off the scale. SO FRIGGIN HARD. Then, somehow, everyone keeps telling me it is ‘INCURABLE’. I did a lot of reading and concluded that it’s not that PCOS is incurable. It’s just that even if I manage to loose all that unwanted weight, I will always have a genetic predisposition towards PCOS. It doesn’t sound that bad… right? After the first meeting, they put me on Provera for 3 months and asked me to begin a stricter diet. However, Provera resulted in additional 5kg weight gain so they set me on a different medication for another 3 months 🙁

I’m coping with this as positively as I could. Nevertheless, it hurts when inconsiderate people ask me “Don’t you have children yet?”. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not bitter at all. In fact, I love looking at pictures of my friends and family with their newborns and tots on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc although sometimes, there’s this inexplicable pang in my heart (especially when some of them seem to post new things about the babies every hour of the day). Think of it as looking at someone who smiles a sad smile. You’d feel a pang of sadness too, won’t you?

Regardless, I am blessed with a husband who understands me so well, family members who support us and friends who understand. For that, I am determined to survive this. I won’t always be sad. I believe that Allah has something better in store for me in the future yet to come.

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An Elevation of Viewpoints; A Day for Teachers

May 16, 2011. I celebrated my first ever Teacher’s Day as a real teacher today. It was a very colourful day, filled with laughter and games and well, food (not that I care about food). I spent the day going around taking photos of pretty much everything to commemorate my first celebration (as well as to fill my virtually empty folio with something more colourful although nobody needs to know how empty it actually is -_-), changing into a pair of slacks and t-shirt just before the morning session was taken over by mini-games. Sukaneka, of course. Timeless classics such as the musical chair and taking turns to fill bottles with water were present. Teachers who took part were very enthusiastic. I had fun watching them giggle and fight for the chairs until the very last.

It felt different. Celebrating Teacher’s Day as a teacher, that is. The celebration was completely organised by students – hall decorations, gifts, programmes… I can’t remember if I was ever that efficient when I was their age. From the moment I got off my car, the air of celebration was already set up, injected with elements of fun from colourful decorations here and there. I wonder how I felt when I was a student.

Today, I celebrated Teacher’s Day from an elevated viewpoint. When I was a student, I was very excited to give presents to all of my subject teachers. I wanted them to feel happy and appreciated. Now that I’m teaching, I found myself struggling to find words to say to students who came to tell me “Teacher, I’m sorry I don’t have money to give you anything. Can I give you something next week?” It was very touching. I realised that as a teacher, I don’t expect my students to give me anything. I’m very touched when a few students who come from very low financial backgrounds wrapped freshly picked flowers from home and bars of soaps to give as presents.

I used to feel bad when I couldn’t give nice gifts to my teachers. Now that I’m teaching, I don’t want them to feel like I did back then. Students feel pride when teachers accept their offerings, so I told the ‘grieving’ children who didn’t bring any gift to not feel sad. I told them to give me the best present they could give me, but one that they cannot buy with money -a good grade. Nothing makes me happier than hearing my students speak in a complete sentence. At least ONE complete sentence. The sense of accomplishment is way different from receiving gifts.

To my students, thank you for all the colourful gifts. I appreciate each and every one of them. There is no need for you to feel ashamed or down because for me, a gift is a gift even if you give me a box of white chalks or a single pencil. It’s the thought that counts. Teacher’s Day is a day for teachers, so make your teachers happy by coming to school and wishing them a Happy Teacher’s Day with a bright, sincere smile on your face =)

Until next year.

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