7 possible items.

Hi everyone. Welcome to my ‘World of Thoughts’. Talking about A03, my group is currently doing their own part, so am I, as we have divided the task among ourselves to ensure the quality of our product. =)

Now, talking about the 7 possible items that will ensure an effective student-centered, personalized learning, and higher order thinking lesson, here are my lists.

1. Teacher as FACILITATOR.

The teacher’s role is to guide and assist students as they take on more responsibility for their learning. When the students are discussing in small groups or pairs to arrive at the final answer, the teacher should circulate from group to group listening, answering questions and redirecting where necessary.

2. Students as ACTIVE learners.

Students’ active learning role is to try out and experiment with the new information. They should also enjoy group work because this enables them to do active things. Sitting through lectures with nothing to actually get involved in can be particularly difficult for active learners.

3. Appealing classroom activity.

Classroom activity must be appealing and meaningful to ensure students’ interest to learn. Example of interesting activities that can be use in the classroom are games, role play, language art and so on. These kind of activities will make the students feel eager to learn.

4. The use of ICT in classroom.

ICT is no doubt a very powerful tool. It helps to enhance the teaching and learning activity in the classroom. For instance, the use of clip video to deliver the content. It reduces teacher’s talking time and students will be more interested to watch the clip video.

5. Various teaching approaches.

Teacher should use different teaching approaches to meet the pupils’ different needs. In order to promote student-centred learning in the classroom, cooperative learning approach is a suitable approach that the teacher can implement in the classroom.

6. Various teaching aids.

Teaching aids should be vary so that students will not get bored and they will learn new things in every lesson. For instance, by using picture cards, charts, posters, relia, music and so on.

7. Suitable assessment.

Students should not feel burden and stress when dealing with assessment. Thus teacher should conduct suitable assessment to meet the students preferences. This is to ensure fairness in assessing them. Portfolio can be one way of assessing the students’ performance.

E-book (Before and After)

Hi everyone! It has been a while eyh. All right, in this entry I’m going to show you guys how I have modified my E-book and make it interactive to the children. I’m sure that you all know what E-book is all about right. It’s an electronic book and can be done by anybody including teachers. Here, I have used the most basic tool to do my E-book which is power point. I think that it is easier for me to use this tool to make an E-book as I can manage the pictures and words easily. So, without further ado, I will show you how I have modified my E-book.

This is my Before and After E-book pictures.

Before

After

 

Modifications:

1. The first modification that I make is changing the background. I learned during previous ICT class that children like colourful and striking background.

Before

After.

2. Besides that, I also changed the size of the font. I have make it bigger than the original one. I also changed the colour of the font. The reason behind this modification is so that pupils will be able to read clearly.

3. I also added up the question slide. In this slide, I use Dora the explorer character because she is quite a well-known character. She is asking whether the audience (pupils) can do certain things on their own. For example, can you brush your teeth by yourself? This question requires the audience to answer. If they answer ‘yes’, teacher can praise them. If they answer ‘no’, teacher can give them some advices. Thus, I think that there will be some interaction while reading.

 

Those are the three things that I have modified. If you have any suggestions on how to make it even better, feel free to share with me. Thanks guys 😉

Follow The Child

Hi everyone. Welcome to my 7th entry. In this entry I will talk about the personalised learning approach which we had learned in our previous class. Besides, I will also show you on how I illustrate this approach in my lesson through the tool that I have chosen.

What is Personalised Learning?

Personalized Learning puts the needs of students FIRST! Personalized Learning honors each student as an individual learner, recognizes that each student has his or her own learning style, unique gifts, interests, aspirations, and challenges to learning, and supports each student to learn in his or her own unique way.

It is  a blended approach to learning that combines the delivery of education both within and beyond the traditional classroom environment. It fosters a collaborative partnership between the teacher, parent, student and school that designs a tailored learning program for each student according to the needs and interests of each individual student.

Lesson plan

Year: 3

Proficiency: High proficiency

Topic: Body parts

Learning objectives: By the end of the lesson, pupils would be able to;

i) identify the human body parts

ii) design and name their own ‘Wild self’ based on their creativity.

iii) give feedback on their friends’ creations.

Previous knowledge: Animal’s body parts, clothes

Tool: Build Your Wild self.

Procedure:

1. Teacher asks the pupils to sing along ‘Head, Shoulder, Knees and Toes’ song before pre-teaches the nouns (body parts) to get them familiar with the nouns. (Pretest students’ knowledge before each unit)

2. Then teacher shows on how to utilize the tool step by step. (Deliver instruction through multiple forms of media)

3. Teacher gives instruction on what the pupils have to do.

4. Pupils run the tool and start creating their own ‘Wild Self’. Pupils decide on the gender and choose their own body parts, head gear, and clothes. (Practice independent work skills)

5. Teacher monitors and facilitates the pupils.

6. When they have done, teacher asks them to send their ‘Wild self’ creation to their friends through emails.

7. Their friends would have to give comments on their ‘Wild life’ creation but they will do this as homework. (Create a weekly “must-do” and “may do” list)

8. Teacher calls out a few pupils to present their ‘Wild life’ creation. Pupils explain about their creation.The other pupils would have to give feedback on their friends’ presentations. (Let students drive and gather and use immediate feedback on students’ understanding)

Basically, this is the flow of the lesson that I have incorporated with personalised learning approach. In a nutshell, this approach is very essential in ensuring every child has the opportunity to learn in their preferable ways.


Afterall, it is the process which empowers the learner to decide what, where, when and how they learn.

That’s all from me. Thanks for dropping by and feel free to comment on it. Your feedback is very much appreciated. 😉

 

Today I learn, Today I question.

Hi everyone. Welcome to my 6th entry. In this entry, I would reflect on my experience in doing the PPT task and watching the other groups’ presentations.

“WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE”

Wow!! Who could have thought that this game can actually be used in the classroom. Initially, I have this thought that ‘is it possible?’ I mean, by looking at the templates given, I felt like it was something impossible to be done.

However, it changed my mind when my group mates and I started playing with it. While playing, we explored how the game was done. And I thought that it was really interesting and fun and it could be done in a team work.

Yes! Teamwork is indeed very essential. More heads make idea work. In my group, not all of us are techno-savvy pro. I could say that Syamimi is the ‘pro’ in my group. She has better ‘talent’ in handling the PPT. So, she’s the head of this task. And after we discussed and decided on the topic, we came up with the questionnaires. We chose the topic on animal because we are doing this topic in our A3.

Our game was named ‘Who Wants to be Kung-fu Panda’. We were focusing on the Giant Panda’s characteristics such as its habitat, food, body type, group of animal and body’s colour. This game will be played during closure as we wanted to do it as a form of summarization. This game will summarize the lesson about Giant Panda.

To build the questionnaires was not really difficult because we had done it before many times. But to put it into the game was very challenging. Step by step was taken to make this PPT. It was not an easy task. Lots of clicking, copying, and pasting were required.There were times when we made mistake with the hyperlink and we had to change it all over again.

However, there are still rooms for improvement. In our PPT, we did not include graphics and audio. Graphic can be very essential in this type of game as it can attract the children’s interest. Besides that, audio can make the game more interesting. Winning sound can make the children happy with their achievement and it will definitely boost up their confidence. It’s a big shame that we omitted those parts.  Futhermore, the font that we used were not suitable for children. We could have used Comic sans as many of our friends had suggested and perhaps changing the font slightly bigger for better visual. Plus, we could have improved on the background layout to make it more appealing. Other that that, we could have used the rewarding system to make the game more challenging for the children.

When I saw the other groups’ PPT, all that I could say was KUDOS!!

I was amazed with their presentations. Some were very good indeed. They were very creative in improvising the WWTBAM game to suit the children’s level. They even came out with creative names such as ‘Who wants to be my sunshine’, ‘Who wants to be a pirate’ and so on. The names were also linked to the topic taught.

Looking back at all the PPT presentations, I could say that they were all very interesting and entertaining. Those PPTs are very suitable for children because they are fun and interactive. Futhermore, the rewarding system can make the children more competitive in playing the game. This type of game can challenge the children’s mind as well.

Talking about the feedback activity, frankly saying, it was not an easy task to do. Everything had to be done very fast. I had to focus on the presentations and give feedback on the spot. I did not even have the time to really reflect on their presentations. Futhermore, there were 12 groups that I need to give feedback on. Therefore, I suggest that, maybe we can take sometimes perhaps for us to give feedback to our friends before calling out the next group to present. However, I think that it was a good idea to give feedback after each presentation as our memory is still fresh and we can still remember exactly what has happened.

Overall, I think that ‘Today I learn, Today I question’ is a good learning style as we do not wait for tomorrow to question or reflect on what we have learned today. It is better if the idea is still fresh in our memory rather that keeping it until we forget about it.

I guess that’s all from me. Thanks for dropping by 🙂

Baking Life in ESL Classroom!!

Hi everyone. Welcome to my 5th entry. In this entry I will talk about a game on Facebook which can be used in an ESL classroom. The game that I have chosen is baking life. Baking life is just like any other Facebook games. It is simple, user friendly and users are guided with thorough instruction. Most of the time, the game will give you instruction on what to do by just clicking your mouse. Soon, you will be able to master the game because you will be doing the same routine everytime you play the game.

In my opinion, this game promotes language learning especially to the young learners. Pupils will be able to learn  follow instructions and at the same time enhance their vocabulary.

Here is the background of the lesson. It is just a simple lesson that suit with the pupils’ level of proficiency.

General Particular

Year: 2

Language proficiency: Average

Topic: Colours

Skills: Listening and writing

Previous knowledge: Shape

Learning objectives: By the end of the lesson, pupils will be able to;

i) create their own cupcake based on the description read by the teacher.

ii) create their own cupcake based on their creativity.

Procedures:

(noted that I only write the procedures during production stage where I utilize the game in my lesson)

1. Teacher asks pupils to bake a cupcake.

2. Teacher reads the descriptions of the cupcake and pupils follow the instructions. First, the pupils need to choose the liner for their cupcake. There are different colours and patterns of the liner.

2. In this lesson, the teacher asks them to choose the pink liner with the love shape.

3. After that, they need to choose the cake flavour. Teacher asks them to choose the red cake flavour.

4. Then, teacher asks them to add blue frosting flavour to their cupcake.

5. To complete the cupcake, they need to choose the topping. Here, teacher asks them to choose the small chef with the word ‘Welcome’.

6. After they have done, teacher checks their cupcake and makes sure they get the right cupcake.

7. Teacher then asks them to create their own cupcake using their own creativity as a reward.

In my opinion, I think that it is an interesting way to introduce colours to the pupils. Besides that, they also learn how to make a cupcake which they can practice later at their home. Thus, it is like killing two birds with one stone. Plus, they can enjoy the game at the same time. 😉

Have FUN with Kerpoof!!!

Hi everyone. Welcome to my 4th entry. But before that, I would like to wish you all Gong Xi Fa Chai. We are the Rabbitarians. It’s our year to rock. 🙂

In this entry I will talk about one tool that I found interesting and can be utilized in the classroom. It is the Kerpoof. I like this tool because it is all about having fun, discovering things and being creative!! There are so many activities that you can do with Kerpoof.

The Functions of the tool

1. Spell a picture

You get to choose any background and spell the picture. For example, in this picture, I spelled star and it created the image of star. This activity can help the children to learn spelling in an interesting way.

2. Make a Movie

This activity gives the children the opportunity to create their own movie. They get to choose their own storyline, background of the scenes and so on according to their creativity.

3. Make a Card

This activity gives the children the opportunity to be creative and create their own card. They can choose any theme that they like.

4. Make a drawing

This activity gives the children the opportunity to draw anything they like based on their creativity. They can utilized the tools given to create their own drawing. They can also learn about colours.

5. Make a picture

This activity gives the children the opportunity to make their own picture. They can choose any scene they want and start creating it. For example, I have chosen the scene ‘under the sea’. From this scene, children can also learn different types of fish.

6. Tell a story.

This activity gives the children the opportunity to create their own story. Besides that, they can also learn how to make simple sentences to make the story line.

The Limitations of the Tool

This tool is no doubt very interesting and fun for children. It can help to enhance their creativity as well. However, it is more towards language art and children do not learn much about vocabulary, grammar, etc. They only draw, spell a bit, make cards and so on. Eventhough the activity ‘Tell a story’ requires the children to make storyline, however it is not enough. They should have learn some vocabulary and grammar in the beginning before the make simple sentences. Besides that, this tool does not provide sound effects. It would be more interesting if it is completed with sound effects.

When can this tool be used?

This tool can be used during production stage where the children can practice what they have learned in the presentation stage. For example, today’s lesson is making a card for Mother’s Day. So the teacher will introduce the vocabulary related to the topic. Then by using the vocabulary that they have learned, they can create the Mother’s Day card.

The user friendliness from the teacher point of view.

This tool is quite easy to be utilized because the instruction is simple and clear. Therefore, I think that it’s user friendly. The instruction is in symbol form and some words such as ‘undo, redo, clear, and done’. Children can understand the instructions and would be able to use this tool without having too much problem.

The tool is suitable for which standard.

In my opinion, this tool is suitable for standard 4 onwards as they are big enough to handle with ICT tools. Futhermore, the activities provided are suitable for them as well.

In a nutshell, this tool is indeed very interesting and enjoyable. I will definitely use this tool to teach my pupils in the future. Children can start to take full advantage of the Kerpoof creativity suite on their own. They can be more creative in their own way. More

TPCK

Hi everyone. Welcome to my third entry. This entry is about TPCK and how I relate it with the lesson that I had carried out during my teaching practice.

I believe that after a thorough discussion about TPCK in the previous class, all of us now have idea about what it is all about. Besides, the three articles help us to understand better about the concept of TPCK.

TPACK or TPCK covers the 3 essential qualities of knowledge required by teachers for technology integration in their teaching. In this era of information, teachers need to know not just the subject matter they teach and the general pedagogical strategies, but also the manner in which the subject matter can be changed by the application of technology. I think we have been discussing about the importance of technology knowledge for teachers in the past three weeks.  Thus, I’m sure that all of us are aware of it. Now, talking about how I illustrate my lesson with TPACK, here’s my lesson’s background.

General Particular

Subject: English Language

Class: 3 Wibawa

Language of Proficiency: Mix Abilities

Enrolment: 25

Theme: World of Knowledge

Topic: Flora and Fauna (Animals actions)

Focused skill: Listening

Integrated skill(s): Reading, writing

Lesson objective(s): By the end of the lesson, pupils will be able to:

i) listen to the song and do the animals action

ii) associate the animal with its action.

Language focus: Action words (shake, stomp, swing, fly, leap, and slither)

Previous knowledge: Plural and singular verb, animals (elephant, leopard, bird, snake, bear and monkey)

Teaching aids: Laptop, speakers, animals’ sound, clip video, animals’ stick puppets and task sheets.

Set Induction:

For set induction, I had played the animals sound that I taught and asked the pupils to guess. There were six animals taught which are elephant, leopard, bird, snake, bear and monkey.

Pre Listening:

During this stage, I had introduced the language focus by associating the animals with their actions.

Elephant-stomps

Leopard-leaps

Snake-slithers

Bear-shakes

Monkey-swings

Bird-flies

After that, by using my laptop and speakers, I had played the clip video of The Animal Boogie to the pupils. I stopped at certain point and asked them question such as, ‘what’s animal stomping its feet?’. I played the clip video again, stopped at the second animal, and asked question related to the animal. I repeated these steps until I covered all the animals. Here, I have inserted the link of The Animal Boogie’s clip video from You Tube.

While-Listening.

In this stage, the pupils get to do the actions. I divided them into six groups and each group is given different animal. I also provided them with the animals stick puppets to represent their group. I played the clip video and they listened to the song first before they do the actions. Pupils waited for their turn to do the animals’ action. For instance, the elephant’s group had to listen to the song and when they heard ‘It’s an ELEPHANT!’ then only they stomp their feet. Same applied to the other groups.

Production.

Pupils had been given task sheets to be completed.  They were given sentences like ‘The monkey _________ from tree to tree. They had to fill in the blanks with the correct action word.

Closure

I concluded the lesson by re-calling all  the animals and actions that they had learned on that day.

In this lesson, the pedagogy strategy that I had applied was Total Physical Response because I asked the pupils to do the animal actions. It involved body movements such as stomping their feet, shaking their body, jumping, swinging and raising up their hands.

TPR can be used to practice and teach various things. It is well suited to teaching classroom language and other vocabulary connected with actions. Thus, I believe that TPR is an effective strategy to be used when it comes to teaching action words. I think the children can learn better when they can relate the verb with the action by demonstrating it.

In a nutshell, I can conclude that I had delivered the content which was about action words through TPR strategy and enhanced my lesson deliverance by showing clip video about the animal actions. I think that’s all for this post. If you have any query, comment, or suggestion on how to improve it, feel free to do so. Your comments are very much appreciated. 🙂

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