Archive for May, 2012


Day #60 – 25 May 2012

HAPPY TEACHER’S DAY! 😀

I was grumbling about the “apple green” theme that they set for the day—mostly because I don’t have anything apple-green. None of my kurung is in that colour, and I sure didn’t have time to go shopping for one in that colour. I can’t even BORROW one from anybody cos there are only a precious FEW people who are my size =.= (Jessie didn’t have any apple green ones. I asked.)

Anyway, it actually turned out kinda fun watching all the other teachers coming in in different shades of green, different styles. It was quite funny and cool at the same time, to look out over a sea of green 😉

Some of the female teachers looked really reallyyyyy good! Pn. Shahril, especially. Her kurung was beautiful, and her scarf was absolutely lovely! I can’t help staring at her—she’s always so pretty and fashionably dressed. 😀 (She later won Best Dressed Female :P)

It was kinda cool to march into the hall amidst the kompang and bunga mangga, and to have flower petals tossed over your head by the prefects! Felt a little like a wedding, though @.@ haha~

Then, we sang Kami Guru Malaysia and the new Guru Inovatif Melonjakkan Transformasi Pendidikan Negara. (It’s kind of a mouthful, isn’t it? @.@) At first, I didn’t like the new song. Kami Guru Malaysia had more……”feel”, you know? But the more you listen to it, the more it grows on you 🙂 So, I kinda like it now! It’s got a very modern feel 😛

Then we also performed a medley of folk songs! Enjit enjit semut, Lenggang Kangkung and Burung Kakak Tua. Um, it was actually very embarrassing! Cos we did actions and stuff, and even “lenggang”! xD But when you see Pn. Kalsom, the GPK Koko and even Pn. Ju, our Principal, bending over and walking like a “nenek tua”—it makes you want to be sporting as well. If they can do it, why can’t I? 😛

We also sang this song, called Biar Ku Menjadi Lilin (Pelangi) that was really really touching. I like the lyrics a lot. And some teachers were in tears by the end of it too. I find it a really apt song for teachers to sing. It’s absolutely beautiful :’)

Biarku menjadi lilin

Memberikan cahaya

Terangi sekeliling dengan diri terbakar

Tak siapa yang sedar

Di saat kegelapan rela aku berkorban

Demi satu harapan

Aku tak kan bertanya

Apakah nanti balasannya?

Setiap pengorbanan setiap pemberian

Demi satu ikatan

Keikhlasan di hati

Walaupun sering kau ragui

Pada suatu masa dan suatu ketika

Akan ketara jua

The other performances were alright. The Form One boys performed a dikir barat which they’d only practised for only two days because of exams. But I thought they were really good! 😀 And to see one of my boys, Idzral, leading the group, I felt an inexplicable feeling of pride. I didn’t even train him or anything, but I felt pride in his doing so well 🙂 There were many other boys from both the classes I teach up there in the dikir barat and also for the nasyid. Mostly, they were song performances. There was even a band, but they sang a song I didn’t really know. :/ The sajak declamation was also really good! I had no idea Syafiqah was so good at it 🙂 She was passionate, and very clear in her diction 🙂

But I guess the best performances of the day was when Mr. Zuraidi went up on stage and rocked it out! xD He’d picked a Malay rock song and was practically rocking it out onstage, much to the delight of the students! I tell you, they were waving their arms in the air and rocking out along with him! I was pretty shocked to see Mr. Zuraidi actually loosen his tie and flip his collar up—he looked quite like a gangster!! @.@ haha~ But he certainly got the whole crowd in the hall going! 😉 It was all in good fun. It is Teacher’s Day, anyway. 😛

Then, would you believe it? We still had Explorace for the teachers. So there was quite some running around. I had to run in my long maxi skirt! @.@ Goodness. Still, we ended up being the last group to complete the entire route. Sigh. Oh well, it’s not about the winning. It’s about having fun 😀

I was just looking forward to the Teacher’s Day lunch that Pn. Ju had so kindly sponsored. There were plenty of desserts and side dishes that teachers had also contributed. The dining hall was beautifully decorated with green streamers and balloons and ribbons. It made me wonder how many students had been involved in all this work. And there were students who were there to greet us and give us Big Apple donuts! xD Then they were also serving us as we ate. I felt quite sorry for them. They must be really hungry and tired, but they had to wait until the teachers were done before they could have a bite themselves. :/

Anyway, ate to my fill, even took some pictures with some students. 🙂

Had a really fun day, and received so many presents that I had to use my big TESCO recyclable bag to carry them all! 😀

I was very touched by some of their gifts, gifts from students I never expected from too. Some were students that I didn’t even teach, but had entered their classes for relief a couple of times. How sweet of them! 😀 There were chocolates and scented candles, a pretty face towel, paper holders, a tupperware(!), pens etc. It was lovely to receive presents. 🙂 But I didn’t really mind if there weren’t any, either. There were students who actually came up to me, wished me a Happy Teacher’s Day, and then apologized for not getting me anything! @.@ I told them it was not necessary, and a sincere wish from them was more than enough 😀

But the best ending to a great day was driving home to Home Sweet Home Seremban, after having not come home for about a month.

It’s good to be home. 🙂

Now, to enjoy my two weeks of holidays! 😉

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! 😀

 

p.s: I have handed in the draft of my thesis, and I just finished marking my students’ essays. I guess I can really enjoy my holidays now!! 😛

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Day #59 – 24 May 2012

Been busy marking papers each time I enter classes to invigilate for exams. And it’s taking me FOREVER.

Seriously, I realize it’s not that easy to mark papers. And I am so so so sooo grateful that I’m marking Form 1 papers! I look at Sun marking Form 4 and I shudder. They write much more than the Form Ones, so there’s much more to correct and read.

For the Form Ones, although I lament that they don’t write enough (how can you write less than half a page for a 25-mark essay???!!! >.<) I am secretly thankful for the many who do. Because if each of them wrote a-page-and-a-half long essay, I’d be marking their essays till next year! @.@

Okay, I’m exaggerating.

But you get my point, don’t you? I mean, I already have a headache marking their short error-filled essays. I can’t imagine if they’d written pages! =.=

At least I’m done with 1 Best’s English paper 2. I’m now working on 1 Buck’s. Thankfully, 1 Buck seems to be faring much better. Phew. I was beginning to get worried.

I think 1 Best lacks practice. They really don’t write enough. Sigh. When they don’t, there’s nothing much I can do. With so short an essay, they cannot get higher than a C band. What can I do? 😦

Oh, would you believe that I relieved a class that was playing ping pong at the back of the class after their exams? @.@ Yup, my first time hearing of (and seeing) such a thing too! xD

Anyway, I got my first Teacher’s Day gift today! 😀

It was from Aqilah, because she says she won’t be coming to school tomorrow since her family has a prior engagement. Want to see it? 🙂

Wrapped very neatly in a sweet teddy-bear motif wrapper 🙂

Guess what it is? 😛

Awwww. It was so sweet of her! I was very touched that she planned to give it to me in advance because she wasn’t coming tomorrow.

Such a sweet girl, Aqilah. Small and tiny and petite—like me! 😉

EXAMS ARE OVER!!!!! 😀

Ooh~ I’m excited! Teacher’s Day celebrations tomorrow and then it’s a two-week break!

Whoohoooooo~

btw, I think I’m done with my Draft #2 for my academic exercise. Hope to get it printed and delivered to Dr’s pigeon hole by today. Then I can truly enjoy my holidays! 😀 Hope everything goes well! 🙂

Today was a hot, hot, HOT day.

It was tough invigilating some classes. You know, at one something in the afternoon, when the sun is scorching, and it’s humid, and everywhere you look is glaringly bright?

Then you enter a class for invigilation, where the teacher’s table is “strategically” placed at a spot where there is no ceiling fan, and the students are all hot and bothered, and most are already sleeping, having completed their paper.

In those classes, I force myself to walk around the classroom; otherwise, I know I’d have to fight to keep my eyes open! @.@

4 Set was one of those classes. But surprisingly, for a class that didn’t give me any problems before, a couple of the boys at the back were acting up today. I had no idea why. They’d finished their Bio 2 paper waayyyyyy too early, it seems, and then were fidgety the entire time after. I had to keep giving them the evil eye so they’d stop whispering and giggling amongst themselves =.= I know they weren’t copying or trying to get answers from each other, but still. They’re not supposed to be talking during exams.

Anyway, when I got back to the staffroom, there was a fiasco, according to Sun. Apparently, there was a miscommunication between the Biology teachers and nobody had set the Biology Paper 2.

Ahem. I repeat.

NOBODY HAD SET THE BIOLOGY EXAMINATION PAPER 2!!!

What happened was, this teacher thought the other teacher was doing it, and that teacher thought this teacher was doing it, and the teacher who was supposed to have done it had no idea she was supposed to be doing the paper and was conveniently on leave today too! @.@

And they discovered this barely a few hours before the paper began for the Form Fours!

So, one of the teachers quickly grabbed a copy of last year’s examination paper from the question bank and got it photocopied. It was a miracle that they managed to rezzo all the question papers, sort them and staple each set in time for the paper!

Sun was anxiously waiting in the classroom mere minutes before the exam began with no paper in sight. And thankfully, the papers arrived in the nick of time. Well, they started a liiiiittle late, but it was a miracle, nonetheless.

Sun said the students actually noticed that the papers were a little “hot”.

Well, duh, since they were just “hot” from the “oven”!!! xD

Phew. But seriously, I was completely appalled. How could things like that happen? How could they miss out a paper? Thankfully, a real disaster was avoided. Otherwise, I think some heads were gonna roll! *gulp*

Oh, and the Nazir did another surprise inspection today! But I have not heard anything yet, so I think we didn’t fare as badly as we did the last one. Which is good, I guess. 🙂

Exciting day, eh? 😉

Day #56 – 22 May 2012

I had the shock of my life when Kak Ida gave me my relief slips and I was supposed to have entered 3 Gem at 8.10am when it was already 8.45am! @.@

Goodness.

Thankfully, Pn. Norpizah had already started the Science Paper 1 for them, and I supposed to just take over for the next 5 minutes. Unfortunately, it was havoc in the class as well.

Missing pages, missing questions, unclear diagrams….!!! @.@

Pn. Isramimi must have been running all around like a chicken who’d lost its head! I know I felt like I was one, when one student after another kept raising their hands to ask me questions about the paper. And it began the moment I sat down during relief!

Pn. Hanira was supposed to relieve the class after me, but she was late by…25 minutes. She had gotten her relief slip late too. She looked very flustered as well. >.< It was alright, though. I myself was late too, at no fault of mine. So I could understand that. Seriously, relief is very important! Especially for the first two periods.

Anyway, I also got relief for 4 Best today. And it was embarrassing.

There are a couple of problematic boys in 4 Best too. The kinds with bad attitudes. >.<

Apparently I had a teeny tiny piece of tissue stuck to the corner of my lip, and these nothing-better-to-do boys, noticed. Even in the midst of my exams. Which is nothing really, if he hadn’t kept trying to tell me DURING THE EXAM, and making the entire two rows of boys there STARE AT ME TOO.

I couldn’t exactly let them see me attempt to remove whatever it was that was on my face which I couldn’t see, right? >.< So I ignored the boy, gesturing wildly at his lip, trying to tell me I had something there.

When I got safely back to the staff room, I was annoyed to see that it was such a tiny sliver of tissue that it was barely noticeable! >.< ISH.

Boys.

Don’t they have anything better to do than this? =.=

Day #55 – 21 May 2012

Today was quite packed with relief classes.

I thought I could get some of my thesis editing work done, but I didn’t even take my laptop out of its bag! Basically just brought it from my room and back, just as it is =.=

2 Best was noisy. They weren’t having a paper, which is a relief. But at the same time, it makes it harder to control them. Because they’re apparently in “study” mode, but they’re noisy like crazy! @.@

I had to reprimand them quite sternly because the Form Ones next door were having exams for ICT. Also, a boy had gone missing for the first 15 minutes I was in the class—Irfan. Two of the girls went to get him from 2 Perd. >.< He’s got a very defiant and rebellious face, that’s for sure. But somehow, I have a feeling that he’s actually a good kid. The last time I was in their class, we played the “Word Formation” game and he was hard at work! Which makes me believe that he’s smart, and alright. Just hanging with the wrong crowd, probably.

So I talked to him, told him that he really needed to be in class, especially if there’s a teacher. Because if anything happened to him, like if he fell down into the longkang, I’d be responsible. I told him to use his time wisely and prepare for the next exam paper.

He didn’t want to look at me, really. But at the end of it, I really appreciated the fact that, after I’d reprimanded and advised him a little, he actually said, “Terima kasih, Cikgu.” It felt nice 🙂

5 Buck was a really good class. No problems whatsoever. Even though almost ALL were done with the paper by the time I entered the class (it was Pendidikan Seni objective paper), they were basically silent.

It’s really peaceful and nice to enter classes like that. No worries at all! 😀

1 Best, on the other hand, was restless as usual. And even though they were doing Maths Paper 2, I think it was too simple for them! Half an hour into the paper, they were almost done! And they had another one hour and fifteen minutes to go! >.<

And boy, do Form 1 kids LOVEEEEEEEEEEE to fidget! @.@

They’ll scratch here, and scratch there, swing their feet, tap on the table, knock on the doors, giggle at the smallest things, sigh loudly, YAWN loudly, stretch the arms wide, sharpen their pencils etc. and goodness knows what else! My gosh. It’s really tiring invigilating a Form 1 class. You can’t sit down for too long because they will do something that will make you have to get up!

Scolded Nash today, and almost made sure he got a zero for the paper. He was just making too many disruptions during the class, and I had given him many chances already. I took his paper from him, and wrote a note to Mr. Syakir, the teacher marking their Maths papers, that he was talking during the exam.

I know he wasn’t copying from people. Still, it’s annoying. And these are rules during an examination that you are supposed to follow. You can’t just whisper and talk and laugh and giggle with your friends and then disrupt the class by knocking over this and that! It’s distracting >.<

And when I asked him if he had anything to say for himself, he said no. Not even an apology, which I was not expecting to get, anyway. But I made him promise me that he would not do such things again.

Well, that’s progress I suppose.

But then again, he’d promised me he’d behave in class before too. Look where that got us! =.=

Day #54 – 18 May 2012

Something happened today.

I knew I had to invigilate 1 Buck today during my English period for their Maths Paper 1. But I knew that a relief was coming. Every day, we’d definitely get relief classes. It’s only a matter of how many. The problem with that is, we’d find out what classes we had to relieve only on that morning, and if you’re lucky, you don’t have to begin any papers. But if you’re UNLUCKY, you get relief for like, maybe the second period, so you have a mini heart attack in the morning figuring out which paper that class is taking (Physics/Economy/Perdagangan), where the class is (I’ve taken that for granted once, and I entered the wrong class! T.T) etc.

Every morning, it’s like that for us.

So, as usual, I waited for my relief sheet(s) from Kak Ida. Oh, goody. Only ONE relief class today. I gasped.

4 Gemilang.

The scariest class in the entire school. @.@

But wait. There’s something else there. Hm, it’s written 4 Gem/4 Waw. Must be a PJK period. Which means there’s another teacher who has been assigned these two classes! Maybe if I go early I get to choose 4 Waw instead of 4 Gem! I’m terrified of 4 Gem, especially after the chaos that happened yesterday @.@

Anyway, I got there early for relief, but ran into Cikgu Asri, the discipline teacher, outside of 4 Waw. I explained that we both got 4 Gem and 4 Waw for our relief classes. He very nonchalantly asked me to enter 4 Gem on the opposite building instead. Little did he know my heart was POUNDING inside, all the way to the class! T.T I was praying, “Oh, please God, don’t let anything happen, please don’t let anything happen…”

When I reached the class, who was inside the class but Mr. Z (I won’t give his name, because I’m not gonna be portraying him in a very flattering manner here). He was standing at the door when I arrived. Do you know what he said when he saw me?

“Oh, baguslah Cikgu kamu dah datang. Sukalah kamu, dapat Cikgu ni kan?” Then he turned to me and asked, “Mereka suka tak kamu masuk kelas mereka?” while the class jeered and wolf-whistled.

I really didn’t know how to respond. But personally, I felt so…humiliated. How could he say something like that? I was their teacher. When you say things like that, isn’t it a little derogatory? And how would the students see me? And coming from YOU, who are someone quite high up in the administration! >.<

It was really humiliating. And when I set my things down, I had also realized that he had written the wrong time length for the paper on the board. Instead of a one hour and 15 minute paper, he had written “Satu jam“. Obviously, he didn’t even know or even followed the exam schedule we were given. The students wouldn’t know, nor would they care.

And would you know it? Almost the entire class was laughing and talking. Some were working silently, but the rest were just doing all sorts of things. Walking up to go sharpen their pencils, throwing erasers to each other, actually ASKING FOR ANSWERS from a neighbour. Which I think is quite futile, because I doubt their friend knows the right answer anyway. So it didn’t really make a difference. And when I asked them to keep quiet, or sit down, they didn’t really bother. And I was so terrified they’d get mad at me and turn on me or something! :O

What I tried to do was push them into trying their Perdagangan paper. I told them to try, because they weren’t even. Some had just resorted to making patterns on their OMR sheets: AAAAA CCCCC AAAAA BBBBB etc. >.< They had just given up, most of them. I told them to try, because mathematically, you had a 25% chance of getting it right. So why not try, right?

They didn’t care. They really didn’t. And I couldn’t threaten them with getting a zero like I could in the other classes because, frankly, I’m sure they don’t give a hoot that they get a zero for the paper. It’s not like they had a high chance of getting an A.

Which made me really sad 😦

But I seriously could not control the class. And what I was worried about most was that their noise was going to disrupt the other classes who were sitting for the paper. So I told those who were done (and most of them were) to just lie down and take a nap. You know, at least they’re not making noise.

What do you think—did they listen to me?

Of course not.

I was at my wits’ end, and completely exasperated when, lo and behold, the knight in shining armour arrived!

Cikgu Asri came in and suggested we switched classes.

OMG THANKGODTHANKGODTHANKGOD.

The moment he stepped foot into the classroom there was absolute silence.

SILENCE, I tell you. No kidding!

I was so grateful to enter the very-silent 4 Waw. Phew.

From my side of the building, I could see right into 4 Gem. And boy, did they look like they were being creamed by Cikgu Asri. And in just a few minutes, he had them all lying flat with their faces on the tables!

How does he do it? @.@

And about ten minutes later, Pn. Juriah, the PRINCIPAL, walked past 4 Waw. OMG, if she had walked past me feebly attempting to control 4 Gem, I don’t know how I can ever repair my reputation as a teacher! T.T So, seriously, thank God. The timing was just right. :/

Anyway, after we were back in the staff room, I thanked Cikgu Asri for getting me out of that pickle. Otherwise, I don’t WHAT would have happened! >.<

Day #53 – 17 May 2012

Entered my 1 Buck for invigilation today during their History paper.

Goodness, I don’t know if it’s the kids nowadays, but they’re really very challenging to invigilate! @.@ They’re not only restless, but they do things that seem to TEST your patience, really.

There’ll be whispering, giggles, and goodness knows what else. I got really annoyed and had to threaten them with a big fat ZERO for their History paper if I hear another peep out of them! >.<

Hm, it seems like I often get annoyed in this class.

No, I often get annoyed, period! @.@

Anyway, was in the staff room working on my thesis before my next relief class in 4 Bakti. Then I heard a few of the teachers talking. Pn. Salina, Pn. Kamishah and Pn. Hazliza. They were complaining about 4 Gemilang, the last class in Form Four.

They’re the infamous class of the school, I believe. Within the first few weeks of being in this school, I knew this was the class to watch out for. I dreaded entering the class because they were an all-boys class who were rowdy and boisterous with an I’m-not-scared-of-you attitudes.  They’re rebellious, they’re defiant, and God forbid you ever make one of them angry! :O Sure, there are about one or two boys who are all right, but the rest just scare me, honestly. I’ve tried being strict. Doesn’t really work. I found that being a little friendlier with them might get you farther; still, there’s always the fear of not knowing what could happen in the class, even if it’s just a single period of relief. A fight could break out, or they could just gang up and beat you up.

Okay, maybe the last one’s not possible, but still. The bottom line is, I am terrified of that class. @.@

Then I realized that other teachers didn’t just share my fear, they shared a mutual contempt for the class. I couldn’t help eavesdropping (because they were talking quite loudly in the staff room) and I heard them saying about how hopeless that class is, and how it’s such a waste of time to teach them because they can’t be taught; that it would be better to just open up a restaurant and let them all work there—would be better than trying to prepare them for their SPM.

My initial reaction was one of horror. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing coming out from the mouths of fellow teachers and educators! We’re supposed to teach our charges. How could they just give up on them like that? I couldn’t help feeling sorry for 4 Gem. 😦

On the other hand, as I thought about it, I understood where these teachers were coming from. Although it was not pleasant to the ears, I’m sure many other teachers feel the same way. I wonder, myself, where I stand in this. I do believe that there are some who just don’t thrive in our kind of education system, and they suffer terribly in it. Yet, I also want to believe that everybody is teachable, and no matter what, there is still a little something that they can always learn, or take away, even if it as simple a matter as greeting you in the morning.

Who’d have thought, when I was in 4 Bakti, the infamous 4 Gem created a havoc just directly opposite the building, disrupting the other classes sitting for exams. Apparently, they had finished theirs early (Mr. Zaini was supposed to be in their class but he’d left early @.@) and they burst into the Happy Birthday song and started running and screaming around, and then I saw them playing flour too! @.@

Like I said, HAVOC.

What do we do with students like these? Is there anything that a teacher can do? 😦

Day #52 – 16 May 2012

I had posted on my students’ FB groups, wishing them the best for their Mid-Year examinations, giving them some advice about sleeping early, etc. Then I had told them that because of the new invigilation schedule, teachers won’t be entering classes following their individual schedules anymore. And since I was assigned to the Upper Form classes, I would not be seeing them till  after the holidays.

Then, of course they had to make an announcement saying that teachers are to revert back to following their individual timetables and not the new invigilation one =.=

So when I entered the class, they asked me, “But Teacher, I thought you said….?”

Shy only lar. Sigh.

Anyway, I started the BM 1 paper for 1 Best this morning. They were given only an hour, but most of them were already restless and sleeping on their arms with more than half an hour to go! @.@ Which made it difficult for me, because Nash kept kicking the back door, and Afiq kept giggling, and Aswad was scratching himself like a monkey. =.=

I noticed that pattern though. The students are usually very quiet at the beginning of any paper. But they tend to get restless after the first half an hour. Try any paper, doesn’t matter which exam. It’s usually like that. So that’s why I take the first half an hour to sit down and do my work at the teacher’s table, but of course, with a roving eye that keeps looking up at them every few minutes, just to make sure they’re not doing anything fishy.

But after the first half hour, I know that I have to start getting up and walking around. With the Lower Form, I can still walk in between the rows and sneak up on them. Usually, I check on their progress, to see how far they’ve gotten along with their answers. It’s then that I will notice who are the slow ones, and I’ll ask them to hurry up, depending on how much time they have left for the paper.

For the Upper Forms, however, I realized that I can’t walk in between the rows of students anymore. I used to do that. Then only recently I noticed that when I’m walking down one end, the other rows may use that chance to whisper an answer to a friend, or a send signals to each other while I’m not looking! @.@ So, with the Upper Forms, I stand right at the front, or at the back of the classroom, so I can have a pan-eagle view of the entire class and all the students.

Sometimes, it’s not that you don’t want to give them the benefit of the doubt, but when you trust them too much, they usually make you regret it. So, that’s how you learn, I guess? :/

Started the BM 2 paper in 1 Perdana, which is the new class I’ll be taking on after the holidays. That’s because their English teacher, Mr. Thina, will be teaching the Form 6 students who have just come in, and won’t be able to take the Form 1 classes anymore. I’m taking over one of his two Form 1 classes—1 Perd.

They’re a tough class to be in, for sure. Well, at least for me. They’re somehow not afraid of me. And there are a couple of troublemakers in the class that I wish I can really put in their place. >.< I still haven’t mastered the “mean teacher” role I should have in classes like this. I try, but it doesn’t seem to work the way I want it to.

Anyway, I have had a taste of what it’ll be like to teach 1 Perd, and I’m not looking forward to it, frankly speaking. >.< Thank God I’m done with observations, and hopefully by then, with my thesis too, and so I can just  do the best that I can without any pressure 🙂

 

btw, Happy Teacher’s Day to all the teachers out there who strive and struggle every single day for the sake of their students. I will always respect and honour what you do, more so because I’m in those shoes myself. And I can only hope to be the kind of teacher my teachers were to me 😀 I ask for God’s blessing so that I may bless those entrusted to me. And that is my prayer for all the dedicated teachers out there as well 🙂

Day #51 – 15 May 2012

1 Buck was late today. I knew that they had BM period before my English, and they are always called to go to the library for their BM lessons, but the past few Tuesdays (that I remember) they were already waiting for me in class, so I had thought that they were able to get off a little earlier so they can walk back to class from the library in time for my class.

But not today, apparently! Of all times to be late—when I only had a single period lesson to teach summary writing! >.<

I was glad that, when they entered the class late, they actually apologized to me, saying, “Sorry, we’re late, Teacher.” It’s really nice. 🙂 Again, I wish I had praised them for it in class. ARGH, why aren’t my responses fast enough? Do I only think of doing all these things only after I reflect on them? Sigh.

They have done summary writing before. Pn. Kartini had done it with them before I took over the class, so they were alright. Just needed a little refresher, I suppose 🙂 So the lesson was smooth and problem-free today. None of them gave me any cheek, they were serious and did their work, and all was great! 😀 (I guess they’re serious when I give them hints that it’s important for their exams! @.@)

I feel relieved. 🙂

Anyway, I wished them well for the exams, and I know I will be praying for each and every one of them. I sincerely hope they will do well 😀

ALL THE BEST!

I had changed my lesson plan for today; the reason for it mentioned here.

So, instead of discussing the Grammar Practice I had given them (I didn’t have time to! T.T) I taught them summary writing. Now, I’m not a fan of summary writing, never have. I was never really good at summaries. I was just quite bad at zooming in on the main points and always had the problem of including the supporting details because I thought they were important, when they weren’t.

So to teach this as an impromptu lesson with not much preparation? SCARY. @.@

Still, I had some time to prepare a rough, very rough, lesson plan to teach them. I was very worried for 1 Best because this will be the first time they are going through this, on summary writing. And it’s a skill that is really not that easy to acquire and takes a lot of practice to master. :/

Anyway, I did the best that I could so I could prepare them for the exams.

I was rushing to get to 1 Best just after my relief class in the Upper Form even though it was the Lower Form’s recess because I had written my own short essay for them to work on for the summary. However, due to the lack of time, I would have to write the passage on the board in order for us to work out the steps of summary writing together as a class. Since I only had one period, spending time to write the passage on the board seemed like a waste of precious time. So I planned to enter the class during their recess to write the passage, so that when they enter the class, the passage is all done and ready, and we could start immediately.

Then, as I was taking the lift down to the ground floor, I met Mr. Thinaharan. He stopped me and asked if I’d like some notes for the summary writing. He showed me a passage on the benefits of Facebook that he had managed to get the office to photocopy and had just given them to his class to prepare them for the exams. He had asked them to make 120 copies, so would I like to take them for my class too?

Would I? Of COURSE I would! It was godsend! 😀

This way, I would not have to waste time writing the passage on the board, and the students will have something to refer to if they needed to do revision. It was great! I must remember to thank him again tomorrow 🙂

So when I got to my class, I just needed a few minutes to prepare the main points for the summary writing. I had already planned out a step-by-step lesson to write a summary:

Step 1: Highlight the main points (identify only the main points; no supporting details/examples/irrelevant information)

Step 2: Change any words or sentence structure to your own (reduce the number of words, or say it in a different way, but do not change the meaning)

Step 3: Use linking words eg. Next, Besides that, In addition, Lastly, Finally etc.

Step 4: Write it out, then count the number of words (NOT more than 60!!)

A simple step-by-step procedure that I taught them today for summary writing. However, there wasn’t much time for them to copy notes into their books, or anything. I was in too much of a rush. I can only hope that whatever I delivered to them, they’d be able to retain at least some of it. And I worry that since they have not done this before, they’re not going to have an idea how difficult it is, until they sit for the paper. Then they’re really going to suffer. I am so worried that they will not have enough time! T.T

Bottom line is, I’m really worried for them, I am. They’re the weaker ones and they’re the ones who have not done summary writing before. Yikes. >.< But hopefully they’ll be okay for the rest of the other sections.

Their exams start tomorrow. But the English papers are on Thursday. I can only pray and hope that I have prepared them enough to fend for themselves come Thursday. Will be praying for all my students. I hope they will do well 🙂

p.s: They were very well-behaved today. And quietly did their work when I asked them to. I also noticed Azim being extra participative these few days. I should have complimented him on it in class. He doesn’t always get the answers right, but I love that he tries 😀 If only more students did that too!