Category: Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving

Oh my.

Can you imagine it? Children as young as 7 years old — obese?

Adolescents, who are supposed to be in the prime of their life, active with physical activities and such — obese?


Sadly, that is the situation not only in Malaysia, but around the world as well. This global phenomenon certainly has dire consequences on our future generation, and our future as a nation too.

Obesity is not a health problem in itself. What is scary about obesity is that it affects various other organ systems and compromises the length of your lifespan.

And the scary truth is, it is currently affecting even children and adolescents.


For my subject “Physical Education — Organization of Sports” we had to do journal article reviews and give a personal response to them as well (seems to be a rather popular task in the Faculty of Education,Β eh?)

The three articles that we were supposed to work on, I chose on the topic of obesity. There were numerous articles on that topic and I even discovered one (to my surprise) called theΒ Journal of Obesity.

Wow. Can you imagine? A whole journal dedicated to the issue and global epidemic of obesity.

Which proves how serious a problem it is. >.<

This is a simpler assignment where we had to review 3 articles and give short responses in a total of 5-6 pages.


I learned a lot on obesity from this assignment. And again, dealing with e-journals from the library’s databases was something that was getting more and more familiar, although it was as tedious as ever.

Nevertheless, I learned a lot through this assignment — about obesity and writing short reviews and summaries and giving my response to it πŸ™‚


Read on if you want to have a look !

Journal Article 1:Β Boutelle

Journal Article 2:Β Ozturk

Journal Article 3:Β SR Daniels

Essay:Β Obesity



Time really flies.

It’s now nearing the end of the first semester of my third year.

This sem has been really busy that I feel like I have not had much time to breathe.

Finals are coming up soon and I’m still doing assignments. I have yet to start some real, sit-down, proper studying for the exams. Which I guess means that I am as good as dead this time >.<


Oh well, as always, in all things, I try to do the best that I can with what I have (however limited time I have).

So for my SPKG evaluations this sem, I will do what I have time for. It will not be much, but hopefully it is enough πŸ™‚


Anyway, for this post, I want to show you one of the assignments I did for Learner Diversity. Everybody was doing topics on Autistic Children, ADHD Children, Culturally Diverse Children.

I chose a topic I was quite interested in.

Sexual Minorities.

Yes, it is sort of a taboo subject in Malaysia. My question is “Why?”

Although yes, the government, the official religion (Islam), the society, the schools — do not recognize sexual minorities like lesbians, gays and bisexuals (LGB), that does not mean that they do not exist do they?

Facing facts, sexual minority individuals do exist in our society, regardless of whether we want to acknowledge the fact or not.

What happens to these individuals, especially LGB youth? They are oppressed to silence, they are discriminated against, they are just not acknowledged.

And what does that do to them?

Studies have shown that these LGB youth are at a higher risk for substance abuse, suicide attempts and drop outs not because they are gay, for example, but because of how they are treated for being gay !

Schools, especially, are supposed to provide our youth, regardless of whether they are the typical adolescent, or a sexual minority individual, with a safe learning environment to realize their highest potential. If we do not address such issues, or if the teachers themselves shy away from the topic and refuse to understand them, then what will happen to our youth?

The article I chose talks about preparing future teachers to address the issue of sexual minority youth through teacher education. I thought it was extremely thought-provoking and triggered me to question the situation of sexual minorities in Malaysia.


Interested? Go ahead and read my journal article review and personal response to it πŸ™‚

Here’s the journal article:Β LGB Youth

And my essay:Β Sexual Minorities and Teacher Education.

Enjoy reading ! I hope this will be an eye-opener as it has been for me πŸ™‚

We are supposed to do a review on any chosen article about either education or social issues.

I do not know why, but I chose to do something on the topic of “Integrating ICT in Education.”

So this is my article:

Integrating ICT and multicultural aspects within the classroom: the SAIL project

And this is my review πŸ™‚

Integrating ICT is not as easy as it seems

Happy reading ! πŸ™‚

The first weekend in January of the second semester of session 2009/2010 – 8th to the 10th – was a weekend that I was not looking forward to. At first.

Us girls lepak-ing by the pool !

We were told that our entire class of TESL/2 has been selected by Dr. Hamidah Yamat@Ahmad (onward referred to as Dr. H) to go for a trip. Not just any trip, mind you. But a compulsory trip. (Read: had no other choice)

Like any other spoiled child, we grumbled and whined “Why meeee??? Why do we have to gooo???” =.=”

It turned out to be one of the most fun trips I had ever had !

This trip, as was eventually explained to us by Dr. H herself, was actually a training camp. Train for what, we asked. Oh, to train you to be the facilitators for the English Camp we are going to conduct in Kundang Ulu, Johor the following weekend of course, she answered.

We were literally speechless >.<

As part of the research project Dr. H was conducting called Program Kecemerlangan Akademik Pendidikan Sekolah (PKAPS), we were to carry out a 2 day English camp at a secondary school in Kundang Ulu – as facilitators.

And for that, we would have to be trained and briefed.

Phase I: Training Camp (8-10 January 2010) at the Bougainvillea Resort, Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan.

Dearest Yana, Ana and Shan ! πŸ™‚ We make 1Malaysia hehe

For this program, we also joined forces with our final year TESL-UKM seniors, whom we were not acquainted with. Until then of course.

The aim of this camp was to first, brief the facilitators (us !) on what PKAPS was all about, and how the school in Kundang Ulu is like. Next was to train the facilitators (that’s us !) on how to conduct fun language classes with poor proficiency students in rural area schools. Finally, to brainstorm together on activities and tasks that will not only be fun and interesting, but also effective English language learning stuff; which will eventually be published in an activity book of sorts as reference for other educators. πŸ™‚

We were divided into groups comprising of us, second year students as well as our seniors. As a team, we were supposed to come up with ideas for fun activities that we could do with the kids in Kundang Ulu to stimulate their interest in learning the English Language and not to give up, just yet. πŸ™‚

Yes, it was hard work. For hours on end, we would just sit and discuss and brainstorm for ideas for various aspects of language learning – teaching grammar, vocabulary, listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. We had to fine-tune the details of each activity – the materials needed, the aims and objectives, the advantages.

Playing Snap! in our free time πŸ˜›

By the end of the first day there, I felt like all my brain juices had been squeezed out. I was mentally drained.

However, we all came alive when it was our break time ! πŸ˜›

This was our first time out on a trip like this as a class. You can’t blame us for wanting to relax and have fun ! We were at a resort by the beach ! πŸ™‚

Then it was back to work again. Presenting our ideas to the rest of the groups, giving feedback to one another to improve on our ideas. We each had gotten to know our group members well by then, friendship sealed by hysterical laughter and sly teasing πŸ™‚ Discussions were tough, but we each contributed, giving our best to come up with good, workable ideas.

Finally, we compiled everything, the materials for our exciting first, real (well, for me, anyway) teaching experience ready and waiting.

Despite all the hard work, we enjoyed ourselves, fostered friendships with seniors I would not have known were it not for this program, as well as drew closer to my fellow course mates whom I knew, but never really knew. πŸ˜›

Our group: Just Do It ! That's It ! *lol*

The long-dreaded weekend in PD turned out to be one of the sweetest memories I have with my fellow TESLians. I had never laughed so much in my life before !

It was exciting, thinking of all the kids waiting for us in Kundang Ulu. Think of what we had in store for them !

I am honestly privileged to have been a part of this program – it was certainly an enriching and valuable experience I hope I never forget. πŸ™‚

TESL/2 (Can you see it in the sand? ^^)

Enjoying the windy sea breeze of PD air πŸ™‚