Friday, October 30, 2009

English Literature books

I've got hold of these books yesterday and I'm still in the midst of reading the F4 & F5 poems, short stories and drama. I've only read through the poems as I was swarmed with tons of works, pending and waiting to be executed. (operational work plan, students' essays, ICELT, 2010's allocation of classes...the list goes on) I'm so glad that CDC is producing a handbook on this for all the teachers. That would greatly assists us teachers who might have myopic views on the latest English Literature Component. I was also informed by Kak Rahmah that there are novels for the F3 & F5 next year but the titles are yet to be announced. How I pray that they would choose something exciting and appealing to the learners. I think anything by Anita Desai would be apt, I like her styles of writing. Hemmingway's The Old Man and The Sea is also a great read, it's very straightforward (plus point especially when you're teaching the weaker students) but again, that's just my own personal opinion. We just have to wait patiently for the announcement by the MOE.

Apart from that, I'm planning to develop a learning module that could assist the students in understanding these literary texts better. My current LIT Module would be redundant by next year..too bad, after all the hard work. Ah well, life goes on and there's no use to mull over the past. After all, the experience would definitely assist me in developing the new one yeah. Think positive!

Developing our own materials require a great deal of patience and perseverance. It's a painstaking process, believe me... so, I'm taking it a step at a time. I'll collaborate with my colleagues so we could finish it faster and after all, two heads (or more) are better than one. Need to scout more information online or perhaps, hop into the bookstores nearby. Hopefully, I can do it during the school holidays, Insya Allah.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Time to strategise!

It's that time of the year for the English Panel strategic planning 2010. Yes siree, the same old thing I would say except for surprise, surprise, a new format that was implemented by JPNJ. Next year, Jey is no longer our Head of Panel (bummer!) as she'll be teaching the Sixth Formers. Only time would tell who would be appointed as the new Head Of Panel. During the LET meeting just now, we put our heads together and brainstormed strategic work plan to optimise the students' performance.

As one of the ICT co-coordinators in my school, I was assigned to design the templates for Pelan Strategik, Pelan Tindakan & Pelan Operasi that are standardised for every department. One more thing, it seems that the new format requires one to jot down the Pelan Induk Pembangunan Pendidikan (PIPP) codes for every operational planning. Imagine, having to leaf through the thick PIPP manual, it would take ages to get through all the cores, focus and strategies! Thus, I've compiled all the PIPP codes in one document so that it becomes an easy reference to every panel.

If you are interested, you can download it too. Sharing is caring!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Photo Essay: Action Research Seminar 2009

The introduction.

L.I.T. Module in practice.

Explaining my L.I.T. Module to the audience.

Picking up my momentum.

Azrina (SMKTU2) presented her AR on the effects of YouTube on students' behaviour.

Pn. Ho (SMK Sri Rahmat) demonstrated the use of
graphic organiser in Literature lessons.

Magic Cube, a creative method to teach vocabulary.

Pn. Khaliza ( SETA) showed us the effective way to teach possessive pronouns.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

District Level Action Research Seminar

This coming Saturday, I'll be presenting my action research findings at the District Level Action Research Seminar. This year, the venue is at SK Taman Universiti 1. My paper is entitled "OPTIMIZING 3 SAIDINA ABU BAKAR STUDENTS’ INTEREST AND UNDERSTANDING TOWARDS THE POEMS IN THE PMR LITERATURE COMPONENT VIA L.I.T. MODULE [L-LEARN, I-INTERACT, T-TEST]." Yeah, I know, it's a mouthful. I hope that by sharing my action research with my colleagues, I could improve my teaching techniques and at the same time, discover new perspectives on ELT. Since I have no inkling on the correct way to present a paper during a seminar, I'll just follow my instinct by preparing things which are normally required during a presentation. Presentation slides, check. Handouts, check. If you have any experience presenting at the said seminar, I would really appreciate if you could share your thoughts, advice or experience.

The icing on the cake is when I discovered that my husband was also selected as a presenter :D He'll be presenting his paper on Teori F.A.H.M.I. which is named after our 2nd son, Muhd Fahmi. It's a mnemonic technique that assists students in writing essay efficiently. Hopefully, everything will turn out smoothly for both of us.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Songs on Peace