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Errkk..Who Wants To Be A Millionaire In The Classroom?!

Frankly speaking, I never ever have a thought in my mind that this popular game can actually be implemented in the classroom. I believe that everyone in this world would know what this game is all about and I believe that kids nowadays would be familiar with this game as well. So what we need to do in order to apply this game in the classroom meaningfully and successfully?

MODIFICATION! Yes, we have to modify this game to suit with whatever condition of the classroom that we might get in future. I would say that the process of modifying this game was our primary challenge in this task. We have to think about the theme, how would we play this game with the kids, the rules and regulation and the list goes on. Personally if I were asked to do this task individually, surely you can see a lot of crack on my head. LOL!

So luckily this task was assigned to be done in group. Yeah! And that is why people always say that TWO is better than ONE but in this situation, GROUP is better than INDIVIDUAL! More people so more ideas and of course lesser burden!

First and foremost, we decided on the theme. We suggested few topics that relevant to be applied in this game and we decided on the topic from Year 4 textbook “COME RAIN OR SHINE” [CROS] and we chose to prepare a complete lesson and it was a wrap-up lesson. A wrap-up lesson is a lesson that is carried out at the end of each topic in order to sum up all the subtopics of that topic. It is merely like a recalling lesson.

Actually during my teaching practice, I had done three wrap-up lessons. Unfortunately, I did not have the chance to apply WWTBAM during my wrap-up lessons as I never thought of it. Thus since we have been exposed to this game and also on how to implement it in the classroom, there is a huge possibility that I will use this game in my classroom depending on the kids and the classroom situation that I might get.

Okay, back to the process of accomplishing this task. After we decided on the theme, the next challenge was to modify the features of the game; the flow, rules, instructions, background, font, rewards and everything that lingered on the game. Every tiny-eeny-weeny-bitsy-tipsy of the task was done through discussion so that we could see all the strengths and shortcomings of what we were doing in order to accomplish the task. Every member in my group had chances to recommend their own ideas and suggestions and truthfully, I believe that we accepted every opinion without any hard feeling.

At the presentation stage, we did our best to deliver the presentation. We did not want the audience to have a lot of question marks in their mind; nevertheless we wanted to provide clear answers and justifications to them. In fact, I felt that all the groups had the same thought as mine. We really hope that our presentation would please the audience and sincerely I was amazed with all the presentations! GREAT JOB, COHORT 4!!! Every group had their own style in modifying and presenting this task and honestly, I learnt a lot from them.

Besides, we were asked to give feedback at the end of every presentation. Therefore, we should give attention to every presentation so that it would be easy for us to give meaningful feedback and the feedback that we got should be taken with open heart as it was part of learning. We learn from each other and this actually encourages us to be responsible of our own learning. We give attention to others and at the same time, we learn from them. This actually can be applied in our classroom later and this actually encourages pupils to be independent learners. The teachers are not the sole knowledge providers anymore as the pupils can take charge of their own learning.

However, I would like to comment on one thing regarding the feedback session. I personally felt that the time given to comment was not sufficient enough as I had to focus on the presentation and then I had to give comment on the presentation and not so long after that, I had to get ready to listen to the next presentation. If this activity would be carried out in the future, I really hope that we are given some time to give comments so that the comments given are significant to the groups and so they would feel appreciated for their hard work.

Okay, I think that’s all for now. Have a good all! 🙂

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TPACK and ME!

Assalamualaikum w.b.t and a very good day to all the readers!

TPACK was sound so ‘alien’ during our PKEY time. And now in our PBEY4103, we meet again with TPACK ! I think most of us already got a better understanding on TPACK, right?!

T= Technology Knowledge

P= Pedagogy Knowledge

C=Content Knowledge

After I have gone through our third week lesson which was about TPACK with assistance from some additional reading about it, I felt that I did apply TPACK in some of my lessons. Here is one of my lessons during my three months of Teaching Practice that related to TPACK:

This is a reading lesson for my Year 4 Tekun with average level of proficiency. The topic was Come Rain or Shine and the lesson was focusing on the Four Seasons. The language focus was nouns on four seasons and words related to it. The materials used during this lesson included laptop, speakers, LCD projector, screen projector and some printed task sheets and I still remembered that this lesson was carried out in the Science Lab.

Here are the Technology, Pedagogy, and Content knowledge of my lesson.

Technology:

I chose a video to initiate my lesson and I knew that I needed something ‘bomb’ in order to grasp their attention to the lesson as most of my pupils [I would say 99% of them] had almost zero knowledge about this topic. This video tells about all the four seasons and gives a very simple description on each season and I believe that from the video itself, the kids would at least understand the basic differences of each season.

Besides, I chose Power Point Presentation as my assistance in delivering the content of the lesson. I included attention-grabbing pictures as stimulus to help the kids to better understand about each season.

Four Seasons [Slides]

Moreover, I chose to include a slide on reading comprehension as I only wanted them to answer orally.

I also included an example of postcard in the slides as a model for the kids to refer to when they were to ask to write a postcard to their friend.

Pedagogy:

Elicit responses: I used pictures as stimulus when delivering the content of the lesson. I showed the pictures and let the kids looked at them and then I wanted to hear what they can say about the pictures. Later, I explained to the kids about each season. With the pictures and the explanations, I believed that the kids had learnt at least something about the four seasons based on their responses given during the lesson.

Scaffolding: In the slides, I included an example of written postcard in the slides as a reference when they were to ask to write one to their friend. This was a lot easier than preparing a giant written postcard by using manila card or mahjong paper as I have to take care of the size of my handwriting and I could not use colorful font to differentiate information about each season.

Demonstrating: Before the kids read the poem, I demonstrated how to read the poem with the rhythm that I wanted them to use. Thus, the kids would know how to read it properly. Besides, I also demonstrated how to write a postcard by giving an example to them. With the proper guidance given, I supposed that the kids would be able to do their task well.

And here are the answers for “How C-k is being taught via P-k, and how T-k helps the P to make the students get C”:

Based on this lesson, I believed that the technology has helped me a lot in delivering the content of the lesson especially to ensure that the kids understand the topic. Since the kids did not have the opportunity to experience these seasons [possibly weather in Malaysia is almost alike to summer yet there are still another three seasons for me to teach and to make them understand about it] and thus I knew that ICT would be the best choice in delivering the lesson.

Actually, this lesson was carried out when my school mentor observed me and he commented that with primary kids, it would be a lot better to use realia yet he understood that it was impossible for me to bring snow in the class. So he said that, the used of pictures really helped the kids to understand the lesson well and by using slides in PPT, I could save a lot of money to print it. The pictures were big enough for the kids to see clearly and I believed that they understood the lesson through their responses given.

In addition, through the example and demonstration given [which I utilized the power point to the maximum] I could see that the kids could grasp easily on how to perform the task assigned to them.

Before I end, I suppose that it is up to the teachers whether they want to integrate TPACK on their lesson or not. It does not matter to apply the latest technology in the lesson [as the simple one like hand phone is also called TECHNOLOGY]. What matter is, the technology used is appropriate to the pedagogical knowledge and certainly it is meaningful to the content and all these T-P-Ck are related in a CONTEXT.

Whatever it is, the choice is in your hand 🙂

That’s all from me! Thanks for reading and feel free to drop your comments! 🙂


Reminiscences of using ICT during Teaching Practice

My three months of teaching practice had given me a lot of experience. It really gave me a taste of real teaching field that I will join soon. The school that I went to was SK Jalan Sungai Besi (1). I was given Year 4 Tekun for English and Year 3 Jujur for Mathematics. I spent most of my teaching periods with Year 4 Tekun as I was given seven periods for English and only two periods with 3 Jujur for Mathematics. Below is the information and also experiences of using with ICT during my teaching practice.

School: SK Jalan Sungai Besi (1)

Year   : 4 Tekun

Enrolment: 16

Subject : English

About 4 Tekun:

There were only two classes in Year 4 in this school and 4 Tekun was the first class between two classes yet their proficiency level were average. There were five boys and eleven girls. One of the things that I could remember the most about this class and it was quite disappointing were they tend to speak in Malay though I spoke in English. After got scolded then they would try to speak English yet after that, they back to their same attitude. During my three months there, I could say that I was like their mother (actually I prefer to use sister here. LOL) as their class teacher who was actually their English teacher as well went for maternity leave. So whenever they had problems, they always turned to me. So when I left the school, I did cry in front of them (not purposely as I could not hold back my tears), the kids also cried with me. Life must go on. I had to leave them as I have to continue walking at the path that I have chosen. My wish for them, I hope each of them will be a great person despite of the family background or whatsoever or at least be somebody in the future.

About the ICT facilities:

The school was equipped with ICT facilities such as television with kampus ASTRO in the library, computer lab and projectors yet it would be a problem to use ICT in a usual classroom as there was no electric plug (I do not know the exact term of that thing) and the projector screen (please correct me if I am using the wrong term). During the first week of my teaching practice, I went around the class to find at least a single plug point yet it was NONE.

So if I wanted to use ICT, the choices that I had was computer lab (which there were quite a number of teachers always spent their time there), media room (which I need to check earlier the availability) and science lab (which need to be booked earlier so that my slot would not clash with Science class which would be held there). So far, I had used media room for twice and science lab for twice as well.

Here are my three chosen experiences of using ICT during teaching practice

First experience

Topic: The Selfish Giant

I chose to use ICT for this topic as I would love to share with the kids some of the great pictures that help me to explain some difficult words that they could find while reading the story. Thus, I transferred selected pictures that I would use during the lesson in Power Point and I also inserted some content from the topic in the slides.  I strongly believe that pictures speak more than words!

Since this lesson focused on listening skill, instead of reading the story to the kids, I recorded my voice earlier and during the lesson, I just played to them. It was an attraction as I could see that the kids were listening attentively to the story. Plus point for me as while they were listening to the story, I had the chance to facilitate and go around the class to check on each kid. Here are some of the sneak peaks on the material used for this lesson.

I wanted to insert the voice that I have recorded for the story yet the format was amr. If anyone can help, feel free to drop your comments ya!

The Selfish Giant [Slides]

Second experience

Topic: Weathers in Malaysia

For this topic, I played a video entitled The Weather Song by Peter Weatherall. This video was catchy and I could see that when I played the video, the kids were really attracted to it. When I played for the second time, they could even try to hum the song together. It was something unusual for them to watch such video during the lesson so I believe that the video was really a help as the kids gave their full attention to the lesson after that. The kids actually wanted me to play the video again and again yet I told them, I would not play it again for the third time unless they behaved throughout the lesson and THEY DID IT.

Besides video, I had used Power Point Presentation as a means to tell them the content of the lesson. It really helped me a lot while explaining as I had mentioned above pictures speak more than words. Thus, the pictures really assisted me when explaining to the kids and I did not have to waste my money and papers to print out all those pictures as I just needed to flash them by using projectors.

Weathers in Malaysia [Slides]

Third experience

Topic: Four Seasons

ICT was my first choice to be used for this topic as I would expose to them something ‘alien’ which was about the four seasons; summer, winter, spring and autumn. The content of the topic was so unusual which they would not have the opportunity to experience it in Malaysia.

Again, as an introduction of the lesson, I chose a video entitled Seasons Song by Peter Weatherall. The kids were focusing attentively to the video as during the previous lesson, I had shown them such an interesting video and thus, deep down inside them, they were hoping to watch an attention-grabbing video again.

And of course for the content, Power Point Presentation was my absolute choice as a medium to tell about the four seasons. The pictures were really capturing attention and they were really helped in giving the kids better ideas about each season. I believe that the kids became from ZERO to HERO after learning about the four seasons with the assistance of the video as well as the pictures.

Four Seasons [Slides]

The challenges of using ICT in the classroom.

Basically, every teacher must be well-prepared before executing their lesson thus they have to make sure that all the tools needed are ready to be used and available for the lesson. The speakers, projectors, cables, screen and any tools that you might need should be ready to be used. For instance, you have to make sure that all the cables needed are available as I did encounter an incident where I was so panic and nervous for my first observation by the supervisor and I had forgotten to check on the cable and unluckily, the cable which was should be together in the projector’s bag, was NOT there. I was so grateful to have such a helpful group as they helped to me to get the cable.

And if anything happens in last minute, you have to be prepared with any PLAN B or PLAN Z and do not ever let the time flies just like that. Sometimes, as teachers, you have to be spontaneous as not every plan would come out as you have planned 🙂

In short, though I had gone through some bitterness and of course sweetness during my teaching practice, I really enjoyed and appreciated every time that I had spent in the school. I am a teacher yet experiences are the best teachers!