Zhichun's Geographical World

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Micro-teaching on Population

Supposed to blog this last week but just couldn't find the time to do so. Finally I can have the luxury of time to sit down and continue my geography journey via blogging.
The lesson conducted by Clara was indeed great! She's simply a dynamic teacher! She's the 'no nonsense' type of teacher...students wouldn't dare even to yawn or daydream in her class. That's for the classroom management part, I salute her! As for the delivery of the whole lesson, thought it was fabulous as well. Concepts on Population Density was very clearly delivered and explained, students would have not problem grappling this topic. And the best part is using green & red beans to represent population size to illustrate population density. Thought the 4 case scenarios on population density were well chosen and really enhances students' thinking. They do not just passively receive what is being taught but actively apply what they have learnt through hands-on activities. That was so innovative or at least she's resourceful to find ways to engage her students. Yes..I'm going to adapt this for my own teaching in future, thanks a bunch...Clara! I definitely see the importance of engaging students kinesthetically!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Like a River Glorious

We had Latifah for micro-teaching on rivers yesterday, thought the lesson was fabulous! Her animated and lively teaching has definitely made me reflect a lot on my own teaching . I have always aspired to be a vivacious and dynamic teacher, in order to engage students' absolute full attention but guess it will be really energy-demanding and the main problem is whether I can last for the full 3 years. There are still many areas that I need to explore for myself and lessons to be learnt to be an effective teacher, and at the end of the day, enjoy doing the things I do.
Despite the scarce natural features such as rivers we have in Singapore, we can still help students see the relevance of studying the drainage system, river features and getting them to generate reasons for studying the rivers. I'll end this entry with the lyrics of a beautiful hymn...

Like a river glorious is God’s perfect peace,
Over all victorious, in its bright increase;
Perfect, yet it floweth fuller every day,
Perfect, yet it groweth deeper all the way.

Indeed, His peace flows like the river, fuller and deeper over time...

Monday, October 16, 2006

Fresh Experience

Wow... I've finally set up my very own blog!!! Have been procrastinating... Thought Blogging is a good way to voice out my reflections for the geography lessons and pin down my thoughts after each lesson. Alright, I'll start the habit of blogging after every class. Well should't be tough as I have the habit of writing diary... wonder how many people are still like me, keeping a diary of their lives... I'll start my reflection now!
Today we had a class on RIVERS... Recalling what I've learnt from the class...Hmm...most vivid would be the song "Bengawan Solo", yes..an Indonesian song which beautifully depict the RIVER, a wonderful and majestic creation of God. I really like the song. Was feel quite 'dead' early in the morning, listening to this song really wakes me up!
We had some game relating to concepts and information on rivers as well. But I'll not carry this out in my class in future as I can be certain that the students will be busily throwing the dice and moving the counters around the board rather than glean precious info from the game...
Alright! I've written quite a fair bit, will end off now for this very first entry.