Zhichun's Geographical World

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

More to say about my micro-teaching...

Going through the other micro-teachings, I realised that everyone is really kind to me. The only problem I had was some technical breakdown, thanks to Weili for sabortaging my powerpoint slides with her control. And the thing is I didn't even notice this until they disclose to me. It just show how oblivious I was in the classroom. Another problem I foresee myself having is the issue about 'being firm'. In always want to be a FIRM teacher. Someone who means what she says and students have to take my words seriously, no compromising as far as possible. But it seemed to be difficult. I don't seem to be able to carry through with what I say and perhaps it's my character? No..I should say I can be a nice gentle, patient teacher yet FIRM.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Post-Microteaching's thoughts

Wheew...It's finally over!!!
Why am I so elated when it's just the very beginning of my teaching voyage... But at least this 'long-awaited' day is over. And it has indeed set me thinking and reflect about numerous issues regarding myself, my teaching methods, delivery of lesson, communicating to the class the intended content etc. There are just so many things to reflect upon and evaluate, and definitely many areas to work on and improve upon.
I would start off with my inability to envisage questions and queries that students might have concerning the topic, specifically GM Food. I was certainly taken aback by some of the questions as well as enthralled by the questions they raised but it is good that all these surfaced now than in future when I am really placed in the classroom facing my class of 40 and my SUPERVISOR... Yes there are a lot for me to work on in terms of content. The problem with me is complacency, not inquisitive enough about my surroundings which is essential for a any being, what less for a geography teacher. Geography teacher is expected to know about almost everything that concerns the EARTH!

Monday, November 06, 2006

Prepost for My Microteaching on GM Food

Well Well... Here's my innermost thoughts as I prepare for the "Big Day" of Microteaching...
Generally I am quite apprehensive regarding a few things, firstly there is the content that I am uncertain about as the new textbook for the new syllabus 2007 is not out in the market yet, thus I have to generate my very own content to be taught. There are pros and cons. Pro is it can be quite flexible on my part, deciding what is important and what is not. I can decide what I want my "student" to learn at the end of the lesson. I have the power and authority to influence my students ' learning of the content. On the other hand, it is quite tedious as there are so much information out there for you to filter and tease out the good and relevant ones. It could time-consuming as compared to having all the ready resources for you to tap on and you just need to think of creative ways to bring these lessons across.

Nonetheless, I should say the whole preparation process was indeed rewarding for me. There are many issues and concerns that I need to consider and that go in my mind. Questions like how can I best engage my every student's attention and arouse interest in this topic? How can I help my students see the importance of knowing about GM food and find the relevance of GM food to their lives? How to help them look at the GM food debate crtically? This is especially difficult as I have problems with thinking critically myself. If the teacher in the first place is not a critical thinker, how do you expect her students to be critical thinkers? Irony right... therefore, I need to put in extra effort to ensure I challenge my students to be critical in this aspect.

Lastly, my concern is the classroom management portion. I know things are not going to be easy, in fact torturous and agonizing! Teaching for that 30 mins is equivalent to running a 2.4km race. Feeling totally and absolutely fatigued and exhausted after that. But not to worry..it's just part of the learning process and experience : )

Just give your best and God will do the rest...