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...

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.