“Solar System Is So Big (Eei-ii-oo)
And In It We Have 9 Planets (Eei-ii-oo)
Mercury Here, Venus There, Earth, Mars & Jupiter!..”
(Petikan The Solar Song: modified mengikut rentak nursery rhymes “Old McDonald Had A Farm”)
A re-cap from last week’s event. On the 7th May 2009 (the day after coming back from Lumut), my group was slated to do our Science macro-teaching. The title that me, Kord and Mad chose was “Understanding The Solar System”– which is the syllabus for Year 4 students. The Learning Outcomes (objectives as depicted from the ‘bible’ Curiculum Specification) are that by the end of the lesson, students must be able to:
- List the names of 9 planets in the solar system
- Sequence the 9 planets accordingly
Indeed the Learning Outcomes seemed to be simple but the question is how do you as a teacher validates that your students are REALLY MASTERING the objectives so that your class IS a success? What activities you want to introduce to the class so that the lesson is not boring but kept alive? It is advisable for teachers (trainees) to enlist the Learning Outcomes in simple one or two objectives as primary school students ain’t robots!
Since my class had just came back from B.I.G., most of us were quite tired and it was actually a challenge for my group to keep them in full enthusiasm as my classmates were to be my ‘Year 4 pupils’ throughout the macro-teaching session!
My macro-teaching is segregated into 3 parts (for the three of us!) –
- I would be handling the set induction (1st phase of teaching to capture pupils’ attention!) and the knowledge-presentation a.k.a teaching part;
- Mad would be handling the teaching via activities part where students were introduced nemonics to remember the sequence of the 9 planets;
- Kord would be handling the reinforcement activities in forms of the teabag game (pupils sit in a circle and passed teabag when music was played. When the music was stopped, pupils with the teabag must answer the questions on solar system) & “I Am The Planet” activity- where class was divided into 2 groups and cards with necklace-like rope were given where both groups would have to show the correct sequence facing each other by wearing the necklace-rope cards.
Since I was like always, the controlling freak who determined the flows of the macro-teaching (but democratic as well; I listen to Mad’s and Kord’s opinion too!), the heavy task to capture the attention of class was my responsibility. I asked all ‘pupils’ to close their eyes and I surprised them with the Star Wars clip (a very loud sound system!). Everyone was shocked and opened their eyes! I highlighted the word ‘star’ and proceeded to a next video-clip where ‘pupils’ were to imagine themselves in a rocket! When they opened their eyes, I showed them snippet of “Apollo 13” where a rocket was launched and I countdown with the pupils. When the rocket shot up to the sky, it marked that the whole class was entering to a new world; that was the solar system! With every lights being turned off, everyone was excited like watching a movie!
I would have to say the set induction was a bit tricky and had to be executed in the right timing so that it won’t seemed draggy & lengthy. Furthermore, it was important to keep the excitement of the students; not to be dampen by any trivial shenanigans that may occur due to inefficiency. Thanks to Mad & Kord for the wonderful cooperation.
After that, of course I proceeded with my teaching- where I had to bring down my level of English to suit the Year 4 understanding. Mad and Kord also were doing so fine in their respective parts that everything plannedfixed in the jigsaw perfectly! Pn Norazian, our lecturer who happened to be the Ketua Jabatan Sains IPDA was very happy and satisfied with our presentation; she complimented the teamwork (“Apa yang penting? KERJASAMA!”) and said if we were to continue these positive attitude during practical time, she would not hesitated to nominate us as Pelajar Cemerlang!”.
It was not the complimenting or the most-posibbly-being-nominated-as-‘pelajar cemerlang accolades that make us happy; it was the hardwork that we did; the preparation of the teaching aid ( a complete cardboard model of solar system, 2 sets of 9 planets flash cards and of course, our-own singing voice of “The Solar Song” clip in accordance to ‘Old MacDonald Had A Farm’ rythmn !!); we were very proud with our hardwork! Alhamdulillah!
And on the 9th May which was Saturday, my class Science 1 became the so-called pioneer for organizing Road Relay Event; along with Science 2, Maths and etc. All whole, were very satisfied that all went well and congratulation to D-Ar & Nurul for being bold to take the seats as Pengerusi & Naib Pengerusi! Proud of Science 1!