The Malaysian Ministry of Education has created new posts in the organization in order to strengthen the efficiency of teaching-and-learning sessions in the classes. The post, dubbed as School Improvement Specialist Coaches or affectionately known by the acronyms of SISC+ are usually filled by senior and good teachers of Masters’ Degree holder and undoubtedly with vast knowledge in respective fields. Their tasks are to go to schools appointed and to impart and share knowledge with teachers on how to create a better impact teaching-and-learning sessions held during classes. On my sentiment, I feel this one of Ministry’s RARE good policy created, amidst other ‘ridiculous filings’ shenanigan – as it focuses on the process in the classes itself; involving only TEACHER & STUDENTS; minus all the documentations & data bureaucracies that we, Malaysian teachers are being bombarded to the extreme degree!
For me, I think this is Ministry’s RARE brilliant ideas as it focuses on our clientele, which are the pupils rather than too consumed with endless documentations & filings shenanigan! For me, the presence of SISC+ officers bring good opportunity to tap more knowledge although I can sense and vouch that some of senior teachers can be quite “egoistic” when an officer comes in to assist. It shouldn’t be like that. We all should be positive & open-minded to receive new info for improvement. At least, for me! (,”)
Like usual, I already have a hunch that I’ll be selected, or rather my name will be appointed (somehow, you just know that) but of course, I took it as a positive learning experience I could tap from a senior. The Hulu Selangor SISC+ officer who was to monitor me was Puan Shahnaaz Mehtab Akhtar Ali. I’ve got to familiarize with her during KSSR English Course held circa end of June this year and she also taught at my friend, Rozaimi’s school at SK Kampung Sungai Buaya. Today, I have :-
- 2 periods of Science with 4 Bayu (7.40 a.m. – 8.40 a.m.);
- 2 periods of English with 4 Mega (9.10-10.10 a.m); and
- 3 periods of English with 4 Purnama (11.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.)
As usual, the kids were very super-excited when it comes to group work projects!
; so, she decided o enter the 3 periods of English with 4 Purnama. Initially, she was deliberating whether to enter my class or Kak Halina’s class but since I blurted out that I wasn’t an English-option teacher, she decided to enter my class. So, bring it on! Haha!
The “garden landscape” prepared by the group Frozen! Hahaha! Pavithra, the leader of Frozen is undeniably a girl who is “go-for-it”. Always tries the best to elevate her abysmal group’s performance!
A bee in the making? Or a dragonfly? Haha!
So, for today’s lesson, I decided to do the ‘Creating Insect Model’ with 4 Purnama under the topic “The Insect Investigators”. Supposedly, 4 Purnama was slated to the activity last week along with 4 Mega BUT due to their negligence in doing homework & unsatisfactory quality of exercises, I have decided to CANCEL the activity as a penalty to the whole class until they produced good homework!
Frozen presenting their insect model; apparently a bee.
Frankly speaking, it was just a casual teaching for me. I wasn’t really that orchestrated (I mean, come on, of course we do! It’s like someone is interfering our domain, right? Hahaha!) and had fun with the kids. I recalled previous lesson’s content on labeling the body parts of insect such as Head, Thorax, Abdomen, Wings & Compound Eyes ; and resort to the reinforcement activity which is to produce the insect model with labeling. So, basically my Learning Objective as per in my “Buku Latihan Pengajaran” (which is like a Bible to Malaysian teachers. If you lost is, you HAVE TO LODGE POLICE REPORT!! No kidding!) today will be :-
“By the end of the lesson, pupils should be able to label the body parts correctly.”
Godzilla presenting their model; a bee with a beehive! Splendid!
And as usual, the kids did their presentations and the usual Question-and-Answer session; which is actually an ordinary class of Shahrill Ramli (the way I conduct the class).
Superstriker with their ambitious models (more than one!) – dragonfly & bee.
As for professional discussion subsequent to the lesson, I feel like it is a great opportunity for me to elevate myself from Puan Shahnaaz’s advices. She said overall, it was an interesting lesson and to find that a non-English option to deliver the class with that momentum is somewhat exhilarating, as in comparison to some of the even English option teachers but with frail command of the language (I am not going to delve on that). Nevertheless, there are areas I could improve (I mean of course there will be flaws for documentation purposes as well as the normalcy of “coaching concept”, you know!) such as :-
- I should be relaxed at the beginning of the class; not to be too stressed or too composed on the presence of an officer by abruptly starting out the lesson; do the usual simple things like let the pupils settle down first, ensure their class is in clean condition, acknowledge them on writing day, dates and titles on whiteboard (I know for non-teachers who are reading this, this must sound very awkwardly TRIVIAL, right? But, welcome to the world of primary school teaching!);
- I should use a SIMPLIFIED language because my language is quite sophisticated and I talked fast; it is hard for pupils to digest – I always have that problem because I am a very linguistic person and you can vouch that from my writing and my participation in public speaking, elocution, etc AND what’s more now as I am doing Master’s Degree in Corporate Communications, I am channeling my corporate persona even more vigorous than ever (writing the proposals, doing slide shows of presentations, etc) – and then when I come back to school, I have to automatically SWITCH OFF THAT HIGH-LEVEL ENGLISH and resort to the simplified primary level!;
- I should do some Reflections of the lesson which I didn’t get to do just now due to time constraint as we were so engrossed with the Question-and-Answer session after Presentation.
Harry Potter, with 3 of group member absent; still managed to come out with a beetle model.
Nevertheless overall, class management & teacher’s attentive towards pupils are good. Of course for documentation purpose, she will be coming back or I’ll just give her a call so that, we could improve on that 3 aspects. To sum up the first observation was the comment in my lesson plan :-
“Well-prepared lesson plan. Good and keep it up!!”
Spiderman with Tasha as the leader, presenting their ant model. So cute! Tasha is always a brilliant pupil as well; always want to try to converse in English, always want to share her daily observation related to the syllabus; always creative and brave with high self-confidence!
I aim to do the best I can for my pupils and my responsibility as a Malaysian teacher, before either I quit or “Bercuti Tanpa Gaji” to further PhD. That is the aim I have to take and from my tete-a-tete with my faculty’s Dean yesterday, Prof. Madya Dr. Muati along with my coursemate, Kak Ti; I have found one channel to could possibly elevate my transition. Nevertheless, time will tell, Insya ALLAH. Amin.
The comment for the 1st Observation – well, more like assisting. It’s great professional tete-a-tete!