These days, I am feeling a little bit soporific as well as somber. Nevertheless, despite all these; whatever has to be done needed to be done. Alhamdulillah; I have just finished my last session with SISC+ Bahasa Inggeris/English Language! Yahooo!!!
With Puan Shahnaz Mehtab, SISC+ Bahasa Inggeris of Hulu Selangor. TQ Kak for all the guidance and the hands-on demonstration for me to emulate in my classes.
As for record, this is my 5th session with Puan Shahnaz Mehtab; since last year 2014 although apparently the two sessions held last year were not counted. Don’t worry! I kept everything abreast in my blog! Hahaha! The sessions were as per the link below written in my blog :-
- 1st Observation (26th August 2014) at https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/1st-observatin-by-english-sisc-officer-of-hulu-selangor-4-purnama-sk-serendah-2014-its-a-professional-tete-a-tete/;
- 2nd Observation (29th September 2014) at https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/2nd-obsevation-by-english-sisc-officer-of-hulu-selangor-4-purnama-sk-serendah-2014-gauging-the-fun-fable-within-the-brittle-grasp/;
- 3rd Observation (26 February 2015) at https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/1st-obseation-by-english-sisc-officer-of-hulu-selangor-5-mentari-sk-serendah-2015-uncovering-the-legends-of-our-malay-archipelago-with-the-young-malaysian-buds/;
- 4th Observation (31st March 2015) at https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/4th-observation-by-english-sisc-officer-of-hulu-selangor-5-pelangi-sk-serendah-2015-the-self-protection-education-for-my-diamonds-in-the-rough-have-a-little-faith/
My lesson plan.
Looking back, I have learned so much from Puan Shahnaz. I have to say that she is very dedicated and genuinely sharing her knowledge with me via several suggestions to improve my English pedagogical approaches. Of course, the rightful term to be used is not “observation” as SISC+ is not meant to condemn or criticize the participant-teacher but it is more of “assisting” symbiosis between the two parties. Nevertheless, I have to admit that although the sessions were very useful and Puan Shahnaz being the Penangites (thus, I connected to her lingual knots and notches), I do feel very ‘tensed’, freaked out and paranoid whenever the sessions were about to commence! I mean, having a senior player of the industry scrutinizing you could be quite intimidating, isn’t it? Hahaha!
The film trailer of “Charlie & The Chocolate Factory” – the silverscreen adaptation; as the teaser to arouse pupils’ interest via Set Induction.
So for this 5th session and the last one, I have decided to do the Language Art which centred upon the excerpt story of “Charlie & The Chocolate Factory”! Hahaha, well you know me? I got excited about literature components! I am not ashamed to admit that as a Science teacher who teaches English, my Grammar department is somewhat very abysmal. I know how to use it but I have major problems in making it a structured lesson to be scrutinized. I can teach my pupils using analogies with Bahasa Malaysia (for example “Collective Nouns” is equivalent to “Penjodoh Bilangan”; “Past Tense” is used for past actions, etc – BUT definitely NOT my forte to be used as observation piece of lesson!).
My last minute substitute! I forgot to buy the real chocolates; so I printed these pictures and paste them on cards for the Guessing Game.
Although Puan Shahnaz picked 5 Mentari as the setting for my 5th Observation; but I also did the activity with 5 Purnama and 5 Pelangi so that they would get the same enjoyment as per their 5 Mentari peers. I’d like to try to be fair to all my pupils and try not to exercise favoritism (you’ll be amazed to see what my 5 Pelangi managed to produce within the limited 45 minutes! Amazing!). Anyway, my objectives for the lesson are that by the end of the lesson, pupils are able to :-
- Content Standard : (4.3) Plan, organize and produce creative works for enjoyment;
- Learning Standard : (4.3.1) Able to plan, produce and display creative works based on literary texts using a variety of media with guidance
The matching-words-and-pictures activity in Eliciting Ideas.
For Set Induction, I showed the excerpt film clips from “Charlie & The Chocolate Factory” silverscreen adaptation. Kids loved the film and they got identified with the Johnny Depp’s version as Willy Wonka! So, seeing the film trailer in a cinema-like room as well as gigantic screen could serve as a great teaser to arouse pupils’ interest. Alhamdulillah; thanks to Kak Airin, the ICT & Media a.k.a. Custodian of Computer Lab for willingly to negotiate time suitability into my schedule to make this works! TQ Kak Airin!
The drawing-at-terminals-of-7-characters activity in Reinforcement.
Initially, I thought of buying some chocolates and covered them under cloth and asked pupils to guess BUT due to time-constraint and my forgetfulness, I didn’t buy the chocolates! As a spontaneous back-up plan, I printed two chocolate pictures, pasted on hardened manila cards and hid them behind the “Kain Pelekat”. In the end, the guessing activity still commenced despite some eleventh-hour improvisation!
‘Big Hero 6’ was so immersed with the tasks.
Entering the Eliciting Ideas stage; I read the text excerpt about Charlie Bucket’s Family on page 60 in the Year 5 English Language Text Book, echoed by pupils. And typically, a few pupils were selected to read out some paragraphs. Then from the text, I isolated 4 words and already prepared them on hand-made manila placards :-
- Tired; and
I asked 5 pupils to hold the words and 5 others to hold pictures depicting situations depicting the 5 words. Of course the idea was to have pupils match the words with the pictures depicting the scene of the word. For example, “Old” must be paired with a picture depicting old house, etc.
For the Reinforcement stage, pupils are segregated into their 6 groups (they already have their own groups). Each group is to bring 7 lidi stick, one elongated rectangular and any colouring utensils, manila cards, etc. Now, I have already printed 7 pictures of the characters from “Charlie & The Chocolate Factory” :-
- Grandpa Joe;
- Grandma Josephine;
- Grandpa George;
- Grandma Georgina;
- Mr Bucket;
- Mrs Bucket
- Charlie Bucket
“Dragonball”. This group always Kiasu like me! Hahaha! Always want to win and perfect! Very good (,”)
I stationed each of the pictures strategically in some corners of the room. Therefore, pupils would have 7 different stations. Now, each group will have to :-
- discuss and delegate tasks to each members on who is going to draw which pictures, etc;
- They will go to respective stations and draw the picture of the characters;
- and then go back to their group working spot;
- colour the hand-drawn characters;
- cut them; glue the lidi stick at the back of the drawing cutting ala marionette or “Wayang Kulit”;
- and then poked or thrust the lidi into the box which serves as a platform for the marionette or “Wayang Kulit” to stand.
The outcome project of the group “Thundercats”.
Hahaha! Of course it was a bit chaotic as the pupils began to rush to the respective terminals. Once a while, I reminded the time and some dramatic gestures just to spice things up. Approximately 40 minutes were given for pupils to finish and complete the work. I could see that kids really enjoyed the activity and they also surprised me with their creativity churned out within the limited time frame. Well done, kids!
The outcome project of 5 Mentari.
The closure of course, would end with the cliche finale of moral values and good fibres obtained from the activity.
The marionette platform produced by my 5 Pelangi from the group “Ninja Turtle”.
After that, I had professional discussion with Puan Shahnaz. Of course there are some bits of here and there that I need to improve but on whole, I am very honoured to have good & positive comments from her. It is such an endearing moment to have positive energy from seasoned player of the industry & I am really thankful for all the guidance.
5 Purnama’s marionette.
Sometimes I do ponder; I am now on the verge of to chase my ambitious dream; making a professional transition into a different field from the schooling teaching. I aspire to be a Communication lecturer. I have to do it because I think I have so much things and potential to offer to the world. Looking back, I began my career as a banker, and now a teacher and aspire to be a lecturer. But is it for real? Could it be that the grass is greener on the other side when I peek from this side but isn’t that captivating when I go there? Would I have the heart to leave the blissfulness of educating the innocent hearts and the Malaysian buds?
5 Purnama’s version of “Charlie & The Chocolate Factory”. Creative, isn’t it?
In the end, I have to dare to take the risk, no? Life is only once. I cannot afford to watch my life goes by without daring to take chance to follow my dreams and keep regretting it later. I have to be brave; like Angelina Jolie a.k.a. Angie always says – “Be Bold, Be Brave, Be Free.”
The film trailer used as teaser for the lesson! Hahaa! I myself got excited when I read the history of this children novel written by Roald Dahl in 1964. I was enthralled to know that Dahl wrote this due to his fascination towards the mysterious Cadbury’s factory in 1920s era in England!!