Saturday, 31 December 2011

Learners! Learners! Learners!

We all want our children to do well in school. Sometimes though kids struggle with their school work and we’re just not sure how to help. As a teacher, the first thing I do is to help them academically, for them to identify how they learn. There are 3 different ways we learn. We either learn by seeing (visual), hearing (auditory) or doing (kinaesthetic). Sometimes pupils use a combination of 2 or more of these learning styles.
1) Visual learners
They usually:
 like to read
 are good spellers
 memorize things by seeing them on paper
 are organized
 would rather watch, than talk or do
 have good handwriting
 notice details
 remember faces better than names
 have trouble following verbal directions
 are easily distracted by noise
 doodle on their paper
How about another learners?

Hmm... no wonder...

When I am teaching in the classroom, I found out that these kids are from different level of understandings. Of course, I forgot that there are nine types of intelligences.. let’s share..
 logical
 mathematical
 visual spatial
 verbal linguistic
 bodily kinaesthetic
 musical rhythmical
 interpersonal
 naturalist
 existential
Hmm... no wonder...

kongsi jap

My thought...

Managing younger learners

1)      Classroom language

Why do we need to use good classroom language to our kids in classroom?


J to explain new concepts

J to encourage collaborative learning

J to monitor learning

J to check understanding

J to discipline

J to encourage lower and higher order thinking skills



(Believe me, I’ve done this with my Level 1 kids and they love it)

J 1 cup flour

J 1 cup warm water

J 2 teaspoons cream of tartar

J 1 teaspoon oil

J ¼ cup salt

J Food colouring

C mix all ingredients, adding food colouring last.

            Cook over medium heat until smooth. Continue cooking after the mixture thickens and continue to cook until the dough comes together in the pan to form a ball. Remove from pan and knead until blended smooth. Place in plastic bag or airtight container when completely cool.

            Store in a cool place and avoid allowing condensation to form in the storage container.

Monday, 3 October 2011


            Hari ini hari pertama aku masuk ke kelas 1 Amanah selepas cuti yang panjang. Dengan penuh perasaan rindu dan semangat berkobar-kobar, aku greet mereka, ‘Good morning class!”.. Iqbal si ketua kelas memimpin kelasnya, “good morning teacher..”aku senyumm je sambil tengok satu kelas. Ishhh rindu sangat aku kat mereka ni.
            Tiba-tiba aku terpandang seorang murid yang memang selalu aku beri lebih perhatian sikit, iaitu Syakir. Dia duduk di kerusinya sambil melihat kearahku.
“Haa Syakir kenapa tak nak bangun ni haa?” Dengan suara pelat dia kata “Syakir tak nak..” “Kenapa?” dia menggeleng kepala. Ishh dia buat dah perangai dia. Otak aku pun berjalan…
            “Ok teacher ade coklat ni. Kalau syakir nak, syakir mesti datang depan”. “Ok,”dia kata sambil tersengih. Dia pun datang ke depan.
            Dari jauh dia datang dengan lenggang dia. Aduhai geram aku tengok. Aikkkk tiba-tiba mata aku terbeliak.
“apsal pakai kasut terbalik ni ha?” “betul la,” dia kata. Pandai pulak menjawab dia ni. “Salahhh,” aku kata lagi. “Betul laaaaaaa!” Haa dia dah naik syeikh. Ishh geram dah aku ni…
            Aku pun cabut kasut aku, aku berjalan ke arah dia dengan kasut terbalik, kasut kiri aku pakai belah kanan, kasut kanan pulak aku pakai belah kiri, alah macam si syakir tu buat la.. apa lagi….
“teacher, tu talah tu..,” dia kata. Aikk ade respon.. “ishh betul la ni,” aku pulak kata. “talahhhh, tu terbalik,” dia marah-marah. “pastu macam mana?” aku tanya dia sambil buat muka tiga suku.
            “macam niiii..,” dia pun buka kasut dia dan pakai kasut dengan cara yang bertamadun.. Yesss berjaya aku.. Hehehe reverse psychology… 


Okay, I know that it is very hard for beginning students to understand the concept of why we use A, An, and The. So, I made up a poem to help them remember it by association. I taught my students that if you KNOW that there is supposed to be an eraser at the board, and it isn't there, you want to know where THE eraser is. And, if you want to know if I have an eraser you can borrow (but you don't know if I do or not), then you use AN. The poem is as follows:
If you know the answer,
you must use THE (pronounced thuh).
But if you don't know,
use An or A (Pronounced uh).
I hope it helps. Is seemed to with mine