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English Literature Component F2: Cheat

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I’ve developed another online English Literature resource for my Form 2 students. This time, it’s on Cheat! a short story by Allan Baillie. I’ve curated and designed materials via Padlet, YouTube, Online Quiz Creator and hosted them on ThingLink. Students can read digital notes, watch video on Cheat! as well as take the online quiz to test their understanding on the short story.

This can be done in flipped classroom concept where students can study the digital notes and watch the video before coming to school. Then, a brainstorming session could be conducted to discuss the short story in detail. Apart from that, students can use this for revision, which supports the self-access learning. Hope the resource could be useful for others too. Do check it out!


English Literature Component Form 1: Fair’s Fair

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After completing my book chapter on MOOCs for teacher professional development in Malaysia, I’ve finally got around designing another online learning resource for my students. This time, I’ve developed a ThingLink resource on Fair’s Fair, a novel written by Narinder Dhami. Fair’s Fair is a novel in the Form 1’s English Literature Component where it mainly focuses on three best friends who want to visit a fair. I love using ThingLink because it’s a compact, interactive media platform that’s snazzy and easy to use. I’ve designed and curated materials via Padlet, YouTube and Online Quiz Creator and compiled all in a single ThingLink platform. Hence, it suits diversified needs of students in form of audio-visual stimuli and interactive assessment. I did a pilot study  with some students earlier and based from their feedbacks, I’ve tweaked and improved some areas. This definitely piqued their interest and understanding on the novel better than just reading the novel alone. Do check it out!

My 1 Simfoni students trying out the platform.

Their scores. Gamifying learning motivates students                  to learn & remember better.


Malaysia-KSA Collaborative Online Learning Project

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KSA Project

Exactly one year ago, I met Hanan Arfaj, the Technology Supervisor, General Education Administration, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at LINC MIT 2016, a conference at MIT. We networked and discovered there are potential collaborations that could be initiated via online learning. Hence, we planned and came up with an online learning project between the English teachers in Malaysia and KSA. The focus of our project is coming up with resources for English language speaking & pronunciation, which is one of the main challenges for Second Language Learners. We chose Google Education platform and glad it turned out well. Thank you Ministry of Education KSA for supporting this initiative. Demographic and cultural barriers are no longer main challenges nowadays, thanks to technology. As teachers, we need to fully utilize online resources to collaborate with others teachers and students worldwide. The possibilities are endless.


Exemplary Teacher Award 2017

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TOKOH GURU SMKBBU

HARI GURU

I was shocked yet grateful to receive the Exemplary Teacher award this year. Honestly, it came as a surprise as I believe all of the teachers are excellent and have carried out their work effectively. Nonetheless, I perceive this is as a motivation to keep on learning and improve my teaching skills. It’s so challenging to teach, work on my PhD and juggle family life all at once. However, we do what we can.

I have been teaching for 16 years now and I strongly believe that teaching should not be seen as the last resort for career choice. Yes, the pay may not be as much as other professions but it is the one that enriches you as you give more to your students and community. To me, teaching is not merely for passing examinations. Teaching enables you to guide students to widen their perspectives, learn that they can reach their highest potentials if they want and work towards achieving their goals. Just because I am a teacher, it does not limit my ability to explore other skills. Thanks to MOOCs and online projects, I have discovered many new things such as coding, mobile apps development, AR as well as myriad tools that can enchance teaching and learning.

As I am keen in intercultural programmes, I organised projects and visits to various countries so teachers and students can learn more about other countries and despite our diversed culture and background, we actually share more things in common. To all teachers, never give up when you are facing challenges. See them as flipsides to motivate you to be resilient.


Ohayou Osaka!

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