Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Introduction to Simple Past Tense - Form 1

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iii.  The Relief

The recent Mid-Year Examination was a real challenge for my Form 1 students.  The paper was quite tough for them because they had not actually done anything on the Simple Past Tense form per se. The subject was taught covertly, through a series of writing and reading activities.

Monday, May 27, 2013

A Complete Lesson

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ii.  The Relief

A teacher's work is never done!  How many times have you heard this line being repeated over and over again by teachers?  I guess a lot; in fact more than your ears can actually bear to hear!  But, that's the reality of it.  My entry today, represents just one of the many never-ending things that all teachers do, in order to prepare for their coming lessons.  You may have your doubts about the 'all teachers' part but, hey, some of us work during our holidays!  And that doesn't just apply to teachers!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Teacher Cooks #1

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Just to show that cooking does't necessarily mean cooking up language exercises for students to do in the classroom (or at home for homework!), it also has a very literal meaning; cooking!  Here's the first batch of the Teacher Cooks!

Reading Activities - A Complete Lesson

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These tasks were designed for my Form 1's Chapter 6 - Smart Choices.  When I create learning materials for my students, I almost always make it for a complete lesson, which would include the Set Induction, the actual activity, and post-activity (double-period!).  This is mainly due to the fact that students need to be fully occupied doing learning activities.  Class management would be very difficult without a full lesson plan like this!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Adjectives - Describing Food

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This Set Induction task was designed for my Form 1's Chapter 3 - Live Smart.  I must say that there was a lot of 'discussion noise' among the students due to two things; one is the food I asked them to describe are those that teenagers like to eat (save the broccoli!).  The other reason is the jumbled letters for the food did not really make up the words that were thinking of.  For example Food No. 2 - cabarlotehco.  Most students guessed chocolate but when the letters were arranged, there were still three letters remaining.  There was a lot of buzz then! By the way the answer is chocolate bar!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Crossword Puzzle - Endangered Animals

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Of course there are times when whatever you give your students seem to fall flat on the ground or get smacked back onto you face!  Even though this is a Set Induction activity designed to get students to know about Endangered Animals, it actually turned out to be a lesson on its own.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Story Writing - Picture-Guided Composition

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Ever had your class staring back at you when you ask them to write a story about their holidays?  I have!  I mean, it's like they've never been on any kind of holiday with their families; so much so that they become blurred and zombie-like when asked to write about one!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Poetry Writing - A Cat

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It isn't an easy task to get students to appreciate poetry, let alone to write one on their own.  But a teacher's got to do what a teacher's got to do.  

B3 DT1 E1 - Writing

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I have adapted this task from a commercial workbook.  That particular one was too difficult for my LP (low proficiency) students to even get half the answers correct.  So, to make the task more manageable for my students , I have made it into a substitution tables of sorts where my students can choose the correct answers.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Worth All the Wait!

After all the waiting, this blog has finally materialized.  I have always wanted to share the language exercises that I have been making (and will be making for my lower proficiency students.  This is mainly due to the level of the contents in most of the Government supplied English textbooks; plus the ones that are currently in circulation are more than 10 years old.  The one my school is using for the Form 1s was first published in 2002!

And so, I am always challenged to think of new ideas and cook up tasks that my spike the interests of my low proficiency students.  On the plus side, they don't have to carry heavy school bags to school, since can leave the old and tired English textbook at home!

Another reason why this blog is created is because I have heard a lot of complaints from different quarters saying that teachers don't spend much time on their work.  Well, I am here to prove that, not only do teacher spend too much time on whatever school-related work dumped onto them, they also work over-time at home, doing what I am doing in this blog, among other things!

So, if you find any of the materials here usable in your classroom settings, please feel free to adopt and adapt.  And all your comments to improve the ones I have uploaded (and future ones) are most welcome!
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