Sunday, September 13, 2009

interesting softwares for teachers

salam and hi to all
still in the middle of Ramadhan, the awaited holy month :)
for this 7th week of science class we were told to search for interesting softwares for teachers to be used in classroom. as we are having various approaches in order to create FUN in learning, hence finding the most interesting websites or softwares were quite challenging.

i prefer the one which we can download it so that if there is no internet connection, we can still use the softwares without having to depend solely on it. that is why i keep on searching for websites that can be downloaded but it seems like there's none of it in the internet. so, i decided to just use and utilize what i have so that at the end of the day, i will be able to produce something useful and related with the subject.

learning is FUN actually, but it has to depend on the teacher on how they are going to control and conduct the class. managing class through the right way could create excitement among primary school students. i wish to become an "awaited" teacher one day----> meaning that, all my students will be waiting for me to enter the class because they like me very much!!!! ^_^
but, i guess there's long way to go before i could get what i want.

ok, back to our topic, i just want to share what i've found after browsing through couples of websites and these websites are just interesting and fun enough to be used in class as an additional work. CHECK IT OUT!
Funschool :

Science news for kids:

Yahoo! Kids:

British Council:
lastly, i hope this will benefit all of us in finding new ideas on how to enhance teaching in class.
till then,
salam and bye bye bye

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

salam and hi to all,

i just want to share something which is quite interesting about technology. so, JUST ENJOY! ^_^


1-Technology is only technology to those who were born before it.

2-We need to prepare students for THEIR future not OUR past.
Ian Jukes, educator and Futurist

3-Teachers need to stop saying, “Hand it in,” and start saying “Publish It.”
Alan November

4-We have moved from “know what” learning to “know where” learning.

5-The largest number of podcasts in education are about Podcasts in education.
Marco Torres

6-Kids DO want to learn, but schools get in the way.

7-Digital Media enables us to build more stages for our kids to express themselves.
Marco Torres

8-What gets us in trouble is not what we don't know. It's what we know that just ain't so.
Mark Twain

9-We need to replicate in the classroom the world in which students are living.

10-If we teach today the way we were taught yesterday we aren't preparing students for today or tomorrow.

REMEMBER, we are dealing with 21st century kids which are more advanced than their teachers [most of them]. they might just looked like this ;

and this ....

or who knows, THIS?

and this....

or even this??

so, what is our roles to make us able to catch up with them?? for thought, aite?
till then,
salam and bye bye bye ^_^

evaluating course ware

salam and hi to all,

without we realize it, it has been 6th week since we entered UM and enrolled in this science class. as always, life has never been easy on us and it required hardwork and sacrifices if we want to succeed in life. but, as long as we keep on trying, believe me, ALLH will never turn us down!

ok, now back to our topic of reflection. we learnt new things today and it was on the EVALUATION OF SCIENCE COURSE WARE OR MATERIALS. as i mentioned the word resources, it is understood that it must be regarding internet, teaching materials, computers, interesting websites, powerpoint presentation and so on and so forth. we were also required to present our findings on the evaluation of the course ware.

my group and i had decided to use an example of powrpoint presentation to be evaluated which has been found in the internet. it is about sounds and it merely taught students on the different kinds of sounds for example string equipment, percussion and etc. based on the powerpoint, we had come out with a checklist on whether the material is good to be used in class or not. we also prepares some suggestions or alternatives that can be done if it is not suitale to be used in pacticular classes.

while doing this, it struck to me that being a teacher is not an easy job where everyone thinks it is. it really required someone to be hardworking and creative so that we were able to attract student's attention in the classroom. dealing with students was not a simple work which can be taken for granted! remember, we are dealing with students or should i say, KIDS! K-I-D-S! they know what they want and are clever enough to not just accepting what we give them. hence, it is utmost important for us to prepare teaching materials which is fun and interesting so as to attract their attention and interest.

there are some of interesting websites that can be explored by us so as to enhance our etaching in class. apart from helping us in preparing good teaching resources, it also gives us opportunity to broad our teaching scope and to aviod us from just focusing on one aspects of learning only. so, here, i will give some of the interesting links that might help in preparing materials for teaching. hope it will benefit us to the maximum!

till then,

salam and bye bye ^_^

continuation of science simulated teaching

salam and hi to all,

on this week of science class, we continued our session for simulated teaching. i really like with the idea of simulated teaching where during this time, we were given chances to teach our so-called students and able to show our style of teaching. this is good where we will be able to see whether we were on the right track on not in teaching. comments and critiques will help us to be better educators in the future :)

the remaining groups had preresented their simulated teaching where in my opinion, all of them really gives the best and they deserved it based on the hardwork they've put into it. some of the groups had integrated the usage of technology in their teaching which is very good since we are dealing with bunches of 21st century kids who were very advanced in their learning. hence, this will act as practices so as to prepare us when we go for our teaching later.

before the class ended, sir fauzi distributed articles on the common mistakes that teachers always do or overlooked in class. i was very attracted to the acrticle that i think, this is a very important issue and we should not take things for granted. after that, we were required to present these issues in front of the class where we were adviced to dramatize the situation in front of class.

as teacher-to-be, i am developing myself to be a great teacher later and i think, this subject has provide me with such opportunity so that i will be able to experience and learn good guidelines on how to be a be good teacher!

till thn,

salam and bye bye bye