Thursday, 20 November 2014

Crazy Hat Day

In conjunction with the Children Day celebration, year 4 teachers had organised a program called Crazy Hat Day. Actually I decided to do this activity for my class party, but as year 4 students were not allowed to do the end year party, so I proposed this idea to year 4 teachers. Due to their awesomeness, the teachers agreed to go on with this activity. Lots of hats with different colours, themes, patterns and figures I had seen today. I was actually quite surprised to see parents’ cooperation when it comes to making creative stuffs. I do believed that if teachers put the efforts to do something for their kids, the parents will always be around with their helping hands. Overall, I do appreciate the full support and commitment given by the year 4 teachers. See you in the next year Crazy Hat Day.

Faces of 4 Jed

Me with my kids, 4 Jed

4 Kristal

Creative hats, 4 Jed

4 Jed - one of the winning Crazy Hat

4 Kristal - one of the winning Crazy Hat

4 Kristal - Fruitilicious

Me with 4 Zamrud

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Readers Theatre Competition - KSSR The Jungle Book

This is my second last project for the year. With the help of the awesome and supportive Year 4 teachers and English teachers of SK Jalan U3, we managed to organise a Readers Theatre Competition 2014.

As we are all aware that KSSR Year 4 encompasses a literature component of The Jungle Book, so this competition is the best platform for the pupils in expressing their appreciation towards the graphic novel. Besides that, this competition is also aimed at instilling the reading habit among the students as well as to discover new talents in art performance.

The format is quite simple. Benches are provided on the stage. Participants or I called as "Reader Actors" need to sit on the bench and stand up during their turn in reading out the script. The team also could move around during the performance, based on their own creativity.

Marks given mainly focus on the fluency of reading. 50 for pronunciation and intonation. 30 for facial expression and 20 for props and costumes. That is why it is called Readers Theatre Competition, not Theatre competition.

The thing that did made me proud was to see my students from the 4 Firus (last class) to perform on the stage, although their reading skills were very limited. At least they had the guts and confidence to be on the stage.

Puan Suraiyah, our Senior Assistant of Curriculum attended the event. While watching the performaces, she asked for the English teachers to perform the readers theatre ad lib. I actually was quite surprised and worried if the other teachers might disagreed with the suggestion. To my amazed, the teachers (including me of course!) willingly went up to the stage and performed spontaneously. And we even received the loudest ovation and cheers from the students. =)

Puan Suraiyah accompanied by Kak Faridah gave away the prizes. 4 Jed was crowned as the Champion. (of course with their over the top performance. Haha). 4 Kristal won the 1st runner up and 4 Zamrud won the 2nd runner up.

Overall, this competition ran smoothly as what I had expected. Thanks to extremely superb Year 4 students and superbly awesome Year 4 teachers and English teachers. See you again in the next Readers Theatre Competition 2015.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Paper People Chain

Level: Year 4 (SK)
Topic: Unity in Diversity
Target group: Intermediate & weak students

1. Provide a piece of paper for each students.
2. After introducing the topic of Unity in Diversity, teacher demonstrates on how to make Paper People Chain.
3. Besides asking the students to decorate their Paper people Chain with faces of Malaysian ethnics, teacher can asks the pupils to write moral values on it. 

Steps to make Paper People Chain

The end product

Friday, 18 July 2014

Fund-raising for Palestine #2

On Thursday, 17th July 2014, the 4 Jed students had collected $500.00 in total for the Palestine Relief Fund. The solidarity team lead by Shalini Ratna Sabila as the head fund-raiser, had presented the mock cheque to Mr. Hafiz. The fund-raising team members also created a poster with the message "Save Palestine" for the campaign. 

Shalini is observing her team members' work 

Pasting the pictures and photos of children war victim

Placing the photos and Palestinian flag

 Final touch

4 Jade solidarity team for Palestine

The students presenting the mock cheque for the Palestine Relief Fund to Mr. Hafiz.

An interview session with the fund-raisers

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Shopping Spree

The long awaited moment has finally arrived. Today the students finally had the opportunity to do their shopping spree. The Jade Shop officially opened for the first time since the Classroom Economy project launched in April.

Among the items sold were stationaries such as pencils, erasers, rulers, sharpeners and colouring pencils which sold at $30 each. The other items such as tumblers, notebooks, pencil case and nursery rhymes book were also sold but at a little higher price. 

The students really enjoyed shopping at the shop. Some of them even surprised that they were able to buy real things with fake money, the Jade Dollar. Most of the students bought stationaries as they were essential items needed in the class. 

In addition, the students were given conversational dialogue to be used during the transactional process. As this was their first time making transaction in English, students were seen a little bit shy when conversing among themselves. 

At the end of the day, the Jade Shop managed to collect $620.00 for the sales. 

Jade Shop signage welcoming the customers.

The cashiers busy preparing to open the shop

Stationaries sold at $30 each

Among the other items sold.

A student is choosing some items to be bought

A student is making a transaction

Committed cashiers welcoming the customers with their smiles

The shop is closed

The students are helping to put things back into order

The boys are shopping at the Jade Shop

The customers are busy shopping at the Jade Shop

The cashiers are counting the money collected from the sale

Monday, 14 July 2014

Fundraising for Palestine

In order to raise the awareness in humanitarian issues such as the attack on Gaza by Israeli troops, I have decided to do a fund raising with my students. The concept is very simple. The students must collect $500 for the relief fund. Only Jade Dollar (J$) is accepted for the donation. If the collection reach the target of $500, I will then exchange this money to real RM50 and donate it to Aman Palestine.

By doing this, the students themselves have the opportunity to contribute with their own money and willingly sacrifice a portion of their money. However, I did told them to think and manage their own money and left a portion for the shopping spree. It is funny to see them start thinking and wondering whether to donate or not. It's a reality. Even we have second thoughts before donating to a fund.

Alhamdulillah, the students manage to collect $340 for the first day, which means only $160 left before reaching the target. And to my surprise, three students had given $50 notes. Such a big heart.

Donation box

1st day collections

Collection  amount chart

Classroom Economy 2014

I had started this project in the beginning of the year 2014. At that time, I had not decided to post this stuff on my blog. But why not if I share stuffs that have done in the school. Maybe this can give you some ideas. =)

Actually I used to run this project during my practicum years in SIGS, Johor Bahru. First time doing it, lots of things for improvement. Furthermore, the duration given, about 3 months was inadequate as this project requires lengthy time in order for it to success. 

It was then that I decided to give a try and see whether this project is suitable to be implemented within my school or not? So, here is the thing. 

Maybe some of us are unfamiliar with the term Classroom Economy. My simple analogy would be, the Classroom Economy is some sort of "a small town within a classroom". In the classroom it self, we can have our own mayor, our own currency, our own legal system, our own shop, etc.

The Bank Notes/ Currency used in our Jade Town

Pay Day - The "workers" cash their first pay cheques

Thursday, 27 March 2014

MH370 – a moment to remember

Seeing Malaysian news casters burst into tears did touched my heart. The short snippet was about a letter written by the wife of the missing cabin crew.

Imagine after waiting with hopes for such a long time, all of sudden you need to start your day tomorrow without the presence of love one. May Allah gives her strength in moving on with her life. Amin.

After the devastating news announced by the prime minister, it is sad to see how devastated the family members were. It is normal to see such a reaction from them. But to see someone cries in silence are more heartbreaking than seeing someone wailing and screaming when they are crying.

This is what we call the beauty of Islam. Only the strong believe in God’s existence and his Qada’ and Qadr will just put our sadness and grievances into nothingness. Still sad and still praying.