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