Saturday, 18 February 2012
As busy as a bee
During Week Six, engaging large classes and adding Interactive essences to PowerPoint Presentation are the main focuses. I was really much more relieved when seeing that making a PPT was the task of this week. I have used PPT on many occasions, but there definitely leaves a lot to be desired on making the presentation as interactive as possible. I made a PPT on Kenya for the CC club to help the students gain more understanding of their partner school’s homeland. I hyperlinked a couple of key words to other slides with examples of the target vocabulary. However, I had doubt over the timing where I should insert the vocabulary explanation slides. I am not sure if I presented the slides in the proper place so that I wouldn’t jeopardize the pace of the ten questions challenge.
I like the idea of Think-Pair-Share a lot. It is handy but quick to get students involved. This Thursday, British Council in Taipei did filming on a Pre-While-Post lesson plan with one of my eighth- grade class. I also applied Think-Pair-Share in the end of the class session. I didn’t do the pairing discussion. Instead, I had every five students as a group discuss on the reading we covered. Then the groups were encouraged to pose questions based on their comprehension of the reading and the other groups competed over who spoke out the correct answers first. Both the group who posed a question and the group who got the right answer earned a point. To my amazement, two students from different groups, who always get less than 20 out of 100 in a test, raised their hands and worked out the answers with their teammates. I made the rule that the winning team got chocolate to enjoy but ended up with chocolate candy for everyone but extra cookies for those two highest-point winning groups. They did an excellent job by including everyone in the competition. That counts so much more to me. What’s as wonderful is that one of the students who have above-average command of English but tends to be restless in class showed great leadership in managing his group. I pulled him aside after the filming and gave him the compliment he deserved. Guess what? He remained involved in the next English class on Friday. It’s impossible to make every single student “love” a certain teacher, but if we observe the whole class with a caring attitude and we spend a little extra time to voice our feeling or feedback, there might exist the key to the students’ heart. As for my final project, I was still somewhat lost (truth be told), but reading over Janine’s post “…integrating technology into projects is a wonderful use of the tools, but does not make a project per se. A project will always end in a student-generated product or performance and in which students have used language in a meaningful way. So asking students to do online grammar exercises, for example, might be very useful but does not constitute a project.”, I have gained a clearer picture of what the final project should be composed of, but also somewhat overwhelmed by the challenges in making the project done.Brain exerting time, brain exertng time!!