Salam and hi again especially to all my lovely course mate and my beloved lecturers.
Less than 3 weeks left for this semester to end. This time I pray that the time will go slowly. I want to grad, but I don’t want to leave all the memories. Feel sad but life must go one.
Still remember a poem by Robert Frost? The Road Not Taken. Well, since I am quite emotional tonight let us read this together first. Well enjoyed it and cherished the moments we had for almost 6 years!
The Road Not Taken (Robert Frost)
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Had worn them really about the same,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
And that has made all the difference.
Have you all decided on the road you want to take? The one you choose is the one that will absolutely make the difference.
Urban/ Rural? hehe… teachers, choose! Can we choose? No! T_T
Okay! Get back to business then. Hmm.. when it comes to assignment, I hope that time will move fast so that we can finish it all! Yeayyy..haha…okay then let’s move to the progress, journey of our Assignment 3 in the ICT course.
First of all, please wake me up! I’m in my dream land for this whole 11 weeks..haha.. dream…dream..dream….
Hmm… 7 possible items?
7 items to ensure an effective student-centred, personalised, higher-order-thinking lesson. What should those items be?
Ohh yes! Idea..Idea…
Have you heard about INERTIA? I’m sure you still remember right? It is a concept in science.
Inertia according to Wikipedia is
the resistance of any physical object to a change in its state of motion or rest
for example, look at the picture below…
Got it? When the train apply brake, people and things inside the train will still moving forward. I want this to happen in a lesson too. Even the teacher stop/ finishes the lesson, students will still move forward and learn on it’s own. It is what we called autonomous learner who learn and construct knowledge on their own without depending much on the teacher. So, in order to complete assignment 3, “INERTIA” must be in!
So, from the words INERTIA itself, I come out with the 7 possible items that should be applied in the Assignment 3.
I = Inclusive various media and technology
N = New knowledge & i+1
E = Effective Collaborative Learning
R = Realistic and meaningful activities
T = Thorough inside out
I = Independent Leaner
A = Active Learning and Assessment
Well, let’s move to the explanation on what have we included and will include for Assignment 3 for each of the item above.
# I = Inclusive various media and technology
Since, we are in ICT course, media and technology is a vital part of it. We have learnt and get to know a lot of ICT tools like Kerpoof, Tuxpaint, StoryBird, Glogster and a lot more. Thanks to Ms Ng. and Ms. Marsyitah for guiding us and introduce us these tools which really help us to prepare for the assignment.
Also, this item is also very important as it will surely get the students involve and make the class to be more student centred as students will be able to experience using the tools on their own especially for the school occupied with projector and computer lab. Also, using ICT tools will get students personalized as it will cater most but not all the students differences in learning styles. Moreover, ICT tools or this media technology will help students to think more and indulge themselves into the lesson.
# N = New knowledge & i+1
What I meant by new knowledge is how we plan the lesson to include new knowledge or knowledge with one level higher than the students level. It is actually what is applied in Stephen Krashen’s theory where students learn best when with give extended input but accompanying it with guidance from teachers or other good students in the class.
New knowledge is also important to increase students’ knowledge of the topic discussed and also to avoid boredom. Ways of doing this is also through using as much ICT tools as we could to create interest within the students.
# E = Effective Collaborative Learning
Collaborative learning or group work is important in planning a lesson. If possible teacher should make students to sit in groups as much as possible from the start to the end of the lesson.
This is because collaborative learning will help in reducing inferiority. When students work individually, if teacher calls out a few students, the others will be in the state of inferiority where they will feel left out. However, it is not the same when they work in group as they are working cooperatively in group and present things as a group. it will develop sense of togetherness between the group member and also increase healthy competition between the groups.
Therefore, in Assignment 3, each of the lesson is made as cooperative as possible by making students learn in group collaboratively.
# R = Realistic and meaningful activities
Here, realistic and meaningful activities are also important when we are planning for assignment 3 as the activities done should be realistic where it can be carried out successfully within the school condition. For example, school 1 with no projector and no computer lab at all. So, the activities done is planned so that it can still be interesting but at the same time can be a success when we use the lesson in the classroom.
Furthermore, the activities done should also be meaningful and related to the students daily life as much as possible as to make them be independent and learn on their own later on. The lesson is planned so that students did not learn for the sake of test or examination only. They learn for a specific purpose and that is why it should be as interesting as possible.
# T = Thorough inside out - cross curricular activity
For this item, our lessons is planned not just based on solely English lesson. It actually goes through different subjects matter. For example, the topic that I am working on is on food pyramid. The topic can be combined together with science lesson to make it more interesting.
So, we search and browse for things between science and English subject in order to produce an interesting and appealing lesson for the students.
# I = Independent Leaner
I love this item the most! To make your students an independent learner or an autonomous learner is not an easy task. Usually, teacher goes to class, teach, give task and leave. Will students learn on their own through that? Definitely no!
To make students independent and responsible with their own learning, a teacher should develop a learner strategy for example by making them write a learner diary on what they have learnt. This way, students will continuously learning on their own and reflect on what they have done to improve themselves in each subject.
Usually, this is not including in one lesson plan. It should be done as a whole. Teacher should asks the students to do it from the beginning of the year until the end to develop the students learner strategy.
# A = Active Learning and Assessment
Last but not least, is the active learning and assessment.
Active learning is just like independent learning. Making students active and involve in each of the activity done is the main aim. However, active learning and assessment is how students can evaluate and assess themselves on their learning.
Of course, teacher should provide immediate feedback to the students at least by a simple praise like “Good Job” or “Well done!” but it is not enough. Learning to assess their own learning is important. So, for assignment 3, we try to make it as meaningful and as interesting as possible so that students will be able to make self assessment on their own learning. The students should be able to think and reflect on their learning and make improvement.
All in all, I think all the 7 possible above are very important to ensure students centred learning, personalized and higher order thinking lesson. It is just the matter of effort to try and finish it with success. So, remember INERTIA, remember the 7 items.
So, I think that is all and I wish you all GOOD LUCK in finishing assignments and also good luck in completing the remaining < 3weeks time of our study before we become a real teacher in just a few month time (hopefully).
Gambate! Gambate ne! Eaa!!
Chaiiyookkk!! and Adios! 🙂