Save the Pollinators

Scientists are proposing ways to save the pollinators [Link]. This article caught my attention as I can use that for both P5 topic on pollination and P6 topic on Interaction within the environment.

Some questions that could set the students thinking:

(1) Why are pollinators important?

(2) How does the ways proposed help to save the pollinators?


A letter to myself

Hi, Me 2017!

This is Me2016!  Here is the list of things that you will and you must need to in 2017. No compromise on that and you must “die-die” do! You owe it to your students or else you would be short-charging them. Do not be tempted to fall back to the easy “schooling” way in which you “pour knowledge” to your students like what your teachers did to you. This is totally unacceptable! And please do not forget your role as HOD(ICT) even though I know that you would rather to be a HOT (Happy Ordinary Teacher). Time to be a influencer and influence more teachers to design technology-enabled experiences in the class! Use Simon Sidney Start with Why to influence more people to use technology to inspire the joy of learning!

Here are the things that you will do in 2017. Pay attention and stop looking at your handphone!

(1a) In order to get your students to be passionate learners , you will continue to design technology-enabled learning environments that allows your students to make their thinking visible and you to do formative assessment.  For next year, I would like to see you designing learning experience that activates students as instructional resources for one another with the use of technology.  For example, the student can post their work on line and their peers can critique their work with the help of the checklist. This has to be done consistently and regularly. Do be prepared for the “not-so-good” responses from the students in the first few tries. The students needs time to get used to this routine!

(1b) To develop your students to communicate science effectively, you need to design learning experience that allows them to practice their science communication skills. Model the scientific communication in class and allows them to peer check the students’ answers. Use checklist and make clear the success criteria

(1c) To develop the students as confident communicators with technology, the ICT Training would be planned such that students can express and create with themshelves with various contemporary ICT tools .This includes P2 : Telestory, P3: Scratch, P4: Blogging with Spreadsheet, P5 : Screencasting/podcasting and P6 : App Inventor. Students should be creator of content and not just passive consumers of content.

(2) You always have a soft spot for your students and tend to give them the benefit of doubt. Put it simply, you over-dote on them!  Be more firm with your students! Have routines in place so that you can instill discipline in your students.  Be a strategic warm demander . You owe it to them to let them have a conducive environment for studying.

(3a) In 2017, you will continue to be reflective practitioner through regular reflection on your lessons plan. Next year,  you are to contribute at least 2 posts weekly. Be your own worst critic!  Remember what Dewey had said : “We do not learn from experience… we learn from reflecting on experience.”

Your daily experience in the class amounts to NOTHING. I repeat NOTHING if you do not reflect! So, like it or not, you have to/must reflect!

(3b) To develop teachers’ competency in designing technology-enabled lessons, provide space in which teachers can share and converse bout their technology-enabled lessons with others This includes encouraging the teachers to blog and tweet! Let’s have a ICT PD day in which the teachers share their technology-enabled lessons!

(4) Leveraging on external partnership, please remember to get IMDA Lab on the Wheels to visit the school. Do organize a LJ to iExperience for next year P6 as post PSLE Activity! I have missed out organizing this LJ this year so next year , you have to DO IT!!!

(5) Walk the talk and model the EXCEL values.

Engage with respect (Be respectful. Remember the famous Netwon’s Third Law! Action and reaction are equal and opposite in direction ! So be respectful , so others would also respect you!)

Exercise responsibility (Just be like Me2016 and continue be responsible. Perhaps, you can try  to downgrade your “responsibility level”. Currently, I feel that my level for responsibility is just way too high and it is causing Me2016 unnecessary stress!  Learn to let go and yes chillax!!)

Collaborate with integrity (Be a team player. Dare to be critical and interrogate assumptions by asking hard questions)

Encourage with compassion (Be a influencer and encourage your fellow colleagues to design technology-enabled learning experiences! Remember you tag line 2017 : Inspire the joy of learning with the use of technology)

Learn with resilience (Continue learning! And that includes completing that thesis!)

Do remember to constantly remind the teachers of TWPS ICT Narratives!


Staff PD Day

It was Staff PD Day at my school today! Teachers shared what they had done during PLC. It was indeed insightful as I listened to what my colleagues had done.  I always believe in sharing as we can always learn from and learn with one another.

Some takeaway:

(1) Use of checklist seemed to be a recurring theme for writing.  This is something worth considering to do during Science Lessons.  Get my next year students to “check-list” their Science Answer using the so-what frame [Link]  I have come up with my student this year. Perhaps, I should further think hard about this answer frame during hols. Time to use some Literature Review to “ATASIFY” my so-what answer frame

(2) There were lots of strategies shared (e.g., GCSE, use of checklist). Perhaps, as a school, we should do a rise-above and try to have a common thread to tie all these strategies together.  Or else both the teachers and the students would be too overwhelmed and would not be able to connect the dots together.