Monday, September 06, 2004

How to handle 'difficult' student?

Sukhairan micro teaching today raised one scenario which i had experienced personally and that was of a student who used vulgarities outrightly in front of the teacher and continued to do so and disrupt the class despite several harsh warnings form the teacher.
Thus i would like to get opinions from my colleagues as to how we should handle such 'difficult' students. Some strategies i could think of;
1) Make the student stand on the corner - to actually isolate him from the rest
2) Bring him to the principals office - pass the burden to the school DM (however it may temporarily disrupt the class)
3) Ignore - to avoid any personal confrontation (hoping that he will mellow down)

Any other better and tactful ways?

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Experience of Micro Teaching

Today was big day for me as it was my turn for micro teaching. It was indeed an experience to feel what is was like to handle a class with a bunch of uncooperative students. The following are my experiences:

1) Instruction

It was initially easy to command the class as i lay down the ground rules as the the rules and routines that were in force. however as the lesson progress and the students became restless, the class was getting a little out of hand. Thus i felt giving instruction rather tedious towards the later part of the class.

2) Class management

I felt the class exagerated a bit towards the end by asking irrelevant questions and acting rowdy and uninterested. Personally i feel an express class would not succumb to such unruly behaviour. This is from my short contract teaching experience. And the students in an express class will take harsh words from the teacher seriously and will try to behave in the future. To find someone sleeping outrightly is also an uncommon scene. Thus i think we have to make the classroom managment scenerio more realistic to suit the level we are taking. Otherwise everyone is out to get even with the next 'teacher' by behaving as badly as possible.

3) Relevance of Micro Teaching

I felt the experience is suitable to prepare us for classroom managment issues. In other words, how to tackle real life classrooom issues. However i have yet to see the relevance of this approach as far as teaching geography is concern. I feel we should focus more on strategies and methods of conducting a geography lesson in class, the effective way, rather than focusing purely on behavioural aspects. The latter is definitely beneficial however, without a good background of the subject and effective delivery modes, little will be achieved just by tackling classroom managment issues. I hope this view could be discussed further in class.

Well i look forward to further comments on my strenghts and weaknesses, so that i can improve myself.

Monday, August 23, 2004

Preparation of Lesson Plan

i'm now working on my lesson plan for my micro teaching the week after. Still quite vague as to what need to be done, but i guess i'll try my best.
Hope i can get it finished by today so that i can start on my other assignments and projects. Being in NIE, i guess is not as smooth sailing as i taught it would be. Well look on the bright side - 5 days week (if that ever materialises) ha..ha..ha

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Journal Week 1

I just created this blog as we are required to do so for one of our geography modules, where we have to keep a journal.
hope i can write something fruitful for everyone to read.