Recollecting my memories of teaching practice…

9 Jan

Hello, welcome to My Haven of ICT! Thanks for visiting my site, I hope this would be a great channel for us to ponder deeply and share about what we know and do not know about ICT! In this entry, I will talk about my experience of teaching via ICT in the school that I was assigned for my 3-month teaching practicum.

The school that I was assigned is S.K. Assunta (2), which is located at Petaling Jaya. I have indeed gained abundance of wonderful and invaluable experience teaching in this school and finally we got to testify whether what we learnt are applicable in the real classroom.

S.K. Assunta (2) is an all-girls school situated in an urban area. Most of the pupils came from well-to-do families. Assunta (2) is a well-known  school and it was once nominated as the top 10 school in Selangor. Most of the pupils have good command in English. However, this school is  a missionary school which was initially run by a church; thus, it has very limited facilities. Most of the teaching materials and facilities were either sponsored by other organisations or produced by teachers on their own.

Here is some brief information about the classes that I was assigned:

Class 1: 4 Bestari (38 pupils)

Subject: English

Proficiency level: Average

Class 23 Kaliber (35 pupils)

Subject: Mathematics

Proficiency level: Advanced

So here are some of my pleasant and not-so pleasant experiences of  utilizing ICT in S.K. Assunta 2 🙂

Experience #1: I could still remember vividly my first experience of using ICT in the school. The first ICT tool that I had utilised was an mp3 that I downloaded from the internet. Since the school did not have a speaker, I had to buy one and Thank God the speaker was not very costly.  I’ve used it for several times and I did not encounter any problem in using it. In fact, it was quite useful throughout my teaching practice.

So this is one of the topics that I’ve taught using song. The title of the song is “Under The Sea”. It was being employed during one of my Mathematics lessons,  “Measuring objects using standard units“. In order to make the lesson fun and interactive, I decided to integrate a game called the “Mysterious Measuring Box” . This game is similar to the game “Poison Box”. When I started playing the song, pupils got very excited and enthusiastic and all of them paid their full attention throughout the lesson. I noticed that even the passive and rebellious pupils gave their full co-operation. Therefore, I found that the usage of song in the classroom is undeniably a powerful resource as pupils are able to learn in a less rigid atmosphere and it makes learning enjoyable. What I love about teaching this class is that most of the pupils were rather out-spoken and they would never feel shy to reveal their true feelings to the teachers. Usually, before I ended the class, I would get my pupils to reflect on the lesson, what they like, dislike and what they have learnt. Surprisingly, my pupils told me that this was one of their favourite lessons and none of their teachers have played such a song in the classroom. Overall, I felt that this lesson was really effective. This was one of the photos captured during the class and my pupils had real fun learning and measuring around the classroom.

Experience #2: Another pleasant experience that I found is that with the assistance of ICT, it enhanced the effectiveness of my lesson as it made the lesson interesting. With the help of the ICT teacher in the school, Sakila and I managed to get a LCD projector which was still in good condition. The teacher showed us how to operate the projector and she agreed to lend us the projector throughout the practicum. She even kept the projector in the library where we usually “hanged out” (the staffroom was quite congested and it could only accommodate half of the teachers in the school), so I felt that there should be no excuses for me not to fully utilize what was given to us. However, there was no extension in this school and we had to bring our own extension to connect the projector to the socket. This is one of the obstacles that I found while using ICT in this school. So I had to bring an extension and my own laptop to school whenever I wanted to use the projector.

During one of my lessons, I decided to use power point to teach the topic of  “Introduction to length“. I managed to find a useful animation from the internet in which they showed how many milimeters are there in one centimeter. The arrow could actually move from one milimeter to another when we transfer it into power point presentation.

Attached is the power point slides that I had prepared for the lesson:

In this lesson, I’ve adapted a story about length as an introduction to this topic and amazingly, this lesson was vastly welcomed by the girls.  Throughout the lesson,  I noticed that all the pupils were deeply engaged and the response was rather encouraging as well. Perhaps it was their first time learning using ICT tool in the classroom.

Overall, I felt that the use of power point is very effective in my teaching because  it can reduce the cost of preparation and it could assist pupils to grasp the concept better with the help of pictures and animations which I doubt textbook or teacher’s explanation can do. It can help the visual learners to learn as well.  Some of the pupils came to see me and requested me to use the same method of teaching in the future classes! I was delighted to hear that and I felt that if we put in genuine efforts in our teaching, we can really make a difference on our pupils!

I’ve even showed pupils a video which my friend (Caryn) had done for our video kit assignment last year. What more I can say, the pupils were highly engrossed by the amazing animation! They could immediately grasp the content that I wanted to teach! My mentor who had observed my class told me that she had never used ICT to teach before and she found that my lesson was very effective and she might consider using it in the future.

Experience #3: I agree that ICT could do wonders in teaching, and it can make the impossible tasks possible; however, it can sometimes cause a catastrophe in our lesson if we do not have a plan B!  When my lecturer came for last observation, there was a sudden change of venue as my class was being used for UPSR pupils. Therefore, my class was being shifted to a smaller class, and the sockets in the classroom could not function. I was so nervous and I did not know what to do, as my lesson was solely based on power point and video clip.  Thanks to Sakila as she managed to find a bigger classroom which can accommodate my class and with proper sockets and finally I could carry out my intended lesson. The lesson was implemented successfully. I realized that it was a huge mistake not to prepare a back up plan.

Generally, it was all together a pleasant experience teaching the pupils and exploring the essential teaching tools in the school. I really learnt a lot from this practicum and it had indeed opened my mind on the reality of teaching. I felt that ICT can indisputably help pupils to acquire knowledge, as with the help of these tools, we can implement lots of interactive sessions in the classroom. However, it is vital for teachers to have variety of teaching methods in the classroom as frequent use of ICT could also indirectly impede pupils’ learning process as it might distract them with all the fancy pictures and animations or sounds. However, it depends on how the teachers utilize it. We have to also bear in mind that we should always have substitute materials or plan B if the projector or ICT tools are not available or fail to work at the very last minute.

That’s about my experience of utilizing ICT in the school. Thanks for reading and please feel free to comment! Have a nice day! 🙂

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18 Responses to “Recollecting my memories of teaching practice…”

  1. syira January 9, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    Hi, bee guat! Our school is just next to each other right…hehe
    From your writing, I could feel and see that you had been putting a lot of efforts to utilize ICT in your classroom.
    On the other hand, if we decide to integrate ICT in the lesson we always have to think of second plan in case something goes wrong like what had you encountered during your observed lesson. Unexpected thing just happened!
    Compared to me, I wasted a lot of money for my teaching aids as I used a lot of papers, manila cards, mahjong papers, etc to conduct my lessons. Therefore, I can be considered as not so ‘Eco-friendly’ teacher….(ashamed of myself)….huhuhu

    • beeguat January 9, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

      Hi Syira! Thanks for your precious comment! Ya, we were neighbours! Hehe… I consider myself fortunate enough as throughout my practicum, ICT had been my best companion due to its convenient accessibility. However, some of the schools might not have these facilities, therefore, we can’t blame the teachers for not using ICT in their teaching. We can only make the best of what we’ve got, like in your situation. But I believe you must have done a great job in your teaching with all the beautiful and creative teaching aids. So you shouldn’t be ashamed of yourself! Hehe…
      And yes, we should always have a second plan in case unexpected things pop out! Hehe…Teaching isn’t easy but with great determination, we can make a huge difference! 🙂

      • syira January 9, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

        Thanks for believing in me…hehehe 🙂

  2. ainashikin January 9, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    Hye B Guat… waa… such a long entry.. ;P

    It’s good to see that you had put a lot of effort in integrating the use of ICT during your teaching practice… Yes, I agree with you that using the technology and so on could help to enhance and boost our pupils’ interest in learning… But, the practicality could be a negative point to be thought about when deciding to use ICT in class… Like what you had gone through (nonfunctional socket, limited extension wire etc) could sometimes demotivate we as teachers in utilizing it in classroom… In my case, my class didn’t have any LCD. So if I want to use it, I had to borrow it from the media room. But, sometime, the LCD didn’t work and incompatible with Windows 7. As a result, it became a waste of time and effort for me to prepare a lesson using ICT tools.. T_T

    But, still, you had done good job and put a lot of effort.. Keep this good job dear.. 🙂

    • beeguat January 9, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

      Hi Shikin, thanks for your comment! Such a long entry right, maybe I’m getting old and I’ve just got so much to talk! Haha..
      Ya, there are always plus points and negative points of utilizing ICT in the classroom and sometimes things can get really annoying if they fail to function when we are desperate to use it! So, early preparation is very important. If the school is not equipped with adequate ICT facilities, perhaps we can integrate simple tools in our lesson like using songs once in a while to boost pupils’ interest in learning! Still, I think it all depends on the teacher’s willingness and desires to use them. Who knows one day we might just resort to textbook as teachers in the school told us that they are just too busy with paperworks and they have no time to prepare proper and sophisticated teaching aids? I hope it won’t happen to us…Hehe 🙂

  3. eminadia86 January 9, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    hello there!!!!Just one word to describe about your experiences…JEALOUS! Im so jealous with you as u were able to use the ict facilities. im sure your kids were having fun to see all the interesting and fun videos. it helped you a lot compared to me. i just use all the manila cards and flashcards and every night i need to draw n coluor my teaching aids. that’s a big sacrifice ok..hehe. Ict really a helping tool to us as a teacher right…keep up all the good work dear…im proud of you as you fully utilize all the facilities provided. the kids were so lucky for sure =)

    • beeguat January 9, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

      Thanks Nadia for reading my blog! I really felt lucky for having the opportunity to explore and learn how to use the ICT tools in my school. Previously, I didn’t even know how to operate a projector, but now, I can proudly tell myself, I can also do it!
      But I am sure you’ve done a great job too, and your sacrifices didn’t go to waste, am I right? ICT can help us abundantly in our teaching, but without ICT, we can make our teaching enjoyable too! I believe simple flashcards can catch the pupils’ attention too, as long as we know how to manipulate it! So, let’s work hard together! 🙂

  4. dhayalakshmi January 9, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    I agree with you bee guat that we should always have a plan B. We should not be too dependant too ICT. Its indeed very true that with ICT, we can get all our things done fast but in an attractive manner. I hope that we will continue using ICT once we start working as well. When we integrate ICT in our lessons, im sure the kids will enjoy their learning.

    • beeguat January 10, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

      Thanks Dhaya for your precious comment. Very true indeed, we must always have a plan B whenever we want to integrate ICT in our classroom. However, we cannot fully rely on ICT in our teaching as frequent use would hamper pupils’ learning, for instance, their attention level might reduce if we use other method of teaching. In my opinion, perhaps once in a week would be ideal. All the best girl! 🙂

  5. avucaldz January 9, 2011 at 10:48 pm #

    Well reflected! I like your power point presentation to teach comparison. With ICT, teachers can easily gain pupils attention through video presentation, song as well as power point presentation. I believe you have spent days and night to come out with a good piece of lesson plan using ICT. Do agree with you, that ICT may fail us sometimes. Therefore Plan B is always a must for classroom teaching.

    • beeguat January 10, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

      Hi Peter, thanks for reading. Yes, I think not only me, all of us had indeed spent a lot of time and money producing wonderful and flawless lesson plans and I believe you had done a great job too. I believe strongly that ICT can be a powerful tool in the classroom, and it’s the best way to capture pupils’ attention especially for unexperienced teacher like me. But again, plan B is essential. Hopefully as we gain more experience, we would be able to utilize ICT and other essential tools and come out with flawless lessons! Good luck! 🙂

  6. popyat the poppycock January 10, 2011 at 1:59 am #

    hi bee guat… my question is “will you integrate ICT in classroom in the future?” and one more question is “will you marry me?”

    • beeguat January 10, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

      Hi Hayat, wow, what a question! Well, let me answer your first question first. Yes, I would definitely integrate ICT in the classroom if the school is equipped with the facilities. I would love to experiment and introduce to the kids the wonders of ICT as it can help them greatly in their learning.
      If there is not, perhaps I would find an alternative such as using my own laptop or hand phone?
      Okay,your second question,hahaha, kita dah engaged ke? 😛

      • popyat the poppycock January 10, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

        ohhh forgot that we still not engaged… ok ok.. will you engaged me? LOL

  7. thanusianaganathan January 10, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    Hi Bee Guat, I noticed that many teachers in schools nowadays are avoiding the usage of ICT in their teaching and learning process. When I asked one of the teachers why? She simply answered me, “Buang masa la, you all tak pe, ajar satu atau dua kelas sahaja tapi kitaorang kena buat banyak benda lain lagi. Lagipun facility tak cukup,” she said. I was shocked with such response but what can I do? It is up to individuals. But using ICT in classroom does help a lot.

    • beeguat January 11, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

      Hi Thanu, thank you for reading. Yes, some of my school teachers also confessed the same thing to us. I strongly agree that it is up to us on how we want to manipulate all the facilities in the school. Hopefully we won’t become the teachers who will only resort to textbook and chalk and talk! 🙂

  8. aaronaldo January 10, 2011 at 10:46 pm #

    S.K. Assunta (2) is just next to my school! I could hear your voice-ba when you’re teaching (see, so near!) I ‘berlambai-lambai tangan’ somemore, but you didn’t reply. Yeah, can see that you put in a lot of effort integrating ICT in your classroom. Theories that we learnt not really applicable when we go out to school and teach next time.As you might burn out in your teaching in the future, remember to take a glance of this entry! It may lift you up again.

    • beeguat January 11, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

      Hi Aaron, Haha you did? My voice must be very loud then! Hehe…I think not only me, all ours friends had tried their level best to attempt different kind of teaching strategies like ICT. Some theories might not be applicable, however it might somehow serve as a guide for us on how to teach and understand the children better. Anyway, good luck and let’s work hard! 🙂

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