Learning and Reflecting

25 Feb

Whoa, all I can say about this week’s ICT lesson is: AWESOME!

We had a great sharing and reflecting session. I was deeply impressed by all the presentations and I think all of us had done a very good job in designing such wonderful and creative adaptations of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”.

It was not easy at all to adapt the template, as we need to take into consideration numerous aspects such as the kids-appeal, theme, content and etc. So after cracking our brains, we finally agreed on a theme, and after developing the theme, we had a clearer direction of how we should adapt the game. One of our group members, Choo was creative enough to come out with a new help line which is “immunity”, and I think it is a good integration. Other than that, it is not easy to develop the award system as well. Cash, stars, or other forms of reward? Finally we agreed on giving stars. The reason is, we wouldn’t want to give real cash to pupils if we were to conduct it in the class. Haha… Besides this, developing the content was another difficult task for us. But we managed to do so after careful selection and discussion. This process made me realized the importance of group work, as we were able to share our ideas, respond to/criticize our members’ ideas and decide on the best solution to come out with the final product. The whole process was PROACTIVE and PRODUCTIVE, and it wouldn’t be so effective if I were to do it individually.

Next is the feedback session during the presentation. What more can I say. It is another PROACTIVE and PRODUCTIVE session.

This is the most interactive lecture I have attended so far. Wish I can click a “like” button for this lesson. πŸ™‚ Now I can clearly see how a teacher can train pupils to take control of their own learning and lead the learning of the class.

Instead of us listening to the presentation and givingΒ  ordinary comments like “good job” and “interesting”, we were asked to give critical and thoughtful comments.

The session became more INTERACTIVE and DYNAMIC, and all of us were actually paying close attention and scrutinizing each presentation with the intention to help each group to improve (instead of doing other things during the lecture..oppss…). Overall, I really benefited a lot as a feedback giver – to be more critical and genuine (honesty is the best policy! ^_^). Guess the same goes to giving feedback to primary pupils as well.

Well, as a feedback receiver, it made me ponder on our strengths and weaknesses. It made us think –> How come we didn’t think of that??? Oh we should have done that instead!!! But it’s not too late to learn that. Now we know what we should really take note when we develop our A03 and also when we start teaching. So, from the comments, I realized that we have indeed overlooked the background and designs, and also the animations and sound effects, yes sound effects! We have really overlooked these aspects. Guess we were too engrossed with the content, and at the same time we’ve forgotten that our audience are young learners! I’m positive that with these valuable feedback and thoughtful reminders, we would be more critical and careful when selecting and developing resources for teaching and learning. Good job to all and wish there are more lessons like this in the future!

That’s all from me this week and have a nice day!

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7 Responses to “Learning and Reflecting”

  1. faustinaroberts February 25, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    hi bguat..interesting and thoughful insights that you have shared in your post..i agree with you that the whole feedback session is INTERACTIVE..yes indeed! It aids learning as well as help others to improve..btw would like to ask you these questions..:)Do you think giving and receiving feedbacks are relevant to Malaysian classroom learning? and How do you encourage your pupils to give feedbacks to their fellow peers?

    • beeguat February 26, 2011 at 10:56 am #

      Hi Tina, thanks for your lovely comment.
      I think giving and receiving feedback are definitely relevant to Malaysian classroom learning. As a teacher we need to constantly provide feedback to our pupils and it is essential for EVERY lesson. As for pupils, I will certainly encourage them to give feedback to their peers as well. But for lower primary learners, perhaps I will start with simple peer assessment like giving smiley or star for their friends, later on when they proceed to higher level, they can be asked to give more in-depth feedback not only to their friends, but for teacher to improve the lessons as well. But before that teacher needs to explain the criteria for evaluation. πŸ™‚ Hope it will work in the real classroom. πŸ™‚

  2. siangshian February 26, 2011 at 2:32 am #

    Thank you for saying that I’m creative muahahahah~!! That’s why I LoVE your post! Hahah just kidding! Well you’re right, I guess giving feedback is looking at others’ work and think.. whether we can do the same or not, or why have we not done it? Well, keep it up beez! It’s great to have you in the group!!!

    • beeguat February 26, 2011 at 11:02 am #

      Hahaha…Tens Choo! Yes, feedback makes us think whether we are good enough or there are still other aspects that we need to improve. It’s nice to have you in the group too ,because you are one of the most creative, pretty, and HARDWORKING one *hints* Hehehe…. ^_^

  3. avucaldz February 27, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    I like the idea of interaction, and i believed, interaction is very powerful to make someone learn coz interaction allow exchanging ideas and thoughts.

  4. illinaishak March 6, 2011 at 11:07 pm #

    hi bee guat πŸ™‚

    glad to know that u r having good time listening and giving feedbacks. btw, do you think asking primary students to give feedback appropriate especially in Malaysian school context?

    • beeguat March 7, 2011 at 5:42 pm #

      Hi Illi…Thanks for your comments..Hehe
      Yes, I think asking primary pupils to give feedback is indeed relevant and appropriate in Malaysian classrooms, and I think it’s an essential part of learning. It depends on the form of feedback they are asked to give. Maybe for lower primary they can just give smiley or stars to indicate their own/their friends’ performance; whereas for upper primary pupils they can be asked to give longer verbal/written feedback to their friends regarding the strengths, weaknesses and scope to improve. This will help a lot in their learning process. I hope it answers your question Illi…Hehe πŸ™‚

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