Coursera - What future for education? by Dr Clare Brooks, Institute of Education, University of London I'm going to give Coursera a try. Came across this school today and their Masters programs look very promising. This is a taster course to see if distance/online learning is a good fit for me. I'll be blogging about … Continue reading Coursera – What future for education?
The beginning of a new school year is always fun and exciting, albeit nerve wrecking. This year I am very, very lucky to have my own classroom. Due to increased enrolment, I landed in a newly-renovated classroom. Look at the view too! Spent the day getting acquainted with new colleagues and setting up the classroom. … Continue reading New classroom, new school year!
One of the best perks of being a teacher is the summer holidays. On top of having a regular schedule with weekends off, I am so grateful for the winter and summer holidays. Gives me a chance to relax, re-focus, and recharge for the next school year. What's even better is, unlike in BC, teachers … Continue reading Summer Vacation 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8ZZcCDyTUk In order to reach these hormone rampant, self-conscious gr8 students, and encourage them to be creative, a teacher must first demonstrate and sacrifice one's own dignity. Was feeling rather reluctant at first, but a teacher's gotta do what a teacher's gotta do.
What are the students doing? Using iPads? They are using Quizlet to learn vocabulary through flashcards and games! = ) Of course I need to keep an eye on them so they don't go on Candy Crush or Tower of Savior : P
4 months later, I feel much more comfortable at Kang Chiao. It's extremely gratifying seeing how I've progressed as a teacher over the past four months, and see the challenges I've overcome. Owning the classroom is so important. As a teacher, classroom is my arena. I set the pace and everything else that goes with it. I am … Continue reading Owning the classroom
So the 2012/2013 school year came to an end, so was my time at Khalsa School Vancouver. Fast forward a few months, life has taken me to Taipei, Taiwan. Out of the few schools I contacted, I was lucky to be offered a position right away at Kang Chiao Bilingual School. I'll be teaching English Lit … Continue reading A new adventure in Taiwan – Kang Chiao Bilingual School
For those of you who have not seen the original Caine's Arcade video, here. My class and I loved it and tried to do one of our own. We had great fun. My favourite is the cardboard foosball game! 1. Funky Foosball 2. Whack-a-mole 3. Whack-a-ball 4. Slapshot
It was a fun week celebrating Valentine's Day with my grade 4 students. It's all sweet and love for them. They have not yet experienced any of the bitter heartaches that may accompany Valentine's; they don't feel the monetary pain of the consumerism-laden Valentine's; they probably haven't felt the frustrating, exhilarating, hormone-induced mixed feelings that accompany … Continue reading Valentine’s Day
Yesterday was my first Gurpurb experience. It was great seeing all the students in their celebratory, traditional clothing. The students welcomed the change from our daily routine, and our math test was postponed to today (which got a cheer from the class as would be expected). At the end of the day, the grade 4s … Continue reading Gurpurb – my first experience