Sunday, March 30, 2014

SUCCESSSSSS!

Canadian visa win! Things I have learned from the experience:

1. having a job helps hugely in your application.

2. optional things like the letter of explanation are incredibly helpful in order to explain your situation online.

3. when you get rejected, get back up and try again!

4. doing sufficient research prior to applying may save you from getting rejected. (-.-” but oh well)

at any rate i am ridiculously happy because I definitely get to see Adam in June so :D

now back to the lesson planning grind and reflecting on how to get them back on track post-holiday slump.

Saturday, March 29, 2014
vivid detour through tiny kampong roads in kuala pilah to try to beat the crazy crawls on the road. #back2school

vivid detour through tiny kampong roads in kuala pilah to try to beat the crazy crawls on the road. #back2school

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

hit head here.

on a canadian-temporary-resident-visa-appeal-application rampage right now. RAHHHHHH.

in other news, it’s nearly the end of the first term! I’m still having lots of trouble with getting my weakest class to do work (Form 4 boys - sigh), but I feel like my other Form 4 classes are building confidence in using more English, which sustains my happiness. :) aside from that, i find my BM proficiency to be severely lacking when it comes to telling students off - definitely need to observe other people doing it and borrow some lines.

Thursday, March 13, 2014
Not every day you get a #stray #goat up your stairwell! #kampungadventures

Not every day you get a #stray #goat up your stairwell! #kampungadventures

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
One of the most satisfying things about being a #teacher here is taking care of the #athletes. They put in so many hours into school and into training, and have so much to show for it. :) #workhardplayhard

One of the most satisfying things about being a #teacher here is taking care of the #athletes. They put in so many hours into school and into training, and have so much to show for it. :) #workhardplayhard

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Ended the teaching day with a visit from mum, who cooked and cleaned and came up with a ton of food for my #birthday. Today I am #23, and have so much to be #thankful for. :)

Ended the teaching day with a visit from mum, who cooked and cleaned and came up with a ton of food for my #birthday. Today I am #23, and have so much to be #thankful for. :)

Sunday, February 16, 2014

nothing but recuperation

Valentine’s day was spent with my Form 4 lovelies on choral speaking. I love being able to get up and stand on a chair to get their attention while conducting, and it is such such fun to see them get into it - it also helps that I get super shiok sendiri when I get them to practice.

Friday night was spent with Carmen, my Institute bestie and one-half of Institute’s cutest couple, and Dan, as part of my early birthday. She and the rest of the Betinas came up with a really wonderful surprise (on very short notice - circa noon on Friday was when the planning began). Carmen is all kinds of things and beautifully human, and never fails to inspire me and push myself to be better, and layans all the tough love I dish out. :) For her and the Betinas, I am so thankful.

Saturday was spent mostly sleeping (jeeez I didn’t think I was that tired!), sending messages to Adam while feeling unexplainably horny, doing no work whatsoever, and hanging out with some of my students at the local ABC place, where they surprised me with cake. They are all such sweethearts, and I’ve come to realize that I feel much happier teaching older students because I relate to them a lot better, even though I control babies easier. I am trying to find the fine divide in treating them like young adults but instilling in them the sense of responsibility of how one should carry themselves as a young adult.

I have had ample ample sleep to make up for the week, so now I need to get my act together and pull through.

Saturday, February 15, 2014
Adorable #adiks at one of the local ABC places near school #toocute

Adorable #adiks at one of the local ABC places near school #toocute

Thursday, February 13, 2014
Super shiok kids in class getting ready for CNY skit! #gongxigongxi #kidswithtoomuchenergy

Super shiok kids in class getting ready for CNY skit! #gongxigongxi #kidswithtoomuchenergy

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

inspiration in the strangest places

cikgumel:

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Yesterday, I chanced upon the students of my most challenging class in their major class, Perabot. I popped in out of curiosity, and to my pleasant surprise, I found a class full of boys who are boisterous and restless in my English class to be concentrated, totally on task, and having so much fun in their Perabot class. 

For the past month, I have had far more failures than victories with this class. I walk in with a lesson plan only to not make it past Step 1, because they will be sleeping, trying to escape class, indulging in sembang-sembang kosong (most of the time!) or singing. Some are at a level so low that they struggle to answer comprehension questions along the lines of “What did the cat sit on?”, and some cannot give me a good reason as to why they should study English.

Yet, it is a completely different world during Perabot class.There is room for them to wander around and to pick up the tools they want and need as and when they need them - an excellent outlet for their energy and cathartic for them during the afternoon hours when they prefer to sleep if they are in other classes. There is a wonderfully skilled teacher who wrote the text book (!!!) on it and who has clearly set up a great system, in which students mostly work independently and are quietly supervised by their teacher. The boys love this class so much that they frequently turn up 5 minutes before class begins - the things I would do in order to have that degree of enthusiasm for my class. T_T

It is such a heartwarming scene, for me as a teacher who is still experimenting with figuring out what sort of teaching style will keep them captivated and give them something to take away, especially when so many teachers tell me that they too find this class challenging to teach, and frequently resort to showing them videos and Powerpoints (which are great, but difficult to organize when there are only a few communal projectors that are snapped up so quickly on a daily basis).

There is hope, there is always hope. :)