Building Cross Cultural Understanding Towards Hari Raya Celebrations

It has now been a week into the month of Syawal. It is about this time in the past Hari Raya celebrations that I would start receiving requests from my former students wanting to visit me. This year the same cannot be said. It has been a quiet Hari Raya no doubt due to the virus outbreak. And in my moment of reminiscences of those wonderful times spent with my former students, I came across this Hari Raya video.

This Hari Raya video was created with the help of an extraordinry batch of former students a few years ago. It was meant to build cultural understanding towards Hari Raya celebrations and the etiquttes to follow when visiting Muslim homes during Hari Raya. We showed this video during assembly and it received good reviews. The video continues to be a useful resource for the purpose it was created. But for me now, it provides some comfort towards my longing heart wanting to see my former students again.

I hope that you enjoy the video. Selamat Hari Raya! Minal ‘Aidin wal Faizin.

Preparing Graduating Students for the EAE Application

The Early Admission Exercise (EAE) into polytechnic will soon open for our graduating students who will be sitting for their O Level Examinations this year. As we are all aware, the EAE is an aptitude-based admissions exercise that allows students to apply for and receive conditional offers for admission to polytechnics based on their aptitudes and interests prior to receiving their O Level Examinations results

While there are students who have made up their minds, many more are still unsure of what polytechnic courses to apply for. We help our graduating students ease the conundrum in two ways. First, we assist our students to think about what career they are passionate about in an oral activity based on the topic Menggapai Impian found in the Jauhari textbook for Secondary 2. This oral activity is a series of oral exercises we organise to help our graduating students build their oral competency to better prepare for the O Level Oral Examinations. Thus, this activity also helps achieve one of our students’ academic objectives.

This is the worksheet for the oral activity. We have received exemplary oral presentations from many students. We would have shared the best oral presentation in an audio file here had it not been that we are concerned our students may not feel comfortable with us sharing something that are personal to them. As we know, many students do not share openly about their ambitions.

Secondly, we help our graduating students work towards a successful EAE application with submitting an impressive EAE write-up that stands out. For this, we share a collection of EAE write-ups that we have collected over the years helping students write and polish up their EAE write-ups. The samples are good resources for graduating students to think about what everyday experiences they can creatively include in their write-ups. Aside that, they can take away some know-hows how to present their main info ‘jump into the eyes’ of the reviewers and not get buried because of poor organisation. The collection of EAE write-ups can be found here.

Our Recipe to Keeping Students’ Motivation High During Full HBL

At the start of the year, we did not anticipate there would a worldwide virus outbreak and we never heard the term circuit breaker being used before to name the strategy to stop the virus from spreading in Singapore.

In short, full home-based learning was remotely far from our mind. But now that we are in the midst of it, we are grateful that our collectibles have helped us keep our graduating students’ motivation high during the full home-based learning.

We document our journey employing our collectibles in teaching nd learning in the section and subsections of Kami Pelajar A1. Do check it out. Who knows you may like and consider our approach for your graduating class next year.

Let’s Fight It Together

The outbreak of COVID-19 virus has brought forth the best of humanity among Singaporeans. This selfless spirit we can see among our front-line essential services workers who quietly go about doing their jobs to make Singapore safe. At the same time, we have also seen a minority among us who flout the COVID-19 circuit breaker rules without any regard towards the safety of fellow Singaporeans. This unfortunate development has encouraged us to prepare another COVID-19 lesson package to inculcate in our students to love and care for Singapore and fellow Singaporeans. You can learn more this lesson package here.

Turning A Challenge Into An Opportunity

The outbreak of COVID-19 has disrupted lives. In Singapore, the circuit breaker has been extended to another month and likewise school closure would be extended for the same duration. However, the outbreak presents a valuable opportunity for us to educate in our students important lessons that they can learn from.

With this in mind, we have prepared COVID-19 lesson package for our graduating students where we organise oral activities around the theme Health is Wealth. These oral activities are designed to help our graduating students to build their oral competency to better prepare for the O Level Oral Examinations. You can learn more these activities here.

Commemorating International Friendship Day During Full Home-based Learning

This week we commemorate the International Friendship Day (IFD). IFD is a day dedicated to the understanding of Singapore’s relations with neighbouring countries and beyond. As an island nation amongst many other nations, Singapore must take cognisance of the importance of relating well with nations near and far. Together, we can promote economic growth, social progress, sociocultural evolution while protecting regional peace and stability. This day aims to remind our students of the importance of maintaining good relations with other nations.

We have decided to commemorate IFD in an oral practice for our graduating students amid school closure and the activation of full home-based learning because of the COVID-19 outbreak. We hope to underscore the IFD messages through the oral practice. For this purpose, we have choosen the IFD video above as the oral video. The footage of the video was taken from a welcome party for our school’s international students in January this year before the virus grips our country.

We provide students with a sample of descriptive essay pertaining to a theme related to IFD from our Contoh Karangan Untuk Persiapan Peringkat O book. The essay gives students a better understanding about issues foreign students face integrating in Singapore and will help them reflect upon specific examples that may have missed their attention because they did not think much about them. We hope that from the reading of the essay and the oral practice our students will appreciate the importance of relating well with foreign nationals for the benefits of all Singaporeans and the whole world at large.

We share below one of the many exemplary oral recordings sent to us via Dropbox. This particular recording is from Adlina and we awarded her full marks for her oral presentation.

Our First Recipient of the Kami Pelajar A1 Collectibles

Congratulations to our first recipient of the Kami Pelajar A1 Collectibles!

We are proud to have Atiqah earning her first collectible on Lisan. She scored more than 32/40 for three oral practices consecutively. We hope that the collectible will spur Atiqah on to give her best in the coming oral practices as well as to earn the remaining 11 collectibles for other assessment items for Malay Language O Level Examinations.

Who can forget the jittery during oral examination? Atiqah has mastered our oral strategies and rise above the blistering shivers and sweltering heatwave throughout these oral practices. We are confident that she will do well for the O Level Oral Examination if she continues to give her best for the coming oral practices, insyallah.

Kami Pelajar A1 Collectibles is a our PLT project this year. Through this project we hope to invoke student’s affective domain positively. Student’s affective domain concerns with student’s moods, feelings and attitudes.  We believe that if we can invoke student’s affective domain positively, we can unlock their true potential and energy to achieve amazing feat!

You can learn more about our PLT project here. We document our journey so that we can learn how to improve upon how we implement the project in the coming years. That aside, our experiences will be useful for teachers who would like to carry out the same project for their graduating students.