Don’t Despair; Help is Around

Being a student is not easy. Not only that you have to contend with assignments and examinations, but you too are not saved from the brunt of difficulty when problems strike your family. I remember growing up I was always constantly looking out for community centres that offered bursary for needy students ever since my dad passed away when I was in Secondary 1 leaving behind my mom who had never work before in her life consigned to double shift work in a plastic factory to raise a family of three children.

And so, since Karangkutu is drawing record number of hits these past weeks because of the N & O Level Examinations, I thought of sharing this good news over Karangkutu so that more students get to know it.

The good news is that the Northeast Community Development Council is providing financial assistance scheme to help residents living in Aljunied, Pasir Ris-Punggol, Tampines GRCs, Hougang and Punggol East SMCs. Therefore, if your family are Singaporeans/PRs and have a per capita income not exceeding $800 (total family income divided by the number of family members), you may want to consider applying for the financial assistance by Northeast CDC.

The online application can be found here: https://go.gov.sg/necdc-assistance-schemes

Describing COVID-19 in Malay Language

As the circuit breaker eases in phases, we would like to continue impress upon our students the need to stay vigilant and maintain high personal hygiene as well as adhering closely to the safe distancing measures. This we do by getting our students to reflect on their practices and lessons they have learnt thus far during the circuit breaker. To facilitate this, we designed and included COVID-19 themed questions in the paper 1 preliminary examination for our graduating students. Click on the images below to view the questions.

Many students were caught off guard by the COVID-19 themed questions and a few of them did not manage to use the correct COVID-19 related terms in Malay Language in their emails and essays. As such, we took the opportinity to share the correct translation of these terms after the preliminary examinations. In this way, our students are more prepared to use COVID-19 scenarios in their emails and essays in the coming Malay Language Paper 1 O Level Examinations should the opportunitiy arises. We share the translation of these terms with you below. The slides can be found here.

More Students Earning Collectibles

We are glad to report that more students are now earning their Kami Pelajar A1 collectibles. This is a good sign as these collectibles are visual evidences to indicate that these students have attained good momentum and are on an upward trajectory leading up to their coming O Level Malay Language Examinations in June. Students appreciate it when their efforts are affirmed through these visual evidences and draw much psychological comfort to learn that they on the right track. These earned collectibles will spur them to continue working hard to earn the remaining collectibles and in the process prepare well for all the 12 examinable items in their O Level Malay Language Examinations.

Among them most notebly is Rabia who has earned 5 of the possible 12 collectibles. Rabia telah tawan Lautan Peribahasa, Taufan Kefahaman Subjektif, Belantara E-mel Tidak Rasmi, Cakerawala E-mel Rasmi dan Kehangatan Lisan. We humbly and sincerely pray that God blesses our effort and translate these collectibles into more students scoring distinctions in the coming O Level Malay Language Examinations, Allahumma ameen

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.

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.

Our Collectibles Are Here!

We had ordered 50 sets of Kami Pelajar A1 collectibles from The Game Crafter and they had arrived last month. These collectibles are achievement cards meant to invoke in our graduating students superhuman effort so that they work hard to get distinctions for their coming Malay O Level Examinations this June.

Why we do this and how did we get here? We record our journey in our blog here. Do check it out. We will be updating our blog from time to time. We hope that our journey inspires many Malay teachers to try out our approach with their graduating students in the coming years.

We have not published our collectibles in The Game Crafter for public purchase, but we will do that soon. Now we are just excited experimenting them with our graduating students.

We started the year with several teaching clinics where we nurse our graduating students back to competency in the various learning strategies that we taught them last year. We have learnt sadly that the long November and December holidays last year have taken the bite out from what they used to know.

We ran the clinics throughout the whole of Term 1 and our graduating students were required to submit various assignments as part of their rehabilitation. We are pleased to share that many of them did well for these assignments and we are confident that they will continue to do well as we gear them up for more assignments in the coming Term 2.

We look forward to having many among them earning their first collectibles in Term 2. Who would that be and what collectibles will be first up for grab? We’ll see and we will be reporting that to you. Stay tune!

CROSS THE LINE ~ The Target Setting Activity Visually!

Our PLT project this year is the Saya Pelajar A1 Collectibles which we introduce to our graduating class who will be sitting for the Malay Language O Level Examinations in June. We use these collectibles as a teaching resource to invoke our students’ affective domain in order to motivate them to work harder to achieve distinctions in their O Level Examinations for Malay Language.

Details of our journey in coming up with these collectibles can be found here. We documented our journey in the longest ever post we had written. Happy reading! We hope that you gleam useful lessons from our experiences. : )

The above is the first lesson of our PLT project. The lesson is called ‘Cross The Line’. ‘Cross The Line’ focuses on helping students to set targets for their Malay Language O Level Examinations in June, identify possible challenges and solutions to overcome those challenges, and finally learn from alumni who scored distinctions in the previous Malay Language O Level Examinations.

This first lesson is the first of five installments where we will repeat segments of the first lesson again throught the first semester before our students sit for their O Level Examinations for Malay Language in June. We do this so that our students are often reminded of their targets and can track their progress visually. Puzzled? Just check out the video and you can find more details here.

And finally, if you would like to carry out this PLT project with your graduating students this year, do get in touch with us. We would love to learn from you!

Pelajar Cemerlang Series 2

This is the second series of videos where some of the students who scored distinctions in the June ML O level exams volunteered to share their success recipe. The videos serve as good motivation resources for future graduating students working towards ML distinctions. You can view all the videos here; https://karangkutu.com/pelajar-cemerlang-series/

What a Box of Surprise!

Wow! We didn’t expect the prototype for our Professional Learning Team (PLT) project next year to look this good. What is our PLT project all about? We will make the announcement when the time is right. You’ll be excited to know what we are working on. For now, let’s keep it under wrap. We will proceed to order 40 sets of this prototype from the Game Crafter for our graduating students next year.

Our Start Right Programme

We engage our Secondary 3 Express and Normal Academic (Out of Stream) students to utilize their end of the year holidays well so that they will have a head start when school reopens. These students barely have five months before they sit for their Malay Language O Level Examinations next year. We thought of sharing this with you should it benefit you as well.