We include here our collection of other resources that we have organised according to resources that support the teaching of our writing strategies, resources that are useful for formative assessment, infographics that encapsulate many of our teaching strategies, ideas for rentas cipta activity, resources that facilitate O level candidates’ application in the Early Admission Exercise into Polytechnic (EAE), and lastly a shout-out to innovative and creative teaching practices by Malay Language teachers within the teaching fratenity.
Our resources that support the teaching of our writing strategies predominantly are videos that we produced for assembly programmes that commemorate National Education events as well as those that were submitted as students’ entries for video competitions. We also include exemplary students’ essays as useful guides to standards that we set for our students. These essays too serve as evidences that our students are indeed capable of writing excellent pieces if we present to them effective writing strategies and work on improving our teaching practices. And finally, we share our Start Right Programme that occupies a portion of the end of the year school holidays to give our Secondary 3 Express and Out of Stream (OOS) students a head start before they begin Secondary 4 and prepare for their Malay Language O Level Examinations in June.
We make use of note-making strategies to engage our students in formative assessment. We learnt these strategies from Rick Smith when he was invited to hold a two-day workshop in our school. You’ll find the note-making strategies that we share useful. You are likely to get some resistance from your students in the beginning. However, if you persist and make note-making a regular feature in all your lessons, they will warm to the strategies in no time. Good luck!
The collection of infograohics that we have were produced as we were working towards finalising our teaching strategies. We still apply some of the information there in our teaching strategies, but there are others that we have since updated. Nevertheless, they are still good and useful. Over the years, we have received requests from teachers who would like to own soft copies of these inforgraphics. If you like to have them too in soft copies, please drop us an email.
We share a video produced by a group of students who adapted the Badang story into the 21st century. It was our attempt to expose and get our students interested in Malay folklore (cerita rakyat). What better way than to get them engaged in a rentas cipta lesson with a video as the performative product. Many of our students are familiar with the use of technology and media that the task we gave just seemed like an afternoon outing in the park for them!
The samples of EAE write-ups we have shared have benefitted many graduating students who are preparing for their O level examinations. This is expected because the write-ups are authentic as they were originally students’ write-ups that we had helped them to write. These students were invited for EAE interview . Many of them cleared the interview and are now pursuing their dream courses in polytechnics of their choices. We knew that these write-ups will be a useful resource and we are hearten to learn that many Malay Language teachers have directed their graduating students to our website for help to write their EAE write-ups.
Lastly, our shout-out page is meant to shine the spotlight on innovative and creative teaching practices Malay Language teachers employ in their classrooms. If you blog about what you do in class and would like us to give a shout-out to interesting ideas that you bring into your teaching, or if you come across anything interesting shared by other teachers in their blogs and would like to bring them to the attention of other teachers, do drop us an email too. We will be more than happy to give out a shout-out. Likewise, do give a shout-out to what we are doing here to eveyone connected to the teaching and learning of Malay Language that you know. We appreciate that a lot!