Hey there…I am back with lots of experience to be shared….the sweetest and the most bitter experience I went thru during my 3 months of practicum in S.K La Salle…..
Specifically speaking on how did I deal with ICT in this school…to my surprise a school that is placed in Brickfields which is in the middle of Kuala Lumpur do not have plug points in its classrooms…What the hell…they only have 1 media room which has these facilities??? And we have about 8 trainee teachers at one go…hmm…it sucks when all of them want to use it at the same time for their class as our lecturers do observe us at the same time…so how?? You will find out once you have read this…
My title here clearly shows that at times I was lucky to use the ICT facilities but at times bad luck seems to be liking me just too much…The most frustrating part of this was we had some much of ICT class but was unable to use it..
I got year 1….and this was one of the sweetest thing that ever happen to me…They are so adorable and cute and indeed NAUGHTY…really had a tough time handling especially when u bring in a just a little picture, within seconds they are all over you….and there they go “cikgu cikgu…cikgu cikgu cikgu”non stop. I even have dreams of someone calling me with that in my sleep…just too much of it to be handled I suppose. Back to the topic, they just love music, songs, pictures and their media room for sure…the first lesson I entered into this year 1 of mine…all they said was …”cikgu, bilik media!!!” to be new at this, was wondering what is so special in that room and later got the answer. It was the only room has TV with Kampus Astro, DVD, VCD players and so on…this made me realize that they had so much of thirst for ICT in their lesson..Anyways who loves to be just stuck in classroom and looking at just words and not moving pictures??i hate it. What more children. So, I decided to go to teacher in-charge to get the room. The topic was on clothes, got a really interesting video on that which has a song as well…that day my lesson was delayed…you know why, OH MY GOD, they were so difficult to be handled!!!
The tv and the room itself got them so excited…some went under the table, some went near the TV and some were busy looking and admiring my laptop. I ordered them to go back to their classroom immediately…due to time constrain…I showed them the pictures of clothes and as I mentioned earlier, they did not have any plug points in their classroom, so I transferred the video to my handphone (pheww…it was a walkman phone) and played just the music for them to listen and list me the clothes mentioned in the song and told them to be good and if they do so, I will show them the video in the nest lesson. Since it was a class of 18, I made everyone to come closer and played the song thru my handphone and repeated it so that they can hear clearly what were the clothes mentioned in that song. NOT BAD…it worked!!! They were so quiet and paid full attention in classroom…Couldn’t believe it in my eyes that I actually used my hand phone to conduct my lesson. Not bad right?
Then I had the continuation of the lesson….I knew it will be a big hassle, so went to office, took LCD and borrowed one the teacher’s extension…as I needed two extension to pull the wire from a counseling room so that I can fix the LCD to show them the video. I was so grateful as one of the teacher taught me to do this. THANKS TO HIM. I showed them the video, they were so excited and I manage to handle surprisingly. This was how ICT was in my teaching experience on the first lesson using.
Now it’s time for food…I mean, time for to tell tell about the lesson on the topic “food” that I taught them. It was so difficult to carry out lesson without any help from ICT and seriously it takes extremely long time to prepare a lesson…but being in SK La Salle, when we prepare for any lesson involving ICT, we always have a backup plan just in case something goes wrong in our one and only media room. The two extension wire method cannot be used all the time as we have to check the timetable of the pupils first before doing that, as for example, if we are having class before recess or after recess or even just before they go back, we cannot use this method, do you all know why, this simply because, our school pupils just don’t walk, either they run or they jump. It’s the school culture I suppose. Due to this, safety has to be ensured first. So, our savior would be the media room but I did not have much problem in handling them in their media room any more, perhaps I am used to them. We are four of us…Sharmila, Luqman, Fahmi and I…we went to check out the media room that was suggested by the teachers if we are going to use any ICT in classroom. The moment we open the door, all of us just went “aaccchhooom..”. it was extremely dusty because the teachers rarely use the room to teach, it was more of a recreational room for them. We got all excited to see all the videos, Cd’s and songs they have there. They had Kampus Astro as I mentioned earlier and it was a super cool LCD tv. We were so relieved till we found out there is no LCD in the room, HOW ARE WE GOING CARRY OUT LESSON??? We were just hunting if we can find anyways to carry out our lesson there so that we can use ICT in classroom. Finally we found out we can actually connect the LCD TV to our laptop with a USB cable that we found. We gave it a try using my laptop and it was just so perfect. Much more clearer and the colors of the pictures look awesome in there. Since we had very limited pupils in a class, the TV was just more than enough. YAY!!! Coming back to the topic food..I used the facility to show them on videos of food in Malaysia, flash pictures. During this lesson, while I was carrying out this lesson, a girl from different institution rush to me I asked me if I could actually give her the room as her lecturer is here observe her. I had no choice but to give in to her. Got back all the pupils back to their classroom, they were all dull as they just hate to come out of the media room.
I was really upset to see them like and they did not have mood to learn after that. So, got a idea, I used the Big Book technique, this time it was Laptop book technique. I got all the kids to sit around and I sat on a chair, showed the slides of the food using the laptop. The laptop took a role of a book and luckily I had my laptop charged fully as it lasted till I finished my lesson. They were all excited again and they had more fun actually as they just love to look at something so close. This how my lesson on food went and I was relieved I was able to follow my lesson as it was planned. This was one of the experiences that actually thought me to quickly make another plan if anything goes wrong.
Enough of English lesson, now let us move on to Mathematics. I got Year 4 for my mathematics class and when the teachers heard which class I got, they all gave me warning and wished me luck…was not sure why till I entered the class. All they did in class is made noise, fight, fight and fight. At least they had someone to bleed at end of school. Had really a tough time…no technique can actually make them to pay attention, even the headmistress is like nothing for them, they are so used to getting canned and scolding but they do not seem to bother. But ICT did make them to be glued at their chairs and made them to say something about studies. I would really like to thank to my lecturer who set assignments for us to come up with a video kit. I actually use the video kit in my classroom to teach them on time. The videos, games and I also included online games to it. They were so happy over it and some actually said it was their best lesson they ever had in their schooling time. I gave them a clear warning, no fights, no noise if they want to go to media room.
They actually followed my instructions and took part in the lesson. The video was so funny till to the extend they imitated what was in the video. When it came to online games, I gave each and everyone to come in front and take part in the game. None of them made noise while taking turns. They were such an angel that time.
So, to wrap up, I knew that ICT can do wonders to children and I really hope that the schools will actually look into this and make the schools to have all of the ICT facilities so that each and every children will enjoy learning.
These are some of the experiences that I went thru using ICT for my lessons. But, I had a really great time with all those children..i learnt a lot from them and I really do miss them. Although it was a boy’s school but they had some of respect on teachers and I did not even feel how did my 3 months of practicum went. Finally, thank you SK La Salle (1) Brickfield for all the memories that I will treasure forever. Till then buddies, we meet again..bye and have a great day ahead!