Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Give Up

sometimes, you cannot do anything else, but to;


Believe me I have tried, people keep on having misconception about me. I have tried my best, my best. But they keep on complaining. Maybe my best is not best enough... so I changed my statement - I have done what i can---

and I cannot take it anymore...

that's all

I quit

Friday, February 8, 2013

Moving on with my Resolution

So in light with my resolution for 2013, which I still followed now in February, I finished book #2 in my booklist. And the book is;

Life of Pi, Yann Martell

So since the book won the Man Booker Prize, and it was made into a movie, i decided to put it into my reading list and actually read it. The movie was awesome, that CGId Tiger was a very good actor.

The first few chapters of the book was almost as though I was reading a non-fiction, too documentary-ish for me, and i started slow... now once when the ship had sunk, that is when the story started to get interesting.

After reading almost more than half of the book about religion this, religion that, Jesus here, Brahma there and zoology here, pondicherry there, chinese sailor here bla bla bla... then came the part where the ship sunk. And Martell's words came to life... It was adventure in every page... 

almost every sentences had funny wit in it that I was left smiling to myself, one unforgettable one was when Pi started killing animals for food. He caught a flying fish, and crushed its skull, and I can almost hear the bone cracking, that was how real his writing was.

I am not one to trust Man Booker Prize winners, since I spent month trying to read Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall to no avail... but this one is fun, a complete literature, could be a good book to do a research on comparative religion, atheism and such... for literature of course... so now I'm on to my third book;

Philippa Gregory's The Red Queen

Since I have this obsession on English History, so this life story of Margeret Beaufort could be good for me... however, only after 6 pages i have come to hate the annoying 9 year old Beaufort, she must be more annoying when she grows up...

Oh bother... hope that this will turn out well...

Friday, February 1, 2013

Form 5 needs childish lesson sometimes

So, my form 5 classes had been really difficult since the beginning of the year,

I dont know if it is the new found hormones or sudden realization of the SPM year, but they had been really cranky, disinterested, and not at all like any of the students I knew back when they were still in form 4.

So every time I tried to teach something I was always greeted with empty responses which often made me feel exasperated and disinterested to teach them...

I even applied for MC to avoid going into their class...

until finally I got an idea, since using form 5 appropriate activities for them had been a complete and utter mess, why don't I use the lesson for my form 2 classes on them?

And anyway, my form 5 students are in a dire need of lessons of English Proverbs since one girl had proudly announced that 'Killing Two Birds with one Stones' means 'Breaking a chicken's neck at the back of a KFC Franchise to cook for the customers' - True Story

So, I asked them to

1. Choose a proverb from my hand
2. Get a piece of colorful paper
3. Draw what they think is the meaning of the proverb
4. Present them in front of the class
5. Do a simple exercise on proverbs
6. Use the proverbs they learnt in the essay they are writing about themselves

believe it or not,

it worked!

Najwa and Syifaa deciphering the proverbs on a pink paper

Najwa presenting

Syam's presentation with full, head on sarcasm

The results

Hanafi and Faizwan's work

Amanina and Salbila's work

Idlan and Zainul's work

Muhammad and Hana's work

One thing I got to know today is that, even though these are form 5 Science School students, they are actually no different with 17 year olds from any other schools, they need silly, kiddish activity sometimes...

at least they are using the proverbs in their essays now,

and this is a pair work, and what i love about it is that, the partner who has less proficiency in English presented - which was good, everybody was involved, and that was my objective in the first place...

I know it is not a ground breaking, innovative lesson plan... but... yay me! and yay them!