These days, teachers find that they are burdened with so many tasks (doing clerical and admin works, running co-curriculum activities, conducting and attending meetings, entertaining visitors) and at the same they have to finish teaching the given syllabus and ensure their students do well in the given subject in the national examination! Wow!
Well, how about changing the we way do things? How about thinking out of the box?
How about exploiting the technology to optimize our time and teaching and at the same time optimize the learning process for students? Obviously, we all agree that the technology can’t replace teachers, and it should no bet; but it can be used to help teachers to facilitate the learning process.
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- Can we ask the students to do some interactive exercises on their own? either using a program in CD or in the Internet? We can monitor their progress, can’t we?
- Can we ask the students to read a particular chapter from the book and extend a discussion about the reading in a forum moderated by the teacher? We can trigger some questions (inquiry-based approach) so that they will think and think. Can’t we do that?
- Can we ask them to write something in our blog so that are proud of their own writing in their teacher’s blog?
- Can we find low level learning materials for low achievers from the Internet and let them do remedial learning on their own?
- Can we find more challenging materials for fast learners so that they will not get bored in our classes?
- Don’t you think that the students will benefit a lot more when they engage in learning WITH computers? (In addition to language enrichment, how about social interaction (read Social Constructivism in learning) and ICT skills and knowledge? Don’t you think interaacting with peers, and perhaps native speakers of English from other part of the world in a forum, would help students to learn in a more meanigful way?)
- Don’t you think students would acquire more language inputs outside classroom when they engage in interactive learning and social networking mode conducted by teachers outside class hours? (By the way, what is the difference between language acquisition and language learning? Is language acquisition the best mode to master the language or is it language learning in the classroom?)
- Don’t you think we can finish up our syllabus by exploiting the technology in our teaching?
- Can’t we teach 60% in the classroom and the other 40% we ‘teach’ differently by engaging the students in a more open and flexible learning mode, and yet we could finish the syllabus by September every year and the students will gain more than what we expected?
- Can we run ‘gerak-gempur’ (intensive drill-n-practice) through the year instead of the last two-three months before the exam?
- Can we do interactive ‘gerak-gempur’ rather than passive “gerak-gempur”?
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