English class made me feel empty-headed and lost. I never knew what was going on, and I also began not to care; However, when I was placed into Ms. Hightower 's class, everything changed! She gave me confidence in myself, my abilities, and helped me uncover intelligence I never knew I had. My freshman year of high school created my hate for English. My freshman class full of 15-year old 's were forced to read and write essays about the constitution and politics we knew and understood nothing about: It was the most tedious and doltish idea in the world.
All of these questions were going back and forth all morning long. After I finally relaxed and decided to get ready, I felt an overwhelming presence of nervousness wash over me. The thought finally struck me like a lightning bolt that I am a senior in high school. I didn’t know what I was going to do. This was it, my last year of being able to enjoy childhood before I went off and had to be an adult.
My first topic will be about the standardized testing. No one truly cares about the students skill, but the teachers skill in forcing children to memorize how to calculate prime in geometry. I wish to ask everyone in this room, what is 4/3pi6 squared by 3, what is the volume? You don’t know? That 's what I have to memorize to be tested on something that won’t even matter in 10 years.
Title: How to Do Mid Term Exams Successfully? Resource box: Exams are part of academics and they are essential for checking students’ knowledge in various subjects. Preparing for midterm or final exams is an art and students need specific skills like organization, planning, following mnemonic rules and a systematic revision with suitable study time and learning style. Students who struggle in their preparation for exams can avoid their mental stress by contacting online tutoring centers who offer many practical tips to minimize the exam tension of students. Body Exams are part of academics and they are essential for checking students’ understanding of subjects.
Especially for students with special needs.Portfolio assessment trains students to be more independent and self-directed learner.As mentioned before,it also enhances communication inside the classroom,be it with the teachers or their peers.Portfolio is the best way for a teacher to show their students’ progress from time to time in detail to parents or the students themselves as all their work materials are recorded.Therefore,portfolio assessment should be practiced in all school,be it private or government or special schools.Teachers should be encouraged to be creative in applying and developing portfolio assessment in class as a way to evaluate their student’s progress as well as to enhance their career.The portfolio is indeed not an easy task to do especially for students with special need because teachers need to have a lot of patience with them. Nevertheless,the results are all worth the hardwork to see the progress and developments made by the students.In the end,portfolio gives a very valuable information on what the students have learnt and accomplished and how did they manage to improve themselves.Portfolios are becoming quite popular among schools in Malaysia as the results from portfolio assessments are more favorable compare to test assessment.Teachers play an important role in the portfolio assessment as they should know more information in order to help students to improvise themselves based on their own judgement.Only teachers are able to help them in a classroom as teachers are the only one aware and keeping track of their learning progress.Teachers should be share their students’ progress with their parents in order for them to get a clear understanding on their children’s progress.Students also have to do their part in order to make the portfolio assessment a success.Students,be it the normal students or students with
Abstract Flipped classrooms reverse the role of traditional teaching where in students gain exposure through learning material like videos, power point presentations and notes outside classroom and the class time is utilised for problem solving and discussions in order to master the concepts. Flipped classrooms encourage students to learn at their own pace releasing frustrations and undue burden on students to pace up. Those students who have to miss some classes do not lose the course content. It provides opportunity for active interactions among students outside class via an online course website , facilitates social learning and is successful in providing timely, accurate feedback required by instructor to keep track of class progress and render required help to students. The intellectually drilled-down personalised feedback reports of tests helps in identification of the weaker areas or concepts
Textbooks play a central role in language teaching and provide a valuable source for both teachers and learners. In relation with textbook Davison (1975) suggests that after the teacher the textbook is the most significant component in the foreign language classrooms. Few teachers enter class without a textbook which provides content and teaching/learning activities that form much of what happens in the classroom. Some students, in Mukundan and Ahour’s (2010, p. 336) words, rely deeply on the textbook as “an essential element of their learning material without which they do not consider the learning situation to be serious”. According to Tomlinson (2012), textbooks prepare learners for examinations, help teachers by reducing their preparation time, help administrators to allocate lessons to teachers, normalize teaching, and provide teaching that would be valuable to any learner anywhere at a specified language level.
Real group practicing in a language class helps students to remember easier rather than listening to examples given by the teacher. There is more collaboration amongst learners and they find creative and different ways to accomplish the task set for them. This method promotes personal learning skills such as problem solving, critical thinking and communication skills and sharing of ideas. Leo Jones (2007) stated in a student centered classroom is a place where the needs of all the students, group and individual are considered and not where the students decide what they want to do and learn. Some students prefer working in groups as they feel more confident and less anxious and find it easier to voice their ideas and
A teacher standing in front of a classroom and giving definitions and examples can be boring to pupils. Children have a short attention span therefore a teacher has to interchange to keep the child’s interest. Simply he/she must have other means of connecting with their pupils. So they would have the pupils think constructively about the topic or even to grasp the concept of the lesson. Even if it is by his/her facial expression, change of voice or just by showing action.
I did not have any teacher training when I joined a school, but thanks to internet and innumerable websites. I tried different approaches to the language teaching as opposed to traditional rote learning (i.e. memorise a whole essay or paragraph to get a pass mark). The result was really good; my students passed examinations with flying colours. Many of them are university students in USA, UK and other English speaking countries and some are working in those countries.