Thursday, September 01, 2005

I'm amazed how calming food can be.

I walked out of English class today with a baby universe unfolding in my cranium. I swear to God my head was going to explode from exhaustion, frustration and a gross overload of information. But as soon as I polished off the last bits of my Breakfast set, a calm surrender came over me. Sakyamuni couldn't have felt more at ease under the bodhi tree.

I hope this isn't the first sign that I'm one of those guys who start ballooning after they start working cos they binge to deal with stress. Hell no....

I'm kinda glad about the PTM role-play. It's gonna be a fresh new experience beyond the micro-teachings that have been taking place. Besides, I think it'll put us on a good steed when we do eventually have to face the Parents. I hope it doesn't turn into a farce considering most of us haven't quite gone the family way yet.

Rezal's Lesson
Quite an interesting scenario today. For once, hardly any inane 'inconveniences' were enacted. I thought the "debt collector" was hilarious - he deserves a prize for Most Congenial Loan Shark for maintaining a smile throughout. Having said that, I thought Rezal's approach was pretty good. He didn't come into direct conflict with Daren's character. I think Daren's character would've been even more upset if he were to be reprimanded for trying to get his money back - assuming the situation was genuine - never mind it wasn't the right time/place. But Rezal was calm, cool and courteous about it. That was good cos if he had come down hard on the student, some serious bad blood could've resulted between them.

The activity, however, could've been more well-thought-through. As a 'Special' student, I felt rather unengaged. Considering the article addressed both sides rather succintly, I felt that it was more an exercise in summary and there was lil to argue over. As a teacher, I wasn't too sure what the learning objectives were. If it was an opportunity for the students to exercise decision-making skills. Perhaps it would've been better for the class to be divided into 3 groups - Egyptians, Ethiopians and UN Officials. If it was for the class to hone their argumentation skills, perhaps it would've have been better for the class to seek out their own materials. The format pursued in class seemed merely to tax the students' summary skills. Also, at some points, I felt that the debate towards the end was just free-wheeling. It would've have been better if Rezal had stepped in to focus the class' attention on certain aspects or issues by asking some prompting questions.

That's all for tonite...time to get LOST.


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