Month: October 2007

Techno-doofus rides again

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The teachers are having a professional development session now. We have all chosen different levels of computer skills to learn about.  Am sitting here in Com Lab 1 now just fooling around. My favourite thing to do. I can’t log into my folder- keep getting the message “ACCESS DENIED”. I’m starting to get that unloved, unwanted feeling. The computer does not read my thumb drive. This means that I can’t save anything, and hence can’t create anything. I’ve also realized that I signed up for the wrong course. I already know most of the stuff that is being covered. Now I know how some of you feel in class! Next time you feel this way please let me know. I want to add though that the trainer is doing a great job. It’s not her fault that the school system doesn’t like me.

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Writing @ Labrador Park

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Today I spent the morning at Labrador Park. It was a cluster experiential writing activity that involved selected students from schools in the cluster. I was impressed with the quality of the worksheets the teachers had prepared and with the students themselves, because they were well behaved, on-task and cheerful. The place of course is beautiful, with a captivating sea view flanked by greenery. We went into the Tunnels and heard about how the British had tried to defend Singapore. The students were supposed to stay at the park and write in the afternoon, but it rained, so we went back to Dunearn Secondary School instead to do the writing there. The only problem was that while we reached the carpark in Labrador Park at 1 pm, the bus only arrived at 1.55, so it was a very hungry bunch of teachers and students who tumbled out of the bus at Dunearn Sec. I loved the way the students worked on their writing after lunch. They arranged themselves comfortably in the library and then just got to work. At 4 pm, when we got up to leave for home, the teacher in charge commented that she was very pleased with the students’ attitude. I couldn’t have agreed more.

This experience has inspired me! Next year, my students can look forward to more out-of-class writing experiences: the canteen, the carpark, the parade square…

Holiday Assignments

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I gave these out last week, and so far only one Sec 2 student has contacted me for clarifications. Does this mean that everyone else is very clear about what they have to do? Or that no one else has started on the assignment? The optimistic part of me wants to believe the former, but the realistic part is pretty sure that it is the latter that is most likely. Whatever. You have the whole holidays. And you know where to find me.

Sec 3 Bridging Programme

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Just FYI, the bridging programme for English this year is not for everyone. Based on your performance in the SA2 English exam, I have picked out 40 students who are ready for thinking in and working with English at a much higher level than is done in class, as well as 50 students who urgently need extra help. There are two groups:

  1. Group 1: Students from 3E1, 5 & 6
  2. Group 2: Students from 3E2, 3 & 4

I have attached above 2 lists showing who needs to attend the classes when, and where they need to show up at. Do spread the word among your friends.

Ngee Ann Poly Writing Competition

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I WOULD LIKE TO ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO TAKE PART IN THIS COMPETITION.

This is the text of the letter that Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Humanities sent to our school:

[We are] pleased to invite students from your school to take part in our inaugural bilingual writing competition, ‘Write Away’. The competition is sponsored and supported by Media Development Authority (MDA). The competition aims to create in young Singaporeans a sense of belonging in our country. The competition also seeks to harness the potential of young writers of children’s literature and to promote bilingualism.

Participants can write about their own lives, focusing on a person, place or event in Singapore that has been important to them. They can express themselves through various forms such as a diary entry, letter, blog or story.

  • The theme for this year’s competition is ‘Home is Where the Heart is’.
  • Entries can be submitted in English or Chinese.
  • They must be written for children between the ages of 4 and 8.
  • The competition will comprise 2 divisions- English and Chinese, and there are 2 categories- Secondary and Post-secondary- in each division.
  • Each category has a first, second and third prize as well as 5 special prizes.

That’s the main text of the letter. I though it would be good for you to read as it is an example of real situational writing. The closing date for the competition is the 31st of January, 2008. So work on this over the holidays, and submit your entries to me when school reopens. I will hand them over to the poly for you.

Happy writing!

What the World Eats

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This is a powerpoint presentation that is chilling in its vivid portrayal of just how unfair the world is that we live in. How much does your family spend  a week on food? I am still in the process of working out my family’s weekly food expenditure. After viewing this slideshow, I doubt if you will ever feel comfortable wasting food again. Is there some way you can contribute to a programme that feeds hungry people? I would be very proud of you if you could take the initiative to find out about this.

Best Essays of 2007 SA2

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Here they are as promised. There are 26 essays that earned a mark of 23 or above. I will upload them as they are sent to me. I have not done any editing beyond the basic marking for the exam– what you see here is what your friends have typed and sent in. I hope you will read them and learn from them. They are not perfect- there is always room for improvement. But they are largely relevant, fluent, well crafted and interesting. After you read them you might like to leave a comment on this post. Even good writers benefit from encouragement, and I am sure they will be happy to read your responses to their writing.  

girlwriting1.jpgakanksha_freewritingsa2.doc Write about an occasion when you had a difficult decision to make

girlwriting2.jpgakanksha_situational_sa2.doc A report on post-exam activities to be submitted to the Principal following a discussion within the Student Welfare Committee. The activities had to satisfy 3 criteria and the writer was instructed to highlight possible problems as well as suggest solutions.

boywriting1.jpgeugene_freewritingsa2.doc Family

girlwriting3.jpgpriyangha_freewritingsa2.doc Write about an occasion when you had a difficult decision to make

girlwriting4.jpgshana_freewritingsa2.doc Write about an occasion when you had a difficult decision to make

boy-writing.jpgmengfai_freewritingsa2.doc Write about an occasion when you had a difficult decision to make

girl-writing.jpgvanessa_freewritingsa2.doc Family

boywriting2.jpggabriel_freewritingsa2.doc We learn more out of school than in school. Do you agree?

girlwriting21.jpgjiaher_freewritingsa2.doc Write about an occasion when you had a difficult decision to make

girlwriting31.jpgjiawei_freewritingsa2.doc Family

boywriting3.jpgandrew_freewritingsa2.doc Family

girlwriting5.jpgyeejeng_freewritingsa2.doc Write about an occasion when you had a dificult decision to make

boywriting4.jpgboonkiat_situationalwritingsa2.doc A report on post-exam activities to be submitted to the Principal following a discussion within the Student Welfare Committee. The activities had to satisfy 3 criteria and the writer was instructed to highlight possible problems as well as suggest solutions.

boywriting5.jpgboonkiat_freewritingsa2.doc We learn more out of school than in school. Do you agree?

girlwriting41.jpgemily_freewritingsa2.doc Write about an occasion when you had a difficult decision to make

girlwriting51.jpgnurmatha_situationalwritingsa2.doc A report on post-exam activities to be submitted to the Principal following a discussion within the Student Welfare Committee. The activities had to satisfy 3 criteria, and the writer was instructed to highlight possible problems as well as suggest solutions.

girlwriting6.jpgnurmatha_freewritingsa2.doc Family

girlwriting11.jpghanzi_freewritingsa2.doc Describe your favourite place and explain why this place is special to you

boywriting21.jpgjonathan_freewritingsa2.doc Should school rules be decided by the students? What are your views?

boywriting31.jpgtohnguan_situationalwritingsa2.doc A report on post-exam activities to be submitted to the Principal following a decision within the Student Welfare Committee. The activities had to satisfy 3 criteria and the writer was instructed to highlight possible problems as well as suggest solutions.

boywriting6.jpgwelon_freewritingsa2.doc We learn more out of school than in school. Do you agree?