Friday, December 31, 2010

How to Be a Good Student

Have you ever wondered why some students get all the A's? It's not luck, and its not their relationship with the teacher (I hope!) Good students have consistent, productive behaviors that work. If you would like to know what they are, read on. (^.^)

1. To come to class on time. 
Students who walk in late are not only disrupting the teacher, they may be missing valuable information or the best seat in the classroom. Arriving a few minutes early is a lot different than arriving a few minutes late.

2.
Sit in the front row. 

Not only will you be able to see and hear the teacher better, you will also be far away from mooching students who tend to sit in the back.

3. Be sure that you get a syllabus and then study it carefully
.

If your teacher goes through it during class, be sure to write down any additional information he or she may provide. Put your syllabus in a safe place and DO NOT LOSE IT. Refer to it throughout the semester whenever you have a question about due dates or class policies. This will save your teacher a lot of time and trouble

4.  Be prepared by taking good notes.
 

What if you never taken notes before and you're not sure how? The only answer is to practice. Some guidance classes will teach you how to write notes if you need help, but mostly, learning how to listen for and write down important information comes from the experience of actually doing it. You should be taking notes every time your teacher lectures and then storing them in a safe place. Refer to your notes just after leaving class; this way your mind will still be fresh.

5.  Get the phone numbers of at least two other class members. 

That way, if you miss a class, you can call to find out what you missed. Remember, it is your responsibility to know the information that your teacher presents and that is covered in the book. Don't expect a teacher to regive a lecture that they already gave in class. If you haven't spoken to anyone in the class, simply approach them and ask, "Would you like to exchange phone numbers? I always like to have someone's number in case I miss anything." Most students are happy to have a buddy they can rely on. Its a win-win situation


6.  Start working on an assignment as soon as possible. 
Time goes by faster than you expect it to, and we can't always foresee incidents that will get in the way of our homework. Also, if you plan to get an A on your assignment, you will probably need to spend hours working on it. A lot of people aren't willing to do the work required to get an A. Others are. If you have any questions about how to do the assignment or when to turn it in, consult your syllabus and then your teacher.


7.  Learn from your mistakes. 
That means if your teacher writes, "Use better grammar" than you should study grammar. If your teacher says, "Excellent! But I feel your conclusion is a little weak" than study how to write a conclusion. If you completely bomb a test, that should be a wake-up call to you. If you procrastinate so long that you are not ready with your project, and it turns into a humiliating experience, you need to ask yourself, "What went wrong? Why did I fail, and how could I do it better next time?" Go to your teacher and ask for feedback if you need more clarification.


8.  Have a good attitude. (^_^)
People who show up to a class and complain all the time, talking on their cell phone and behind the teacher's back, are really only displaying their immaturity. Leave your personal problems at home, show up with a smile, and try to imagine why you might need to know this information, if it doesn't seem obvious.


*SweetTalker said : You're not good enough if you still can't beat your ownselves.

by; Nurul Farah Ain bt Mohd Fadzil
0952139 

Manglish in Class - POSSIBLE or IMPOSSIBLE??

Definition :
On the streets, Manglish is short for Malaysian English, a unique dialect of English spoken in Malaysia. Due to the multi-language environment, the English language in Malaysia has evolved into a creole with her own phonology, lexicon and grammar.

Example :

WHEN GIVING A CUSTOMER BAD NEWS


Britons:           I’m sorry, Sir, but we don’t seem to have the sweater you want in your size, but if you give me          
                       a  moment, I can call the other outlets for you.
Malaysians:     No Stock.


WHEN SOMEONE OFFERS TO PAY


Britons:           Hey, put your wallet away, this drink is on me.
Malaysians:     No-need, lah.


WHEN ASKING FOR PERMISSION


Britons:          Excuse me, but do you think it would be possible for me to enter through this door?
Malaysians:    (pointing the door) can ar?


WHEN ENTERTAINING


Britons:         Please make yourself right at home.
Malaysians:   Don’t be shy, lah!


WHEN DOUBTING SOMEONE


Britons:         I don’t recall you giving me the money.
Malaysians:   Where got?


WHEN TRYING TO FIND OUT WHAT HAD HAPPENED


Britons:          Will someone tell me what has just happened?
Malaysians:    Wat happen Why liedat????ADUI!!! (jumping to conclusion)

So guys, are we going to allowed our students to speak in that manner..??
Naa.....~

And to keep it KISS :

TrAiN OuR StUdEnTs iN RiGhT wAy

Posted by : Hayatul Husna Binti Hassan 0952114

    Wednesday, December 29, 2010

    Good Listening in Class

    Hello (: 


    It is important for you to be a good listener in class. Much of what you will have to learn will be presented verbally by your teachers. Just hearing what your teachers say is not the same as listening to what they say. Listening is a cognitive act that requires you to pay attention and think about and mentally process what you hear.
    Here are some things you should do to be a good listener in class.

    • Be Cognitively Ready to Listen When You Come to Class. Make sure you complete all assigned work and readings. Review your notes from previous class sessions. Think about what you know about the topic that will be covered in class that day.
    • Be Emotionally Ready to Listen When You Come to Class. Your attitude is important. Make a conscious choice to find the topic useful and interesting. Be committed to learning all that you can.
    • Listen with a Purpose. Identify what you expect and hope to learn from the class session. Listen for these things as your teacher talks.
    • Listen with an Open Mind. Be receptive to what your teacher says. It is good to question what is said as long as you remain open to points of view other than your own.
    • Be Attentive. Focus on what your teacher is saying. Try not to daydream and let your mind wander to other things. It helps to sit in the front and center of the class, and to maintain eye contact with your teacher.


    The good listeners is the good responders

    • Be an Active Listener. You can think faster than your teacher can speak. Use this to your advantage by evaluating what is being said and trying to anticipate what will be said next. Take good written notes about what your teacher says. While you can think faster than your teacher can speak, you cannot write faster than your teacher can speak. Taking notes requires you to make decisions about what to write, and you have to be an active listener to do this.
    • Meet the Challenge. Don't give up and stop listening when you find the information being presented difficult to understand. Listen even more carefully at these times and work hard to understand what is being said. Don't be reluctant to ask questions.
    • Triumph Over the Environment. The classroom may too noisy, too hot, too cold, too bright, or too dark. Don't give in to these inconveniences. Stay focused on the big picture - LEARNING  =)

    *SweetTalker said : Love your teacher as much as you love your parents =)

    by; Nurul Farah Ain bt Mohd Fadzil
    0952139 

    Monday, December 27, 2010

    How to be a good teacher

    Teachers should be:
    • good at explaining things.
    • keep their cool.
    • have a sense of humor.
    • like people, especially students in the age range in which they intend to teach
    • inherently fair-minded.
    • have "common sense."
    • have a command of the content they teach.
    • good managers of time.
    • can lead or follow, as the situation demands.
    • don't take things for granted.
    So,for becoming teachers,  I hope this will help you. 

                                                                    
                                                                      Posted by: Quzaitul Izzati bt Hisham

      "The basic idea behind teaching is to teach people what they need to know."
                                              Carl Rogers
      

    Tuesday, December 21, 2010

    How to draw mind map..

    1. Start in the center with an image of the topic.
    2. Use images, symbols, codes and dimensions throughout your Mind Map.
    3. Select key words and print using upper or lower case letters.
    4. Each word/image must be alone and sitting on its own line.
    5. The lines must be connected, starting from the central image. The central lines are thicker, organic and flowing, becoming thinner as they radiate out from the centre.
    6. Make the lines the same length as the word/image.
    7. Use colours – your own code – throughout the Mind Map.
    8. Develop your own personal style of Mind Mapping.
    9. Use emphasis and show associations in your Mind Map.
    10. Keep the Mind Map clear by using Radiant hierarchy, numerical order or outlines to embrace your branches.
    Mind map also use for:
    • Summarizing information.
    • Consolidating information from different research sources.
    • Thinking through complex problems.
    • Presenting information in a format that shows the overall structure of your subject.

                                                                                           Posted by: Quzaitul Izzati bt Hisham

    Monday, December 20, 2010

    Tips for becoming a good listener..

    1. Give your full attention on the person who is speaking. Don't look out the window or at what else is going on in the room.
    2. Make sure your mind is focused, too. It can be easy to let your mind wander if you think you know what the person is going to say next, but you might be wrong! If you feel your mind wandering, change the position of your body and try to concentrate on the speaker's words.
    3. Let the speaker finish before you begin to talk. Speakers appreciate having the chance to say everything they would like to say without being interrupted. When you interrupt, it looks like you aren't listening, even if you really are.
    4. Let yourself finish listening before you begin to speak! You can't really listen if you are busy thinking about what you want say next.
    5. Listen for main ideas. The main ideas are the most important points the speaker wants to get across. They may be mentioned at the start or end of a talk, and repeated a number of times. Pay special attention to statements that begin with phrases such as "My point is..." or "The thing to remember is..."
    6. Ask questions. If you are not sure you understand what the speaker has said, just ask. It is a good idea to repeat in your own words what the speaker said so that you can be sure your understanding is correct. For example, you might say, "When you said that no two zebras are alike, did you mean that the stripes are different on each one?"
    7. Give feedback. Sit up straight and look directly at the speaker. Now and then, nod to show that you understand. At appropriate points you may also smile, frown, laugh, or be silent. These are all ways to let the speaker know that you are really listening. Remember, you listen with your face as well as your ears!
      Remember: time is on your side! Thoughts move about four times as fast as speech. With practice, while you are listening you will also be able to think about what you are hearing, really understand it, and give feedback to the speaker.
      adapted: 
                                                                                 
                                                                                  Posted by: Quzaitul Izzati bt Hisham

      Jokes for teachers..




      TEACHER: George, go to the map and find North America. 
      GEORGE: Here it is! 
      TEACHER: Correct. Now, class, who discovered America? 
      CLASS: George


      TEACHER: Willy, name one important thing we have today that we didn't have ten years ago. 
      WILLY: Me!


      TEACHER: Didn't you promise to behave? 
      STUDENT: Yes, Sir. 
      TEACHER: And didn't I promise to punish you if you didn't? 
      STUDENT: Yes, Sir, but since I broke my promise, I don't expect you 
      to keep yours.


      HAROLD:Teacher, would you punish me for something I didn't do? 
      TEACHER: Of course not. 
      HAROLD: Good, because I didn't do my homework.



      adapted from http://www.jokes4teachers.com/J0043.php


      Just for fun.. =)


                                                      Posted by: Quzaitul Izzati bt Hisham

      Sunday, December 19, 2010

      Importance of Library

      The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. ~ Dr. Seuss. 
      Do you agree? I am.  Reading is regarded as one of the most enriching habits for the simple reason that it is not just a hobby or a pass time that entertains you, but it is also an educational activity and hence brings to you a vast reservoir of knowledge. Reading increases the drive for knowledge and inspires people to gain more information. Thus a library is a treasure of valuable books for the people to use and gain from it. 


      A library is a very important aspect in the learning process of your child. The extensive genre of children's literature is an essential part of the growing up process. In case you have enough resources, it is always advisable to have an in-house library. If you think you cannot afford a library at home, you can always visit a public library. Most of the public libraries are keeping with the times and equipped with facilities like CDs and even computers.

      In addition to the above mentioned points, libraries are also a host to large number of books that are a source of entertainment for us. Fiction books, which include various genres like comedy, thriller, suspense, horror or drama, are tremendously popular within readers of varying age groups. 


      Libraries are thus a source of entertainment and education for youngsters as well as adults. A library not only helps to inculcate the habit of reading but inculcates a thirst for knowledge, which is makes a person humble and open to new ideas throughout his/her life.


      A library usually has a good collection of encyclopedias, dictionaries and maps, which are a source of extensive information and references for people. The encyclopedias are a vast source of information about all the topics under the sky. There also exist specialized dictionaries like medical dictionaries, literature dictionaries or business dictionaries, which provide information about specific terms used in specialized fields. 


      *SweetTalker said : If I could change the world (:


      by ; Nurul Farah Ain bt Mohd Fadzil
      0952139



      Saturday, December 18, 2010

      Simple Ways To Live A Healthy Lifestyle

      You hear a lot about living a healthy lifestyle, but what does that mean? In general, a healthy person doesn't smoke, is at a healthy weight, eats healthy and exercises. Sounds simple, doesn't it? The trick to healthy living is making small changes...taking more steps, adding fruit to your cereal, having an extra glass of water...these are just a few ways you can start living healthy without drastic changes.
      EXERCISE
      One of the biggest problems in America today is lack of activity. We know it's good for us but avoid it like the plague either because we're used to being sedentary or afraid that exercise has to be vigorous to be worth our time. The truth is, movement is movement and the more you do, the healthier you'll be. Even moderate activities like chores, gardening and walking can make a difference.
      Just adding a little movement to your life can:
      • Reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes
      • Improve joint stability
      • Increase and improve range of movement
      • Help maintain flexibility as you age
      • Maintain bone mass
      • Prevent osteoporosis and fractures
      • Improve mood and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression
      • Enhance self esteem
      • Improve memory in elderly people
      • Reduce stress 
      EATING WELL

      Eating a healthy diet is another part of the healthy lifestyle. Not only can a clean diet help with weight management, it can also improve your health and quality of life as you get older. You can use the new Food Guide Pyramid to determine how many calories you need and what food groups you should focus on or, if you're looking for smaller changes, you can use these tips for simple ways to change how you eat:
      • Eat more fruit. Add it to your cereal, your salads or even your dinners
      • Sneak in more veggies. Add them wherever you can--a tomato on your sandwich, peppers on your pizza, or extra veggies in your pasta sauce. Keep pre-cut or canned/frozen veggies ready for quick snacks.
      • Switch your salad dressing. If you eat full-fat dressing, switch to something lighter and you'll automatically eat less calories.
      • Eat low-fat or fat-free dairy. Switching to skim milk or fat free yogurt is another simple way to eat less calories without having to change too much in your diet.
      • Make some substitutes. Look through your cabinets or fridge and pick 3 foods you eat every day. Write down the nutritional content and, the next time you're at the store, find lower-calorie substitutes for just those 3 items.
      Find more ideas for healthy foods with this Healthy Foods Grocery List.
      Creating a healthy lifestyle doesn't have to mean drastic changes. In fact, drastic changes almost always lead to failure. Making small changes in how you live each day can lead to big rewards, so figure out what you can to be healthy today.

      Try it out!

      Posted by : Hayatul Husna Binti Hassan 0952114

      Tips to help flatten stomach by toning the belly muscles..


    1. Use smooth controlled movements

    2. You shouldn't be feeling a pull in the legs or hip joints when doing sit ups

    3. Don't arch the back it may strain the lower back area

    4. Don't get too much out of breath within the first few weeks

    5. Try to comfortably increase the number of repetitions each workout

    6. Sit ups can't really flatten stomach muscles very well

    7. Crunches are one of the best for flattening stomach

    8. Muscles adapt to repeated exercise so try performing different stomach exercises - under guidance of a gym instructor!

    9. Try varying the speed at which the exercise is performed - be careful when at fast pace!

    10. Always warm the stomach up thoroughly before exercising to flatten the belly

    11. Exercise the side of the stomach as well as the front abs
      Flattening the stomach is not an easy task, it requires the correct approach and attitude which should last until stomach muscles are visible!

      Posted by : Hayatul Husna Binti Hassan 0952114



    12. Technology In The Classroom

      There are various types of technologies currently used in traditional classrooms. Among these are:
      • Computer in the classroom: Having a computer in the classroom is an asset to any teacher. With a computer in the classroom, teachers are able to demonstrate a new lesson, present new material, illustrate how to use new programs, and show new websites.
      • Class website: An easy way to display your student's work is to create a web page designed for your class. Once a web page is designed, teachers can post homework assignments, student work, famous quotes, trivia games, and so much more. In today's society, children know how to use the computer and navigate their way through a website, so why not give them one where they can be a published author. Just be careful as most districts maintain strong policies to manage official websites for a school or classroom. Also, most school districts provide teacher webpages that can easily be viewed through the school district's website.
      • Class blogs and wikis: There are a variety of Web 2.0 tools that are currently being implemented in the classroom. Blogs allow for students to maintain a running dialogue, such as a journal,thoughts, eideas, and assignments that also provide for student comment and reflection. Wikis are more group focused to allow multiple members of the group to edit a single document and create a truly collaborative and carefully edited finished product.
      • Wireless classroom microphones: Noisy classrooms are a daily occurrence, and with the help of microphones, students are able to hear their teachers more clearly. Children learn better when they hear the teacher clearly. The benefit for teachers is that they no longer lose their voices at the end of the day.
      • Mobile devices: Mobile devices such as clickers or smartphone can be used to enhance the experience in the classroom by providing the possibility for professors to get feedback.
      Posted by : Hayatul Husna Binti Hassan 0952114