A Random Blog of Everything I like
I don’t know if any of you notice that I often replied my comment a bit late and that goes to visiting your blog too. The reason is none other than my new school.
Since 2001, I have become a teacher of national curriculum. I got used to it so well. National curriculum doesn’t have strict Lesson Plan. We made one but not something we follow, it was merely for administration purpose. I usually copy-pasted it from previous year.
My new school used two curriculum, IB (International Baccalaureate) and Cambridge. IB for grade 6 to grade 10 and Cambridge for grade 10 to grade 12. Yup, 10th grade has two kinds of assessments, for IB and Cambridge.
Being with Indonesian curriculum for many years made it a bit difficult to adjust to the new curriculum. Teaching the students is never been a problem for me…never was and hopefully never will. It’s the administration that’s killing me (read: taking all my time). Within a week I have to learn how to make a planner with all the IB profile. I have to make my assessment in advance. And IB doesn’t use text-book…I have to find the material and make my own work sheet. To top it all, next Wednesday, we will have 3 Way Conference, it’s a meeting between teacher, student and parent. We will discuss about what we will do to increase student’s weakness in school. First, the students write their own weaknesses and then I have to edit their English and add what I think of their weakness, finally I have to send it to parents so that they can add their own version of their children’s weakness. Trust me…it’s a very tiring and time consuming process!
But…I have no complain because it gives me new things to learn (even though it reduces my blogging time a bit), in fact I quite enjoy all the fuss.
Apart from the administration stuff…I think I need to share about the students too 🙂
I was accepted at that school as Chemistry teacher…since the high school is still new with only 1 class, I have to teach other classes too. I teach Design and Technology at grade 6, Science at grade 8 and Chemistry and Physic at grade 10, in total I teach 28 periods a week. Tiring? Definitely!! But enjoyable.
Design and Technology is quite new for me. I asked my science teacher partner a lot about this. Basically, the lesson is about teaching students to make something and what students make depends on the teacher. There are themes but the detail is up to the teachers. For example, the theme for 6th grade is ICT, so I decided to teach them the one thing I know best…Photoshop. Most 6th graders never use Photoshop and they are happy to learn this new-to-them software. Different unit has different thing to make, there are cooking, gardening, bio fuel, etc.
However…I have to admit that teaching 6th grader is really tough!! They are still children, so noisy and so childish. I am used to bigger kids, smaller kids need a lot of patience.
Science for Grade 8 is quite easy, I have taught this subject before. What I love about 8th graders is they are very critical 🙂 I have never taught such critical class before. It was very fun. All I do, for now, is tell a bit about something, show them a video and they start raising their hands with so many questions…it is so so so heartwarming to have such students. Not only they are curious, they also eager to share what they have learned before. The class is very noisy (all boys, I will teach the all girls class after Eid Fitri holiday) but I look past their noisiness because of their eagerness to answer and ask questions.
Other teachers warn me in jest, it’s still the beginning of semester, those kids are quite notorious 😉 they will tire you down as the semester continues.
I am a bit ‘forced’ to take Physics because they still don’t have physics teacher yet 😦 I hate physics and now I have to teach one 😦 poor me!! I have to learn as quickly as I can before I teach my 10th grade class. Fortunately, for now the subject is still easy…it’ll get difficult soon and I am terribly worried if they can’t find physic teacher soon. My 10th graders are very quiet. There are only 7 students in my class (total students in grade 10 is 14 students)…so the class is a bit quite but they are still eager to answer and ask questions. The main problem is, most of them are not good in English whereas the Cambridge Examination will be full in English and the questions are going to be analytical.
AND…I can teach wearing jeans \(^_^)/
My new school is awesome when it comes to dress code! I have never heard of a school allowing the teachers to wear jeans till I came to this school. Most national school (both private and government) have specific rule that teachers must dress formally with non jeans pants/skirt and blouse. Well, just yesterday, I came to school wearing jeans, a shirt and a jeans jacket, and snickers ….I look like I am going to my college 😉 The school only asks us to wear non jeans pants on Monday…the rest, we can wear jeans 🙂
In general…I think I am going to enjoy this new school 🙂 I have so many to learn and it’s always fun (tho tiring) to learn new things and the students are, so far, enjoyable to teach. And, of course, I love the dress code.