One Super Busy Week

I’m back!! 🙂

I am going to pretend that someone out there miss me…well miss my posts 😉

The first week of September was the busiest week of 2013…well, so far! I had tons of works that needed to be done before this week ends. Not that I complain about it, it’s just I barely able to do anything but doing my school works.

zyxqcbwszsw4mi5yyefbFrom September 2 to September 6, my school had an assessment week. Because we are using IB curriculum, I have to write the test or create my own assessment. The problem is not in making the test; it’s on how to assess it. IB has its own way to assess and I knew nothing about it. Just when I about to start assessing my students, one of the teachers asked me whether I had made a rubric for the assessment. I was like “what’s a rubric?” she explained quickly and I raced against the time to make my rubric.

There are grade levels with the description of how a student can reach that level. The description was a bit abstract and it’s my job to make it clearer by writing task specific clarification. If you are confused reading this…imagine how I feel at that time!

Somehow, I managed. I made assessment rubric for grade 6 and 8. I made the written test for Grade 6’s Design and Technology, Practical test for Grade 10’s chemistry and physics. Fortunately, grade 8’s summative assessment was presentation of human system, all I have to do was listening to them and gave them their grade level. I haven’t made (till today) the rubric for grade 10’s practical test. Lucky I haven’t made it because I knew better know how to make the rubric.

I also have to finish my Unit planners. Unit planer is our teaching plan for one unit and one unit covers about 5 – 6 weeks. We have to make it before the next unit start. The second unit for this semester begins next week and all the teachers have to finish the planner this week. I am still learning how to make planner because it’s so different to my national curriculum. For this part, this is entirely my own mistake. I should have managed my time better. I should have made the planner for unit 2 way before this week…BUT I was still in a world of confusion, so I kept delaying it. Thank God I know about making planner much better now.

I know more about planners, rubric and assessment because I had a very interesting course for the past three days 🙂

myp-eng-2012I was sent to a MYP Induction Course from September 5 to 7. Although the date of the course ruined my plan to go to Gunung Gede (Mount Gede), but I was so grateful to be sent to that course. Before September 5, I had to prepare written test for physic and chemistry for grade 10 and reflection paper for grade 6. I left all those tasks to another teacher because I couldn’t attend school due to the course.

Let’s talk a bit about the course!

I LOVE THAT COURSE!!!!

For the past two months I felt like swimming in a muddy river trying to grabs everything but none of them were clear. Everything was just pieces of information that couldn’t explain the grand idea. Within two and half days in that course, I learned more than I have in two months. I felt my brain was full of so many information and knowledge of the curriculum…but I love it.

There were about 30 teachers from about 10 schools in Indonesia that use IB curriculum in their schools. Most of the teachers in the course were westerners, there were some Pilipino and some Indonesians … but mostly Caucasians. All of them (me too) are new to IB MYP (international Baccalaureate for Middle Year Programme). I like the class atmosphere, so many nationality but we all listen to one man who knows a lot about IB MYP.

Pak Liam (Pak is how students in Indonesian call their male teachers), the teacher or the tutor who taught us about IB MYP was really good. His way of delivering the information was very clear and easy to understand. He is also a very kind man because he still accepts personal questions during the break. Since he is also a science teacher like me, I asked quite a lot about how to assess the students and I learned that I have made a mistake in my assessment. I also learned how to do it better next unit. Other teachers were also helpful. I met another teacher who has been teaching physics for years, he told me to email him anytime I have questions and need a better material. Mr. Larry is new to IB MYP but he has a lot of experience in physics.

I actually felt a bit sad when the course ends. I learned so much and I always love learning new things. Stuffing new files of knowledge into the row of shelves in my brain is wonderful. I can’t wait to go to Cambridge conference in Singapore next month where I will learn other new things…the Cambridge curriculum (as I have said in my previous post that my new school has two curriculums).

Me and the other teachers on the same table
Me and the other teachers on the same table

It has been a tiring week but also a fun week 🙂

Self note: I have to fix my time management so that I don’t have cluster of works in one week!

Hope you guys have a much more relax week than me 🙂

31 thoughts on “One Super Busy Week

  1. Welcome back! 🙂 I have also had a busy week, I had a further week of job training in a different town, so I was also absent from the world of blogs. I am very tired this weekend as a result of taking in lots of information and long distance driving (I work as a school photographer, so I travel to many different towns) 😀 Well, I hope you have a relaxing weekend as long as your work permits! 🙂

    1. Thank you 🙂
      I haven’t rested at all because today is special day, there’s a one in the year event called Jak-Japan Matsuri and I always attend that event. It’s almost 11pm and I am still not home yet.
      I will have my rest next weekend 😉

      I hope you have your rest 🙂
      You have a fun job, it must be nice traveling all the time.

  2. Somehow I just knew you were up to something important Novia to be quiet for so long at your Blog… but it’s nice to see you back here to tell us all about things. 🙂

    It tickles me to see that this new job has you so excited now, especially after your worries about changing schools. You sound tired…. but you also sound so much more happy in this new school. I can tell you are eager now for every day to come and bring you some new joy. You go girl!! 😉

    1. Well…not that important, it was all my fault for not managing my time well 😉

      You’re so right!! I feel happier in my new school even though it’s the most tiring job I ever have. There are so many things I need to learn and learning process is always a fun thing for me, it keeps my brain working. Apart from that it’s always nice to have a challenge to beat…life is boring without a challenge 😉

  3. You are always missed, not just your postings Miss. Novia,
    I have ben busy last week too so hardly been anywhere in
    our blogosphere. Nothing exciting to report though, I have
    just been doing some gardening for my mother 🙂

    It is great seeing you around
    my great friend and I have enjoyed
    reading this one 🙂

    Andro xxxx

    1. It impresses me too…it’s tough for the teachers because they have to come up with the material by themselves but it’s fun to be able to teach students things that are important in life … unlike my national curriculum which tends ti teach everything and mostly not important in life.

      1. It’s hard to say what they will and won’t need down the road. Yes, some things are obvious, but others – not so much. My dd tried to convince me she didn’t need math. The thing was, I had to admit it had been many years since I needed the formula she was expected to memorize.

        1. I concern about the one that’s obvious. In Cambridge curriculum, calculating the quantum electron is not in the sylabus but it is in my national sylabus…I prefer the Cambridge one because quantum is something you’ll never going to need in your real life…unless if you become a scientist.

          Yeah…Math also has many things that we don’t need much but isn’t math mandatory?

          1. Yep. And we do need enough of it that I approve of it being mandatory. And I’m fine with my kids learning statistical analysis, but I didn’t really think they needed it in grade school.

  4. Wow, that sounds as if you were very busy! I’m glad I don’t have to learn all that stuff. My old brain couldn’t take it! I hope it’s a bit more relaxing for you this coming week.

    1. Since working in that school…more relaxing week only happens during school holiday which is still on December 😉

      I have lots to learn and lots to do. Something it’s a bit overwhelming and I am not sure if I can finish them all, but I think I’ll manage sooner or later.

    1. Hi Shakti 🙂
      Thank you for stopping by at my blog.
      Teaching the students or changing my way of teaching from the old curriculum to the new curriculum is never been a problem from me…from the course I learned that IB has given teachers more freedom to teach the students. It looks more fun than my national curriculum but the paperwork is too much, that’s something I need to learn as quick as I can.

    1. If the course is tutored by a good tutor…yes it is great 🙂
      I learned so much from the course. I understand more although it will still take time for me to get used to it.
      The grading system is so different to my old ones, I am getting the hang of it but in some ways, IB has an abstract grading, IMO.

    1. Thank you Ruth 🙂
      I think it’s funny how this new job has taken all my time but I am enjoying it more than my previous job. I think the learning process is what keeps me excited.

      1. Haha! Well I guess that’s the way to combine being busy and being happy! 🙂 (Completely opposite to me, right now, I’m way too busy and not entirely enjoying all of it lol)

    1. Thank you Andina 🙂
      Yeah I also miss reading everyone’s blog…I am trying to manage my time well, hopefully things will be back to normal soon 🙂

      Oh…lucky you!!

  5. I feel inspired reading your post Novia, it is clear that you love your work and that it is much more than a job to you. Your passion shines through. You are very lucky to have a job that gives you as much joy as teaching and learning clearly brings you. Thanks for sharing the joy!

    1. Aaw Thank you Ronan 🙂
      I think I am blessed that I find the job that I like, not many people do that.
      For me, learning and teaching keep my brain working and that can avoid boredom.

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