Eager learners: English session facilitator Sue Boey helping Year Five and Year Six pupils with their exercises during the workshop.
I was stunned. The hall is full again. That would be say 200. Some familiar faces. I addressed the crowd who was excited by my music and animated powerpoint introduction. "Teacher, I'm Amelia. I was here last year."
"How many of you here aim to get straight As for your coming exam?"
Almost instantly all hands went to the air! That was great, there's hope! Indeed, the pupils chose to succeed early. Instead of spending their Sunday lazing around, they decided to spend the entire day improving themselves .
Now, sitting in the lecture theater for 8 hours is no joke. The average attention span of these pre-teens is barely 10 minutes. So, I believe the speakers play an important role in determining how the day would go for the audience.
Knowing this, I know my 1 1/2 hour slot cannot be any less interesting. So I've decided to make sure there's full participations from the audience that also involved physical movements for them. Cannot imagine sentencing my students to the 'bench' for the whole day. So, I'm sure if you are one of the students who have attended my talk, you'd have had a good 'squeeze' from your great 'massage' buddy! Thank you! Thank you! I needed it!
4 Aug- It was the 2nd talk in Sunway University College for the UPSR students. I did a quick research and these are my findings. About 90% of them will be taking UPSR this year, the rest are in Year 4 and 5. Some students came from as far as Kepong, Batu Caves and Kajang. The first row was dominated by students from Sri Garden and Tmn Ehsan. They were very active and definitely 'involved' our discussions and 'arguments'. I promoted a 2 way interaction. Never take your teachers' word as the 'gospel-truth'. Dare yourself to present your thoughts and opinions. If you think you are right, explain your stand and logic and fight for it. So that was my challenge to them. Many took it up, which I was what I wanted to see and spoke to me enthusiastically about how they feel about certain issues.
I'm very happy, they are responsive. It's a life skill. Matthew from Kepong fought his way thru to get the 'special' gift from me right to the end. So, I decided to give him a copy of the UPSR book that I've written and published because he deserved it. Others stayed back and asked for autographs. That made me an instant 'idol' ... haha.. how flattering. But what touched me most were their words after I closed my session. Some participants came up to me and thanked me profusely for enlightening them, telling them life is not only all about scores. There's something called 'excellence' which we need to strive.
I encouraged them to speak, I guessed about 40% of the students voiced was amplified so that the whole lecture hall could hear. They came to ask me questions, I went to speak to them. Another 20% had to 'shout' because they were sitting too far 'up'. The rest of the 39% participated because all hands were raised every time I have a question for them. I monitored well. I even saw a sleeping girl and 3 boys shooting erasers at each other. That's the 1%. I handled the situation. The boys were separated so that could concentrate better and they did. The girl, well, she's in another world, and she chose to, I shall not disturb because the other 208 students are awake and with me.
I shared with them the exam tips that took me right to thru my university years. I'm glad that they put them into practise almost immediately. That's my contribution.