The time where all our understandings for Thinking Skills will be tested is almost here. I am very anxious about it as there will be quite a huge amount of topics that we need to cover for the examination preparation. So far all the lectures had been carried out smoothly and effectively by all the lecturers to fulfill the course objectives, hooray and well done for all the lecturers of this course. Hopefully everything will go well during the preparation for the examination. Now, my feelings are a combination of fear and excitement. “Fear” of the examination as I still haven’t prepare anything for it yet, on the other hand “excited” about it as after the examination there will be a long school break for all of us. Well, “holiday” is my favorite term as well as all the students out there. I can’t wait to go for some trips and enjoy myself with my family members throughout the holidays. Lastly, good luck in the final examination for those who are taking this course and have a nice day.
Add a comment April 10, 2008
Is blogging one of the way to reflect Metacognitive Reflection? In my opinion, blogging can be one of the effective way to reflect Metacognitive Reflection. As most of the contents in the blog talked a lot on the experiences we encountered in our daily life. Besides reflecting our experiences, we also include our thoughts and feelings about the events we bumped into in our life. The combination of reflection on our experiences and affective side in us is a better source of Metacogitive Reflection compare to a total plain reflection which consists of only experience reflection. At first, I thought this task of blogging can only brush up my skill in ICT but now I realise that it’s a great way to express and share our thoughts with others. Undeniably, it is an excellent foundation for me to be more expressive and open-minded. Hopefuly, at the end of this course I will continue to polish my skill in blogging and my passion for blogging shall lift up.
1 comment April 4, 2008
Here are some interesting facts I would like to share: do you all know that the earth is actually pear-shaped not round; fish were well established long before dinosaurs roamed the earth and some species of fish can fly (glide) others can skip along the surface and others can even climb rock; we are about 1 cm taller in the morning than in the evening; intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair; there are approx. 550 hairs in the eyebrow? Here are some interesting questions about life: why is there a light in the fridge and not one in the freezer?, why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They’re both dogs!, Why is a person that handles your money called a ‘Broker’?, What do you call male ballerinas? All these are some interesting facts about life that I found in the Internet last night, aren’t they weird yet reasonable especially the questions. We can actually include these interesting facts in our teaching in the future; they can definitely provoke students’ thinking as they did to mine. Other than that, these fun facts can get students’ attention as students are rarely exposed to these types of teaching materials in the class. Maybe they can be utilized during the induction of the lesson in order to get students’ concentration on the lesson. When I was in school, I had never come across with teachers who employ these teaching materials in their lessons so I guess this idea is quite fresh. It can be considered, right???
Add a comment April 3, 2008
My friends and I were the first group to present the group teaching for Thinking Skills, we were quite nervous at first since we are required to apply thinking skills explicitly in our lesson. Before this, thinking skills were integrated implicitly in our teaching. We were pretty worried as we thought the task given was rather challenging. On top of that, we were the “lucky” no. one to carry out the lesson. However in the process of preparing the lesson, we really enjoyed every moment of making the prompts for our lesson. Besides the fun time in creating prompts, we also gained a lot of knowledge regarding to creative teaching approaches as well as the various types of thinking skills. At the end of our teaching, we felt glad and relieved as our teaching went smoothly and caught everyone’s attention in the class. I do find that this task is enjoyable yet fit appropriately for this course as it enhanced our teaching skills too which we are lack of.
Add a comment April 3, 2008
Hello there, this is my first time writing a blog. The feeling is quite unusual as I’m not use to express my thoughts and feelings through writing. However, I do hope I will enjoy this new exploration. First of all, I would like to share my thoughts about the course, Teaching of Thinking Skills in Education with everyone out there. I find this course very effective in arousing one’s creative component in data organization as we are exposed to various ways, techniques and tools in sorting out information such as mind mapping, graphic organization and so on which require us to be inventive and creative. Undeniably, these are the qualities that teachers need to possess in their lesson particularly English teachers. This skill would be very helpful in gaining students’ attention where their lessons would be more lively and interesting. Besides getting to discover the skills of information arrangement, we are also led to discover the features of various thinking abilities and the philosophers who are related to the field of thinking. I think all of us will find ourselves loaded with knowledge about thinking skills applications at the end of this course.
p/s: your comments are most welcome.
Add a comment April 1, 2008