I taught again this week (big surprise, I know).
Grades 3 and 4
Grades 6 and 10
So this year I am not going to do the pre- and post-tests. I know, cue to the shocked faces… I just feel like the results will be skewed. With all the overcrowded classes I have had, I can hardly say the lessons are at the maximum potential. My guess (and from the test I gave last week) I see that the scores will be uncharacteristically low due to the problem with the teaching environment. That said, I am happy to say that I am not too disappointed because I tested all the lessons last year quite thoroughly.
BUT WHAT ABOUT FEEDBACK?
Yes, what about feedback one may wonder.
I am doing a survey at the end of each lesson. I will ask four questions:
That’s all I got so far. I feel like this structure can be improved. I will let this roll around in my head and hopefully, I can come up with something better. I may be able to find something online or I may just ask one of my language teachers for help too.
Grades 3 and 4
This is easily one of the most successful classes. Last week no one showed up but on Tuesday 9 people came. My plan for the class was using a book full of past papers. Past papers are just what they sound like: O/L exams from the past years. I found a book at the book store with 10 years worth of exams. My initial plan was to somehow transcribe each activity in the book onto the blackboard. Sadly, writing on the blackboard is a slower process than what I initially imagined. On Tuesday I learned this (we wound up just doing some fill in the blank stuff with me reading aloud) but on Wednesday I was prepared! My father and I bought 10 extra of such workbooks and let the kids read off of them. There are about 17 kids but only 12 wound up coming. This is good because we wanted to have one book be shared by two kids.
To be fair a book is 250 rupees! I will not provide pictures in the book just because I am not sure the copyright involved with such a workbook. Honestly all the tests should be available online (I think) but it is worth getting them as convenient books especially because the cost of printing something in Sri Lanka is super inconvenient (you have to go to a print shop for printing or photocopying :P – believe me I know the experience, I always get my EARSL Reports printed at Dickwella’s cramped printing shop).
Anyway, the book Past Ten Years Papers & Answers (O/L) edition and is by the Sarala Education Book Publishers.
Until next time!
I hope this message actually shows up. I say this because...
I am having technical difficulties.
I have no idea what is going on but a bunch of my posts will not show up on the site. I will contact support staff ASAP but for now please hold tight :<
This is not really the best time for this to be happening because I am crazy stressed with teaching. Hehe. You would know if my posts showed up :P.
My goal is to have it all fixed in the next week -- at latest the next two weeks. I can always just re-upload every single post but that's a lot of work that I just don't have time for right now. If it comes to it I will -- you gotta do what you gotta do.
I hope this pic holds anyone over.
My cat's sassy face:
Hi! I'm Samalya. When I'm not running about cramming for school I sit on my laptop and (attempt to) make a curriculum to improve spoken English in rural Sri Lanka!