Then? Do What?

on Tuesday, 25 January 2011
I feel that it's common for us educators to tell our kids what to do and what not to do. In fact, it has become so ingrained in our everyday communication that we forgot the reason why we were given such power to command kids to do or not do something.

In fact, sometimes I feel that I forget that the reason why we tell kids to do or not do anything is for them to realise that there are many things out there that they need to know about. Not only is that crucial but it's also important to realise that telling them to do something means that they will have to change themselves... believe me when I say changing yourself is not easy.

At least by saying do that, it is directed and there is a good idea about what we require them to do. In fact, most of the time, we'll say things like:

Do your work.

Do the exercises following the instructions given.

Go into your groups.

These are very direct in terms of focus and the kid knows exactly what to commence next in his actions. However, most of us take the action of don't do to be similar. It is not as directed as do that. In fact, when you tell someone not to do something, what happens is it creates a void (assuming he follows you). 

The commands don't do must always be followed by do that. A lot of teachers take that for granted. We cannot expect the kids to know what has to be done to fill that gap that we told them to create. We should similarly direct them to do something to fill in that gap.

Even I miss the point sometimes.

Leading the Pack

on Sunday, 23 January 2011
To be a good leader, one must first learn to follow.

I believe strongly in the idea of strong and authoritative leadership. In fact, these leaders are the ones who get things done with their no nonsense attitudes and headstrong decision making abilities. It's not an easy task in any way which makes it so revered and respected when one can attain those attributes. However, being able to step down and micro-manage your colleagues is no easy task as well. In this case, it's not a leader who necessarily steps into character but a co-worker.

I believe that good leadership is reflected also by how well and willing the comrades aid the leader during battles. A good general is always the first one to hoist the flag and the last one still holding it in the heat of battle. He is one that steps out first to battle in order to boost the morale of his army to join him in the crusade. He is also accessible and at arms reach to watch the backs of his privates and is the first one to save their butts when their legs can hold them up no longer. A good leader must be able to gain the trust of his comrades.

To be able to be with kings but not lose the common touch.

Many leaders end up segregating themselves with the commonfolk. Unknowingly or consciously, they tend to set themselves apart in ways that would only create uncomfortable bonds and to lose the soft skills among the people you work with is only going to make things more difficult. A leader I believe to be swift in duty is also swift in supporting the welfare of his comrades. A general cannot win the was with wounded soldiers let alone angry and demoralized ones.

With that being said, I humbly serve you first in order to gain your trust and cooperation.

The Curse Literature Module

on Monday, 10 January 2011
I've just gotten the latest literature module for the latest novel The Curse by Lee Su Ann.

Any takers can just email me for a free one!

Twit Twitted Twitting

For some unknown reason... I sorta had a revelation in my volatile brain to make bird sounds..

And due to that peculiar fancy that probably lasted for 5-7.5 mins, I've just decided to set up a birdy account. Yup. Tasty English's author and authoress are now officially twitting.

I've so far twitted 4 times when this post was written.

Will be twitting more as the bird-mood is still there.

Twit me if you can. I'm at adriantan_85 if you come flocking around...

Now... How do I add that button here... Hmmmm

The Golden Voice of Columbus

on Thursday, 6 January 2011
I stumbled upon this video while reading the news online. This dude called Ted Williams is not just homeless, he used to struggle with drugs and alchohol addiction. He looks scruffy, unpresentable and just like your typical bum...

But don't let that smock and unpolished look fool you...

Here are 2 cliche proverbs for you today:

"don't judge a book by it's cover" because "there is more than meets the eye"

sorry I can't embed the video... I am just using my phone to blog and I can't seem to load the embedding codes from youtube... Trust me though... It's worth the time

edit: managed to get the embedding working on my phone... Here's the video. Enjoy!


on Wednesday, 5 January 2011
This year's first top ten list is courtesy of my wonderful form 5 class.


Since it was the first topic of the year, I was doing something light related to the topic Reaching for the Stars.

They have to imagine they have Bill Gates fortune worth USD50 billion and write out the things they would do with the money and how much was the estimated cost of it.... here goes:

                                                                      .... and the costs...

10. I will give money to my perents. USD 10 000

9. I will go to China for enjoy. USD 150 000

8. I will invest in seafood restaurant. USD 5 million

7. I will keep safe in bank. USD 2 billion

6. I will give money to my couple. USD10 000

5. I will buy a car and a home. USD 70

4. I will buy 4 RXZ, 1 Mazda RX8, 1 Nissan GTR, 1 Ferrari Turbo. USD 5 million<---guess the gender

3. I will give money to my couple for honeymon. USD 100

2. I will give money for marry my sweetheart. USD 15 million <-- guess the gender
I will buy a car and house. USD 30 000 billion

*insert big band jazzy ending with lots of confetti and USD 100 bills

Getting the Word Out

on Monday, 3 January 2011
I have the honour of teaching the first 2 form 5 classes. They are the previous form 4 classes that I have thought for a year now and they are result of hard convincing and trying to get them to liken English.


Not improve in English, but just to liken English..

I think that's a fair objective. It's important to first and foremost try to get your students to love English. I'm not sure if it's entirely a good thing but also to love you and everything that you do and are in the class. I deeply believe that a students who loves the teacher and the subject (no matter who the teacher is) will somehow have a significant advantage over one that hasn't any inclination towards likening that subject.

Therefore, I gave the students a year-long project.

Each student has to encourage/promote/improve another person in school from a lower form to liken English. That's right. I told them that it is their duty as a person who already likes English to spread that emotion and connection to at least another individual in school.


I told them that if you can get 1 other person in school other than yourself to like something that has to be seen/heard/read/talked in English, that would be a major breakthrough. In fact, I went as far as to say that the failure or success of the person in the language itself is not important - getting their interest in that English subject (subject being any form of media or form) is already good enough.

Spread it out!

Tell the tales!

Share the music!

Trade pirated DVDs!!!.... erm... OK, maybe not that (*disclaimer)

By the end of every month, they'll just have to submit a short and simple profile report of that person they are trying to influence to me for evaluation and responses.

I hope that at the same time that they try to promote something about English to another, they develop deeper interests towards this subject.... and by teaching another, they learn faster and practice more.

We'll see how my promoters use their monthly quota.

In the eve of battle

on Sunday, 2 January 2011
Tomorrow will be the first day of my sophomore year as a teacher.

Am I geared up? You could say that... I've made sure that I packed my weapons and utility bag to hop into the battlefield once more. I'm not going to play the same game nor am I going to layout the same strategy plan. 

It's going to be different this year.

I don't want to go on doing or hoping for the same things again and again. It's just not right. I wouldn't even go to someone's party if that person was just doing the same shit again and again every year round. I want to make sure I don't get stuck. It's so easy to get stuck... trust me, you can become too complacent with the way things are.

I'm not going to become that guy who just became a teacher and went in and out of the class without getting anywhere... I'm inspired to do more. I WILL do more. I can't word it in the right way yet nor can I explain what I mean by that... all I know is... it'll be different this year.