The Exploration of Past, Present, Future

Thursday, September 22, 2005


Wow, it's been such a long time since I last blogged that I forgot my password to log in! "It's in the periphery of my mind. Remember it!" I told myself. After several failed attempts to get my password and a few choice words at my PC, I realised that it's because my firewall blocked out the cookies. Slap in face.

Speaking of peripheral memory, today's Geog lesson talked about how students in our periphery vision are often neglected. How apt, as I'm guilty of that during my contract teaching. So focused I was on the students in front of me that I forgot to focus on the students at the sides! And for some strange reason, all the quiet ones almost always ends up at the edges of the class. Perhaps it's a conscious decision by teachers to place the more notorious students in front of the teacher so that any acts of mischief could be instantly noticed. Of course, that means that these poor, good, quiet students got sidelined to the sides where they will forever be lost in obscurity unless the teacher makes the effort to remember that they still exits. Which this teacher doesnt. Ops.

However, in Ken's microteaching today, I found that he was initially quite aware of things happening around the class. For instance, while dealing with the handphone theft fiasco on one end of the classroom, he could still spot Yizhen eating on the other end of the class. Interestingly though, after Yizhen's 'crying scene', that vision suddenly disappeared! Soft spot, Ken? Tsk tsk! :P

But it does bring up an interesting issue - knowing MOE's protective stance towards students (and their Public Relations Officers), some students intentionally and deviously expliot the loophole, thinking that they could get away with it. How then does a teacher handle it without crossing the line and yet still be able to exert control over the class?

Speaking of control, electronic gadgets again, seem to be the centre of attention and a source of conflict in class. Again. But being expensive and rather sought after accessories, most schools have actually disallowed them or at least have restricted its use to a few choice students (in the case of handphones). Since these are 'banned items', how many students would actually dare to raise a fight over their loss, presumably to another classmate? For that matter, I think thiefing students in schools these days are more sophisticated in their methods than we would like to give them credit for. I guess what I'm trying to say is that there seems to be a lot of fights these days over electronic gadgets. Time to move on, perhaps?

Time for me to move on too... to my bed. Zzzz..... more tomorrow! :)


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