What Happen in Vegas pt.3

Learning Trip: Teach For All Alumni Educators Conference

Venue: Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Date: 17-18 July 2014

A full pack 2 days events with a lot of fun and learning!  We start the day as in What Happen in Vegas pt.2, then we are divided for Teach For America Alumni Conference sessions. I register for 2 sessions; Creating Diverse School Options for Students & Families and Leveraging Social Media to Elevate Your Story, Beliefs and the Cause You Support.

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The we are invited to Alumni Awards where Teach For America celebrates their Alumni in different sectors. Surprisingly, there are corp members who still in school after 20 years! 20 years and counting, and still fighting for the same cause and engage in the mission and the movement!

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The Teach For America sessions continues the next day and I also registered for another 2 sessions, Closing the Opportunity Gap through Authentic Writing and Building Community Trust by Teach For Peru. Then I had a special session with Jeffery Lavick to record for video and learn a bit about film editing and video taping. His precious tip is that people can tolerate a lousy video, but not lousy audio. Make sure to have good audio and it will all be good. Nice tip!

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Next, we had a special session with Isaac Pollack, Principal of Carver Senior High School where he transform the school’s administrations and curriculum in one of the high-need school and challenging community. His story has been shared in Teach For All Network website, Choose to Connect.

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The last night, we had a dinner in an Italian restaurant just around Vegas and have fun with friends walking down the Vegas Strip.

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“Networking is not about just connecting people. It’s about connecting people with people, people with ideas, and people with opportunities.” -Michele Jennae-

What Happen in Vegas pt.2

Learning Trip: Teach For All Alumni Educators Conference

Venue:  Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Date: 17 July 2014

Full day with a lot of learning and fun! We start our day with per-reflection based on groups, school leaders, teacher’s training and teacher’s leadership. Great to see that we have the same believe that teacher creates impact. Great discussion during breakfast at Ceres Restaurant, and wrap up discussion with Wendy Kopp. Then we start with TFA conference.

My first session was school options, and I’m really keen into Montessori For All. I like this idea because I believe early education. If all children attain good early education, they will develop better. Then using social media to leverage cause you believe was a great session. I’ve done this and this is great to share success stories with others.

Also some social networking tips like 5 authentic tweets everyday to get more followers. TFA Alumni Awards are inspiring!! It is good to see that there are corp members that have been teaching for more than 20 years! Looking at their success stories reminds me that we can do more. Students opening and closing performance was awesome! Overall, good day despite the tragedy. Al-fatihah #MH17

 

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What Happen in Vegas pt.1

Learning Trip: Teach For All Alumni Educators Conference

Venue:  Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Date: 16 July 2014

After 30 hours flight, I made it! Alhamdulillah. Today, we only have two sessions mostly ice-breaking and discussing about our education system in different countries. It is surprisingly common that every countries facing the same problem, regardless of their demographic, but soothing to see that some small countries can make more progressive impact than bigger country. For example, Teach For Estonia have been working with their government to improve the teacher’s training.
Fun fact, in Lebanon, there are more male fellows than female. Germany have 96 different types of schools! South Africa normal classroom have 1:70 teacher student ratio. (and we complaint about 40 students in classroom). India have schools differ by languages and caste. Despite of all the differences we have, we face the same problems and challenges, from the classroom to the government policies. How implementation gap from top-down effect the students. What we can do? It takes two to tango. Picture of all the network in one room. Small world it is.

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Teach For Malaysia Tingkat Mutu Pendidikan

Wah, tahun ni first time masuk news! Mestilah berkenaan Teach For Malaysia! Seronok bila tahu yang Teach For Malaysia akan ke Sarawak mulai 2015! This mean that I have to finish my Masters and return to my Hornbill land! I miss Sarawak so much!

Bertempat di SMK Puchong, satu sesi interaksi bersama dengan Menteri Pendidikan II, Dato Seri Idris Jusoh untuk membincangkan berkenaan program Teach For Malaysia dan sekaligus memberi sedikit makluman berkenaan masalah-masalah yang dihadapi di sekolah.

Gambar: Baru perasan saya ni kecik. (eh, sebenarnya tak pernah peduli pun)

Dipetik daripada Utusan Malaysia

Meeting with Celcom Management Trainees

Sibuk sungguh rasanya tahun ini, tapi alhamdulillah, diberi rezeki dan peluang untuk mengembangkan kerjaya. Dah lama sebenarnya Giles approach TFM Teaching Alumni yang berminat untuk memberi peluang kepada Celcom Management Trainees ni untuk berbakti di sekolah. Mengenangkan yang saya akan berada di sekolah ini dalam tempoh yang agak lama, maka terfikir-fikir juga, siapalah yang nak sambung teruskan projek komuniti kami?

Maka, pada 23 Januari 2014 yang lalu, berlangsunglah pertemuan pertama yang tak formal di Kenny Rogers, AEON Bukit Tinggi, Klang untuk sesi suai kenal dan diskusi ringkas berkenaan projek komuniti dan program CSR bagi Management Trainees ini. 7 orang Celcom Management Trainees yang terlibat ialah Arvindd, Faris, Hayqal, Athirah, Bainin, Faizal dan Tessa. Seronok tengok orang-orang muda (again, I feel old) penuh bersemangat.

 Gambar 1: Seronok makan.

 

Gambar 2: Baru nak tengok kamera

4 orang Management Trainees yang akan saya buli (Muahahaha! Bunyi cam mak tiri kejam dalam cerita Cinderella) ialah Athirah, Arvindd, Faris dan Hayqal. We’ll wait and see what will happen!

MACEE – ETA Orientation Talk @ Royal Chulan, KL

Pada 21 Januari yang lepas, saya mendapat jemputan di bawah Malaysian-American Commission Educational Exchange (MACEE) untuk mengendalikan sesi orientasi bersama English Teaching Assistant (ETA) bagi kohort 2014. Speaking English di hadapan native speaker agak tough since it has been a long time I give talk to adult audiences. Biasa cakap dengan pelajar, tone lain, dari segi percakapan pun berbeza, bahasa yang digunakan pun berlainan.

Saya ditemani Neoh Joon Kee dan Jessie, dari komuniti TFM Alumni. Nasib ada member. Diberi peluang untuk berkongsi pengalaman 2 tahun sebagai felo selama lebih kurang 15 minit di hadapan mereka, saya terbayang betapa beruntungnya mereka jika dibandingkan dengan guru-guru Bahasa Inggeris yang sudah lama di sekolah.

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Gambar 1: Baru perasan saya ni kecil. Tapi cita-cita tetap tinggi.

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Gambar 2: Kusyuk memberi penerangan berkenaan dengan “Teaching in a band 5 and band 6 schools.”

Dipetik daripada Laman Web Rasmi Program ETA ini,

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program places recent college graduates and young professionals as English teaching assistants in primary and secondary schools or universities overseas – improving foreign students’ English language abilities and knowledge of the United States while increasing the U.S. student’s own language skills and knowledge of the host country. ETAs may also pursue individual study/research plans in addition to their teaching responsibilities

Program ini hanya terbuka bagi Fulbright scholars sahaja untuk memberi ruang dan peluang kepada mereka untuk lebih mengenali tentang budaya dan kehidupan di Malaysia sambil membantu mempertingkat kemahiran Bahasa Inggeris di sekolah yang terlibat.

Team Mangosteens TFM 2014

Memperkenalkan, The Mangosteens 2014! Leong Kit Yen dan Nuruddin merupakan 2 felo baru yang ditempatkan di SMK Sungai Manggis, bagi kohort 3, 2014.

Seronok rasanya dapat adik-adik baru (adik ke?). Terasa tua sekejap. Masa perjumpaan pertama, saya beri sedikit penerangan tentang suasana di sekolah, dan keadaan pelajar. Biasalah awal-awal ni, nak berkenalan dulu dan kenal latar belakang mereka. Muka semua penat sebab lepas mesyuarat guru pertama yang memang ambil masa yang agak lama. Tapi tetap happy sebab dapat makan!

Team Mangosteens 2014: Adibah, Leong Kit Yen dan Nuruddin

Mudahan 2014 lebih gempak!

Leaps of Knowledge Conference 2013 – Workshop 2

Workshop kedua yang saya pilih ialah “Building Teams to Achieve Your Vision“. Saya pilih workshop ini untuk belajar teknik membina pasukan yang betul. Tahun 2014 merupakan tahun ke-3 di sekolah, dan tahun pertama sebagai alumna Teach For Malaysia, saya perlu melatih felo-felo baru yang ditempatkan di sekolah saya. Workshop ini disampaikan oleh Elmarie Potgieter, Pengurus Besar bahagian Pendidikan di LeapEd.

Elmarie Potgieter bersemangat mengendalikan workshop

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Leaps of Knowledge Conference 2013 – Workshop 1

Workshop pertama yang saya hadiri ialah “Driving Change” yang disampaikan oleh wakil daripada LeapEd. Yayasan Amir bersama LeapEd menerajui Sekolah Amanah (Trust Schools) di Malaysia dan mempunyai pengalaman luas menjalankan transformasi di sekolah di Malaysia.

Workshop ini menekankan penggunaan VLEFrog untuk transformasi sekolah. Menariknya, Penolong Kanan Pentadbiran di SMK Convent Bukit Nenas mengambil alih sesi sambil menerangkan penggunaan VLEFrog di sekolah mereka. Sambil berkongsi dashboard persendirian, beliau turut menerangkan penggunaan VLEFrog telah berjaya mengurangkan penggunaan kertas di SMK Convent Bukit Nenas melebihi RM8,000! Wow, menyelamatkan alam sekitar sambil mengoptimumkan penggunaan VLEFrog!

PK Pentadbiran SMK Convent Bukit Nenas menerangkan penggunaan dashboard

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Leaps of Knowledge Conference 2013

Buat julung kalinya, FrogAsia, anak syarikat YTL Corporation mengadakan Leaps of Knowledge Conference bertemakan “The Future of Learning” bertempat Di JW Marriott Hotel, Bukit Bintang pada 5 Disember 2013. FrogAsia merupanya syarikat yang bertanggungjawab terhadap 1BestariNet dan VLEFrog yang mula diguna pakai di sekolah seluruh Malaysia pada tahun 2013 . Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) atau pembelajaran maya ini merupakan salah satu inisiatif kerajaan Malaysia dalam Pelan Pembangunan Pendidikan Malaysia.

Saya tiba agak lewat dan terlepas upacara perasmian oleh Timbalan Menteri Pelajaran II, YB P. Kamalanathan. Saya tiba ketika Alvin Ung sedang berbicara mengenai SK Lemoi, sekolah di pedalaman Pahang yang melalui tranformasi pendidikan dan meningkat menjadi salah sebuah sekolah rendah berprestasi tinggi. Alvin dibantu oleh anak saudara beliau, Hanna Chaw berkongsi pengalaman mengajar di sekolah pedalaman Sarawak.

Hanna bertanya, “Siapa ada RM10 dalam poket sekarang?”

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