Salam Sejahtera dan Salam Satu Malaysia,
As a teacher, the teaching and learning process is like flesh and nail, it is very close. Teachers teaching and students learning is supposedly to happen. Yet, there are times the objectives are not fully achieved. Moreover, to face the challenges of the students in the 21st century, I feel as a teacher we should become more innovative.
I have faced a classroom situations where the students are noisy, low academic achievement and always tardy to enter the chemical laboratory. At one point I almost gave up with the class. At the same time I also remind myself that not quick to admit to defeat.
To overcome these problems I have had a PDP activity that involve all students work in groups to complete the story of how ‘sodium chloride’ is formed. Pupils split at two large groups and everyone was given the task to memorize a verse in the formation of sodium chloride.
Finally, I have seen the changes among students in terms of behavior as well as their achievements. They love each other and no longer come late to the chemical laboratory.
In addition to a change of position of pupils, I had planned PDP to build self-confidence to master the tools of science such as pipettes and burettes. Students were divided into 6 groups and given an opportunity to master the use of the tools of science. Students interact, collaborate and help each other to each other. In this process, confidence, cooperation, respect, affection was visible among pupils.
Thanks to the Global Peace Foundation, Ms. Fong and her team for giving motivation and ideas to face the challenges of the 21st Century classroom transformation. I am interested in helping other teachers to make classroom transformation towards teaching and learning process that is more fun and creative to meet the needs of the 21st century students.
Lee Saw Im
Guru Cemerlang Kimia
SMK Seri Bintang Utara, KL
14 February 2014