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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Set Induction - Swordfish.

Two weeks ago, I presented my set induction for simulated teaching. The play i chose is 'The Swordfish, then the Concubine' by Kee Thuan Chye. The reason I choose this play is mainly because this play catches my attention and I hope to get to know more about the author Kee THuan Chye. Thankfully, we will be meeting him in real person in another 30 minutes! Can't wait!

For the set induction, i showed my students a short video clip of the execution of Anne Boleyn from Tudors. This movie is one of the favourites among us now. I am very shock by the impalement Nurhalisa has to undergo. I never imagine one could die of such terrible torturous death and humiliation. Nurhalisa is convicted for a crime she didnt do, in other words, she is being framed. Same goes to Anne Boleyn, she did not sleep with other guys but King Henry did not really listen to her plea and sentenced her to death. So I believe through this set induction, my students will have a clearer picture of how a person feels minutes, or hours before knowing she's going to die and I hope they can 'feel' the sadness and despair of being frame by trying to be in the shoes of Anne Boleyn.

I made a mistake during my set induction, according to Mr. Harold, i shouldn't talk or give instructions when i started to play the video. Well, guess I was too excited or bit nervous as I told my students to pay extra attention to facial emotions and conversation in that video clip. Other than that, I think i did okie. Students give feedback regarding the video on their own experience. Most of them has experienced being accused of things they did not do and none of them love the feelings of being framed. The lucky ones will voice out their displeasement while the quiet ones just remain quiet and be 'bullied'.

For the time being, I hope to be better prepared for my pre-reading and while reading presentation, especially after Mr. Harold gave feedback to other friends who have finished presenting this morning. Being a teacher just isn't that easy, one has to be well-prepared for their lesson and also, confidence and add humour when teaching. Good luck to all presenters~! =)


  1. I totally agree with you. Being a teacher is not an easy job, do not even say about being a good teacher.

    I used to have this idea that my teachers in schools are very lazy, cannot teach well....and so on...

    Now, when I start with my mocro teaching, I realise the pressure that I have to face.. Preapring interesting and attractive lesson aren't as easy as I thought..

    Erm.. I have to start preparing for my pre-reading and while reading activities tonight too..

    All the best to you.. =)

  2. It is absolutely true. Teaching is not as easy as you think it is. It requires a lot of things form different aspects. It's not just a matter of how interesting your set induction and activities are, but it is more than that. I think i know what makes a good teacher. It is more than just confidence as well. I don't know what it is but as i am doing my micro teaching and simulated teaching, i started to learn my mistakes and reflect and improve from there. Probably practice makes perfect, don;t you think? Let us together improve ourselves and be a good and excellent teacher in the future.