Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Teaching Tips: Talent Time


Asslamualaikum.

Last friday I got an invitation from the students to attend their Gala Night. It is sort of a talent time where they prepare some performances and karaoke-ing. I was not only the audience but happened to be the head of jury. I enjoyed the show, it was amazing. They have done a very good job in organizing and preparing the performances. 

I will not talk on the contestant and such, because I might ended up writing a bias, personal opinion. So yeah the winner already decided and hopefully they are happy about it. Every of them are talented. It takes a lot of courage to stand and sing in front of many people.

The downside of being a jury is you can't have a washroom break. Well, you cannot miss out any of the performances so you cannot leave your seat. hahaha. The nice side of course, you got to feel like Christina in The Voice. Except the chair is not the swiveling type. kidding.


I didn't take lots of photos, because, again, I'm not really free to move around.


Our winner :)



Well, what I want to share now is the idea of having talent time in your class. Talent time is an excellent idea for character building in classroom. You could integrate it with the topics in your subject. This idea is not only for English Class, but also to the others such as science and history. This could be done in a kindergarten, nursery or even a high school. So maybe some of the teachers out there want to take a little break form the dull text book and have some fun moments in class.

Make sure when you brief your children or students. Let them know why they were doing this. State clearly the objectives of talent time. What you want them to achieve and basically to put everything on track during the process. Among of the objectives that you could consider are to create interest in learning English, using English in real life, develop cultural awareness, encourage self-esteem and promote values such as unity, friendship and solidarity through learning language.

Make sure to set some guidelines to your children or students.  Maybe the teacher could arrange a brief talk to every group on their performance. And this needs a very good planning. You can't just throw the task to them in a week and expect them to perform amazingly.  Plan it few weeks ahead, study your class schedule, contribute some amount of cash to your kids, prepare gifts and consider the school environment.



Guidelines

1. Set an appropriate date. Tell them weeks before. Avoid the end of the semester when exam is approaching.

2. Kindly remind them from time to time and let them report their progress to you.

3. Stick to English, no mixing the language or using slanga. If you are doing this in a science class, make sure it is related to the science topic. The students could make a song out of the Periodic Table topic. That will be fun.

4. Be original, encourage them to create their own ideas. You could help them with some suggestions and let them have variety. If everyone is singing in one hour, that will be plain. Maybe one group could prepare poem and another group practice a funny skit.

5. If it is a group work, ask them to work cooperatively. Each person must have their own roles. 

6. No sexy outfit that could make the ustaz or ustazah turn their head twice.

7. Prepare a rubric for judging. Make sure the students know what you are seeking in their performance. For example, you can have 40% for language, 20% creativity, 20% originality and 20% teamwork.

8. Credit every of your students. Might prepare some gifts for them.

9. Allocate some times for reflection. Ask the students what have they learned or achieved.


I know some of the classes are very hard to control. It could get a little out of control later. The nearby classes might be disturbed with the noises and clapping from your students. Like I mentioned earlier, plan it meticolously. Make sure you got everything under control. 


Until then, happy learning and teaching everybody.

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7 comments:

Azlan Strider said...

i haven't involve actively in any type of these event but i ve organize an annuall dinner for my division few years ago..agreeed with the guidelines, its sure help to keep the event smoothly...hehehe

Regards,
-Strider-

aisya said...

Kalau kerusi tu pusing2 mesti dapat feeling lebih sikit jadi Christina kan.. hehe

Teringat dulu pernah buat sketsa tentang satu biological process dalam badan.. Guna method macam tu lebih faham berbanding kuliah biasa iaitu duduk, dengar, salin dan menguap. :)

nuranne (formerly simplyseoul) said...

Strider: hehe, maybe someone could organize it among the staff. hehe. but usually theh'll have it in annual dinner. thank you bro, hoping that guidelines will help.

aisya: i know right, i want that swiveling chair. must be fun. haha.

true, sometimes we need a break from leactures and whiteboard. :)

nuranne (formerly simplyseoul) said...

Strider: hehe, maybe someone could organize it among the staff. hehe. but usually theh'll have it in annual dinner. thank you bro, hoping that guidelines will help.

aisya: i know right, i want that swiveling chair. must be fun. haha.

true, sometimes we need a break from leactures and whiteboard. :)

Sobri Yaacob said...

wow.jadi juri.. mesti susah nak judgekan.. takut bias klau kena student tu.. bkan snang nak be bair..tapi we can try the best :)

ya idea yg menarik dan kretif.. ..memng boleh mnarik phatian plajar utk blajar.. tambah2 klas engish kan teacher :P

Aemy Nadira said...

wow this is such a great way of learning. i didn't have thing like at school..paling2 nyanyi dalam kelas ja...& choir. haha. fun learning!

nuranne (formerly simplyseoul) said...

Sobri: betul... nanti bias. tebagi menang yg hensem pula..hahaha.

Aemy: yes a great gateway. tapi saya takut juga buat ni talent time aemy, takut nanti budak bising betul. usually saya buat di kelas yg boleh dikawal.