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September 8, 2012

Before i headed for bed last night, i was thinking hard about ‘what to do in school on a Saturday replacement class?’

One thing for sure, i know that the attendance would be a new low, especially my Form 5 kids who are in the midst of their Trials, and would gladly stay home on this Saturday.

I had quite a few ideas in mind: Crazy Recipe, Fortune-telling, Ad-lib etc… As you can see, i wanted to do a fun lesson instead of the usual ‘chalk and talk’ or examinations drilling, probably as a form of reward for those who actually make the effort to attend school on a Saturday; and also for myself to be motivated to teach on a Saturday lol.

Then…

I SAW THE PLASTICINE I BOUGHT FROM MYDIN!!! All 10 boxes of them… Still un-officiated!!!!! (i have the tendency to buy anything that i think could be used for teaching, which would be safely kept aside until i figure out how to use them lol.. yes.. i have like the randomest stack of stuff, from marbles to pick-up-sticks, lots of card games, snakes and ladders, metal rings etc etc)

Immediately, i snapped my fingers. *no joke* and I knew that would be the lesson for tomorrow!

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So basically what i did was, i spent a while teaching them story plotting, and ‘forcing’ them to be creative! God knows how our system spoonfeeds the students and they kept giving me ‘cliche’ or ‘politically correct’ answers… So i had to resolve to creating a story with their help, and constantly ‘tweaking’ their contributions, to show them how we could ‘think out of the box.’

In the end, our Snow White turned into a frog, and married Prince Frog.

(well, that was progress. lol)

Then it was their turn, to impress me with their stories.

I put them in groups of 4 (only 16 were present), and they got started!

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and came the presentation!

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Group 1 was quite good. Their story was about how Michael got a long nose.

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as you can see, they went for the details.. very nicely made!

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Then you have Group 2 and their kinda confusing story about a girl and a wizard lol

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The third group came out with the story of the Cookies Family and the Golden Rose

it was a cute story, with very cute ‘gingerbread men’ figurines

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and finally, we come to the boys’ masterpiece…

as an obvious attempt to ‘membodek’, their story was The Fight between Batman and Bad Man for Princess Felicia… hmmmmmm…

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i actually thought the Batman looked really cute..

and oh yeah,

that yellow giant.. is supposed to be ‘Princess Felicia’… mannn..

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I would say it was quite a successful lesson.

Would probably reuse my plasticine for something else 😉

Any ideas?

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  1. September 11, 2012 4:16 pm

    Awesome work! **claps**

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