Teaching Fifth Graders

31 Oct 2012

I'm not new in teaching. I gave a private English course to a second grader when I was in tenth grade. I also taught a 19 year old boy to prepare for SNMPTN when I was in fourth semester. Not to mention the microteachings I had done for Teaching Media and English Teaching and Learning classes. However, for the English for Teaching Young Learners class I'm taking this semester, I must teach in a real classroom, in a real school, with real students. I'd be lying if I said that it didn't freak me out. I'm really nervous. What if the students don't like me and give me troubles during the class? What if I do something wrong, like pronouncing a word wrong and they end up pronouncing it wrong too? I took Teaching English to Young Learners class last semester, and from that class I can conclude that teaching children is not easy and we have to be very careful. They're still in the phase of immitating and if we do something wrong, they can carry that wrong thing all their life.

This Wednesday, it was Ijal's turn to teach in the fifth grade in Cipaganti Elementary. I myself got the third turn, so I will teach in the next two weeks. Ijal did a very good job, by the way. He could grab the students' attention and kept them excited during the whole lesson (something I'm not sure I could do when it comes my turn to teach them). Ijal used puppets, the "Head Shoulders Knees and Toes" song, and Simon Says game. His lesson's focus was on listening, whilst mine would be on reading. Reading; sounds boring huh? A lot of people don't like reading nowadays, especially children. So I have to come up with a really good idea to make the lesson fun and interesting (since they are the keys of teaching children).

Now, now... Do you guys have any idea to help me out?

PS. I changed my header and tweaked some stuffs yesterday. Do you like it?

Trifles (another 'nevermind!' post)

30 Oct 2012

Merriam-Webster Dictionary's definition of trifle

Last week we were assigned to discuss a play script written by Susan Glaspell entitled "Trifles". It was about an investigation of a murder of John Wright in his bedroom with her wife, Minnie Wright, as the main suspect. The class was divided into 6 groups, and my group was assigned to discuss the theme of the play. I, being the internet-addict (and the laziest student my university has ever had) that I am, decided to google it and found some arguments that the play has the theme of feminism. Here's what I finally delivered as a report in front of the class:

In this play, the male characters mock the female ones because they think that the ladies put too much attention to small and 'unimportant' things. This makes the title: Trifles. The men keep looking for evidence in the form of weapons, blood, prints, and such. The women, on the other hand, pay more attention to the personal side of the suspect in the form of the state of her kitchen and all the things they can find there; or the real evidence, as the ladies can find the real motive behind the murder whilst the men find nothing.

The first thing that came into my mind when I concluded said things about was exactly like: "Oh my God, this is so true!" Putting too much attention to small and 'unimportant' things? That's us, ladies. From my own experience, I believe that I tend to overthink and overanalyse small things in my everyday life. On one of those days, I could spend more than an hour to decide which clothes I should wear or if my headscarf match my shirt or not. Small things like that could easily stress me out.

And right now, I've been feeling so grumpy about a really unimportant thing (and by 'unimportant', I mean 'very, VERY unimportant'): my relationship status on Facebook. I know, right?

This is silly. Thinking about this trifle won't help me solve any murder cases; nor will it help me get through all these assignments that I really should pay attention to instead.

Oh nostalgia!

29 Oct 2012

If you're friends with me on Facebook, you might've seen that a few weeks ago I posted tons of old anime songs (with Indonesian dub) I found on YouTube. From all the videos I shared, this one is my favourite. It's the closing theme of Mojacko, a series about a boy who befriends aliens. It was aired when I was still in elementary school. This song is very catchy and the singer's voice is also good, unlike most of the other songs' singers.

This is the Indonesian dubbed version:

This is the original version:

Good, isn't it? What do you think? Do you know this anime series?

Weekend is for...

28 Oct 2012

1. ... celebrating Eid al Adha (and my birthday!)

Ciwastra, 26 October 2012

2. ... going on a date to the zoo and posing with the elephants.

Kebun Binatang Bandung, 27 October 2012

3. ... having a BBQ party with my manfriend and our friends.

Supadio 18, 28 October 2012

How was your weekend?

Quoted Saturday

27 Oct 2012

Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could. (Louise Erdrich)

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Eid Mubarak and Happy Birthday to Me!

26 Oct 2012

My web developer manfriend made me a 'cake' for my birthday.

Today I turn 21.
And this year my birthday happens to be the exact same day as Eid al Adha.

These friends are golden.

23 Oct 2012

Let's spend a minute just to talk about how thankful I am for having these girls as my best friends. I keep drifting away from them every now and then, but they're always there for me whenever I'm in need of anything. I love them very much.

PS. Ian just started wearing hijab yesterday. How wonderful could it be? :)

A Confession.

22 Oct 2012

I feel like I'm starting to lose myself.

These things I'm on: college, friendship, or even just life in general; I feel like they're all tumbling down. I can't keep my head on every subject I'm taking this semester. I'm drifting away from all of my friends (I haven't even met Mijra for weeks. Sorry, dude...) And I'm slowly yet surely taking myself away from the world. I'd prefer lying down doing nothing. I have zero motivation in studying. I don't want to be a teacher anymore. I feel like this is the lowest point of my life so far.

I don't know me anymore.

Weekend is for...

21 Oct 2012

... having lunch with my boyfriend.

How was your weekend?

Vicky's Graduation Day

17 Oct 2012

Today is Vicky's graduation day. And because she just had her birthday five days ago, we decided to surprise her with a birthday cake on her graduation day.

Here's to the new phase in your life, Vicky. We love you!!!

Weekend is for...

14 Oct 2012

1. ... going to Kickfest with my favourite person.

2. ... playing badminton with said person.

How was your weekend?

"But I promise you, you'll see the sun again."

11 Oct 2012


See The Sun by Dido on Grooveshark

And you're asking me why pain's the only way to happiness,
and I promise you you'll see the sun again...

In which I got a new phone.

10 Oct 2012

Ladies and gents, let me introduce you to my new phone! It's the newest one in the Sony Xperia series: Sony Xperia Miro. And because it's still new, the only available colour is black. So far, it has everything I could ask for from a phone. It perfectly suits me in every single way (no exaggeration at all :p). I may or may not write a review about it soon, so just stick around, will ya? ;)

I am so happy. Woohoo!

Weekend is for...

7 Oct 2012

... spending two days and one night in a beach with my family.

Pangandaran Beach Ciamis, 5 October 2012

How was your weekend?

And so it's safe to say that I don't have a phone now.

1 Oct 2012

I had planned to write how shitty September was for me and how I had these hopes and fears for October. However, since my phone decided to die and went into coma last night, I think I'll just save those things for later and ramble about my phone instead.

So, last night I'd finally had enough with all the forced-closes and lags. I googled the latest version of GingerDX and downloaded it. I installed it on my phone, but then my phone got stuck on this screen after reboot:

Based on what I read in an article, it is called 'soft brick'. No worries, though. I just needed to repair it using the PC companion software, and so I did. And it worked. But it got my phone back to unrooted Eclair. That means I could only do very limited things with my phone. I tried to root it again and re-installed GingerDX (because, ya know, you can't use Instagram on Eclair). Andddddd... it went nuts once again. It's been on the same screen for hours now.

Guess it's time for me to get a new phone.