Tips for trainee teachers

Student teachers were given some invaluable lessons on how the newspaper can be used as a teaching tool in class.

CHARLES Darwin once said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

While it applies to many different scenarios, this saying also rings true when it comes to conducting a successful classroom lesson.

Knowing no lesson plan is a one-size-fits-all, freelance Star-NiE trainer Mallika Vasugi imparts words of wisdom from her teaching experience to a group of trainee teachers in their final semester.

“You have planned the lesson out beautifully, but from the response of students, you may find that it’s just not working.

“That is why, as a teacher, you sometimes need to modify your lesson on the spot,” she said during a Newspaper-in-Education (NiE) workshop she conducted at the International Languages Teacher-Training Institute (IPBA), Lembah Pantai, Kuala Lumpur.

“You may be assigned into a class where the students may only understand their mother tongue, so you will need to tailor the lesson according to the proficiency of the students,” Mallika added.

The group of trainees at the institute were nearing the completion of their course and were looking forward to the workshop as it gave them the opportunity to experience the session entirely as students.

They participated in the activities with full enthusiasm as the trainer demonstrated different types of fun activities that could be done using the newspaper – from simple ones such as scavenger hunt to the more advanced role playing acts.

by EMILY CHAN.

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