Friday, 26 February 2016

I'm coming back ...

Dear Sophyta,

OMG! I'm astonished! I'm dumbfounded! I'm speechless!
It's 8 month. You've abandoned your study for eight long month and you feel nothing. What a student you are.

Your dear supervisor had updated your progress without seeing you twice. He must be very put off. You have disappointed him, Sophyta! You're vain. Wake up! Your grant will expire in three year's time. Three years isn't a long time.

Conclude your three-chapter proposal and get it done quick. Manage your time! I'm glad that you have begun constructing your pre and post test. Go and pay your dear supervisor a visit next Friday. Give me your words, will you?

The picture below is the main excuse that keeps you from progressing. Remember to split hobby from work and study!


Thursday, 4 June 2015

Authentic Writing Tasks ...

Good day Sophyta.

I'm glad that you're a little awaken now. You're amazed to discover that there are a number of journals on authentic writing tasks. All this while, you narrowed down your search to Authentic Writing Strategies and it left you with repetitive discoveries. You didn't go far. You just couldn't get away from the Heringtons and Lombardis.

Yesterday you finished reading the field project by Susan M.Heinitz. She wrote about The Effect of Using Authentic Writing Task on Students' Attitudes toward Writing. Bravo! I can see that the article did shed some lights on what you can do with your students back in school. Mrs Heinitz got her Fourth and Fifth Graders to write books on animals for the kindergarteners. It was awesome! It had never crossed your mind right, dear Sophyta? Nonetheless, she only focused on attitude and motivation. You were once told off by your SV for the shallowness of your topic. Bear in mind - you're a PhD candidate! You like it or not, your scope has to be wider.

Since you are catering for the technology, you ought to do it using technology and your main device is the CLOUDBOOK or as it's known as GOOGLE CHROMEBOOK. Get your students to utilize the cloudbook to the max. Let them explore the wonder of cloudbooks. Think big but start small. Don't be jittered if your very first lesson flop! Keep on trying. Turn on deaf ears to the 'educational' noise.

First of all, teach them how to write using cloudbooks. Teach them five writing units on the following topics:

  1. food
  2. animals
  3. festivals/celebrations
  4. places of interest
  5. activities in everyday life
Prepare Authentic Writing Units Guides. Refer to Year 4 and Year 5 DSKP for English. Spend at least a week for each topic. Get them to write in groups, in pairs and also individually. At the end of the units, assign them writing tasks. 

Initially, KIDS ONLINE MAGs was on top of your list. However, when you surfed the Net, there are a wide arrays of interesting mags online. Think again, buddy. Who on earth would want to read your kids' mags? Could you get others to read the written pieces voluntarily? Yes! VOLUNTARILY is the key factor in your case.

Your second plan - writing to students in other country. That makes more sense. You don't have to coerce others to read your kids' work. In other words, it's like Students Exchange Programme. Contact your ex-mentor, David. He's the best person to help you execute your plan. I believe you could get it done. In fact, you will do it very well. 

Let's get the ball rolling ...

Prepare Authentic Writing Units Guides. 
Have ADDIE Model as your core.
Refer to the DSKPs. Consult the Content Experts. Who will you call up? Do consider Mr Basil, Mr Douglas and Ms Jill Ewe.

Prepare Interview Questions.
These questions will be used to counter check the reliability and validity of the Kear's Writing Attitude Survey.
Refer to Mrs Heinitz's questions.

Print out Kear Writing Attitude Survey. Enclose the Reprinting Permission.

Read up Keller's ARCS Model and how to integrate it in your lessons.
You refreshed your understanding of the ARCS successfully. Kudos!
A- Attention
R- Relevance
C- Confidence
S- Satisfaction

That's about it. You're done for the morning session, Sophyta.


Side-tracked ...

Good day Sophyta.

This letter is written to you dear Sophyta.
You've been badly side-tracked lately. Since your last meeting with your supervisor, you've done nothing to your thesis. Nothing at all. Can you call yourself a postgrad student? Aren't you ashamed of yourself?

You've been relieved of many extra duties. You're no longer committed to tuition classes; it equals to a lots of free time in the evening. You're no longer required to cook for your loved ones. No more washing and cleaning to be done. You seldom spring clean your little abode. Thus, what holds you from writing? What keeps you from performing?

The one and only answer is YOU!

Yes! You heard me right, Sophyta. YOU are the sole course of the delay. YOU are the main reason for the procrastination. YOU are the bad reasons behind the slow progress. In other words, YOU have been using STUDY as excuses for many obligations!


Sophyta, stop it right away. Get back on track. Focus. Stay focus. Keep on moving. Don't look back. Don't sidle. Move fast. Time and tide waits for no man. You can do it. You used to do it. In fact, you had done it excellently. You will do it tremendously...again! I believe in you. 

I know this is one of the 'thing' that hold you back. Tone it down.


Wednesday, 26 November 2014

My Thesis Writing Challenge - Day 3

Happy Thursday sweet people!

Nothing was accomplished yesterday as I was busy with other commitments. I was excited with my students' UPSR result as well as Ms Lam's kindergarten's flyers. Both are done and dealt with.

Day 3

Writing on: Cloud Computing History (still)

What I've gathered are:
All types of emails are a form of cloud computing. Without realising it, we've been using the CC services since the conception of emails. This is why Ray Tomlinson is credited with inventing email in 1972. Like many of the Internet inventors, Tomlinson worked for Bolt Beranek and Newman as an ARPANET contractor. He picked the @ symbol from the computer keyboard to denote sending messages from one computer to another. So then, for anyone using Internet standards, it was simply a matter of nominating name-of-the-user@name-of-the-computer. Internet pioneer Jon Postel, who we will hear more of later, was one of the first users of the new system, and is credited with describing it as a "nice hack". It certainly was, and it has lasted to this day.

Among the most used emails are Yahoo mail (Yahoo), Hotmail (MSN) and gmail (Google). Users are allowed to store and save their things - documents and pictures in their storage.

I, for one have started storing my stuff in the email, particularly Yahoo mail for quite some time, i.e. when thumbdrive started to fail me and one of them crashed (formattted) beyond repair two years ago. Since that incident, I turned to CC or cloud storage to safeguard my important documents.

I've tried Hotmail but I don't like it. Its features are not to my liking.

I'm still very much loyal to Yahoo mail and in fact all my official mails are being sent to Yahoo mail.

The latest cloud storage is Dropbox and Google Drive where I own a few of each. I rely heavily on Dropbox and Google Drive as I don't trust Pendrive anymore!


Tuesday, 25 November 2014

My Thesis Writing Challenge - Day 2

Happy Wednesday sweet people!

Day 2
8.49 a.m.

Writing on: History of Cloud Computing (Timeline)

What I've got yesterday:
CC rooted back in 1950's
The idea was mooted by Herb Grosch ( the author of Grosch's Law))
1961 - John McCarthy opined the idea of CC at the MIT conference
McCarthy said CC would be sold as one of the household utility - pay per use concept as electricity, water and telephone
ARPA created the ARPANET in 1969, a network which was a basis for the Internet, the term first came into use in 1974 which arrived in 1999 pioneered the concept of delivering services through simple website over the network.


Monday, 24 November 2014

My Thesis Writing Challenge - Day 1

Good morning peeps.

I'm back.It's been a long good time since I last wrote anything on my thesis. Checking with my Google Docs and its last saved was on October 22.

Since the year-end school holidays have started, I decided to challenge myself to write - at least for a subtopic a day!

Day 1
8.00 a.m.

Writing on: History of Cloud Computing


Friday, 15 August 2014

The Come Back ...

Good morning peeps.

It's been a very long time. Yes! It's a long time indeed since I last updated this blog.

I'm back! I've awaken! I'm on track now.

Yes! That's what happening now. I'm back due to a reason, the one and only reason - my supervisor was after me two days ago. The poor supervisor needs to turn in his student's progress report and he had none. Thus, he made a distress call. 

I was speechless. I know it. I know it too well that I've been avoiding him for a good two months. Since I came back from the great HLPS interview, I didn't make any progress. And, that was the main reason I avoided him.

I did it in one night! Yes! You heard me right. I completed my 'hanging' Chapter 1 in less than 24 hours. Yesterday morning, I braved the torrential rain to see him at USM. Though I did mention a few baseless reasons for the overdue task, I admitted - all in all, I have only my good self to blame!

And, this morning, I skipped visiting my beloved parents and began working on Chapter 2. Looking back at the pre-planned schedule, I'm already late by two months. By right, I'm supposed to review my Chapter 2.

Well, that's all for now. Will come back when thing has begun to take shape. I promise.