Monthly Archives: October 2006

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CIP in schools

I just read this entry at Trisha Reloaded.

While I know (in theory) of the existence of such conditions, I have never seen them before with my very own eyes, and quite frankly I am afraid to do so.

I remember back in secondary school, my CIP activities consisted of visiting old folks’ homes and tutoring kids in Jamiyah homes… the shock value was nowhere as high as what was described. It’s not that these are unworthy causes, but somehow I think that the time would have been better spent being exposed to the conditions of people in situations even more dire.

Maybe I’m wrong, but I think that with the widening income gap between the privileged and the unprivileged, it is the elite uncaring faces who most require exposure to such cases.

As a sidenote, my YSIS stint starts this Wednesday. Somewhat nervous about it. Haha. Oh well. Hopefully those kids won’t be lynching me. Gulp.

Google Calendars!

What else is there to do when your lecture readings are so incredibly boring… but to fiddle with your Google Calendar?

I’d just discovered that you can embed your Google Calendar onto webpages quite easily, so I’ve added it to this blog. I’ve set it as a private calendar so you’ll probably just see ‘busy’, but just let me know if you’d like to be allowed to see the events (though frankly I can’t quite imagine why you would).

After conferring briefly with Cuifen, the Singsoc events page has one too! No more tedious editing to update the events page! More cool geek cred! Yay!

Slowly but surely, Google is taking over the world.

Dance, Monkeys, Dance

Our lecturer showed this video to us as an introduction to Social Psychology. It’s pretty amusing, philosophical ramifications aside.

(As my lecturer said, this video is highly inaccurate. There are plenty of errors – for example, humans are really apes, not monkeys.)

Hear the Lion Roar

I don’t often do backdated entries, but I just dug out this picture from my camera and it is oh so cute.

(The lion in the foreground looks like it’s about to win, but don’t be too sure – one of its opponents has a three great scholars (大三元) waiting to go…)

York’s Singaporean population has increased significantly once more, and I suppose the group dynamics will be shifting once more, but everyone still seems to get along quite well, so perhaps it’s not going to be very different after all.

It’s about time to retire from exco and start slacking focus on work now…

Lake view

I’m not quite used to my new room (and the smaller shower =P) yet, but I must say that the desk’s pretty roomy.

It’s a nice, tranquil (if boring) view from my window, and I hear the ducks quacking every now and then. This should, in theory, be a good room for studying. I don’t know why I just can’t get myself to start, then.

More overseas studies!

Overseas Study Award for Selected Post-graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) Trainees

46. To enhance the pedagogy of selected teachers, the Committee proposes a three-month study award for selected PGDE trainees who have shown outstanding performance in their course of study. The overseas stint could be at reputable overseas teacher training institutes or schools in EL-speaking countries such as New Zealand and Australia. The three-month stint in a different language learning context will provide the opportunity for these trainee teachers to expand their repertoire of pedagogical approaches.

Ooh. Something to work toward during NIE. No idea if I’ll be able to get it, but oh well, it’s still a long time from now, anyway.

Back in York!

I’m back, pretty much settled into my new room (with its superspacious desk), with the internet set up (3 people leeching off one connection with the help of a wireless router), and still some admin work (bank account, groceries, etc) to do.

It’s pretty nice to be back. More pictures to follow.

Increased hours

However, less than half of all English teachers in secondary schools actually studied English language or English literature at university.

So, from January next year, trainee teachers in the one-year postgraduate diploma in education will undergo 216 extra hours of training on the technicalities of the language and how to teach it.

I’m hoping to be one of these non-degree secondary-level English teachers, and although I’ve always been rather worried about my lack of qualifications for the task, I look at this piece of news with some mixed sentiment.

While it’s great that there’ll be more training to bridge this gap, on a personal level I do hope there’s some sort of compensation for the extra hours…

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