Monthly Archives: October 2006

Communication is difficult at times

A while back, I had a group discussion on my field study package with my fellow groupmates, weili, yunbing and zhichun. It is amazing that at some momments I totally had no idea what idea weili is saying. Weili also had problem understanding the point i wanted to put across.I feel it is funny as both of us are speaking fairly well pronounced English. At times, we also use our Mother Tongue to explain. Imagine as adults with only a small age gap ( would not tell you all the age gap, but I confess I am rather old, hee hee hee) both of us had difficulties to understand each other’ idea. I really want to pray for the students who cannot understand what their teachers said in class. Sometimes, we take for granted that whatever that is clear and straightfoward for ourselves would be clear and straightforward for others as well. That is an assumption that could fetch a high price that we do not want to pay, i.e a breakdown in communication.

Communication breakdown every now and then. It is the speaker’s responsibility to ensure that listeners understand their words and not the other way round. But we tend to stand on the wrong side of the road and still think that we are right and others are at fault for not being able to understand. Have you ever experienced misunderstanding just because the speakers irresponsibly assume that that listeners will and must understand. If listeners do not understand, it is fault on the listeners’ side and got nothing to do with the speakers.

2004816331191521.jpgNew lessons are learnt every momment. The lesson from the group discussion is very useful to me. I hope my listeners would not lose direction as if they are in a mist when they are listening to me in the future.Foggy Lake

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风雨中这点痛算什么

最近,发生了许多事情。 自己增经经历了许多,生活的视野也随着经历而不断变的开阔。 自认是一个蛮看得开的人,但是似乎生活里还充满了许多的无奈。  随着年龄的增加,担子也增加了不少。 不过,我仍然生活得很愉快。 天性使然让我的心理对大学里吴老师的那句“有所痴,无所谓”深感赞同。

脑里不知不觉地响起年少时听过的一首歌。 郑智化的“水手”里, 我很喜欢的歌词是“他说风雨中这点痛算什么 擦干泪不要怕 至少我们还有梦”。 风雨中的任何疼痛只不过是生活中不起眼的一点。 无需为那点痛而哭泣,因为心里的那个“梦”会让我们在生活的风雨中,勇往直前,坚持到底。 以下是“水手”的歌词, 有机会再介绍另外一首“梦田”的歌词

苦涩的沙 吹痛脸庞的感觉
像父亲的责骂 母亲的哭泣
永远难忘记
年少的我 喜欢一个人在海边
卷起裤管光着脚丫踩在沙滩上
总是幻想海洋的尽头有另一个世界
总是以为勇敢的水手是真正的男儿
总是一副弱不禁风孬种的样子
在受人欺负的时候总是听见水手说
他说风雨中这点痛算什么
擦干泪不要怕 至少我们还有梦
他说风雨中这点痛算什么
擦干泪不要问 为什么
长大以后 为了理想而努力
渐渐的忽略了 父亲母亲和
故乡的消息
如今的我 生活就像在演戏
说着言不由衷的话戴着伪善的面具
总是拿着微不足道的成就来骗自己
总是莫名其妙感到一阵的空虚
总是靠一点酒精的麻醉才能够睡去
在半睡半醒之间仿佛又听见水手说
他说风雨中这点痛算什么
擦干泪不要怕 至少我们还有梦
他说风雨中这点痛算什么
擦干泪不要问 为什么

寻寻觅觅寻不到 活着的证据
都市的柏油路太硬 踩不出足迹
骄傲无知的现代人 不知道珍惜
那一片被文明糟踏过的海洋和天地
只有远离人群才能找回我自己
在带着咸味的空气中自由的呼吸
耳畔又传来汽笛声和水手的笑语
永远在内心的最深处听见水手说
他说风雨中这点痛算什么
擦干泪不要怕 至少我们还有梦
他说风雨中这点痛算什么
擦干泪不要问 为什么

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A Hazy Mid-Autumn

I am not a nocturnal creature butI like the night especially nights when the moon is hanging in the sky. Night is a closure to the day, a time for me to rest and recollect. If one has the chance to sit in open field under the night sky, one can feel the peace and serenity. But donot try this in a stormy night, unless your boss agree to you applying of medical leave. The night will slow down time in the surrounding and thus brings one to focus on one’s own thinking and linkage to the environment.

I like the moon as it seems to guide me along, functioning just like a lighthouse in the raging seas. Slowly, I take the moon for granted that it will always be hanging up in the sky for me. It will always be there to cleanse the weariness in me. But yesterday night the moon was hidden, kidnapped by the sneaky haze. Of all nights, the moon is missing on the Mid-Autumn Festival. The tradition and custom is broken. The moon does not have to hang in the sky for us to appreciate as we learnt to forget to appreciate our life, our kins,  our closed friends, our surroundings and environment.

Maybe I should not have relied too much on the traditional belief that moon will always be hanging in the Mid-Autumn night. Maybe I should just break away from the values and beliefs that have guided me and live my own way. Should I put it in a nicer tone such as I should revolutionize my thinking to suit the ever-changing self and outside world.

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Planning for Lesson

I have to keep telling my self that my targeted students are lower secondary thus I should not use too much terms that they may not know. I have to remind myself to go slow on certain concept. But this seems to be very difficult. The notion that that the lesson I have planned may be too difficult just did not occur in my mind. I want to dump or fill as much flesh as I can into the lesson. I just forgot the times when I was a student and I hope my teachers will go slow and not throw us all content within a lesson. But I think I just seems to forget those times easily.

Have been slashing the content and changing many words to simple layman terms where everyone can understand. Have to keep on reminding myself that my target students are lower secondary and I do not want to stress them unnecessarily. One of the plausible reason why I seems to give too much content or use some difficult key terms is beacuse my classmates who are role playing as my students are graduates. The students’ image blur and they become genius who I assumed will understand whatever content or concept that I show to them just like my friends in class.

Letting students construct and fill in graphics organizers is good way to collate what they learn. I should let my “students” do it as this can be a student activity as well. Now the question is. should I make it a pair or group work.

It is not that easy for me to slash and cut away the content, now it seems that my lesson is too easy. Let me see what is the response tomorrow.

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