Friday, May 14, 2010

Busy week, but still fine.

Last week was awful to me. I had to spend about 2 full days for meetings and there will be three days with no power, including tomorrow.

I have searched and read many interesting ideas and theory about the intelligences which I have heard somewhere a long time ago. It could be interesting that I always tell my friends, teachers, and students that I am a visual learners. I can learn better when I see on my eyes (please show me what I need to do.) I think that I do not really understand what I should discuss this week on learning styles. Of course, I did but with a little bit hesitation. I think it is normal because the term "technology" this time means too broad (although it is clarified a bit).

I also have some minor problems with the alternative assessment and the rubrics. Since I am currently teaching some courses such as general English, Pronunciation, listening and speaking... and the course of "problem-solving skills" is what I am going to teach next semester (after September). And I am developing it every week and I try to focus on it. That is the reason why I am confused of what should I post.

I do not have much time to read my friends' blogs this week and hope I will have time to do it on Sunday. I have enjoyed reading many blogs. Blogging in this course teaches me a lot on how to help my students develop their self-studying, critical thinking, and writing. I remember the reasons that I started my first blog was that I want my students to spend time online doing something useful for their major, not in their own native language.

Oh, I have visited and read the rubrics from Rubistar and it is great too. However, I decided not to sign up for an account on it this week. I am having a lot of things to do this week with a very limited of free time. I have difficulties with the power and the computer I used could be from any Internet services. I should do it at home on my own computer so that the firefox can remember the account and password easily. Of course, it is safe at home.

To make sure that I will be back to Rubistar later, I already add link to my bookmark on Delicious. I also upload a file of rubrics on our wiki. But I am not sure that it is the right place to post it or not since Prem and Nalini posted them on the Participants files.

I wish for peace to all of you and a better luck of next week for myself.


P/S: I am going to travel to the university that I took my M.Ed. in TEFL to attend the graduation ceremony by the end of this month.


  1. Dear khang,

    it's very hard to concentrate on the course and have some extra problems, such as trhe power cut. it's nothing worse. When I am faced to this, I turn to my traditional books and all the time I find something new. Or, I just give myself a break and I go somewhere in the open, just listen to the birds and watch the flowers.

    Now, the alternative assessment is not so difficult. I assess my students at the end of every single lesson, and many times they don;t even realize they are assessed. I do it just to see how much they learned or what's still wrong. If you focus on pronunciation, listeting and general English, find some exercises you can use with your students in class. My choice is Hot Potatoes - plenty of alternatives.

    I wish you good luck!


  2. Enjoy the ceremony. You remind me now of my M.ED graduation ceremony, I was very excited after all the hard work I put into it.

    Good Luck,


  3. Dear Khang,

    I truly understand your anxiety and doubts... Just as I have written in my blog post, every day in our lives brings new decisions to make. Some people decide to do all things but with poorer results, and others prefer to select a few most important tasks and realize them fully. I guess you belong to the second category ... me too, by the way:)

    Good luck,