Thursday, 14 March 2013

ENERGIZERS FOR STUDENTS


ACTIVITY 1

TONGUE TWISTERS




tongue-twister is a phrase that is designed to be difficult to articulate properly, and can be used as a type of spoken (or sung) word game. Some tongue-twisters produce results which are humorous when they are mispronounced, while others simply rely on the confusion and mistakes of the speaker for their amusement value.

Tongue twisters can be extremely interesting energizers and can be very tempting, provided that the teacher knows how to make them interesting enough. Saying aloud tongue twisters is fun enough! Why not try singing it?! Here we've provided you with a tongue twister song that will surely twist you tongue to no ending! Are you ready? Let's sing!



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OCTO THE OCTOPO by BRYANT ODENT
Octo the Octopo was driving in Morocco
Down a busy roado in his purple turbo
he had one armo on the steering wheelo
he had 7 armos left
One was picking up a cup of cocoa mocha
One had a big ol’ loco burrito
One was in the back picking up a pack of gumo
One was at the radio searching for a songo
One was on his phono texting Marco Polo
One was making sureo his hairo was perfecto
one was at his noseo scratchingo an itcho
I guess you knowo what happened to Octo
And his purple turbo in Morocco
He wasn’t payingo enougho attentiono
His turbo hito phono polo
He has no armos left
He has no armos left
One was on his phono texting Marco Polo

ACTIVITY 2

PEER COMMAND

Peer Command is a game conducted similar to how the game "Simon Says" is conducted. This game is especially effective when teachers intend to gather students' attention towards him/her by making the students listen to his/her command in a fun and physical way. Only in this case, teachers are not going to give command, but instead, students will have the opportunity to give command to their peers. 

Students know what best and most fun for them. So, by letting them choose their command, teachers will help them to feel like they have at least a little control over the situation. Teachers do not have to be the people in charge all the time, right? 

This is how Peer Command is conducted:
1. Divide students into few big groups.
2. Elect a leader. The leader will give commands.
3. Once everybody is ready, start the game.
4. Whoever fails to follow the chain of commands given by the leader will be eliminated.
5. The person standing until the end of the game will be the winner.

*Note: This doesn't have to be long. Three to four minutes would be enough. The primary aim is to get the students energized and get them ready for the lesson. 




ACTIVITY 3

SOUL TREATMENT (RECITING A JAZZ CHANT)

Building the spiritual side of a student is a part of the teacher's responsibility. Every teachers have their own creative ways of giving soul treatments to their students. Some might instill the religious part in a form of prayer reciting, others might do the same thing by using songs and poems. Any ways are encouraged. 

Here, we suggest teachers to conduct a jazz chant recitation for energizers. Jazz chant is a poem that use jazz rhythms to illustrate the natural stress and intonation patterns of conversational American English. Jazz Chants provide an innovative and exciting way to improve your student's speaking and listening comprehension skills while reinforcing the language structures of everyday situation. Poems meant for jazz chants are usually written with lots of repetition in it. Children likes repetition and repetition is proven to be helpful in memory retention. 

Here, we have provided you with a fruit poem, written specially for the purpose of introducing children to different types of fruits and to eventually be grateful to their Creator for such beautiful and beneficial gifts. This is a way of teaching children to be grateful for what they have in life.

Just remember teachers, REPETITION is the key to success in memorizing. And don't just teach them to memorize by heart, but teach them to PRACTICE by heart as well. Knowing without practicing results to nothing.



WHO AM I?
Poem written by Dayang Khairunnisha binti Abang Mohammad

Who am I? (2x)
I’m a MANGO (2x)
So sweet and yellow
So soft you can just swallow

Who am I? (2x)
I’m a PEAR (2x)
With a flesh so fair
Eat me with the skin or bare

Who am I? (2x)
I’m an APPLE (2x)
As sweet as your dimple
Always red, sometimes green, but never purple

Who am I? (2x)
I’m a CASHEW (2x)
I might be something new
My fruit and my seed? Both are useful to you

Remember friends,
Before you eat us, say Bismillah (Bismillah)
After you eat us, say Alhamdullilah (Alhamdulillah)
Remember us, remember Allah



*Note : the poem can always be adapted to students' needs.



Alhamdullillah.... Those are the 3 activities we suggest teachers bring into their class, not just for the purpose of energizing the students, but also for the other element of them that will surely help with the holistic development of the students. Please do try them. May Allah bless us all...

Sunday, 10 March 2013

I WISH I AM A TREE


I wish I am a tree,
With roots holding strong, even though it's windy.

I wish I am a tree,
With flowers so beautiful, the eyes can see.

I wish I am a tree,
With fruits to give, to someone hungry.

I wish I am a tree,
With leaves to cover, when it's hot and rainy.

I wish I am a tree,
With branches that can hold, even though it's heavy.

I wish I am a tree,
With memories to leave, no matter how old I maybe.

But we are not trees....
We are teachers-to-be.....
Teachers are like trees, though....
They are strong, their manners are beautiful, with lots to give to their students and the people around them, the one who protects the students like they are their own children, and with memories to leave to those they taught.....
We are trees, indeed!

Poem written by:
Dayang Khairunnisha binti Abang Mohammad

Butterfly's Dream


Choices


Poem written by: Maymoonah MS Adly

I see you doing wrong, 
You say you're not so strong, 
To fight against shaytan. 
Your evil desires drag you along. 

Mankind and jinn have one thing in common. 
They differ from Allah's other creation. 
The animals, trees, birds, bees and everything existing, 
fallow Allah's decree. 
As people you and I should agree, 

That we all have the ability ,to choose. 

Allah show us right. 
Allah shows us wrong. 
He gives us a brain, a mind. 
Now its up to us to choose, 
what we have to do. 

If we choose to do right, 
Allah will give us guidance, 
And bring us into the light. 
He would grant us everlasting paradise and delight. 

If we chose to do wrong, 
Evil will turn us down a road of darkness ,confusion, and frustration. 
A road that leads to a terrible destination. 
The fires of hell are wicked and mercyless. 
Only you could put your self in this. 

The choices you make, 
The things you choose, 
must not be taken lightly, must not be abused. 
Everyday every hour every minute of your life, You're making choices. 

What will I wear? 
What will I say? 
Should I say anything? 
Should I sit here? 
Or talk to them? 
Or eat this? 
Or buy that? 

Allah will ask us: what did we sing,learn,watch,say and do? 
"Why did you lie?" "Why did you curse?"
"Why did you wear that tight skirt and shirt?" 

Did Allah not give you all all that you need? 
So that you must commit sins and bad deeds? 
There is no excuse for the evil you do. 
Do not talk foolishness when you know the truth. 

You cannot lie to Allah. 
He knows all that you do. 
If you love Allah fully and true, 
Try your up most to please him, 
and pray for him to be pleased with you.

No One but Allah


Poem written by : Khurram Malik

Who filled the world with light? 
Who raised the mountain high? 
Who raises us when we die? 
No one but Allah.

Who sees inside your soul?
Who hears you when you call?
Who helps you when you fall?
No one but Allah.

Who fashioned us of clay?
Who showed us the right way?
Who hears us when we pray?
No one but Allah.

Who made the rivers flow?
Who thought the stars to glow?
Who sends the winds that blow?
No one but Allah.

All praise is to Allah,
All galore is to Allah,
We worship Allah and, 
No one but Allah.

What is Islam ?


Poem written by : Maymoonah MS Adly

"What is Islam?” is the question you ask.
Answering this question is every Muslims task.

Describing Islam can be a lot, 
But first I’ll tell you what Islam is not.

Islam is not Faraqan and terrorism.
Nor is it oppressing women and racism.

Islam doesn’t teach these things.
On the contrary it forbids them.

Islam isn’t focused on selling news papers and bean pies.
It’s not about drinking goats milk and having many wives.

Most people think Islam is just a religion.
But, it is actually a detailed way of living, prescribed by Allah, the merciful, the forgiving.

Peace, submission, and morality,Respect, kindness and charity.
And worshipping one God, the All Mighty, This is Islam.

It demolishes the cloudiness and confusion in our brains.
Faith in God is one thing Islam sustains.

It makes clear our purpose of life, beginning and end.
People take our wealth and freedom, but our faith we must defend.