Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Learning Pain

Here is a poem I wrote for the class activity on Learning (life, love, and change)
See blog archive (March 2012)


Learning is a pain
My energy is drained
By the end of the day
All I do is wail
whining as I sit on my chair
Afraid to fail
Words escaped me
Why? Oh, why
do I have to feel this way?
Is there a better way to get an 'A'?

Aiden Yeh

Written on March 2, 2012
In class
Rm 605

Passion in your eyes

I must apologize for the delayed publication of this poem. I wrote this poem in class (after in-class discussion) while my students were also writing their poems on the theme: patriotism (towards their country: Taiwan)

Link to the activity: http://rebelliouspoets.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/discussing-and-writing-about-taiwans.html

Immigration Story

Based on TED video, My Immigration Story, Tan Le


It is okay to be an outsider, a recent arrival, new on the scene — and not just okay, but something to be thankful for. … Because being an insider can so easily mean collapsing the horizons, can so easily mean accepting the presumptions of your province.” (Tan Le)

to endure
to bypass

This video contains a lot of valuable lessons for students. It is a great teaching material about personal/emotional endurance, presumptions, determination, tribulations, and gaining success despite various upheavals.


Personal Branding

Personal Branding- this was the lesson I gave on June 8, 2012


I asked my students to think of how they would introduce themselves to people. What would they say besides their name?

These are what they came up with: I'm a graduating student...; I'm majoring in English...; I come from Taiwan...

I then rephrased my question to: If you were to market yourself, what adjectives could you think of to describe your abilities?

I wrote on the board the word, Brand. I asked students to throw in answers of what they think this word means (listing them on the board). This is what we came up with:

- it is a symbol or trademark
-a name given to a product or service
- recognizable/unique

I then moved on to discussing 'personal brand' and why we should care about it. I asked my students to think of their qualities, what makes them unique.

I drew two columns on the board with the following headings:

Student brand | Personal brand
-smart            | smart
-hardworking | proactive
- earnest        | creative
-inspiring       | competent
-positive       | experienced
-cunny          | productive
                    | effective

Passion- this is priceless, you can learn skills. love what you do
Energy- pursue what you love to do

There's more to this that happened in the classroom, but the point of the lesson is for the students to discover their own self-worth. Self-impression is important and an awareness of what and how people think about you is valuable in gaining self-confidence or simply just improving yourself.