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English paper piecing quilt :)

       Hi there! I’ve been quiet for a while between the going-ons and the lacks off. And yes, I’ve been working on a quilt! It’s not a new things by the way because I’ve had experiences in making quilts and the likes of it such as knitting and cross stitching.

      As for this project that I’m working on, I’m trying to imitate a new pattern that I found in the internet. I was hoping to make it a hit so that I could sell it. Heyyyy…I’ve sold my works before..those that I did together with my mom! so yeah..for the record, my works are marketable. My only problem is I need a venue to sell it. I’ve been thinking of doing it online but i don’t know..i need to plan cos my internet subscription will expire soon 😦

       So, anyway I’ve been planning to upload an unfinished quilt that I’ve been working on but the internet was always non-cooperative with me. P/s: I’m using the cheap celcom Monthly pack Rm30/30 days..so I can’t really much when i am such a cheapskate right?….NOT! haha..

 

XOXO~

Little M

 

End of the world, ‘laptop crushing’ and Christmas carols

My oh my my day could not have gone any better! First off all the hype about the End of the World beginning 21 Dec. I woke up early yesterday just to read about the so much infamous prediction. And while I was happily surfing the net my laptop suddenly failed me. My precious Asus decided to dump on me by shutting itself down without any prior warning. I tried to turn it on a few times yet my effort went down the drain. I went from taking out the battery, plug in the power and even wait for it to cool down. But no it won’t budge to any of my effort. So I borrowed my sis’s lappy to scourge information from the internet on what could possible happened to my laptop. Not really helping, I must say. Apparently I found one solution that worked for others’ lappy and tried it myself but my laptop still won’t turn on for my sake! 😦 Oh you know what else went wrong yesterday? I found out that I have lost my original receipt of purchase of the laptop and a higher possibility of never registering the laptop on Warranty!  My goodness! That was entirely dumb and who else knows how to make it worse except for ME! ME! Arggggghhhh…so all I could do to help my cause was to email the local Asus center and called for help. Boy I hope it won’t cost much. Even though I know that my laptop is only five months old and entitled for the warranty coverage but hey did i not say that I lost the original receipt as well never registering for warranty? Huhh..So the plan is I have to wait for the Asus center people to pick up my laptop for repair So far their service has been satisfactory. Unfortunately I have to wait for quite some time because   of the Christmas public holiday. The pick up will be on 27 Dec and god knows how long it will take for them to fix my baby. 

Alright, enough with the bad news already. Luckily for me my evening was beautiful being that we had a Christmas caroling at my house. It was an entirely new experience for me. We never had this before because of me being away from home for two years as well as the fact that my family had only turned to Christ in the past two years that I was away. God is good and he STILL is despite my bad days 🙂 Well, I wish you Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Top Education: Why Are Finland’s Schools Successful? (A review of an article written by LynNell Hancock, Smithsonian magazine, September 2011

Dear all, have I not reveal to you of my profession? Well, if not then I am about to do so today. I am a proud teacher who has graduated not too long ago. In other words, you could say that I am unemployed now (which I am going to change when the school starts in Jan 2013! *-* fingers-crossed, OK). Right. There has been much hype about the success of Finland education these past years among the educators (granted that it may not be so much so among others but among my fellow course mates at the college). One of my friends shared this on her Fb: http://www.businessinsider.com/finland-education-school-2011-12?op=1. This article really had me fired up to search for more. So I found this particularly very interest read!

Here are some of the statements in the article that I found worthy of appraisal and consideration. I value this article at a very personal level because as a teacher I want to know and to learn the best of everything and anythings about teaching and learning (mind you, it’s everything and anything that is related too!). So being the maniac that I am, I cannot let this opportunity to learn to simply pass.

– “Children from wealthy families with lots of education can be taught by stupid teachers,” Louhivuori said, smiling. “We try to catch the weak students. It’s deep in our thinking.”

– “By 2006, Finland was first out of 57 countries (and a few cities) in science. In the 2009 PISA?scores released last year, the nation came in second in science, third in reading and sixth in math among nearly half a million students worldwide.”

– “There are no mandated standardized tests in Finland, apart from one exam at the end of students’ senior year in high school. There are no rankings, no comparisons or competition between students, schools or regions.”

– “The people in the government agencies running them, from national officials to local authorities, are educators, not business people, military leaders or career politicians.”

-“Every school has the same national goals and draws from the same pool of university-trained educators. The result is that a Finnish child has a good shot at getting the same quality education no matter whether he or she lives in a rural village or a university town.”

-“Equality is the most important word in Finnish education. All political parties on the right and left agree on this,” said Olli Luukkainen, president of Finland’s powerful teachers union.

-“We prepare children to learn how to learn, not how to take a test,” said Pasi Sahlberg, a former math and physics teacher who is now in Finland’s Ministry of Education and Culture.

-“Rintola smiled and held up her open hand at a slant—her time-tested “silent giraffe,” which signaled the kids to be quiet. Little hats, coats, shoes stowed in their cubbies, the children wiggled next to their desks in their stocking feet, waiting for a turn to tell their tale from the playground. They had just returned from their regular 15 minutes of playtime outdoors between lessons. “Play is important at this age,” Rintola would later say. “We value play.”

-“Teachers in Finland spend fewer hours at school each day and spend less time in classrooms than American teachers. Teachers use the extra time to build curriculums and assess their students. Children spend far more time playing outside, even in the depths of winter. Homework is minimal. Compulsory schooling does not begin until age 7. “We have no hurry,” said Louhivuori. “Children learn better when they are ready. Why stress them out?”

The blogger: Well, I could hear Piaget talking here 🙂

“Finland provides three years of maternity leave and subsidized day care to parents, and preschool for all 5-year-olds, where the emphasis is on play and socializing. In addition, the state subsidizes parents, paying them around 150 euros per month for every child until he or she turns 17. Ninety-seven percent of 6-year-olds attend public preschool, where children begin some academics. Schools provide food, medical care, counseling and taxi service if needed. Stu­dent health care is free.”

The blogger: The underlying philosophical basis of the government is definitely one of humanism theory.

-“In 1963, the Finnish Parlia-ment made the bold decision to choose public education as its best shot at economic recovery. “I call this the Big Dream of Finnish education,” said Sahlberg, whose upcoming book, Finnish Lessons, is scheduled for release in October. “It was simply the idea that every child would have a very good public school. If we want to be competitive, we need to educate everybody. It all came out of a need to survive.”

The blogger: Very true indeed! This is something that my friend Atticus Finch would agree to.

-“Public schools would be organized into one system of comprehensive schools, or peruskoulu, for ages 7 through 16. Teachers from all over the nation contributed to a national curriculum that provided guidelines, not prescriptions.”

-“The second critical decision came in 1979, when reformers required that every teacher earn a fifth-year master’s degree in theory and practice at one of eight state universities—at state expense. From then on, teachers were effectively granted equal status with doctors and lawyers. Applicants began flooding teaching programs, not because the salaries were so high but because autonomy and respect made the job attractive.”

The blogger: As a teacher myself, I hold it tightly in my heart that I am dealing with people’s lives and future. As the common saying says mistake done by a doctor could kill a patient but a mistake done by a teacher could destroy a person’s future.

-“The national curriculum was distilled into broad guidelines. National math goals for grades one through nine, for example, were reduced to a neat ten pages. Sifting and sorting children into so-called ability groupings was eliminated. All children—clever or less so—were to be taught in the same classrooms, with lots of special teacher help available to make sure no child really would be left behind.”

– “We have our own motivation to succeed because we love the work,” said Louhivuori. “Our incentives come from inside.

The blogger: I believe that this is what every teacher should value dearly.

Oh, boy I hope this is not a crime that I am doing by paraphrasing almost the whole article. I dare say that I am rather infatuated with the article to omit anything that I deemed worthy.

For those of you who wish to learn more feel free to click on the link below:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/people-places/Why-Are-Finlands-Schools-Successful.htmlhttp://www.tnr.com/article/politics/82329/education-reform-Finland-US?page=0,1

http://www.businessinsider.com/finland-education-school-2011-12?op=1

I used to think that there is not a thing that I would want to change if I could go back to time. But today when I woke up I realised that there are some things that I would like to do if I really could go back in time. I really felt the need to start everything from the beginning. But guess what? It’s not going to happen. All things that I have experienced and have done in my life for the past two years can only be re-lived through my mind. I felt sad knowing that there is no way for me to change the course of things that I considered as mistakes now. Yet I know this feeling so well because I anticipated it before. When I sat idly by myself I  used to think of this, exactly the things that I experienced today. I was right then. I am regretting the things that I did not do then. No matter how well prepared I am, I still regret for it now. I really wish that I could have done better.