Alhamdulillah I have been happily teaching in school for the past five months without much interruptions... it's a blessing in disguise. Well, not entirely..there were some odd meetings here and there. My latest contribution was the Score A programme last Friday in Ulu Tiram for Agama schools at 2.30 p.m. The Deputy Director, Johor State Education Department signed the letter and so I headed for Savannah Hill Resort, Ulu Tiram to assist 95 top scorers from religious schools all over Johor.
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During this 'hiatus', I've developed a bond with my students in 4 Syafie and 4 Bukhari. Believe it or not, I miss them a lot because of the exam week that commenced last week. My contact with them is mainly in the exam hall and you can't disturb them because they are seriously and furiously answering the questions! On Wednesday night this week, I sent them hot burgers in the evening. You get hungry easily when you're studying so...When Afiq and Danial returned the box, it was barely ten minutes after they had distributed the burgers to the two classes. That was super fast! And they relayed a message from their classmates "I love you teacher." That was sweet. Free burgers = LOVE :)
Currently, I'm assessing the Form 4 end f year Paper 2 and I can barely wait to finish marking to see whether there is any improvement in the students' performance. The best gift for a teacher is to see student improvement, however small, because improvement shows progress and increased understanding. Thus far, their responses haven't been too bad and I'm pleased to note individual students who did well in Section C (Reading Comprehension and Summary). However, there are some in 4 Bukhari who have not shown much progress and this worries me to a certain extent. Why haven't they shown much progress when their colleagues have?
A rumour I just heard while chatting with a friend just now is GCs will be placed under the PPD. What this means is left to anyone's imagination. I would certainly like to know in terms of responsibilities. Lately I've been approached by the PPD about innovation and a course for new teachers. Hmmm...perhaps we GCs have not been informed of the latest. You know what they say, no news is good news! Meanwhile, the module on "Catch Us If You Can' for use in 2013 is progressing albeit slowly and my cough is getting better. It's been two weeks now and I've got my voice back! And am looking forward to lunch with four girls tomorrow. Carpe Diem!
The Thinking Teacher