A.K.U.G.U.R.U. actually means 'I am a Teacher' (Aku guru in Bahasa Malaysia). It contains all the items related to my profession as a secondary school English teacher which includes my English lessons, my interests, my passion for Liverpool FC, and also my family affairs. Hope you enjoy your reading!

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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Teachers and Holidays

It's been a while since I last jot down my thoughts. Well, these two weeks I get tired easily as the final exam is around the corner and there are books to be read. That's why when I have the time to sit in front of my computer to share something, I got drowsy. However, I want to share with you something about holiday. There always have been unsatisfactory comments on us teachers about how much time we are free. Regardless of what they say, I personally think that teachers don't really have a nice time for themselves. Teachers even bring their works to home and had many sleepless night fighting the deadline to submit the examination marks. Not to mention the everyday work of preparing the lesson plans. Even in school holidays teachers have to attend courses to enhance their command in their respective fields. Don't even think about giving teachers extra works not related to teaching, as what happened before when they asked teachers to catch PATI (Pendatang Asing Tanpa Izin) or illegal immigrants.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Award-Giving Dinner

At last.. the most awaited day was finally over. Our break of fast-cum-dinner ended on a high note. It was a fabulous night organized by the KPLI English teacher trainees to commemorate our togetherness throughout the year. The tentative was quite interesting, with lots of events happening. After break of fast, we went for congregational Maghrib prayer where I was the imam. Then we had our dinner with lots of lauk ranging from meat, fish, chicken, and also prawns. During the dinner, we presented a power point presentation containing the biodata of our class members and also most of the programmes we were involved throughout the year. After the dinner, we gave away lucky draws for our guests. The final event on the agenda was the most awaited - the exchanges of gifts from class members and also the awards giving ceremony. The full list of the awards were: Gorgeous Gutsy awarded to Gee, Cheeky Congenial to Thana, Tantalizing Talented to Jusna, Mollifying Motherly to Akka, Splashing Sporting to Rin, Adorable Adroit to Hani, Darling Demure to Ain, Hearty Hungry Ghost to Izral, Sizzling Stylish to Mar, Alluring Athletic to Rafi, Mesmerizing Meticulous to Kema, Enthralling Erudite to Bala, Dolly Decorous to Ida, Benevolent Bambino to Yati, Blazing Benign to Komat, Funky Flamboyant to Yone, Picante Posh to Yana, and finally I got the Ecstatic Enigma award.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Teachers are Role Models

I just came back from Ibadah Camp at Keda Recreation Centre, Bendang Man, Sik Kedah. All KPLI trainees were required to go to this camp to complete the credit hours for the subject of 'Dinamika Islam'. Here we practically learned how to slaughter the chicken, how to cater for the dead, how to be an Imam for daily prayers and so on. The camp was closed by the Director of the MPTB himself, Mohd Adenan b Deraman. In his lengthy closing speech, he said that this camp is important because teachers should know about all these basic Islamic fundamentals even though they are not from the field of Islamic Studies. Teachers are role models wherever they go; people tend to look at teachers and ask for their advice, especially when it concerns their children. Therefore, it is compulsory for the teachers or would-be teachers to equip themselves with such knowledge, especially the basic Islamic fundamentals so that they are better prepared to face the ever demanding community.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Teacher Training Course

Phewh.... tired.. I just finished an athletic course conducted by the maktab.. owh.. maybe you still don't know that I am still enrolled in Kursus Perguruan Lepas Ijazah (KPLI) at Maktab Perguruan Tuanku Bainun (MPTB) in order to get the 'license to teach'. During this one year course we as teacher trainees have to endure many tasks from writing assignments to organizing events inside or outside the maktab. All these supposed to prepare us to be good teachers, as the demands of the schools out there are becoming more challenging day by day. Among the programmes we have to be involved with were Bina Insan Guru at Kem To' Sakah in Perak, and Kursus Kadet Remaja in Kg. Chinchin in Melaka, as well as organizing events inside the maktab such as Public Speaking Seminar and Education Seminar. I was also involved in organizing events outside the maktab where we went to SK Sungai Kob in Kedah to organize an English Camp for UPSR students.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Teachers are Good Listeners

A good teacher is not he who gives everything to the students; he should also take something from them. In other words, he should not always be a 'sage on the stage' kind of teacher rather he should be a 'guide by the side' type of teacher. Teachers nowadays should not be as all-knowing as they were before, because the students' minds have expanded due to its exposition to various knowledge and information ranging from any kinds of media such as the television, the Internet, the newspapers and the magazines. Many of the students also attend tuitions to add to what they get from the formal classroom. Therefore, it is only appropriate for the teachers to listen to what the students want to say. We should give them the room to express their opinions, to expand their creativity, and to state their stand in whatever issues we invoke in the classroom discussion. The curriculum today also pave the way for them as it requires the classroom environment to be more 'student-centred' rather than 'teacher-centred'. During my practicum at SMK Mengkuang, I insert a lot of group discussions in my lesson plans. True, we should not put it into every lesson we planned; we should also alternate it with individual works or partner works (with their friends sitting on their right, left, back or in front of them).

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Teachers and Child Psychology

Salam. I had never done this before, so go easy on me. This is my first time writing something on the Internet. I am actually a little old for this kind of thing, but, I am a little childish on the inside. I like playing games; any kind of board games will be just like putting a fish into the water as I will master it quite naturally. Personally, I think that you should be a little childish if you are a teacher like me. You'll have to master the knowledge and the technical know-how of tackling your students, and nothing is better than being at their level to know how they feel, what they want. It is funny that you think you know what your students want but you actually didn't. Yes, it is true that you are not supposed to succumb to everything your students want, but still you have to show that you understand them by leveling yourself once or twice and heed to their demands (as long as it does not degrade you as a teacher). I had once postponed my lesson because everybody was not in the right mood for the lesson, so I took them to the language lab to play Scrabble.
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