the sentence was written on the blackboard in class 6C, Sek keb Pedu, a remote school.
It is located about 1 hour drive from Alor Star.
We: Me, k.nurul and k.tia are assigned to teach English to standard 6 students there as a social service activity by our college. We have started the programme since June. We go there every Wednesday.
The students come from various family background.
They are Malay and Siamese students, a new environment for us the college lecturers.
Their English language competency is also varies.
Some are advanced, some are just at the intermediate level.
they are afraid to speak in English, but they do not even speak standard Bahasa Melayu, they speak very thick Kedah dialect..
During the first class there, I told my colleagues that I was not fit to teach primary students, they were just so naughty and noisy.. they could not sit still after 5 minutes.. they would walk around and make noise..
Week by week, i've started to understand them better..
I introduce rules such as they need to be quiet when i'm teaching, speak when i ask them to do so, finish up the work, speak English, and if it is very difficult, use standard BM, not Kedah dialect.
One thing that i like about these students is that they respect the teacher.
Although they are quite naughty, when you instruct them to do something, they will do it.
They are also very excited to to the exercise. they will finish up the work as fast as they can, and they will compete who is going to finish up first and show it to me.
I start to feel at ease with them..
Today, is our first meeting after quite long holidays; school break, matrix break, awal Ramadhan public holiday.
and this is what i saw when i walked in the class this afternoon:
"We love you, miss jaja"
i love you too, students.. perhaps my short duration class and my lack of experience and knowledge in teaching UPSR students, will just help you a little, but i hope it will be very meaningful ..
one more meeting, and the class will end.. school will go on holiday, matrix will have Raya break, and after that UPSR is waiting..
previously, i had very great students. coming from good background of English..
and even some of them were not very good, they still managed to speak in English although broken ones, or wrote an essay with a number of grammatical errors but with great ideas, at least they could write in English,,
for the first time, i have student who come into my class with "E" in English subject SPM.
one of the favourite authors suggested by my colleagues (who are also ex-coursemates in UiTM) is Mitch Albom. I've heard his name before, or perhaps glanced through it in the newspapers. But i haven't had the chance to read any of his works. I know that one of his best-seller novels, The Five People You Met in Heaven has gone on the movie.
i'm a person who love to read rather than watch movie, so i am looking forward to read any of his novels after all nice and wonderful comments on his works and words. And i'm so fortunate to have K.Tia and Manja who lent me his novels.
I first read For One More Day, borrowed from K.Tia. It was about a guy who did everything to please and get attention as well as affection from his father who in turn did not give him any. while trying hard to please the dad, he hurt his mother. a lot. his life turned upside down along the way.
he only realised that it was his mother that he should care about when his mother passed away a day after her birthday dinner party which he refused to wait till the end to go and meet his father who had abandoned the family since he was kid. he was not by his mother's side when she died. later he started to think, if only he had one more day to be with his mother..
It was so touching especially when i read the parts "Times that My Mother Stood for Me" and "Times that I Did Not Stand for My Mother". I know that i did that to my mother too, sometimes. I was so ego, full with pride.. Reading this is like a wake-up call for me. I've listened to many true stories on this. sometimes, however, i forgot.
It is mother who we should obey and respect the most after Allah and His messengers.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is reported to have mentioned that.
A man came to the Prophet and said, ‘O Messenger of God! Who among the people is the most worthy of my good companionship? The Prophet said: Your mother. The man said, ‘Then who?' The Prophet said: Then your mother. The man further asked, ‘Then who?' The Prophet said: Then your mother. The man asked again, ‘Then who?' The Prophet said: Then your father. (Bukhari, Muslim) taken from SoundVision
Moreover, our beloved Prophet Muhammad said, may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him: Your Heaven lies under the feet of your mother (Ahmad, Nasai) taken from SoundVision
We may be succeed in life but we are not happy, if it is without her blessings. I know that as i have experienced that. Now, whenever i feel so angry if i think that i'm right whenever i have argument with my mother, i'll try to remember that. i'll be more polite and pay more respect to her.