Sunday, September 28

I've Grown Acustomed To Her Face

It has finally come to an end.
My 12-week practicum at SMK Puteri Titiwangsa.
The overall experience has been really good & this school has given me the extra drive to do my best in my future teaching profession.
hmmm~~~ Which gets me thinking...
should I start praying to be posted at a girls' school next year?

Anyway, SMK PT is a wonderful school to begin your teaching journey in.
The students do not have any major discipline issues & the general population is very welcoming towards outsiders like myself.
Furthermore, the admin staff has a very good working relationship with the teaching staff.
This means that anything a teacher needs for his students will always be provided for swiftly.
I guess one of the main factors for the excellence in this school is the humble, friendly & shrewd principal, Datin Rokiah.
Just as I have begun to settle in, I am forced to leave this school...
And this, with a heavy heart...

taken from en.wikipedia.org

Just like Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, I have grown accustomed to the face of my Eliza, this school.
I was not able to see how wonderful she was at the beginning because I was too distracted by how uncivilised she seemed.
Yet as I got to know her, as I taught her, as I watched her develop, as she refined her habits, as she showcased her many hidden talents, as she displayed gentle womanly strength...
I felt a strange tugging on my heart...
I can't possibly let her go...
I've grown accustomed to her face...

ahh~~ 1 Maju...
This is the class who I rarely have a headache teaching.
The only headache I have is that they demand a lot of attention & they want to play all the time!
Then again, they are still the ideal class to take your lecturer to for observation!
All sorts of activities that I dreamed up were all carried out successfully with this class.
A highly motivated, active & unrestrained class indeed!

With this class, I also experimented with student blogging or the Group Blog Project.
My main purpose was to actually write an action research on the effects of internet writing on the students of this class.
However, as responsibilities started piling up, I realised that I did not have the time.
So I decided to let it be a low-pressure pilot project for me to experiment and not be tied down by protocol & research red-tape.

sigh~~ 4ERT...
Life has not been easy on you...
You do not have what many others have and you will continue to be neglected unless you start stepping up and showing that you want to and are able to take on more!
You have been greatly neglected by the school and many teachers...
If I stayed, I would have done you some good...
lots of good...
If only you would come to school regularly & work harder academically...

Even though we struggle, I am glad to have taught your class.
It is from you that I learned to think on-my-toes and seek different approaches for the explanation of seemingly simple concepts or definitions.
You have also taught me a lot on working with low motivation students.
I appreciate your efforts in pushing yourselves harder with me.
I wish you all the best as you prepare for SPM & life after...

Thank you SMK Puteri Titiwangsa for accommodating the needs of my college, my colleagues and myself.
It has been great!
Wishing you all the best of success!

p/s: I would be more than glad to come back next year & teach at your school as a full-fledged teacher!

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