All Inclusive 1D1N In Sibu FREE!!!

Only if you're my student...
And you got an A for your English PMR Paper.

I'm a firm believer of rewards in teaching. I am also very fair.
If you do well, I will reward you well.
If you do extremely well, I will reward you extremely well.
If you do badly, I will reward you... accordingly.

I've got a whole arsenal of rewards. They include candy, stationary, praises, attention, affection, pinches, slaps, knocks, whacks, "candy-canes", "hair-driers", "loud-speakers" et cetera.
My ultimate of ultimate rewards last year was my promise to my PMR classes that anyone who got an A for their English Paper would be rewarded with a trip to Sibu.

You must be thinking: Is it so hard to get A for English?
This is a valid question. It is totally NOT hard to get an A for English.
A decade ago, I myself got an A without even studying. Every year, tens of thousands of Malaysians get it too.
As for SMK Katibas, there was only 1 prior to last year... EVER.

You must also be thinking: What's so great about Sibu?
Sibu is the closest city to my school. You have to take 2 boats to get to Sibu & a return trip costs around RM50 & 3+ hours.
True enough, Sibu is a pimple compared to Kuching or KL or even a trip to the beach.
But see through the eyes of a people who have lived in the jungle most of their lives & you'll understand that a trip to Sibu is somewhat of a big deal.
Also if you haven't had much in terms of material things, an all expense paid trip is a wet dream in itself.

I was pretty swamped with work this year & hardly had time to escape to Sibu myself.
My students saw this & were so kind to tell me that it was okay; but a promise is a promise &, last Saturday, I made true to my promise.
I invited my 4 A students to Sibu. One couldn't make it so that means more for everybody else!

During the day, I showed them around. We walked all over Sibu & took lots of pictures.
For breakfast, I took them to my favourite Roti place in Sibu. Exposed them to different types of roti & also tosai.
For lunch, I took them to McD. To see their faces light up at the mention of McD was priceless!
For dinner, I took them to Manna. They were so cute. They fumbled with the menu.
After dinner, we went for a movie, "Fast Five". It was AWESOME! What a great way to end our day!

By doing this, I hope to encourage them to build on their success & excel in SPM.
At the same time, I'm showing them how great it is to have a job with a good salary which cannot be obtained without an education.
When the other students hear about this trip, any future PMR students will be extra motivated.

I also hoped to build excellent character in the 3 students.
During the day, I shared life-stories of success as well as failure & asked them deep questions about life. I also invited other people to join us for meals for a different point of view.
We talked about social issues according to their demographic like teen pregnancy, vice, infidelity, small-mindedness et cetera.

My students are the future of the Katibas region.
It is run down, neglected, defeated & in need of one of their own to pick them up & lead them into the future.
I'm doing my little bit to nudge their children onto a good path & I pray earnestly that they will make a difference instead of conforming & joining the sad state their people are in.
Please, pray for Sarawak & it's people.


  1. Anonymous2/5/11 07:03

    Good luck to your kids...and good luck to you.

  2. Wow Jarod, your teaching methods and rewards may be unorthodox as hell but they sure do work. And I guess, at the end of the day, that's the most important thing. I am a firm believer of such methods as well, so it's heartening to see it in others. Kudos for all your efforts.

  3. I fulfil all the requirements. Would you be ever so kind to throw in a plane ticket to and fro?


  4. Koko, YOU ARE THE BEST ENGLISH TEACHER I'VE EVER KNOWN IN MY LIFE. Your students must have felt so happy after the trip!!

  5. one of ron clark's advices is to take student to trip that they can't have on their own. and you did! i am really touched with this entry. especially the last 2 sentences.

  6. I know that everybody already pointed this out but you are awesome! I never work so hard in english before so I might not see this solely based on my point of view. However, when I put myself in their shoes, I feel like crying from happiness.

    Congrats Jarod, you have made me (and all your juniors, ipbamate, and everybody in this case) proud! Happy for you..

  7. Arthur: Thanks!

    Darsh: You know what they say. Unorthodox is the new orthodox. You can give children KFC every day & expect them to be just as excited about it in the long run.

    Vio: As with my kids, you find your own way there & I'll take care of the rest.
    Still interested? I would love you show you around!

    Jessica: You can be the BEST FRENCH TEACHER I'VE EVER KNOWN TOO!!! Looking forward to it actually.

    Aini: We need to keep believing & act like what we believe will come true.
    Ron Clark is a smart man. I like him. hahaha~~

    Izzy: Thanks! I believe you can do something greater because your heart is more sensitive than mine.

  8. thanks for what you do.. you have to do your best to deal with them..:))


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