PMR 2012: Record-breaking 8 As for English!

This year, many of my colleagues & I worked our socks off for our PMR students. Personally, I have pushed them as far as I could towards excellence in their PMR with my programmes & beliefs, my BI seminar, my weekly motivation sessions & rewarding students for PMR excellence.

Here is a summary of our school's 2012 PMR results:

103 candidates
Pass (You have to pass every subject to pass PMR): 74 candidates or 71.84% (1.5% less than 2011) passed PMR
Average Grade (GPS) (The lower the better) is 2.84 (0.05 more than 2011)
Top Scorers: 3 8A candidates. 2 7A candidates. 3 6A candidates. 4 5A candidates

According to Subject:
25 As
8 As
10 As
12 As
8 As
19 As
14 As
3 As
21 As

When I heard the results.
For the first time ever, 3 of our PMR students achieved 8As while 2 of them achieved 7As. That's like 5 straight As in some urban schools. It was a gargantuan task which I believe every teacher involved worked really hard to push the students towards their potential. The students themselves also worked very hard to get there.
I never doubted that they would be excellent. From the very first week in January, I looked at their track record & set high targets for them during our motivation sessions. I'm glad that most of them have reached their potential. I will probably have a post-mortem session with them during the first week of next year.

Let's talk about something that I am directly involved in. I am very proud to have taught a class which produced 8 As for English!
I wasn't easy, but my students managed to do it. If you remember from a previous post, I set a target of 10 students achieving As. Still, I am proud of them as I know that they did their best.

Let's recap on past achievements.

Prior to 2010, the school had only 1 student EVER who achieved A in PMR English.
In 2010, I taught the best Form 3 class & the class produced 4 students with an A in PMR English. The FIRST ever straight 8A student came from that class too.
In 2011, I did not teach the best class. That class produced 1 student with an A in PMR English.

This year, 2012, I was back in the best class. The class produced 8 students with an A. The 3 8A students & 2 7A students came form that class too.
I attribute this to the teacher factor. It might seem haughty or proud to claim that I made a difference but, mind you, my students do not go to tuition nor do they speak English outside of the classroom.

I did my part in pushing the students towards their goals with individual attention, consistent long-term coaching & monitoring as well as genuine concern &, often times, firm discipline. There is no special sauce. I believe that I have done nothing unique & that any teacher can do the same if not BETTER. It just takes someone with a big heart & a strong spirit.

Looking towards the future. I want to move on to a bigger challenge. If the conditions are right, I will be able to do the same for the SPM students next year. If not, it will be for my brother & a select few SPM students. That will be my elite project.

They have done their best & produced excellent results. Honourably, I will hold up my end of the bargain.
Bye bye, $$$$.
My students did exceptionally well, so I will reward all 103 of them with a simple gift regardless of their final result because even the hopeless ones tried hard. Maybe I'll give them some chocolate.
103 candidates (-8 A students) x RM3.5 = RM332.5

I got this for my students. Hershey's Milk Chocolate for RM20.80 per pack. 6 bars inside so roughly RM3.50 per bar.
Only RM332.5 to bless more than a hundred students who accepted my challenge, listened to me & worked hard.
This is proof that you don't have to bleed money to give your students good gifts. You just have to look at the right place with the right attitude.

During my motivation sessions, I promised every straight A student I'd take them to Kuching for a weekend.
3 candidates x RM500 trip = RM1500

I promised every English A, that I'd take them down to Sibu for a weekend just like I have for every PMR English A student for the past 2 years (2011 & 2012).
8 candidates (-3 straight A candidates) x RM200 trip = RM1000

I will hold a post-mortem meeting with them next year & be RM2800++ poorer.
But, it is an investment in a generation which I believe will spark a change in the local population... An intellectual & cultural revolution.
My wish is that they will become good people & contribute to the sustainable development of their lands & the well-being of the rural Iban people.

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