Meaningful Rewards In Sibu

We're gonna have a blast & we don't care who's watchin'.
push my students hard so it's only right that I reward them well.
This is the 3rd consecutive time I've rewarded my school's PMR students who have scored A in the English paper. I started this in 2011 & did another in 2012. I also rewarded straight A PMR students with a trip to Kuching earlier this year.
All with the same purpose: To give my students a reward big enough (students rarely get to go to Sibu due to a poor socio-economic background) to jolt them out of their comfort zones & entice them to aim higher & work harder in the exams (English can be considered a near useless foreign language here where the Iban language is the lingua franca).

Obtaining great exams results is really important for my students who do not have the money or connections to catapult them in life. They are dependent on government/private sector grants & scholarships.
This is why I really push them hard to do well in their exams. Even if it is just PMR, A lesser exam if compared to SPM. However, I think it sets a great foundation for their studies in the upper form & gives them insights into SPM.

Also, I reward them with trips to open up their minds & expose them to glimpses of the world outside of the wilderness. During the whole duration of the trip I discuss social issues relevant to their area, share with them my ideals & brainstorm solutions. I try my best to convince them that they are capable of success & I tell them that success is supposed to be shared so that, in the end, the whole community benefits.

Anyway, enough of the philosophy lesson. Time for some pictures of what we were up to in Sibu.

It's clean, comfortable, affordable & within walking distance of everything in town.
8 students obtained an A in the 2012 PMR English language exam. I was overjoyed. This was a group I have taught since they were in Form 1. Our school had never had that many students scoring As in English before. Also, we have never had so many straight As.
3 of them were straight A students whom I have already rewarded with a trip to Kuching. Therefore, I decided not to take them along for this trip because gaji cikgu sikit saja mah. 8-3=5. A trip for 5 students would not be cheap but it'll be money well invested.

I put them up at SanYong Inn. I am a regular there so I got a great deal for our 3 rooms. 2 Twin Single rooms & 1 single room with a queen bed. The boys were in 1 Twin Single room while my brother & I were in another. The girls had a single room with a queen bed to themselves.

Believe it or not, 3D movies are available in Sibu!
I love watching movies at the cinema so I'd always catch a movie whenever I can. Anyway, it'll be a wonderful treat for my students.
That night, we watched Jack the Giant Slayer. Unfortunately, it was all in 3D. I hesitated because tickets for 7 people costed A LOT. In the end, I decided to splurge a little bit & paid for everyone's movie. It was worth it!
My students had an absolute blast! They ooed & wowed at the 3D effects. We left the cinema smiling that night.

Students are really good at pretending for the camera.
One of the places I wanted to take them to was a bookstore so that they could enjoy my teacher discount. I usually go to Academy Book Centre so the staff recognised me & gave us all a generous discount.
I also took them to a stationary store for their stationery supplies. It's a stationery store I regular too so they got a teacher discount as well. See how kind I am?

at the Sibu Heritage Centre
I also took them to the Sibu Heritage Centre & we visited the Cultural & Heritage Museum on the second floor. This museum is really well done. It's worth a visit if you are in Sibu just to learn about the rich history of this town.
This place is also one of the most photogenic parts of Sibu town.

We also went to the market, the night market & I let my students explore on their own while I settled some bills & bought my groceries.
One afternoon, I gave each of them a ride on my girlfriend, the powerful Kawasaki ER-6f. They loved it! And, I loved scaring the living daylights out of them. LOL!

Roti canai, roti telur, murtabak, tosei & teh tarik at New Nur Islamic Cafe.
Sibu is a really good place for food.
Here's a picture of us at the best roti place in town IMHO, New Nur Islamic Cafe. There is an Indian man there who will make the roti fresh at your request. It's got relatively cheap Muslim food too. (Muslim food is ridiculously expensive in Sarawak. I have no idea why.)

at Noodle House
We had lunch at Noodle House. It's a non-Halal cafe with the best & cheapest mille crepes in Malaysia! My favourite dish here is the Sizzling Beef with Rice with a glass of hot Black Tea. They've got really great filled Kompia too.

at Nice House Restaurant
I had to have a Chinese dinner before I went back to the jungle so we visited Nice House Restaurant. It's got one of the tastiest Chinese cuisine in town & also one of the cheapest! Cheap & good! The perfect combo!
We ate until we could not eat no more literally. We left with bulging bellies. LOL.

We had dinner at Pizza Hut with a few super cool teachers from my school. The teachers & I split the bill between us like real men & found out that we didn't have to pay much actually. We could have ordered more food. haha~~~
Surprisingly, I discovered that some of my students disliked mushrooms & wouldn't finish the mushroom soup. Strange. I thought everybody loved mushrooms.

McD is a happy place for many children so I took them to McDonalds for lunch. Cheaper mah from 12pm-3pm.
I haven't been to McD for a while. I've actually outgrown fast food & am now seeking healthier alternatives. Anyway, is it me or have the burgers shrunk? Nonetheless, we had a good time enjoying each other's company.

3rd of March was my brother's birthday so we surprised him with a cake a midnight. He was in his boxers. LOL.
Finally, I'm sure you're asking: how much? It's actually not much.
I spent a little over RM1000 on 7 people for transportation, 2 nights accommodation, food & entertainment.
For such a small amount of money, I'm sure I gave 5 of them a memory they will cherish for the rest of their lives. Hopefully, just hopefully, this memory contributes to their success in the future. May their success bring sustainable growth to their beautiful unknown & humble home.

View all the pictures here on my FB Page.

Comments

  1. come to Sibu and not to tell me?.. haiya.. next time, i'll give you a free ride.. BTW, love to see the joy and happiness in the children's eyes. Dont forget bro, eat all you can in Sibu.. ;)

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    1. Oh, I didn't know that you would be in Sibu too. I'll look you up the next time I'm there.

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  2. kalau semua cikgu macam u bro.. :) well done!

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    1. Semua guru ada kelebihan & keistimewaan sendiri. Samalah seperti murid kita berlainan. Kalau semua guru satu jenis, macam mana nak reach out kepada semua murid kan?
      We need a team of teachers with complimentary skills. That's what we should strive for at school. Every teacher working according to his/her philosophy & conscience.

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  3. Yayyy Cikgu. Soon i will do just like u do!! Good Job, Cikgu !not many SMKK students score A in exam

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    1. Hopefully, you will be better than me. =)

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  4. you're planting seeds in the hearts of these children. with continuous care- given enough water, sunlight, and fertilizers, they'll reach their potentials. ;D

    the profession of a teacher doesn't promise wealth or fame (but i bet you're damn famous among your student!) but it promises something that lasts- the impression that a teacher is forming in the students' life now will become part of the mold that will shape the kind of person they are going to be like in the future. So, continue to be a good teacher!

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement, mistleo. I certainly do hope that my students reach their highest potential instead of repeating the vicious cycle of poverty & ignorance.

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  5. THE SACRIFICES AND LOVE YOU HAVE SHOWERED UPON YOUR STUDENTS MAKES ME WONDER IF I WOULD BE ABLE TO DO THE SAME THINGS FOR MY STUDENTS WHEN I VENTURED INTO THIS PROFESSION NEXT TIME (FINGER CROSSED). HONESTLY SPEAKING, I DOUBT I'D BE AS LOVING AND SACRIFICIAL AS YOU. MY MENTALITY IS SET TO ONLY DO MY PARTS IN SCHOOL AND THAT'S IT. SINCE TEACHING IS NEVER MY PASSION, IT IS ONLY A MEAN TO SURVIVE A LIVING FOR ME (OR JUST TO FULFILL MY CONTRACT). THE THOUGHT OF SACRIFICING SO MUCH FOR MY STUDENTS NEVER CROSSED MY MIND. BEST I COULD DO IS TO INSPIRE THEM VERBALLY. I FELT UTTERLY ASHAMED OF MYSELF AFTER READING THE INSPIRING WORK YOU HAVE DONE CONTINUOUSLY FOR YOUR STUDENTS. INSTEAD OF WHINING ABOUT THE MISERABLE JUNGLE LIFE YOU HAVE TO LIVE BY, YOU MAKE TEACHING PROFESSION RESPECTABLE THERE. *STANDING OVATION* KEEP SPREADING THE LOVE AND INSPIRATIONS!

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    1. Your English is pretty good. I take it you're training for TESL.

      Anyway, the most important thing is to do what you can. You don't have to do what I do. You don't need to change the world.

      Just do something. Sometimes even a simple gesture can go a long way. Even verbal encouragement.
      To think about it, just honourably doing your part as a teacher is good enough. Some teachers fail to do even that.

      Follow your heart & live with a clear conscience.

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    2. THANKS FOR THE COMPLIMENT BUT YOU HAVE IT WRONG. I STUDIED PHYSICS. HEHE..YEAH, WILL BEAR THAT IN MIND IF I'M DESTINED TO BE A TEACHER NEXT TIME. WOULDN'T WANT TO SCREW THE FUTURE OF MY STUDENTS UP JUST BECAUSE OF MY OWN SELFISHNESS. ANYWAY, ENJOY READING YOUR SHARING HERE. KEEP IT UP!^^

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    3. Whatever you choose to do in the future, I hope that you'll give it your best. Life is too short to live within your comfort zone.

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  6. I wanna be in your class! lol.
    in all seriousness, i should probably make a trip to sarawak to complete my cuti-cuti malaysia.. and well done! keep it up!

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    1. Stop thinking & talking about it & start doing something about it! Sarawak welcomes you! LOL.

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  7. Anonymous13/3/13 17:44

    This remind me of our (4 of us) sponsored trip to Auckland years back. Indeed we cherish it till death. GB all kind hearted people out there. Salute you. You are one in a million.

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    1. Thanks, whoever you are.
      Yup, Business Class all the way to Auckland. It was a dream!

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  8. Congratulations on your students' achievement! But what really stood out for me are a few random statements. (I found them personally entertaining) :)

    #3: "Believe it or not, 3D movies are available in Sibu!"

    Reaction: He actually mentioned it so explicitly?

    #2: "See how kind I am?

    Reaction: =.=" Right.. Yes.. I see it..

    #1: "Strange. I thought everybody loved mushrooms"

    Reaction: LOL!!! Me too! Till I met my colleague and she always separates the mushrooms from the meal. (not complaining.. more mushrooms for me! Yay!)

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    1. Haha... Yeah... I put in all those random comments to break the mundaneness of the post.

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  9. Really enjoyed reading this and seeing the smiles on the kids faces! :) Keep it up, you're doing such an amazing job.

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    1. Thanks, Crystal!!
      I'm just doing something I enjoy.

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  10. you're really a generous teacher!

    i don't remember any teachers forking out their own moolah to reward a trip for his/her students!

    i hope your students treasure what you did, and work harder and smarter getting more As, make you proud! :)

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    1. I don't make much. But I make enough to be able to bless others.

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  11. OMG..wowwwwww!!! i'm amazed..you are such a nice and kind teacher...your students are beyond lucky to have you! :)...i have never done something up to this level...macam malu pulak , sebab the best I ever did was just rewarding them with simple gifts, food treat or a little money je..huhu..anyways, keep on inspiring people, and me too ;)

    p.s. i also feel that the mc donald's burgers have shrunk..compared to back then..haha :P...

    take care!;)

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    1. Be smart. I do this because it is something that I know is unique and precious for my students.
      You don't need to spend a lot to money to strike at the heart of your students. You just have to spend time and invest your heart to get to know them.
      It can be something as simple as offering to do the Harlem Shake if 10 of your students get A.

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  12. yes a small amount of money could bring a lot of happiness and joy to the people..
    if you are in KL I would join you too...

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    1. hahaha~~~ I'd be glad to have you join us. =)

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  13. I was looking forward to reading this post. Seeing all the smiles just made my day. :) And of course the next second I have to suffer, seeing all that food I miss!

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  14. Anonymous3/4/13 17:41

    mungkin kamu bkn yg terbaik di dlm dunia...tp yg terbaik di dlm hati mereka :)

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  15. Jarod keep it up and never stop touching the lives of your students in your very own unique ways...you have been great blessing to our Education system. We need more and more teachers like you. Reading your blog did ignite the passion of teaching in me again . Thanks bro...thank you for being a source of encouragement.

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    1. I'm not always a flame, you know. There are plenty of times in the year when I feel like a cigarette which has been used, dropped & stepped on.
      I do need to be encouraged & inspired by other teachers too. And I bet if I hear your story, I'd be inspired too!
      Don't give up, Roy. Our country needs good teachers.

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