Showing posts from 2019

What To Do When Your Unifi Service Suddenly Drops

After finally putting my kid to sleep, I was about to settle into the couch with my wife & stream a movie, when my Unifi fiber optic internet connection suddenly dropped. When it didn't come back after 1 hour, I realized that I had to do something. Considering that I pay my bills promptly every month, it must be a technical issue. Here's what I did to fix the problem. It look me less than 20 minutes.

1. First, I checked my modem (the white machine). I checked the lights on the modem. When the modem is functioning properly, lights will be on for POWER, PON, LAN1 & TEL1. If the red light for LOS lights up, call 100 to resolve the issue. Also, I made sure that all the wire connections were tight.

2. Next, I checked my router (the black machine). Again, I checked the lights. When the router is functioning properly, lights will be on for POWER, GLOBE, WIFI, LAN1. My POWER light was blinking, so that means that there was no internet connection. Again, I made sure that all th…

2019 TJ Writes: Monthly English Bulletin

As a teacher, what do you do when you find that the students at your school: (1) read at levels several years below their current age, (2) don’t read in English, & (3) don’t have English language reading materials easily available.

After some consideration, I decided on a monthly English bulletin with contributions from the student population. These contributions come in the form of essays of any topic of any length. The bulletin will be printed & posted in each classroom.

Why? Besides addressing the problems described in the first paragraph, I wanted students to (1) have both short & long model essays easily available to the students, (2) see their peers write in English & think that it's possible for them too, (3) celebrate students' writing in English, (4) flood the school with English, & (5) provide an avenue for the critical & creative use of English. [I was so happy when Jessie Abbygil submitted the only critical essay of the year expressing her …

2019 Pen-Pals From Sarawak With Love (And One Nightmare!)

As a teacher, what would you do when you find out that a staggering majority of your students lack basic writing skills & would rather copy from their friends who have copied some random essay in the textbook? Do you, (1) call them names & blame them/their circumstances/their grandfathers, or (2) figure out how to make writing more relevant to their lives? The answer is kind of obvious, right?

In this day & age, what kind of long-form writing do people still perform? For most people, it’s emails. I could do an email exchange program for my students, but I don’t like how I’m unable to vet every reply to ensure that (1) respect was shown to the recipient, (2) effort was put into the reply, and (3) content is appropriate. The best equivalent to emails is snail mail letters. Since this was my first year at the school, I did a pilot program to see how pen-pal exchanges would work in my current context, since it worked spectacularly for my previous school in rural Sarawak.

Pulai Baru: Finding Myself At SMK Katibas Again

I left SMK Katibas in late 2015. Although I really miss SMK Katibas & the children there, I never expected to be able to return so soon after having a kid. Therefore, I was extremely grateful when MESTR wanted to involve me in a Parental & Community Engagement Program in Song, Sarawak. I was engaged to conduct a breakout session for SPM students of Song with one of their "killer" subjects, English.

The plan was a 2-in-1 program at 2 longhouses. An educational event involving students in Song at one longhouse & an official event with Dato Sri Michael Manyin involving the local community at another. The dream was to demonstrate that the rumah panjai (longhouse) could be a place of learning & encourage tuai rumah (longhouse chief) to have learning programs conducted in their ruai (common room).

Children benefit from associating reading/learning with the love, especially when parents read to them or get involved in their early learning. Also, if regular educatio…

2019 PostcardX with ASEAN Countries

A few months ago, I was engaged as a mentor at a YSEALI regional workshop with representatives from all 11 ASEAN countries. At the end of the workshop, I had access to all of them via a WhatsApp Group. I really hate WhatsApp Groups. I realized the value of having contacts abroad & the great potential for collaboration, so I asked if anyone in the group wanted to do a postcard exchange between their classes & mine.

Working with students who have low-proficiency, low-confidence & low-interest in English is a significant challenge & I jumped at the opportunity to provide a authentic context for my students to use English & to experience first hand how this language can connect them with the world. Fortunately, I received enough affirmatives to pair every class at my school with a different ASEAN partner, specifically Brunei, Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, Philippines & Cambodia. Almost had a Timur Leste counterpart too, but she had difficulties securi…

2019 Post-PT3 English Day Activities

Before my arrival, the different language teachers under the Language Department worked together to plan & run activities for a Post-PT3 Language Day. Many hands made light work. However, last year, I noticed that, instead of practicing their English during the English segments of the day, students would revert to BM/BIban. This reflects their low English proficiency & highlights the critical need for more practice & exposure to English.

Therefore, this year, I asked for English to have it's own day & the surprised reaction I got indicated that I was likely the only teacher to ask for more time with the post-PT3 students. Therefore, I'd like to thank my colleagues, Cikgu Gan & Cikgu Amy, for going the extra mile by leading their own segments & providing support to the students during my sessions.

Special thanks to Dr. Tamas Kiss who designed Activities 2 & 3. He is a highly qualified & cited ESL teacher-trainer who is currently in Kuching hopin…

Judge At Junior Innovate Sarawak 2019

Honored to be involved as a judge of Junior Innovate Sarawak 2019 during the Borneo International Drobotex at the Borneo Convention Center Kuching (BCCK). We were tasked with selecting the best 3 teams to represent Sarawak at the national finals in Penang.

Students developed computer games with both hardware & software components using Adruino & a whole lot of creativity. There were bonus marks for making recycled materials a key part of the game.

What I Learned & Shared At Sarawak English Langauge Education Symposium 2019

Pictures of idea & slides from the symposium shared by me & others. If you're teaching English in Sarawak, join us at Sarawak English Educators.

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of participating in the 3rd Sarawak English Language Education Symposium (SELES) organized by the Ministry of Education, Science, Techonological & Research (MESTR) Sarawak in collaboration with JPN Sarawak. At last year's, I was involved as a speaker. Year after year, I've witnessed the symposium highlighting all the amazing English teachers in Sarawak & providing a platform for them to share with their peers. It was indeed a sparky moment to rekindle the flames of our battle-weary teaching spirit.
Initially, I was roped in as one of the MCs for the Opening Ceremony, so I decided to submit a workshop-proposal abstract to kill 2 birds with 1 stone. Thankfully, it was accepted! (More about it later.) When I got there, I found out that I was dropped as MC, & given a bigger role in…

M For Malaysia

Happy #MalaysiaDay 🇲🇾!

Our annual tradition during the Malaysia Day weekend is to support a local film. This year, we caught #MForMalaysia. In Sarawak, only 2 cinema's ran the documentary. The one closest to us was, 30 minutes drive away from Kuching, in Samarahan at @MMCineplexes of @SummerShoppingMall.

Sadly, we were the only ones in the theater. I walked in wondering why the heck I paid the online booking fee. 😅 In contrast, the theater next door, playing some pontianak movie, was packed. I guess political documentaries aren't the forte of regular Malaysians.

Honestly, the movie left me wanting because it stopped right after #PakatanHarapan won the elections. It didn't contain anything a concerned & informed citizen wouldn't know. Sure, it provided plenty of behind the scenes footage of a day in the life of #TDM leading up to the polls & several exclusive interviews of key political figures. But, that's all in the past.

As a Malaysian living in Malay…

Basic Mobile Video Production by SukaSuka

Chaperoned 15 students from SMK Tabuan Jaya to the "Basic Mobile Video Production" Program by SukaSuka at Kuching Creative Heritage Hub in Bangunan Yayasan Sarawak. During this program, my students learned the basics of video production, worked as a team to produce a video, & competed with the other schools in Kuching at a showcase. Thank you, SukaSukaMY for running an excellent program. Although my students only got the consolation prize, they had a great time & were very engaged! Do invite us to future events!

I really wanted to spend this Saturday morning with my new baby boy & wife. However, I realized that if I didn't volunteer, my students would miss out on this golden opportunity to learn from skilled content producers & access a creative hub for FREE.

Keeping Pediatric Patients & Families Together at Ronald McDonald House Since 1999

**This post is sponsored by McDonald’s Malaysia**

I wouldn’t wish this of anybody, but, if you ever find yourself, a family member or a friend having to seek pediatric care away from home, know that if you seek treatment at Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz (HCTM) UKM in KL, you’ll be able to stay at the on-site Ronald McDonald House (RHM) for just RM5/night! FYI, there is also an RMH at Hospital USM in Kelantan. Thankfully, these houses are situated in the hospital compound itself & will go a long way to alleviating the burden of suffering families.

Back when it was launched in 1999, the RMH at HCTM-UKM was the first of its kind in the ASEAN region and since then it has become a home away from home for almost 1,300 families seeking pediatric care.

Mentor at YSEALIEduKL Regional Workshop

Last month, I had the privilege of participating my first YSEALI Regional Workshop, entitled "Empowering Southeast Asian Educators." Referred to as "YSEALIEduKL", the workshop was attended by more than 100 educators from all 11 nations in South East Asia. It was such an honor to represent Malaysia & Sarawak.

As a Malaysian alumni of a US Dept of Stateprogram, I was assigned the role of mentor to a team of 5 educators from 4 different ASEAN countries: Ary & Rizal from Indonesia, Billy from Laos, Elly from Vietnam, & Alfonz from the Philippines. During this workshop, we will design a Project-Based Learning unit applicable in all our contexts & pitch for funding at the end of the workshop. As a mentor, my role was to support them in achieving this goal.

= What is YSEALI? How Can I Join Too? =

SMK Engkilili For The Win

Earlier this year, I published an offer to rural Sarawakian secondary schools; If you have students who struggle in English, inexperienced teachers, & have not had an SPM speaker because of your geographical location, I WILL COME TO YOU. I'm pretty bogged down with all sorts of "amanah" at school so this would be my sole SPM Talk for the year. I thought that I'd be inundated with requests, but... *crickets*. The only school that responded to my offer... was none other than SMK Engkilili in Engkilili, Sarawak, 5 hours drive away from Kuching on the Pain Borneo Highway. I gladly accepted & arranged for the talk to happen during the SPM trials at my school so my teaching hours wouldn't be disrupted.

I made the offer because, as a teacher who started his teaching career at a rural school, I was hungry for mentorship & guidance but had none to turn to because all of the English teachers at my former school were new. There was also a peculiar lack of coll…

Stay With Your Hospitalized Children For RM5/Night at Ronald McDonald House

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Good news, Kelantan (& those seeking treatment at HUSM)!

Recently, a Ronald McDonald House (RMH) was launched at Hospital USM (HUSM), Kelantan. If your child is warded at HUSM, you'll be able to stay at the on-site RMH for just RM5/night! There is also an RMH at Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz UKM (HCTM-UKM), KL, where parents, with children seeking treatment there, can also stay at for RM5/night. Having a child admitted to a hospital is already unbearable enough. Thankfully, these houses are situated in the hospital compound itself & will go a long way to alleviating the burden of suffering families.

At the moment, there are 370 Ronald McDonald Houses across the globe, with only 2 being in Malaysia. Ronald McDonald House Charities Malaysia (RMHC) was established in 1990, before the first Ronald McDonald House was built in 1999 at HCTM-UKM, KL. Last month, the second Ronald McDonald House at Hospital USM…

MC at the MELTA International Conference

Thank you, MELTA Conference Organizing Committee, for trusting me with the responsibility of an MC at the Opening & Closing Ceremonies of the 28th MELTA International Conference in Kuching, graced by Her Royal Highness Raja Nazhatul Shima Binti Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah, Raja Puan Besar Perak Darul Ridzuan, & officiated by The Honorable Dato' Seri Michael Manyin Jawong, Minister For Education, Science, And Technological Research, Sarawak, on behalf of The Right Honorable Chief Minister of Sarawak.

My partner, Kartina Sahari, an English teacher, was amazing & very easy to work with. It was such a pleasure to work with her as she was clearly an experienced MC & has excellent vocal projection.

I learned so much from this experience & will remember this moment for life. I look forward to volunteering again in the future. I apologize for any mistakes or misunderstandings on my part. I'll share my MC Scripts so that all teachers will benefit from everything tha…

What's Up With Khat?!

Fellow Chinese people of Malaysia, I'm cautioning against over-blowing & racializing this issue.

Our Fears
First, let me acknowledge our fears. We fear that our children will be Islamized. We fear that the federal government has ulterior motives. We fear that the standard of education will fall. We fear that our vernacular schools will be crippled & destroyed. We fear that we will lose our culture. We fear that giving in now will open the door to bigger concessions in the future. We have the same fears, you & I. Oh and, newsflash, so do our Malay, Indian, Dayak, & Kadazan countrymen. We all have the same fears & we have been conditioned for the past 50 years to aim those fears at each other with suspicion & hate, while the ruling class look on with their hands in our pockets.

Dramatizing Captain Nobody For Low Proficiency Classes

For the past 6 months, I was a failed teacher. I failed to get my Form 5 students interested in Captain Nobody by Dean Pitchford. They would be apathetic every time we had to discuss the different aspects of the novel & it became pretty obvious that they hadn't read the novel & it was impractical for them to read the novel during class.

This is concerning because they will be tested on their understanding of the novel in SPM. If they don't read the novel & don't do their group assignments, how will they be able to adequately address the exam question?

You see, most of my students struggle with basic English, so this novel is truly a challenge for my students to comprehend & relate to. The novel depicts the life of a small town boy in the US with plenty of references to US culture in complex vocabulary. The novel is actually very interesting if you have good proficiency.

In an attempt to bridge the emotional & psychological gap experienced in my classro…

Magnificent Multilingual Malaysia

A month ago, I posted a photo of myself on Facebook making light of my foolishness in coming to school early in the morning after the raya break, only to find out that it was still a holiday & I was the only one at school. I didn't expect something magnificent to organically manifest itself in the comments section of the photo.

I beamed in pride as I watched the comments come in, reflecting multilingual Malaysia. This was a rare occurrence, kind of like when you stumble upon a rare pokemon. Usually, people comment in English because (1) I'm an English teacher, & (2) 90% of the posts I make are in English. That really made my day.

Therefore, dear friends, feel free to use any language on this page! Boleh berbahasa Melayu, jaku Iban, kecek kelate, 说华语, berbahasa rojak also can. All languages are welcome!

We celebrate multilingualism in Malaysia & I'm proud to have multi-linguists interacting here. Indirectly, we're helping each other to improve our language …

You Won't Believe How Chedet Will Revive PPSMI In The Era Of PAK21

While prideful nationalists were triggered & teachers had genuine concerns about students' abilities to comprehend lessons in English, I had my mind blown at how our prime minister will have science & mathematics lessons conducted. Here's a recording of his full statement in parliament.

Stop Calling Our Cultural Attire "Costumes"

Our past colonizers left us a wonderful gift in the form of the English language, but neglected to also include an understanding of the nuances that permeate their language. After reading this headline, "Traditional costumes can be office outfits", about the laudable move to allow civil servants in Sabah to dress in cultural wear on Thursdays, I cringed at our continual use of "costume" to describe the clothing from our culture.

I'm sure you're thinking...
What's your problem? You're too sensitive! We've been saying that since the good ol' days.
Actually, the words we use really matters quite a bit. I.e., describing the same student as "problematic" or "challenging" matters, because it reveals our underlying beliefs & attitudes towards the subject.
We learned English from the white man & little did we know that we've mimicked their underlying beliefs & attitudes as well.
Therefore, ladies & gentlemen, …

Soalan: PdPk Mate/Sains Dalam Bahasa Inggeris Di Sarawak

Bukan setiap hari ada celebriti berkomen dalam page saya! 🤩
Tengok cara dia menyoal. Matang. Menggunakan intelek, tanpa unsur perkauman / politik. Inilah yang menjadikannya seorang netizen yang saya kagumi.

Gawai: Child's Education vs Mabuk Ngirup

This Gawai, I want to highlight an issue that has plagued our people in Sarawak for decades.

Recently, a principal at a rural school in Sarawak told me of a toxic social media encounter she experienced when she questioned the need for parents to spend money, that should be put towards their children's EDUCATION, on DRINKING to a stupor during the Gawai celebrations.

Instead of thoughtfully considering her rhetoric, trolls began questioning her loyalty to her race, her knowledge of her culture, her use of English, & her right to question as she's just a teacher.

As a principal who encounters parents who complain about not having enough money for their children's education while spending excessively on alcohol during the festivities, I think her points speak for themselves. Have a read.

Stuff You Don’t Wanna Miss For #HariGuruMcD 2019

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#TerimaKasihCikgu! Happy Teacher’s Day!

Thanks to Wesak Day, we have a long weekend! Remember to make your way to the nearest McD from today until 20 May 2019 to redeem a free meal with your voucher!

For those of you who have to travel long distances to get to a McD, there are 2-for-1 promos on the McD app that you can take advantage of to make your trip worthwhile. Bring the entire family! Use this time to put away your smartphones & cherish the people you love the most, your family & friends.

Recipients of the Anugerah Guru Inspirasi McDonald’s 2019

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Congratulations to the 25 inspirational teachers awarded Anugerah Guru Inspirasi McDonald’s 2019! I can’t wait to read your stories here:

This award is about them, so let's name them first. They are Mr Muhammad Nazmi Bin Rosli (Sarawak), Madam Chung Sze Meang (Sarawak), Mr Arman Bin Ab Sani (Sabah), Mr Lee Chiong Tee (Sabah), Mr Mohd Fadli Bin Salleh (Selangor), Mr Soonufat A/L Supramaniam (Kedah), Ms Koh Bee Ching (Perlis), Mr Saifulnizan Bin Che Ismail (Kelantan), Madam Nor Azimah Ismail (Terengganu), YM Tengku Rahimah bt Mahamod (Pahang), Madam Zanariah bt Mohd. Zudin (Pahang), Mr Ahmad Mustaqim Bin Khairuddin (Pahang), Madam Lim Cheng Imm (Kedah), Dr Haji Joohari Bin Ariffin (Kedah), Mr Narizan Bin Hj Baserah (Perak), Ms Nor Faridah (Perak), Mr Kamal Khairi Bin Ghuslan @ Ruslan (Perak), Mr Mohd Eirwan Bin Halim (Melaka), Ms Padmavathy Velayadhan (N Sembilan), M…

Watch This Global Music Video Featuring Malaysia's Students!

"Aku ninga dik pandei belagu. Dik ka belagu enggau kitak?" (I hear you sing well. Want to sing with us?)
"Lagu nama cikgu?" (What song, teacher?)
"Ada lah. Am." (You'll see. Come.)
"Enda nemu aku. Lagu inggeris..." **while running away** (I can't do it. English songs...)

Not too long ago I wrote about the challenges I faced recruiting students for a public speaking competition in English. While I was training students for the competition, an opportunity for the students at my school to participate in an international music video production by Global Malaysian Network materialized & I pounced on it like a hungry cougar. I knew that my students could sing very well & I was desperate to use their interest in singing & their desire to be instafamous to spark a non-existent culture of English at school. (I know this because I just finished conducting the HIP survey at my school.) I wanted my students to see their peers singing i…

Please Don’t Forget Our Rural Teachers For #HariGuruMcD

I sent this to McD:

Dear McDonald’s Malaysia,

My name is Jarod Yong and I am an English teacher at a government school in Sarawak.

Firstly, on behalf of all government school teachers, I’d like to thank you for remembering & appreciating all of us this year with the #HariGuruMcD campaign & the much appreciated complimentary meal voucher. You have put in the effort to have more than 400k vouchers printed, packed into boxes according to the respective PPDs, & sent to the farthest corners of Malaysia, not to mention the bureaucratic hula hoops you’ve had to jump through to get this campaign approved & endorsed by our Ministry of Education. We appreciate this massive undertaking &, personally, I can’t wait to have my first McD meal in 4 years. The anticipation has brought a smile to my face, even right now.

I am writing in to request a 1-month extension form the expiry date of the complimentary meal vouchers. Currently, teachers have only 5 da…

Free McD Coming Your Way, Teachers!

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Selamat Hari Guru McD to all my fellow teachers!

The rumours are true! In an unprecedented move, McDonald’s Malaysia is giving away a free meal to more than 420,000 teachers at national schools and government-aided schools in conjunction with Teachers’ Day this month!

Adakah Exam English Good = Teacher Good?

After reading unflattering comments from urban parents/teachers with obviously excellent English proficiency (C1 & above) in response to the news that some teachers have to take the MUET test, I realize that people are overlooking the effort & struggle of English teachers with average language proficiency (B2-B1).

Although I may be ostracizing my audience here (you're probably a CEFR C2 if you can comprehend my musings 🤓), I am compelled to speak the truth from my experience as someone who was a Head English teacher in both rural & urban Sarawak. Do hear me out. I'm going to be highlighting some systemic issues here. I'm also very open to criticism & correction. So, feel free to engage me in intellectual deliberation.

I agree that we need to gauge the language proficiency of our English teachers with proficiency tests, like MUET. Especially, if we want to figure out how to up-skill our human resources. I just have a problem with the ministry making te…

Eco Public Speaking Competition @ SMK St Joseph, Kuching

Celebrating these students who represented SMK Tabuan Jaya to the Eco Public Speaking Competition organized by SMK St Joseph for Kuching district! They were the first in a long long time. It's not typical for the students at my school to participate in ENGLISH language competitions.

Words cannot describe how frustrating it was to get just SIX students to participate in a 3-minute public speaking competition out of almost FOUR HUNDRED students at my school.

A Teacher Who Shaped My Life: Cikgu Anis Abdullah

**Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by McDonald’s Malaysia. Their Anugerah Guru Inspirasi is one of very few initiatives ever to appreciate & recognise teachers like you & me at a national scale. In conjunction with Teachers’ Day, the 2019 award recipients will be officially announced on 13 May! I’m hoping that my nomination gets selected!**

As the old cliché goes, “monkey see, monkey do.” It is not uncommon for a teacher to recreate the experiences they’ve had as students. All that theory we learned at university is great. But, only when we’ve experienced something for ourselves, can we attempt to reverse engineer it in our classrooms. That is not to say that a teacher with abysmal experiences as a student would make a abysmal teacher. I’m just saying that I have had many great teachers in my life who made my transition into teacher-hood so much more easier. One of my most treasured teachers in secondary school was Cikgu Anis Abdullah, my class teacher & English teacher.

Introducing Amory Yong

I'm proud to introduce Amory! The first-born of a new generation of Yongsters has arrived! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

As a 21st century dad, I'm very cognizant of images, captions & descriptions that could come back to haunt my child in the future. That's why it took me a while to figure out whether I should announce Amory's existence outside of closed circles. Well, I can't keep him under a tin foil hat all his life. Therefore, I will make an effort to avoid posting intimate pictures or embarrassing stories of him. I hope that my friends & family will do the same. However, I will share my pictures & my embarrassing moments. There have been plenty of those. Believe me. #FirstTimeDad 🙋🏽‍♂️

Just the other night in the wee hours of the morning, during my night shift. I stared intensely at him as he slept soundly in his cot after being fed. I didn't know if it was the sleep deprivation (honestly, I haven't had a full night's sleep in a loooooong while) or whet…

Lyrics for "Our Home Our Dream" by Global Malaysian Network

Verse 1
Anak Malaysia
Menjejak Kaki
Ke Seluruh Dunia
Tak Kira Dimana
Hati Terikat
Tanah Air Kita

Chorus 1
For We Are One
No Matter Where We Are
Our Hearts Unite
No Matter Near Or Far
As We Are One
We Lift Heads Up To The Sky
Proud To Call You As Our Home

Verse 2
Anak Malaysia
Gigih Berani
Menempuhi Cabaran
Bangga Mengibarkan
Jalur Gemilang
Di Pentas Dunia

Chorus 2
For We Are One
No Matter Where We Are
Our Hearts Unite
No Matter Near Or Far
As We Are One
We Lift Heads Up To The Sky
Proud To Call You As Our Home

Berdiri Teguh Bersama
Jiwa Kita Membara
Memikul Nama Negara
Menjunjung Nama Bangsa

Tidak Kira Apa Jua Masa
Kita Rakyat Satu Keluarga
Tidak Kira Di Mana Ku Berada
Demi Negara Tercinta

Project Anak Malaysia by Global Malaysian Network

Disclaimer: I'm affiliated to Global Malaysian Network, a social network for Malaysians who are residing / have resided abroad, as a member of the admin team. However, I cannot take credit for this project as it involves a whole village of volunteers. I'm only in-charge of getting the word out to teachers!

Would you like to see your school's name shared across the world, as part of an international music video project? What about seeing the same with the positive image & beautiful voices of your students?

This project is brought to you by the same people who brought you this:

After collecting lyric submissions from global Malaysians, GMN is working with international Malaysian composers on a new bilingual song, "Our Home Our Dream", calling for unity & expressing the love of global Malaysians for Tanah Airku. As the future of our nation, we would like to invite your students (in Malaysia) to consider themselves as global citizens & participate in our …

The Indomitable Spirit of Cikgu Hafika

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As I was reading through the stories all 31 past recipients of Anugerah Guru Inspirasi, I was struck by Cikgu Hafika’s story. I paused as I reflected on the life-shattering horrors that she faced again and again within the scope of one year. Despite being bombarded by one tragic circumstance after another, she continued her efforts in helping her students excel in PT3, through various initiatives like giving extra classes and purchasing workbooks for her students. She embodies the steadfastness & grit we want in our students. I’d like to share her story with you in hopes that it will inspire you to follow her exemple &, also, take some time out to nominate an teacher whom you think deserves some recognition.

Insights from Past Winners of Anugerah Guru Inspirasi McDonald’s

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How many of you read the nomination stories for the past winners of the Anugerah Guru Inspirasi McDonald's? Well, I’m so glad that I did. I started with the stories of the 6 winners in 2017 & ended up in tears after just reading only 3 of them. They were deeply moving testimonies written by the students of these inspiring teachers, usually many years later. Kind of like Chicken Soup for the Teacher’s Soul. It was also very interesting to note how students remembered their teachers.

After reading about all 31 winners from 2017-2018, I found that several teachers were remembered for going above & beyond to superhuman levels. Hats off to these teachers. Intriguingly, most of the stories revealed that students actually remember us for the smallest things that we did in their lives. As a wise saying goes, “a little bit a little bit, long long become hill”.

Here are the 6 insights I gained from the past winners of Anu…