Tuesday, August 13

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 that I learned at this high-protocol event!

Master of Ceremony Scripts

Tuesday, August 6

What's Up With Khat?!

What the year 4 BM textbook could look like in 2020.

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.

Saturday, August 3

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 classroom, I had my students dramatize it instead. It had to be approachable for low-motivation & low-proficiency students with a low-budget teacher. Here's how...

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