Saturday, June 26, 2010

[1st Week of Teaching]


#1. Woke up super early, 515 am and started the journey at 615.
#2.Met the principal and the admin. Awesome team. Very engaging and supportive.
#3.Strolled aimlessly around the school yard because there was no one to guide us.
#4.Introduced ourselves to the teachers whenever asked. Their expressions were priceless. 
         Some were excited and some were pretty cynically excited, I could tell.
#5.Met the Head of Teachers and being shown the Bilik Guru. Introduced to the supreme teachers. Stoked!
#6. Been constantly mocked and snickered by some of the teachers, especially females ones.
           "Eh we have to speak in English coz we have TESL teachers here", Grinned
           " Weh jangan duduk meja makan situ la, that's for the 'Lecturers Only', kita teachers jek" while pointing at the usual table we used to dine.
           Annoying, yes it was but what I did was gave them a big smile, big FAKE smile.
#7.Constantly being addressed as 'Abang' by most of the male students.
#8.Asked some of the teachers if they needed help because we weren't given any relief class.
#9.Enlightened by the PK HEM that they didn't give the last classes for trainess teacher to relief.
#10.Escorted all Form 3 students for a dental check. Ended up straining my vocal chord. But got the chance to familiarize myself with the students. They still called me 'Abg' and pretty dumbfounded when I told them I'm a teacher.
        "Oh cikgu English, patutla ada slang", some sudents blurted. Haha funny!
#11. Finally given two relief classes, Form 4 and 3. Went well with Form 4 students. They asked me to replace their current English teacher. Didn't know whether they were sincere or just being nice. Form 3 was a havoc. The girls screamed their lung out when I entered. Some of the boys seemed to be giving me cold shoulders. Ended up chatting with the girls and being sarcastic to some of the boys. However, I loved the students' quirky questions and expressions.
        "Teacher, jom la buat quiz!" a female student.
        "Teacher Teacher dari Shah Alam kan? Saya dari Setia Alam, kita dua2 ada Alam kat belakang", and the student blushed. I was like 'Okayyyyy'.
        "Teacher da kawen belom!"
         "What do you think?" Me
        "Da kawen neh", in unison.
        "No lah, I'm single but I'm not available, especially to you guys" Me
        " Ala teacher, baru nk masuk line', this was uttered by a male student and he too blushed when his friends teased him. Hahaha one awkward moment.
        "Teacher, how old are you?"
        "Take a guess" Me
        "31 tahun, baju batik teacher buat teacher nampak tua"
#12. First school meeting and been appointed as AJK Kecerian Sekolah for Hari Koperasi and Karnival HEM.
#13. Realized that there were many Kelantanese Teachers at the school. It kinda felt like home. 
#14. Got a grip of the time table. Will be teaching Eng for Form 4, Muet for Upper 6 and Sivik for form 4.
#15. Had to go to school on Saturday to participate in LADAP (Latihan Dalam Perkhidmatan).Overly dressed and being the centre of some of the teacher's attention. Everyone left at 12 but had to stay back to decorate the school.


It's just the first week of practicum. I kinda like the school but I'm freaking nervous about the students.

p.s. 12 more weeks!

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