One of the reasons why I excelled in certain subjects in SPM was “The teachers“. It was the teachers who encouraged me to do well in their subjects. It was them who imparted knowledge in me and it was them who guided me in my exams. The way they taught me was interesting and fun. They approached us as friends and never had I thought that I too would join this profession.
As a student, long ago, I always wanted the teachers to pay attention to me and reward me for my good deeds. Maybe you too, had the same expectation as me right?
Some teachers whom I’m working with today are kind enough to buy gifts as rewards to their excellent students. Their passion in teaching, had deeply moved my heart to be like them and I sincerely believe that a good student-teacher relationship will build students’ interest in my subject and later help them do well in my subject.
But, I’ve gone beyond giving rewards to my good students, I also provide a public recognition for them; Students who did a good job had their names displayed on the class notice boards until the end of the semester. Hopefully this step would make them feel proud of themselves and create a competitive environment for excellence.
[The stars for students who speak English in class]
[Certificates to award students who did well in the English tests]
So, what do you think?
1. Do you reward your children, students, nieces, nephews for their good deeds?
2. Do you think rewards helps them to do well in life?
3. Do you have any other ways to encourage your children or students to do well in their studies?
[One of my students, in pink shirt, shared her notes with other Scout members]
Finding and bringing up leaders among students are two difficult things to do. Now it’s my third year leading the Scout team and I still couldn’t find leaders to lead the pack. Among the common excuses I got from them were:
a) I’m shy.
b) They won’t listen to me.
c) Please find someone else.
However, during our past scouts meeting, I challenged my committee members with the task of sharing what they know from their log books. They seemed to do well but after the session, they said “Can I not do it again?” So do you have any suggestions? What should I do?
One of the challenges in teaching is that, getting the students to understand the words you are teaching. The lesson was about “Family ties” which students are expected to know who their family members are, in English of course!. So, as an introduction to the topic, I needed to make them understand the concept of “Who’s the oldest and youngest in their family” So, I came out with this 5 minutes activity. By getting the students to participate in the activity, it will definitely gain their attention.
First, I prepared a few cards like “Grandfather, father, eldest sister, elder brother and youngest sister”.
Then, I asked the students to hold the cards. But, they must not stand in front of the class in order.
After that, I asked other students to rearrange their standing positions according to the right order. The oldest on the left and the youngest on the right. This was to test their understanding of each word. Whalla! they did it in less than 2 minutes!
Students were very excited about this activity. For the rest of the time, I asked them to write the names of their grandfathers, fathers, and siblings. The class ended well.