We Teach

~We teach
  because there is a great fulfillment that comes 
  in working with boys
  and girls.
 
~We teach
  because We wanted to be sculptors,
  and We can do so,
  by shaping lives for the future.
 
~We teach
  because We wanted to be artists,
  and We can do so,
  by painting dreams for children.
 
~We teach
  because We wanted to be musicians,
  and We can,
  in giving inspiration to children.
~We teach
  because We wanted to be historians,
  and We can 
  in having recorded something
  for the lives of great men to come.
~We teach
  because We wanted to be poets,
  and We can
  in writing impressive passages of mankind.
 
~We teach
  because of the reward
  We receive when a child's frown turns to smiles,
  or when he/she says, "Now We understand."
~We teach
  because of the personal growth We receive each day
  as  We venture out on a quest
  for knowledge and techniques
  to help our students understand.
 
~We teach
  for it is in this where We can see the worthwhile
  and true fulfillment of living.

Originally a poem entitled “I teach” , was done as a choral speech during my KPLI days. Credit to the original poet.

The End Is Nigh?

A lot of people have intuited that in the future we will be forced to live indoors, it spawned generations of preppers.

The reason for it have all seemed to be along the lines of war, man made catastrophes. Some have pitched biological warfares. Now it seems the reason would be a pandemic. Not so exciting as a zombie apocalypse, but it certainly is dangerous enough to force us into our homes.

My out take from all of this hits closer to home, I am an educator and I have always believed that we should prepare our kids for the future. When all of this occurred, we could immediately see how people with (medical) skills are in high demand. Through the ages it has always been so. But more so now that its is people who can make things, who can create, defend, heal… These are the people that matters. So what should we do?

Skills, that is what we should do. Focus on creating a generation with hands on skills. Through our TVET programmes. We have to realise that knowing how to sing won’t get food on the table. We can’t all offer conveyancing services, but those who can build those buildings, who can automate said buildings, these are the people that will always be in demand.

Let us not say anymore that TVET is a last choice. It should be our first choice in creating a future ready generation.

Anugerah Kecemerlangan Ko-Kurikulum Peringkat Negeri Kelantan 2018

I am truly honoured to be one of the recipients for Pegawai Teknikal Cemerlang (Ko-Akademik) this year. Couldn’t have done it without support from fellow teachers. Every competition hinges on the team that handles it not just me alone. Thank you for a great year.

National Level English Carnival 2018

Working here at UiTM Pulau Pinang from 16 to 19 August as Scrabble Tournament Director, my 3rd year as one since I started at state level in 2014.

Supermoon 2016

Was excited about the supermoon today as most ppl would be, but more important errands had to be done and i was only able to take pictures of it at 9.30pm.. almost at the end of it and that was after the heavy cloud subsided. So after taking 75 photos of it, this is the only 1 that is good enough. Till we meet again in 18 years.

supermoon 2016

Moving On

I need to move on,
not because moving is required of me,  but because still water becomes stagnant,
a rock unturned collects moss… 

I need to move on,
not because moving is forced upon me,  but because time doesn’t stand still,
the universe never tires.. 

I need to move on,
because the centaur is ever restless….

2016 Concept Papers

New concept paper for english co-academic competition can now be accessed via this link
bit.ly/EnglishCo-A

Official Concept Papers

Finally got the official version of the concept papers from BKK officer. Pn. Nora. Sharing here for easy reference.

bit.ly/EnglishCo-A

Enjoy

Think Tank Meeting 2015

Was invited to the English Co-Academic Activities Think Tank Meeting couple of week back. As a result I attended a day long meeting. Main agenda of our meeting today was to discuss the concept paper of Poetry Recitation and Scrabble competition. Specifically to include the secondary schools in the competition.

After going over the concept paper back and forth so many times we finally came out with the revised concept paper. Both competition had minor changes, most of it is to ease the running of the competition and also to clarify a few issues and to address feedback from our colleagues.

Hopefully the changes are beneficial for everyone and will make the competition more enjoyable and able to achieve its objectives and aims.

Links for the concept papers are below.

*the concept papers are not considered final nor official until it is from the moe or its website, it is just here to spread the news about the 2 new categories.

Adieu

bit.ly/EnglishCo-A

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Themes for national level poetry competition 2015 (primary & secondary)
1.beauty
2.freedom
3.hope

ToT2014: Art of Poetry Session

Last few days, I went for a ToT course in KL. Had the opportunity to meet my lecturer from MPIK, Ms Shobha. She showed us how poetry can be fun for our students. Via a number of activities, student can come to enjoy and learn how to create poems. One of the activities that we focused on was Chain Poem, similar to chain writing, we started with a central theme. Then the first person comes up with a line, a simple one; then the next person continues, adding another line. At the end of the exercise we came out with several beautiful poems.

I took some pictures and you can have a look at them using the link below.