Thursday, 26 June 2008
Hari ini mengingatkan aku kepada guru-guru yang telah mendidik dan mengajar aku membaca dan mengira serta mengajar erti kehidupan. Cikgu Zainiah, guru kelasku semasa darjah satu, komited dan menyayangi anak-anak muridnya. Dengan adunan belaian kasih sayang dan tunjuk ajar telah membawa aku sejauh ini.
Begitu juga guru-guru lain yang mengajar dan membimbing dalam tahun-tahun berikutnya sehinggalah aku menghabiskan persekolahanku.
Ketika itu, tiada sambutan Hari Guru, tiada Anugerah Perkhidmatan Cemerlang. Namun guru-guru ketika itu terus mendidik dan membimbing tanpa mengenal jemu. Keikhlasan merekalah yang telah melahirkan ramai pemimpin dan bijak pandai hari ini.
Perlu direnungkan, adakah penerima-penerima anugerah hari ini menghayati aspirasi Falsafah Pendidikan Negara untuk membina anak-anak bangsa yang berketrampilan dan seimbang.....
Saturday, 21 June 2008
Apa yang perlu dilakukan dalam keadaan demikian.....
Ketika itu teringat la pula, semasa kami sekeluarga bermusafir ke Johor ke rumah ibu mertuaku, kami menjalankan aktiviti bersama sekeluarga. Setiap seorang ahli keluarga kami, akan bercakap tentang apa-apa tajuk yang disukainya.
Begitulah cara kami mendidik anak-anak kami. Masa perjalanan bersama akan kami gunakan untuk memberi input pengetahuan dan latihan bercakap dan berfikir.
Suamiku memulakan bicara dengan bercakap tentang MSC. Ku sangkakan dia akan bercakap tentang Multimedia Super Corridor; rupanya apa yang dimaksudkan dengan MSC ialah Must, Should, Can. Dia terus menerangkan jika banyak perkara yang perlu dibereskan, ikutlah petua MSC. Perkara yang diberi keutamaan ialah yang dalam kategori Must (mesti/wajib). Keutamaan kedua ialah Should (sepatutnya...) dan ketiga ialah Can (boleh....).
Petua ini selalu ku gunakan sebagai panduan...
Setelah habis dia bercakap, anak-anak lain pula akan bercakap. Aku biasanya akan menerangkan konsep-konsep sains dalam kehidupan harian, walaupun konsep itu belum dipelajari oleh anak-anak di sekolah. Manafaatnya ialah pendedahan awal kepada mereka akan membantu mereka dalam pembelajaran di sekolah..... Jika cikgu mengajar tajuk berkaitan, mereka akan teringat kepada apa yang aku perkatakan....
Maimanah bercerita tentang kaedah menahan/mencuri nafas ketika tilawah al Quran; petua yang dipelajari dari guru taranumnya, Along menyentuh hal undang-undang, Usayd dengan teori kejuruteraannya. Khansa' yang paling muda ketika itu hanya kami minta untk bernasyid.
Begitulah suasana dalam kereta di sepanjang perjalanan yang tidak langsung membosankan kami....
Semua kini menjadi kenangan kerana anak-anak kami semuanya telah membesar. Harapanku agar amalan ini diteruskan oleh anak-anak kami, membudayakan ilmu dimana sahaja......
Saturday, 14 June 2008
watch it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khjtrIkYU5I&feature=related
As she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children a lie. Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said she loved them all the same. But that was impossible, because there in the front row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard.
Mrs. Thompson had watched Teddy the year before and noticed that he didn't play well with the other children, that his clothes were messy and that he constantly needed a bath. And Teddy could be unpleasant. It got to the point where Mrs. Thompson would actually take delight in marking his papers with a broad red pen, making bold X's and then putting a big "F" at the top of his papers.
At the school where Mrs. Thompson taught, she was required to review each child's past records and she put Teddy's off until last. However, when she reviewed his file, she was in for a surprise.
Teddy's first grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is a bright child with a ready laugh. He does his work neatly and has good manners...he is a joy to be around."
His second grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is an excellent student, well liked by his classmates, but he is troubled because his mother has a terminal illness and life at home must be a struggle.
His third grade teacher wrote, "His mother's death had been hard on him. He tries to do his best, but his father doesn't show much interest and his home life will soon affect him if some steps aren't taken."
His fourth grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is withdrawn and doesn't show much interest in school. He doesn't have many friends and he sometimes sleeps in class."
By now, Mrs. Thompson realized the problem and was ashamed of herself.
She felt even worse when her students brought her Christmas presents wrapped in beautiful ribbons and bright paper, except for Teddy's.
His present was clumsily wrapped in heavy, brown paper that he got from a grocery bag. Mrs. Thompson took pains to open it in the middle of the other presents.
Some of the children started to laugh when she found a rhinestone bracelet with some of the stones missing, and a bottle that was one quarter full of perfume.
But she stifled the children's laughter when she exclaimed how pretty the bracelet was, putting it on, and dabbing some of the perfume on her wrist.
Teddy Stoddard stayed after school that day just long enough to say, "Mrs. Thompson, today you smelled just like my Mom used to."
After the children left, she cried for at least an hour. On that very day, she quit teaching reading, writing and arithmetic. Instead, she began to teach children.
Mrs. Thompson paid particular attention to Teddy. As she worked with him, his mind seemed to come alive. The more she encouraged him, the faster he responded. By the end of the year, Teddy had become one of the smartest children in the class and, despite her lie that she would love all the children the same, Teddy became one of her "teacher's pets."
A year later, she found a note under her door, from Teddy, telling her that she was still the best teacher he had ever had in his whole life.
Six years went by before she got another note from Teddy. He wrote that he had finished high school, third in his class, and she was still the best teacher he had ever had in his whole life.
Four years after that, she got another letter, saying that while things had been tough at times, he'd stayed in school, had stuck with it, and would soon graduate from college with the highest honors.
He assured Mrs. Thompson that she was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had in his whole life.
Then four more years passed and yet another letter came. This time he explained that after he got his bachelor's degree, he decided to go a little further.
The letter explained that she was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had. Now his name was a little longer--the letter was signed, Theodore F. Stoddard, M.D.
The story doesn't end there. You see, there was yet another letter that spring. Teddy said he had met this girl and was going to be married. He explained that his father had died a couple of years ago and he was wondering if Mrs. Thompson might agree to sit in the place at the wedding that was usually reserved for the mother of the groom.
Of course, Mrs. Thompson did.
And guess what? She wore that bracelet, the one with several rhinestones missing. and she made sure she was wearing the perfume that Teddy remembered his mother wearing on their last Christmas together.
They hugged each other, and Dr Stoddard whispered in Mrs. Thompson's ears, "Thank you Mrs. Thompson for believing in me. Thank you so much for making me feel important and showing me that I could make a difference.”
Mrs. Thompson, with tears in her eyes, whispered back. She said "Teddy you have it all wrong. You were the one who taught me that I could make a difference. I didn't know how to teach until I met you."